Author archive for Orvel Miskiw

  • Tech Tips on 4WD Hauling: Pt. 1

    Tech Tips in 4-Wheeling Part 1: Lines and Devices for Hauling Well we’re well in to winter again and I’ve…

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  • Death by Intent: viz. Soloing

    The death of a climber soloing Cascade Falls at Christmas, 2018 was a tragedy for himself and his family, but…

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  • Super Glue for Impromptu Skin Repairs

    Now that we’re in to winter, a few months of damp and cold are here, and I know it’s a…

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  • Disaster on Yamnuska: A Climber Falls and His Rope Parts

    A climber was killed in late July when he fell near the top of Chockstone Corner at Yamnuska: his protection…

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  • Mountaineering Gloves

    I still often see people knocking around in the mountains, cliffs, bush, and boulders with bare hands where they could…

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  • Crossing Ice Safely, and Rescue

    Breaking through ice into water is an extremely dangerous accident, possibly even aggravated when it happens to people on skis…

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  • Clove Hitches in Anchors

    Two videos by Brent Peters have just come to my attention, regarding the use of clove hitches in various anchor…

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  • Tree-Well Epidemic 2017-18

    With the winter of 2017-18 still in progress, tree-wells have already caused at least 5 deaths of skiers and snow…

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  • Crossing Lakes In Winter: When is the Ice Safe?

    This question was raised recently by a Section party who traveled to Bow Falls, crossing Bow Lake on their way,…

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  • Auto-Blocks for Efficient Follow-Belaying

    I recently noticed that many climbers never use auto-blocks for belaying their followers. Even some very experienced climbers seem to…

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