Friday, January 29, 2016

Do your homework, be aware in the backcountry..........

Deadly avalanche today near McBride B.C. 5 confirmed dead, human caused slide.

Read Kyle's comment re sled triggering avalanche in North Bowl last weekend.
Stay out of there - Mother Nature is a force to be reckoned with.

Monday Snowshoe with Roberta

Let's go look for the sun Monday is coming up!.  Join us for a fun, rollicking time at Mount Baldy - in the SUN (usually).

Meet for carpooling at 0815 at Hospital parking lot.  Bring $5.00 for the gas.  Cars will leave when full. So come early if needing a ride.

Meet at 215 Tinhorn Road for facilities.  We will leave for the hike at 0930 which gives us plenty of time after the shoe for debriefing and coffee.

See you in the SUN!


Snow Load

Not that long since I snow shoed around the yard knocking snow off some trees, but this one really needs help now.

Canada Post - Mail Box Update

Baldy residents lost their mail boxes a couple of weeks ago when our mail delivery site was upgraded to the newer more secure cabinets. There were more boxes removed than replaced.

I talked to the Supervisor in Penticton this morning - the contractor is apparently waiting for a cabinet base to arrive, and we should be back in business in a few days.

In the meantime, we can still pick up our mail at the Post Office in Oliver.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Where are they skiing?

Baldy family skiing this week at Hemlock, Apex,  Silver Star., Phoenix, Austria and Italy!

Monday, January 25, 2016

New Photos from Mark Davison

Monday Snowshoe

Margaret hosted a snowshoe outing today.

We had 6 ladies today. We snow shoed up Jolly Jack almost to chair .  Then came back down the track Ken made last year had to slide down the embankment at Bridgeman's place & had cookies & coffee at our place . Beautiful sunny day

Thanks Penny Turcotte for the photos.

I believe Roberta is leading a group next Monday - check with her for details - last time they started earlier.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Hey Andrew

Thanks for sharing Andrew. Great video capturing a Baldy Christmas - the third last word at the very end of the video would not normally be used on the blog, but I'm not censoring. Decades ago, when I was the manager at Baldy, there was a routine I looked forward to every Christmas and Spring Break. The Akehurst-Payne family would arrive from the coast, and the children would be ready to ski before their parents had unpacked. They appeared at the ticket office door - no words - we knew to place a lift ticket on their jackets, and that their parents would be in later to arrange passes. After warming up in the lodge, the younger two, Ashleigh and Andrew would reappear at the ticket office door with outstretched hands - again no words - we knew they wanted help getting their mitts back on and tucked in the jacket. Lots of happy memories, thanks for the video Andrew.

Reminder - Watch for extra traffic near 27km - Line Shack Road This weekend.

Oliver/Osoyoos SAR  winter campout at the line shack on Saturday January 23 and Sunday January 24. We will be out there working on navigation, avalanche transceiver practice, building winter shelter, building a fire (not as easy to do in the cold and snow as it is in warm dry weather), and snowmobile operations. This is a training opportunity not just for OOSAR but for our mutual aid partners in the South Okanagan/Similkameen. We will see members from Penticton Search and Rescue, Keremeos Search and Rescue, and Princeton Ground Search and Rescue out for this weekend with us.

We ask people to be aware that there will be extra vehicles and people around 27km point on McKinney Road. January 23-24.

Wow Sherry - bet that bird feeder has never had a load like that before!

Another 20cms of snow Saturday night - this photo updated to one taken Sunday Morning.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016

Monday Hike

Do you see the poodle?
Thanks Marie Fletcher for the photos.

Snow Depth

Will it slide today? We live on a slope. Like mine, my neighbour's basement is above ground for much of the front half of the house. This is early in the season to have that buried. The roof profile is a low slope on top, and steep sides. I wouldn't be surprised if the sides let go today.

Hmm - leave it a couple more weeks until it disappears, or get out the shovel and drag out the old cross-country gear that is in there.

Sunday, January 17, 2016


Mt. Baldy Transfer Station Bin is for "household garbage only."

Rock Creek Waste Transfer Station
Location:  1610 Rock Creek Dump Rd.
Hours of Operation:Open - Monday, Thursday, Saturday -10 am - 3 pm
Sunday - 10 am - 7 pm
Closed - Tues., Wed & Fri.

Items Accepted: Scrap metal, white goods, clean wood waste, auto hulks, empty propane tanks.  Please seperate all recyclables (attendant will give directions).  There is also a septic sludge disposal area.
Not Accepted: No Construction & Demolition debris or rubble. Please take these items to the West Boundary Landfill
Tipping Fees: 
Tipping Fees are volume-based
Additional information: 250-446-2231
Emergency Contact: 9-1-1

West Boundary (Greenwood) Landfill
Deadwood Rd, 3 km from Hwy 3
Hours of Operation:
OPEN: Tuesday and Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
OPEN: Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 
CLOSED: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and Statutory Holidays. 

Can recycle:
Scrap metal and white goods, clean wood waste, empty propane tanks up to 100lbs, auto hulks.
Please separate all recyclables - Attendant will give directions. There is also a septic sludge disposal area. Also accepts household garbage, construction & demolition debris and rubble.

The West Boundary Landfill is also a Multidrop site accepting leftover paints, solvents, pesticides and residual fuels. Contact the BC Recycling Hotline(1.800.667.4321) for Product Care information, or view the Product Care website.
Tipping Fees:
Tipping fees are weight-based
Additional Info:

Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday Outings

Sherry Davison Photo

Sherry Davison Photo

Above Three Photos - M. Barber

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Today's Share the Road


Monday - Roberta's Snowshoe Group - a little earlier

Hi Ladies

Snowshoe day again!  Meet as usual at the hospital parking lot by 815 am.  Carpooling is $5.00 per person.  Cars will leave when full - so be early.

Meet at 215 Tinhorn Road, Mt. Baldy.  I think we will head out by 9:30 so that we are back in the cabin for coffee at 11 am and home by 1 at the latest.  Bring water, snacks, lunch if needed.

Should be lots of fresh snow this week.  So see you Monday am.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Sunday - OOSAR-Top of Baldy - Upcoming Winter Exercises

Three members of the Oliver Osoyoos Search and Rescue were at the top of Baldy on Sunday afternoon to work on their communications equipment. Thanks for the photos Rob Selsing.

Other OOSAR News:

Upcoming for Oliver/Osoyoos SAR is our winter campout at the line shack on Saturday January 23 and Sunday January 24. We will be out there working on navigation, avalanche transceiver practice, building winter shelter, building a fire (not as easy to do in the cold and snow as it is in warm dry weather), and snowmobile operations. This is a training opportunity not just for OOSAR but for our mutual aid partners in the South Okanagan/Similkameen. We will see members from Penticton Search and Rescue, Keremeos Search and Rescue, and Princeton Ground Search and Rescue out for this weekend with us.

We ask people to be aware that there will be extra vehicles and people around 27km point on McKinney Road. January 23-24.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Zoe - Baldy's Next Generation

Zoe's family bought a cabin at Baldy last winter, and she would much prefer to be on a chairlift, but she is a determined skier, walking up to ski down.

Mark Schroeter Photo

Animals you can see when you snow shoe without dogs.


Would never occur to me to mount a seat on the front of a snowmobile.

Paul Rauhala Photo

There is a time, and a place...........

Perhaps the Strata needs a fireworks bylaw. Respect for children, pets, and private property.


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Outing Today to Gruhl's Pool

Thanks Jayne for the photos. One of those afternoons- blue bird up top, cloudy down below.

Sorry, some dogs get priority on the blog. Eh Charlie?

Friday, January 8, 2016

Oliver ER, Starting Monday

SOGH physician shortage for the Emergency Department changes coverage from 11:00pm to 7:00am starting Monday, until the end of January.

Detail on Oliver Daily News.

Mail Boxes - Bottom of the Hill

There is a notice posted on our mail box installation at the bottom of the hill. Due to an "attempted break-in" our cabinets/boxes are due to be replaced some time in the next three weeks with a more secure style cabinet. When the new cabinets are installed, we will have to get new keys at the post office.

I checked at the post office this afternoon and confirmed that it was an "attempt" on the cabinets that prompted the change.

I have seen quite a few of the newer cabinets in other neighbourhoods.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Thank-you Baldy Bobcat

You know there is a lot of snow, when the driveway banks are too high for my snowblower. Thanks MA for the help today.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

South West Touring from the Weekend

Thanks for the photos Paul.

Successful Avalanche Course - Areas for Concern- Are you prepared for the Backcountry?

Thank you all for attending the Avalanche awareness course on Sunday.  A great group that Terry really enjoyed instructing.  Terry and I will be planning for the next level in the future and I will let you know when this will happen.  If you know of others that want to take the level we did, let me know so I can put them on the list. 
I think from our open conversation at the end, we realize that more is needed to tour Baldy.  Some good things were discussed for safety, like a sign in/ sign out book on the mountain, radios, contact people in emergencies.  It would be great to get together in the near future to start implementing these safety strategies to make the back country and Baldy safer for others and our selves. 
More snow on the way, so start implanting what you have learned.  Yesterday, Jeff, Nils and I dug our pit at the top of Maverick in the glades, the settled snow was 118cm in total to the ground, 50cm of fresh snow was resting on the Dec 4th ice and is of concern.  The snow pack below the ice was settled and firm.  Our results were similar to the results in the practical part of the course.  We made good choices yesterday after our test.  So, get out and dig your pits, then share this information with others.
See you on the slopes
Paul Rauhala
Mt Baldy Alpine Club

Ed: Note As Mount Baldy is closed for the season, there is no ski patrol, and search and rescue are dispatched out of Oliver by the RCMP.

"Me and My Shadow" - Gruhl's Pool New Years Eve

Thanks for the photos Mark and Sherry Davison.

Monday, January 4, 2016

First Ladies Day of 2016

Thanks to Roberta for organizing a Monday snowshoe every two weeks, with carpooling from Oliver, and based out of Roberta's cabin. Thanks Marian for the photos from today,

Because it is 2016

I want to park the nightmare of 2015, and as I have said before, I am not interested in rehashing what did and didn't happen.

Because it is 2016, I am working on a better relationship with the Receiver.

I am relieved that the urgent need for protective maintenance on the lifts is being addressed.

I have been asked to convey sincere thanks from the Receiver to the Volunteers who stepped in  to shovel and protect the SSC,  the lodge deck, and other helpful deeds. I think it has been an eye opener for them to see what snow can do, and how the Baldy Community pitches in to make things happen.

Whatever your views are of the Receiver, I believe that their thanks are sincere.

I have some information on what the Receiver is working on, however, after the rollercoaster of the last year, I won't be getting excited or posting anything until it is a sure thing.

30 Heads Up

Kudos to the two logging trucks who made it down through the herd without hitting any. I counted more than 30 head on the road today - same area that I have been seeing a few at a time. I was able to track down and notify the owner of the cattle. These are not owned by same person that has a fenced area 2kms closer to town with regular hay feeding. Sounds like these cattle will be continuing to roam.

Sunday, January 3, 2016


Nobody wants a rate increase, but interesting post on Oliver Daily News on the staggering cost incurred by Fortis with the fires this summer.

At last..........

A quiet Sunday morning. Many people left the village yesterday, and apparently a bunch of trucks and sleds are parked farther down McKinney road, where they used to park.

Work continues on the lifts - Protective Maintenance Folks - no, will not be running this season.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

More Great Shots from Jack Fenwick-Wilson from New Years Day

"Chateau du Graeme"

Three great shots from the summit of Baldy looking down toward the Okanagan Valley.

Wow , Jack Fenwick-Wilson - Sunrise New Years Day 2016

Third Generation Baldy Family - Great Photos Jack

Vic!!! I missed you.

Since the privacy setting on your Facebook page is not restricted, I took the liberty of lifting your mug shot and one of the scenery ones. Come again soon! I guess you'll need that other brother to help you "hike" to the summit!

This a telecommunications installation at the summit, nothing for  GP or JO to be concerned about.

Avalanche Awareness Course Tomorrow - January 3rd

Mt. Baldy Alpine Club and the Honky Tonk hosting an avalanche awareness course. I believe the course if full and pre-paid. I won't be hiking and digging the pit with you, but would appreciate any photos you wish to share from your adventure tomorrow. I see lights on next door, so I expect that the instructor has arrived. Thanks for putting this together Paul - there are plenty of fearless young enthusiasts who could use some sobering training.

Better Day Today

I am pleased to report that the Receiver has qualified personnel on site today attending to the icing issues at the top of the Eagle Chair.

Thankfully the number of off road vehicles has dropped today as well.

So the unplowed parking lot had so much track vehicle traffic on it the last couple of days, that today three cars attempted to drive on it, thinking they were car tracks........... The group I pulled out were young, polite, and appreciative.

It took a winch, a chainsaw, a chain, a rope and a tow strap and two trucks to extricate one of the cars. They were a fair distance from the road, and their bumper was sitting on a log barricade.
they also were appreciative of the help, but unfortunately for them, there is damage to the vehicle.

That tow strap of mine dates back to the "Machete Eddie Days". It was brand new when I pulled his car out and it was well marked with grease when we were done.

Interesting Reading

Reward offered - $100

On New Years Eve, a seat was slashed on a snowmobile belonging to a guest at the Honky Tonk on Porcupine Road. If you know who is responsible, please contact Michael at the Honky Tonk.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Thanks Jayne for some New Years Photos

Because We Care

Because we care, we went out and shovelled today, for the common good. I was disappointed to see so many younger folk walk by - not ask what we were doing, or offer to help.

The top two comments were " are you getting the lodge ready to open up for us tonight?", and are you sure the Receiver won't sue you for doing that?

Four hours in the zoo was too much for me today. Not the shovelling part, the activity going on around us.

Work Party 2

Tom Walsh had some concerns about the back deck of the lodge, so another crew worked on that with shovels and Brett's snowblower. Thanks to Boomer, Tom, Hilary, Isaac, Brett and others.

Work Party

Thank-you to those who responded to my call for help - I would have liked to see a few more younger folks with shovels, but us older folks did OK. We managed to relieve the pressure on the sidewalls of the Snow Sport Centre - a rewarding feeling when the wall pops back in to position.
Thanks to all who helped, sorry I didn't get all the names and photos.
Paul, Justin , Vance, Michael

Thanks Joan Potter for reading the blog and dispatching Robert, Ross and Vance.