|On 24/06/2006 kerroxapithecus wrote:
>You didn't mention Whistler. Any reason??
Great ski hill. Very busy though, especially weekends.
I visit BC every couple of years, to catch up with relatives on the Island. Lived over in Calgary for a while too, and go there to catch up with friends and climb. Skiing has taken a back seat for me over the last couple of years, so I tend to spend more time in Calgary when over that way.
Vancouver feels a bit like Sydney, whereas Calgary is a bit like Adelaide. Don't ask me to quantify that statement, but I guess it has something to do with relative populations and "how much trouble" you can get yourself into partying.
U of C does alot of research into the mountains. They have done testing on v-threads (which are ice climbing rap anchors), kineseology wrt alpinism and you can even study snow packs and avalanches as a civil engineer. They have an indoor climbing wall made of concrete and real rock, which you can lead trad, and a free bouldering traverse wall in one of the buildings. Students / Lecturers include people such as Raphael Slawinski and Valeri Babanov.