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  1. #1701
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    I am finding myself longing for some sense of agency with regard to the passing of our friend Paul and the best I can come up is sifting through my phone and posting pictures here. Forgive me if it is getting annoying.

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  2. #1702
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    Nah man- I am enjoying it

  3. #1703
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    looking good!
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    whatever it takes to come to terms, tell some stories if it helps, kinda what we did down at tatlow falls tell stories and drink beer, couple of the bro's left and then came back with more beer to hang out in a rainstorm
    Lee Lau - xxx-er is the laziest Asian canuck I know

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    I tried to post a vid - but Its on fb and thats too technical for me to bring it over.

    But Jan 18, 2016 on my feed if you care to look

    My learned friend snaked my line and I have proof!

    Rude.

  6. #1706
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    You post that shit up AP! It's awesome, and who can appreciate a skiers exploits better that fellow skiers man. Thanks for sharing, I wish I knew Paul.
    I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different.
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  7. #1707
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    Quote Originally Posted by LHutz Esq View Post
    I tried to post a vid - but It’s on fb and that’s too technical for me to bring it over.

    But Jan 18, 2016 on my feed if you care to look

    My learned friend snaked my line and I have proof!

    Rude.
    Rude indeed. It took a bit of scrolling but I found the vid. His long legs made him unmistakable out there. Good skier.

    Gary, you are just an awesome guy.

  8. #1708
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    Well, having scanned all my pics these two are pretty much the last ones I have found that are worth posting. Paul is the tiny figure in both pics. Somehow the grandeur of the mountains dwarfing Paul seems like a fitting way to end my run of photos of him. Something about the ephemeral nature of our pursuits and lives in general. I don't know.

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  9. #1709
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    As a complete lurker the first post you had was a really touching tribute. I scrolled back up when I saw the name and I've gone back a few times to look at it.
    And all your pictures, from start to finish, give me an appreciation for the time you spent together. Thanks for posting

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    ^^^ Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angle Parking View Post
    His long legs made him unmistakable out there. Good skier.
    yeah he was fast up or down hill hard to keep up to, his job was flexible enough so he would show up on the hill any time of the week and so we did a lot of chair laps
    Lee Lau - xxx-er is the laziest Asian canuck I know

  12. #1712
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    from an artical in the local newspaper

    " Backhouse’s family is encouraging people “to honour his memory in a way that celebrates what was important to him: skip out of work, head to the hills for some fun, and follow it up with a good bottle of wine shared with the people you love."

    His wife worked for the same outfit and so the first time I ran into Paul riding lifts mid week on a " rescheduled " work day he told me the whole company was on the same computer program and she could see an icon on the screen ... indicating he wasn't at work
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    Lee Lau - xxx-er is the laziest Asian canuck I know

  13. #1713
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    Hi all, I only pop into this thread intermittently, but am always saddened to see the loss of someone that was dear to the mountain community, and to many of the members of this website. My thoughts are with you.

    Given the circumstances, I hope that my message won't come across as opportunistic.

    I bugged a bunch of you in September last year, about a ski (4FRNT Raven 190, with shift binding) that I had lost down the Henderson couloir, when I had come up to Smithers in April 2019. LHutz had been so kind as to go up for 2 (!) hikes to look for the ski, but unfortunately didn't get a clear look at the face because the Henderson couloir was already covered in snow.

    I was wondering if any of you had actually been in that area since the snow melted this year? I would love to get that ski back; this setup was brand new and I had only had 2 days on it. I know its a bit of a long shot, but thought Id ask (again). Would be happy to incentivise a potential search if that gives people motivation!

    Show below is an earlier post of mine, where I described the trajectory of the ski.

    Using contour maps, here's the best retracing of the itinerary I could do. In red, the uphill itinerary of the first day, up to the point where the ski was lost. In green, the trajectory of the ski (as best as we could make out on the day). In blue, the itinerary I followed on the following day, when we went looking for the ski. You'll see we hiked up the ridge for a little bit on the second day, to get a good look with binoculars at the skier's left side of the face (where the ski is presumed to have gone).
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  14. #1714
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    I was out of town when I learned of Paul's passing. Like others here, I am struggling to come to terms with this loss. Paul was many things for many people. For me he was an instigator, motivator, pot-stirrer and above all else, a pleasure to spend time with. I didn't ski with Paul as much as I would have liked to and I didn't document all of the times that I did. The moments I was able to capture remind me of days well-spent and will motivate future exploits in the mountains. Thanks for the times Paul.
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  15. #1715
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    Thanks for posting those up my friend, and very sorry for you and the communities loss.
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  16. #1716
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    Thanks for the pics reformed. Enjoyed those.

    powder_to_the_people;

    Did not make it into Henderson this summer powder. Have not heard of anyone finding anything in there either. Also, no worries about changing the reflective and sad flow of the thread.. I hate to speak for Paul but I am certain he would want us to get focused back on mountain pursuits.

    And speaking of mountain pursuits, Hudson Bay Mountain released their pandemic protocol for the upcoming season. The salient points are that we will be asked to sign in at lifts for contact tracing purposes (kind ofd like some restaurants ask you to do), masks will be worn in the lodge and at lift lines, and that's about it. Our hill is not busy so a reservation system would not have been a big deal but I'm happy no such system is in pace fo now anyway.

    Take care everyone.

  17. #1717
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    Hey Northern Fam - I just heard of your loss. I am so sorry. Big love from your southern bc family. Your tight and incredible community will without a doubt be stronger and head further into the wilds with one of your brothers riding on ahead. Some contemporary words that get thrown around down around here: "...Real bad boys move in silence."

    This is one of the first years I haven't made it out past PG since I can remember... Although time has no meaning now anyways. Soon enough, I hope.

    Take care my friends. + Shred on Paul +

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angle Parking View Post
    Cool.

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    Hi Northern BC - My friend's dog (also my dog's brother) has gone walkabout/missing up in Kispiox.

    Answers to "Jimmy," 23kg, very friendly, last seen 1pm September 7 on Swan Valley Road in the Kispiox Valley. We think he might have hopped in a stranger's vehicle. $1500 reward for info leading to his return.

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    I don't know if any TGR types live in kispo, I see kispo folks posting a lot on FB
    Lee Lau - xxx-er is the laziest Asian canuck I know

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schemeboat View Post
    Hi Northern BC - My friend's dog (also my dog's brother) has gone walkabout/missing up in Kispiox.

    Answers to "Jimmy," 23kg, very friendly, last seen 1pm September 7 on Swan Valley Road in the Kispiox Valley. We think he might have hopped in a stranger's vehicle. $1500 reward for info leading to his return.
    Pic?

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