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Garibaldi climbers honoured

Dalton family descendants donate money for new bench at Elfin Lakes



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Arthur Dalton wrote his recollections of the trip in a report. The steep terrain, rocky slopes and crevasses encountered near the summit were described in this passage from his account: "Every piece of dislodged rock went either silently flying into dizzy space on one side, or whirring down the other to vanish with an almost human howl in the hungry throat of one of those crevasses."

In the summer of 1907 everything aligned and the result of the eight-day expedition was an opportunity for the group to peer down from the mountain peak at Howe Sound, the Squamish River and Newport way below.

At that time Garibaldi was mistakenly thought of as a 3,000-metre (10,000 feet) summit. In fact, we now know the peak is 2,678 m (8,786 ft) above sea level.

With the Dalton bench now in place, Ball says she and a number of other family members plan to hike up to Elfin Lakes to sit on the bench and take in the views of the mountain conquered more than 100 years ago.

Ball's plan is to hike up with her husband, her brother, his wife, some cousins and a few friends.

The Dalton name has sadly reached the end of the line as Ball points out that her grandfather produced no male offspring.

The bench program was created to acknowledge the 100th anniversary of BC Parks. Environment Minister Terry Lake heralded the installation of the Dalton bench and the 99 other seats placed in parks around the province at a cost of $300,000 with the money coming from 100 donors like Ball and Brown.

"The success of the 100 for 100 Park Bench Challenge is a testimony to the value the people of British Columbia place on their BC Parks," Lake said in a news release. "The generosity of the donors will help make wonderful memories for park visitors for generations to come."

The Dalton bench was just one of two benches placed in Garibaldi Provincial Park this fall. Lenami Godinez, an environment ministry worker tragically killed in Mexico, was also honoured with a bench. She enjoyed hiking in the park and a bench with her name on it was placed at the end of one of her favourite trails.