"Not all those who wander are lost" (Tolkien). But we were. Sort of. Kind of. Mostly...
A recent unexpected overnighter on the back-side of Whistler left the three of us feeling a little chilled, a little embarrassed and profoundly regretful for the anxiety to which we were unintentionally subjecting our friends and loved ones.
The following morning found us at the end of Cheakamus Lake (not at all where we had planned to be). We were saved from the arduous trek back to Whistler by a passing helicopter pilot who was kind enough to offer us a lift. We very much appreciated knowing that the Whistler Search and Rescue were there and already searching for us.
A heartfelt thank you to all of the professionals who mobilized for the search and your tireless efforts to keep our family and friends informed and comforted until its happy conclusion.
Special thanks to Brad Sills, Scott Aitken, Binty Massy, Mat Bodkin and all the wonderful volunteers at Whistler SAR; S/Sgt. S. Leclair and Cst. S.W. Pope of the RCMP; Sheila Sherkat from the RCMP Victim Services; Blackcomb Helicopters and Whistler Blackcomb Guest Services/Mountain Staff.
To our many dear friends who instantly rallied around our worried families generously lending your comfort and support, we cannot thank you enough! We are so very appreciative of your concern and for being there for us... thank you all!
Larry Klein, Tom Honey, and Barry Armstrong
Give us your runners
Runners for Africa is a campaign being run by a small group of Whistler locals who are collecting gently-used running shoes to send to Northern Uganda.
The idea to send running shoes to kids and young adults in Guinea Bissau, Africa, happened a few years ago when I collected several pairs of shoes from local triathletes, filled a suitcase, and had my brother-in-law, Ben Hoffman, deliver them. The shoes were eagerly received by street kids that Ben befriended over years of travel to the area in an effort to negotiate peace and bring an end to a 50-year-old civil war. These kids had a possession that gave them a new status in the community; they wore them with pride. These shoes that sat in the back of closets collecting dust were turned into gold with a very simple gesture.
From Mar 7 to April 30 we will have donation bins at various locations throughout the corridor. Several schools, fitness centres and stores have agreed to help us in our efforts.
By tying the laces together and dropping them into one of our bins, you will be part of changing the life of someone who has never lived in times of peace and prosperity that we take for granted.