High on the Mountain Top
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.
Tribute to Dick Culbert
Technically this isn't much of a TR but I thought it of interest to update CT on the Mt Elphinstone summit trail. I haven't been up there since Oct 2019 but with a beautiful crisp sunny morning I decided a quick dash to the 2/3 of the way mark would be in order, before the wet, mucky snow starts. On the way I encountered the recently placed, wonderful tribute to Dick Culbert the legendary BC mountaineer who was instrumental in building the Mt Elphinstone summit trail. Here's a picture for interest sake.
Well over a decade ago I was venturing up that way and wondered who was placing yellow metal trail markers along a new, actual trail bed. In 1984 I was the forest engineer who established boundaries and road/bridge designs for the now regenerated cutblock that one crosses near the last push to the summit. It was a total surprise when I returned many years later only to find Dick Culbert building this wonderful trail. I had the pleasure of several fascinating conversations with him up on the slopes of that local mountain.
Here, on the Sunshine Coast we remain ever so grateful for Dick and Peter's hard work and dedication to the Mt Elphinstone summit trail. From a handful of locals hiking up there a dozen years ago to today with many hundreds of hikers every season, the trail, like Dick himself, is a local legend.