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Garnish celebrates its one year anniversary, solo-female travelling, where to find the best sausages, what 'world's largest' is Revelstoke known for... AND MUCH MORE! COVER: Jeweller and Garnish owner, Arleigh Kurucz, melts old gold into new. Photos: Arleigh Kurucz
Arleigh Kurucz at work in her shop Garnish. Photo: Alison Lapshinoff
A Path Etched in Silver by Alison Lapshinoff
he wooden workbench is cluttered with bits of scrap metal and glittering stones. A row of small, colourful pliers hang from a wire and files of various shapes and sizes are strewn about. In another part of the room is a mini belt sander, a torch and a little oven. A collection of hammers hang pleasingly from a decorative leather strap nailed at intervals to a smooth section of tree trunk. There is a hydraulic press, a dapping block, a rolling mill, a sandblaster and a curiously named ‘pickle pot.’ I could be standing in some sort of industrial shop or perhaps a weird science lab where mysterious experiments are conducted but it was nothing of the sort. This is Arleigh Kurucz’s playroom and workspace, the place where all her sparkling silver and gold creations are born. “[Making] jewellery is not pretty,” Arleigh explains from her cluttered workbench in the back room of Garnish, the small, tasteful jewellery shop in Grizzly Plaza in downtown Revelstoke. “It’s a lot of metalwork.” Out front, behind polished glass, hang her delicate little snowflake pendants and earrings and sparkling, chunky necklaces of textured silver hoops.
Arleigh Kurucz polishes a ring. Photo: Alison Lapshinoff
Over 10 years ago, at her home in Vancouver, Arleigh was on a completely different career path. Studying Spanish and Latin America at Simon Fraser University, she was on the road to becoming a language teacher. Then her dad unexpectedly passed away in 2003 and she hit a turning point in her life. “It made me realize you have to do what you want to do. You may not have time to be retired,” she says. In 2006 Arleigh began a two-year program at Vancouver Community A bright, cheery place to show off wearable art. College studying jewellery, art and Inside Garnish. Photo: Arleigh Kurucz design. There she learned about gemology, metal techniques and art history, beginning her journey to becoming an artist, jeweller “I do lots of custom work,” she says, explaining how and entrepreneur. grandma’s old broach can be transformed into a new In 2008 Arleigh began marketing her products as Frank Jewel- ring or pendant. It can be a dirty, noisy job. Rings and lery, named after her father. From a small workbench in her bracelettes are formed around mandrels to create a Vancouver apartment she coaxed silver and gold into different specific size and shape. This involves a lot of hammering. A sandblaster is used to lend texture to a piece. shapes and designs that she sold online and in boutiques. Arleigh uses a computer program to create moulds Today she has expanded considerably. Last spring Arleigh for things like earrings and pendants and then, in the took over the lease for the shop space from fellow jeweller casting room, uses a wax injector, which is something Suzanne Spisani, whose work is still showcased there. In fact, like a glorified crock pot, to create an original. Garnish offers jewellery created by 14 different Canadian artists, including Kat Cadegan, Tanya Kemprud and Julie James, She has a dapping block and punches to create circles and domes and torches for seamlessly soldering all from Revelstoke, to name only a few. joints together as well as the aforementioned ‘pickle “I work in silver and gold, mainly,” Arleigh says, explaining pot,’ which contains an acid solution for removing how she purchases metal from a supplier in Vancouver in oxidization from metal. either wire, plate, granule or coin form. Alternately, Arleigh is able to melt down old jewellery in order to create something “I was inspired by nature because I thought I should be,” she says. “I love organic, I love the mountains, new and different.
Snowflake charm bracelette. Photo: Arleigh Kurucz
rocks on a beach, hemp bracelets,” she explains, recalling her early days of design. “Then I realized the designs I love are based on symmetry and precision; clean lines. I like geometrical, symmetrical pieces.” In her school days, Arleigh won the Excellence in Design Award for her grad show pieces. The series, called Walk Your Path, was based on an ancient labyrinth and the idea of ‘finding yourself’. From pursuing a degree in languages to designing jewellery in her small Vancouver apartment, Arleigh’s path to Revelstoke and opening her first boutique was etched in silver and gold. This June Garnish will celebrate its first birthday, a significant milestone for a small business. So if you hear a faint hammering while wandering through Grizzly Plaza this summer, perhaps let your curiosity draw you into Garnish. It may be Arleigh hard at work at her back bench magically transforming some small piece of metal into a delicate piece of wearable art.
I’m No Addict
by Heather Lea
or years now I’ve been a bit of an adventure sport keener, like many of you good people in Revy. And, like me, you’ve probably been asked why—why voluntarily put yourself in dangerous situations? Why risk so much? When someone asks me, "why do you climb?", I’m annoyed to find my sheer inability to articulate something that gives my life so much substance and meaning. There appears to be no satisfying answer; not for me or for them. It’s a huge topic to tackle and is like trying to lay down a solid, believable explanation to what is the meaning of life.
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Debbie Koerber and I at the top of a 5.8 climb on Gilligan's Island North Wall at Waterworld,
On the grand scale of extrem- (Highway 23 North). Photo: Debbie Koerber ism, the activities I do—mountain climbing, backcountry skiing and renaline junkie in its natural habitat: maybe a little whitewater kayaking—are “Every day, thousands of adrenaline nothing compared to high-exposure junkies strap on a parachute, climb slack lining, free climbing or base jump- into a kayak or drive very fast around a ing. I’m certainly no extremist but was race track.” nevertheless compelled to look further into why my activities draw me the way OK, we’re good so far. I’ve only ever they do. Why climbing and not, say, been strapped to a parachute once and I rollerblading? A simple answer could certainly don’t climb into a kayak everybe, "it’s fun." It’s just simply fun to climb day. The article goes on to say: up a rock wall or ski fresh powder or see the world through a river highway. “Other typical adrenaline junkie activBut any adventurer will tell you that’s ities are bungee jumping, caving, rock not quite ‘it’. climbing and mountain biking—any activity that involves a larger than normal What makes some humans prone to take amount of danger or risk of injury.” Uh it past doing something for ‘fresh air’ or oh. A memory flash to what may have ‘exercise’ and commit a lifestyle and a been the defining source to my adrenalifetime to activities that may seem to line junkie-ness: at 16 years old, my the average onlooker, dangerous? I had cousins and I went bungee jumping. an intense curiosity to decipher why my body’s restlessness leads to adventure But what’s this? Continuing, the article while others are happy playing ten- states: “The people you meet on the nis. Was it simply a chemical signal in slopes, or in an airplane prior to jumpmy brain? ing out of it, may refer to themselves as an adrenalin[e] junkie, but since they Dr. Archibald Hart, a self-professed are getting their rush in a relatively ex-adrenaline addict himself, has writ- healthy manner, they are unlikely to be ten a book entitled Thrilled to Death, an actual adrenaline junkie.” Phew! which talks about adrenaline addiction as a real and serious obsession for The article further explains a type of which there is even a 12-step program. ‘real’ adrenaline junkie, who finds their I hate to think the overpowering feeling drug not in extreme sports but in drama of gratitude resulting from my moun- and conflict, picking fights and arguing tain time could conceivably be labeled for the rush of it all. as an addiction, implying abuse or lack of control. What I do hope to clarify is people who love frequent and regular experiences While researching the topic I found the of the more adventurous nature do not term ‘adrenaline junkie’ used to label have a death wish. It’s totally the opposanyone from bank robbers to sky div- ite. Most of us feel these activities are ers and workaholics to street lugers. the most complete and ideal example The overall consensus was ‘these of living anyone could imagine. My life people’ were hooked on the rush that and what I do with it is so utterly valucomes from stress, no matter how it’s able I will push myself to extreme disdelivered. I was annoyed but still curi- comfort, both mentally and physically, ous to find out more. Found on fitday. just to know—really know—I’m using com, a fitness website, is the following my health and talents to the best of my answer to where you can find an ad- abilities. To me this makes more sense
than anything in my life; more than sitting idle at home avoiding excitement. I've seen a clever quote circling lately from Paulo Coelho, a Brazilian novelist: “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine…it’s lethal.” I was lucky to be born to two people who hold high respect and love for mountains. Passionate hikers, my parents strongly encouraged the outdoor lifestyle. My sister and I were carried up trails until we were old enough to walk ourselves. When we became rebellious against waking up at 5:00 a.m. for weekend hikes, mom and dad laid candies along the hiking path so we’d follow them—a cunning and genius ploy to bequeath to us what it meant to breathe forest air so thick with fragrance you went home with its flavour still lingering your mouth. For my 21st birthday, when other parents were paying college fees and encouraging career moves, my parents bought me my very own rock climbing guide for the day. He led me 17 pitches straight to the top of Castle Mountain in Banff National Park. This was the first time I backed my ass off the face of a mountain, allowing gravity and a rope no wider than my middle finger to rappel my descent into trees as small as carpet fibres from that height. It was also the first time I realized being shit-scared out of your mind could be good for you.
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My time in the mountains enriches my life and makes me a better person; one who can extend my resulting aftermountain glow to friends and family who are either out there with me or looking at the photos afterwards. If I have to be an adrenaline junkie, I’m happy to be one who finds their drug in a “relatively healthy manner.”
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Sausage, Anyone? by Alison Lapshinoff
here is something inexplicably pleasing about buying meat neatly wrapped in brown butcher paper. It recalls a simpler time, days before Styrofoam, a time when butchers were required to skilfully render entire animals into usable cuts of meat.
What's Your ping local is very important to the majority of market-goers—even more so than buying organic. Barry is chatting amicably while counting lengths of pepperoni to hang on the rolling rack. A good portion of his products are made from turkey, sourced from a farm in Armstrong, B.C. They are hormone-free birds fed non-medicated feed raised in big barns, not cages.
This summer marks Barry’s second season at Revelstoke’s farmers market. He often has the whole family helping out, including his two daughters, 15 and 17, who he employs.
“From years of working out, I like to make things healthier, leaner,” he explains. Barry has been a competitive body builder for years. “People want less fat. I can tell you everything about my product,” he says, addBA Sausages provides Revelstoke with fresh, ing that he is able to provide complete nutrihealthy sausages and pepperoni made right tional information. here in the Big Eddy. Disenchanted by the lack of meat cutting required at his job as Some of Barry’s recipes were handed down a butcher at the supermarket, Barry began from his father, some of them tweaked slightmaking sausages to sell to his friends in ly to reduce the fat and salt content. Others 2006. He and his family built a small shop are entirely his own. He is even playing with in their backyard from which he could work. making a vegetarian smokie using a seaweed But it wasn’t until last year when he really got casing, something that is still in experimental serious. From his newly expanded shop Barry stages. Besides making his own products for expertly feeds a mixture of spiced ground tur- market sales and restaurants, Barry does a key through his shiny, new hydraulic stuffer. lot of work for hunters, farmers and friends The meat fills the natural hog casing creating who bring him freshly hunted game or meat a long tube. This he twists neatly into pepper- raised on their farm for him to transform into oni sized lengths and hangs on a rolling rack, their favourite smokie. ready to be wheeled into his fully automated smoker, which will dry, smoke, cook and cool “I do a lot of custom work,” he says, relatthe product. ing how a customer may ask him to try to ‘duplicate grandad’s sausage’. He is also “I’ve had good support from local business- happy to tweak his recipes to suit a client’s es,” Barry says, listing off several restaurants specific needs. who buy his sausage. “Buying local is important to people. People like knowing the person in service.” He explains how results of a survey presented at the farmers market annual general meeting confirmed shop-
Around town, Barry is easy to spot doing his deliveries. In the back of an immaculately restored, shiny red Canada Post truck from 1986, he has installed coolers and freezers in which he transports his products.
Barry Asmundson has been working with meat his entire life. Raised in Innisfail, a small farming community just outside Red Deer, Alberta, he began working with his father, a butcher, when he was 12 years old. He even worked briefly in a slaughterhouse. Today Barry, along with his sausage business, are one of the newer faces at Revelstoke’s Saturday morning farmers market.
“People like that the whole family does it. I like working with my kids so they see the foundation of doing stuff yourself and being an entrepreneur.”
“Hardly a week goes by that I don’t get comments on my van,” he laughs. The old vehicle was sitting downtown for years when he bought it, sanded it and gave it a new coat of paint. So now instead of mail, the reincarnated van is packed with spicy chorizos, turkey feta spinach smokies, breakfast sausages and the like. It is inspiring to see someone turn a pastime they enjoy into a viable business, something that Barry has successfully achieved. Indeed demand for his healthy, locally made products has ensured he has full-time work and the satisfaction of being his own boss while doing something he enjoys. After years of learning the trade and pursuing something that began as a hobby, Barry has carved himself a niche here in Revelstoke as the town’s own local ‘sausage guy’. Left: Barry Asmundson hangs pepperoni on a rolling rack. Right: Barry beside his infamous, hand-restored van. Photos: Alison Lapshinoff
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Topically, it can be used as a shaving cream, a deodorant, a mild sunscreen, an eye make-up remover and a general moisturizer to name only a few of its applications.
While low fat products are still favoured by many, it does you well to consider that often the fat is replaced with carbohydrates, refined grain and sugar—things that cause insulin levels to spike and dip leading to hunger, overeating and weight gain. One should avoid processed food altogether and stick with fresh, obtaining their healthy, beneficial fats of coconut oil laud its many purported from things like avocados, nuts, fish and health benefits and use it for everything vegetable oils. from frying food and baking to moisturizing skin. A tropical oil made by separ- Fat is an essential nutrient and consumating the fat and milk from the fruit of ing the right kind is an important comthe coconut palm, coconut oil is solid ponent for overall good nutrition. Modat room temperature, usually an indi- eration and variety are key. Research is cation it should be avoided. However, continually evolving so what is healthy coconut oil is a very versatile, natural fat this year may not be considered so in that is, of late, considered by many to be decades to come. With constantly shiftvery healthy. ing health trends it is important to remember to take it all with a grain of salt. Registered holistic nutritionist Melissa But that is a different topic altogether. Hemphill uses it in her kitchen.
Eat Your Fat! (In Moderation) by Alison Lapshinoff
The key is to eat the right kinds of fat. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, found mainly in plant based food and oil, have been found to reduce cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease. These can be found in things like vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, avocados and fish. Saturated fats, found in things like red meat, cheese, butter and processed food, are still considered unhealthy and should be consumed in moderation. There is, however, one exception.
“As with anything, use it in moderation,” she advises, explaining how she also uses olive oil, sesame oil and butter in her cooking. “It is good for sautéing lightly flavoured foods like fish and eggs,” she says. “It has lots of interesting applications like melting it into energy balls or smoothies.” Besides in the kitchen, coconut oil has numerous topical uses.
“It’s just very versatile,” Melissa explains. "You buy a jar of coconut oil and you can put it in food, put it on your baby’s bum to prevent diaper rash, use it as After years of ill repute due to its high a massage oil, use it in your hair…” saturated fat content, coconut oil is making a comeback as the latest modern Its high smoke point makes it suitable for miracle fat. Made up of medium chain frying and sautéing and it is also a great fatty acids as opposed to long chain fatty dairy free alternative to butter in bakacids in some other fats, coconut oil is ing. It is said to improve digestion and not broken down in your small intestine insulin levels, promote a healthy thyroid, and sent to your fat cells to be stored. In- increase your metabolism, relieve stress, stead, scientists claim it is absorbed in- reduce the risk of heart disease and kidtact and delivered to your liver to be used ney problems and boost your immunity. for energy. Studies have shown that coconut oil does not raise LDL levels, or ‘bad cholesterol’ and instead raises the good (HDL) which does not build up on artery walls. Proponents
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he modern conundrum of what to eat to achieve optimal health is continually evolving. Decades past margarine was in. Today, with the discovery of trans fats created through the partial hydrogenation of oils to make them solid, it would appear that butter is healthier after all.
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oments of uninterrupted observation have remained forever clear in my mind. Times I’ve spent purposely observing everything my mind would accept jump clearly to the forefront, especially when observing nature. Are the moments you’ve spent observing nature motivators for further exploration? In Grade four my teacher asked us, her students, to record observations of fish in the classroom tank. The observations my nine-year old colleagues and I made included the size of the tank, the colour of the water, the types of hiding spots and the happiness of the fish. When I was 15, a seven day sailing trip through B.C.’s Gulf Islands with 200 impressionable youth and 50 passionate nature-loving adults changed my life forever. Peering directly into the assemblage of plants, animals and landforms that comprise B.C.’s coastal beauty solidified my desire to work in the natural sciences field. During a university class on climatology, my cohort and I were tasked with observing weather for 10 minutes in the morning, at lunch and in the evening, for a week. Our assignment was to record anything we saw related to weather, from the types and movements of clouds, to the dance of pollen or a molted feather suspended in air. These experiences helped me form a deep curiosity, respect and appreciation for the natural world. Numerous studies have explored the mind-altering effects of “experiencing” nature. Decreased stress and mental fatigue and increased relaxation and happiness, have been scientifically proven in humans who immerse themselves into natural settings. In 1984 Dr. Roger Ulrich published an article in the prominent publication Science, describing how just looking out a window at a natural setting assisted in post-surgery recovery, decreased health-care use by prison inmates and improved performance by those of us stuck in offices. In 2002 scientific papers by Dr. Peter Kahn Jr. and Dr. Stephen Kellert explored the relationship between children and nature. They found children had significant and positive cognitive, effective and moral developments when in direct contact with nature (in the woods or on the lake, as opposed to at a zoo or watching nature shows on TV). Starting to explore the natural world can be overwhelming, although it doesn’t have to be. Joining a local nature group or meeting up with experienced observers allows for in-the-field learning—the best kind! Exciting advancements in technology have led to the availability of fun and engaging ways for all ages to explore outside. Shown here is a selection of apps and nonapps compiled for the Revelstoke nature lover and nature-loverto-be. From the many ideas offered start with the one that interests you the most and try to stay with it past the initial learning stage. The experience will be so worth it. Happy observing!
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Parks Canada Learn to Camp: a great app for new and experienced campers Report-a-weed: for reporting weeds in B.C. and helping to prevent the spread of invasive species iFish BC: for great places to fish in B.C. Leaf Snap: identify plants using face-recognition technology WildObs: mobile plant and animal ID guide SMM WildFlowers: use observations of colour, habitat and season to narrow down the right species iNaturalist: observe, record and share nature sightings with a huge online community TreeBook: ID local trees from the more than 100 most common trees in North America Winged Tapestries: Moths at Large: identify different moth species NASA App: identify the “light bulbs” in the sky
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Getting H igh by Rory Luxmoore
hile Revelstoke is well-known for its skiing and biking opportunities, another outdoor pursuit enjoys a quiet popularity in this region as well. Prior to the 1990s the words “climbing anyone?” would seldom be heard. But thanks to the work of many local climbing pioneers including Ruedi Beglinger, Bernie Waitzka and Dean Flick, Revelstoke now boasts a plethora of good climbing opportunities. With 13 sites and over 450 pitches, it is no wonder people are slipping on their harnesses and flocking to their favourite climbing area when the sun comes out. In less than half an hour you could be hanging over Lake Revelstoke at Waterworld, looking down over the Columbia Valley on Lauretta Slabs, challenging your skills at Shaketown or watching your child dance up a climb at Begbie Bluffs. Currently, there are plans in the works to open an indoor climbing facility so the climbing community can enjoy this sport year-round. Since humans could walk we have been climbing. As local climber Harry Van Oort put it, “Climbing is primal; it is what we have evolved from.” While early climbing may have been a necessity for survival, climbing now offers different rewards. As children we learned to climb up into our mother’s arms or up to the cookie jar. As adults many are drawn to the natural beauty of mountain peaks. There is no doubt climbing gives appealing physical challenges. Yet, it is also a mental exercise. Local guide Darek Glowacki sees it as a puzzle-solving exercise. Harry compares it to playing the piano where you practice the moves over and over until you get it. Local climber Debbie Koerber attests when you solve a problem, “it makes you feel amazing." After a hard day at work climbing may be the answer. “When you leave the ground, you leave it all behind,” Harry states. His partner, Mandy Kellner, continues, “You think about climbing and nothing else. It is our meditation.” And of course it is fun. Revelstoke offers many different climbing options for people of all ages and walks of life. Many of the climbing areas are sport climbs. These climbs have permanent anchors placed in the rock for protection. A lead climber, or as Debbie Koerber puts it, “the rope gun,” heads up the rock face and clips her rope into the protection while her partner belays. This type of climbing can offer less risk and an opportunity for you to set up your level of challenge. Traditional climbing has climbers placing and removing their own protection. This type of climbing brings more risk but offers additional adventure and self-sufficiency. There are several books that can help direct you to your climb of choice. Revelstoke Rocks by Ruedi Beglinger is a good place to start. Before buckling up your harness and grabbing your rope you should think about getting “schooled.” Local mountain guide Darek Glowacki warns about dangers of learning from a friend who learned from a friend who took a course. To climb safely and efficiently one needs to be taught the foundational skills and knowledge of moving safely on rock. Revelstoke Alpine Adventures offers courses for both beginners learning the basics, to those wanting to challenge themselves in the mountains. Debbie also states: “finding a good partner who you can trust is so important.” One must also learn how to assess the dangers around you. Loose rock and belayer error can potentially cause accidents. Bouldering is an additional climbing option. Boulderers need not worry about ropes, harnesses or protection. All that is needed is a pair of shoes and a crash pad placed at the bottom of the rock. Bouldering offers an opportunity to build your strength and skills in a safe environment. It can also be a good social venue as families and friends can gather to climb, watch and play. The Revelstoke Climbing Co-op (R.C.C.) is working on another exciting local climbing option. Mark Hartley, board member of R.C.C., is pumped about the prospect of opening an indoor climbing gym. He envisions the gym giving climbing enthusiasts an opportunity to stay in shape during the winter and become better climbers by pushing themselves in a controlled environment. R.C.C. member Tina Godfrey sees the project as creating a venue for community building, where climbers of all ages gather to meet and learn from each other. With the assortment of climbing opportunities in Revelstoke we should be hearing “climbing anyone?” coming from people of all ages and abilities. The word is getting out. Perhaps with the arrival of the climbing gym and the continued work of the local climbing community, Revelstoke will be known and enjoyed for much more than its perennial skiing and biking.
CLIMBING GRADES: The technical difficulty of
a climb is graded from lower fifth class — 5.0 to 5.3, meaning very easy — to higher scores of 5.10 to 5.13 — very hard, and even 5.16, which is extremely difficult and impossible for most. A very select few can scale climbs rated more than 5.13. An a, b, c or d may be put in front of the number, (like 5.11a), in order to break the climb down further into more finite difficulty levels. For a more technical explanation, see Revelstoke Rocks, (Ruedi Beglinger).
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CLIMBER TALK: BOOTIE SCORE
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Sounds like: taking a bath Means: the second person up collects the climbing hardware off the rock
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Climber Mark Hartley leads up Spanikopita (5.11c) at Popeye Wall in Begbie Bluffs. Photo: Harry Van Oort
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Around the Go Your Own Way by Katie Marti
espite the fact we are a social species by nature some things are better done solo: flossing, watching The Notebook, trying on bathing suits... When it comes to travelling, however, making the decision to go it alone is still fairly uncommon. Sure sharing a trip with someone can make it special but, in some cases, a solitary journey has the potential to be far more meaningful. Most of my solo travels have been within Canada and the United States. Road trips and camping are my specialty, taking me from coast to coast on several occasions with nothing more than the CBC and my golden retriever for company. Recently I took it a step further and travelled to Mexico and Central America as a sort of pilgrimage to my father’s homeland. The mission was to connect with relatives and explore the culture that made my dad who he is. Ultimately I wanted to discover to what degree it might also make me who I am. Naturally there were beautiful sunsets or fabulous meals that would have been nice to share but most of the time I was extremely content, grateful
even, to have the freedom and flexibility to let the trip be exactly what I needed or wanted it to be. Right from the planning stages every single decision was mine to make: where to stay, how to get there, what to do and when to leave. The trip was completely my own. Of course travelling solo, especially as a woman, does come with a few added hassles. For one, some transportation costs more when I travel by myself. Walking alone or even using public transport isn’t as safe as springing for a cab, particularly after dark, so I often end up spending money that couples or groups of tourists might not. Accommodations also tend to be more expensive; a double room split between two people, let alone three or four, is oftentimes cheaper than a single bed in a hostel dorm. But it’s more than just financial: I’m hyper-aware of standing out or being a target for thieves and pickpockets when I’m not travelling with other people. Case in point: I was mugged at knife point on a sunny beach in Mexico. I can’t be certain without a time machine and a doover but I seriously doubt my attacker would have chosen me as his victim had I not been a woman travelling alone. So, yes, there is inherent risk associated with embarking on a solo adventure. I got off lucky in that one instance and only lost a cellphone and a bit of cash. Main photo: Katie Marti in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. Photo: Colleen Friesen
Right: Katie's overnight set-up at JFK airport and a solo bike trip around Campobello and Deer Island, New Brunswick. Photos: Katie Marti
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It could have been much, much worse. And, yet, I wouldn’t trade the trip or even that particular experience for any other scenario. Not to say I’m glad for getting robbed but the encounter revealed a side of myself rarely seen which, in hindsight, is pretty cool. The selfdiscovery and growth that comes from moving beyond your comfort zone without anyone to defer to or influence your behaviour is life altering in a way that can’t be undone. Solo travel does not have to mean spending an entire trip in solitary confinement. In fact one of the upshots of travelling alone is the higher likelihood of befriending people from all over the world because you don’t already have someone to sit with on the bus or a friend to watch your bag while you run to the bathroom. Travellers attract other travellers creating a community based on mutual understanding and shared experience; among solo travellers, especially, there’s a vulnerability that creates a common bond. The beauty of a solo trip is not so much in the time spent alone, although that can be pretty powerful and revealing; it’s more in giving yourself the gift of adventure and letting it be yours, alone.
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it,” Stacey expands. “In abstract math you sit in a room, come up with an original thought and go.”
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lthough she is a published mathematician Stacey Lamont is more commonly associated with Revelstoke’s Your Office and Art Centre. As the manager, she's aware it might shock people when they discover she's also a mathematician.
The road to being a mathematician was not an easy one. On the first day of her third year in the University College of the Caribous math program, Stacey found out she was pregnant. “I never wanted to look at my little girl and say–I never finished school because I had you,” Stacey continues, “so I didn't.”
“Running a store and completing complex mathematical equations don't necessarily go hand in hand,” she laughs, “but I make it work.” Stacey points out that both math and running a business require organization, creativity and dedication. “I've always been hyper-organized and I love the tactility of working with stationary and pens,” she admits. Currently a part owner, Stacey and her computer savvy partner, Anthony Tomson, plan on purchasing the business outright by the end of the year.
Stacey stayed through the semester. She returned when her daughter was sixteen months old and it was then Stacey became involved with the research. This resulted in her publishing a paper as well as participating in another project coding specialized computer software. Upon finishing her degree, Stacey worked on her Masters at The University of Calgary. She was three quarters through when all the commitments she was juggling became too much. She was sharing 50/50 custody with her daughter’s father and was also commuting weekly between Calgary and Revelstoke. With her daughter starting kindergarten and herself on the brink of burnout, Stacey decided to move away from math. She left her Masters and headed off in a new direction.
Born and raised in Revelstoke Stacey never realized during her years at school that she was good at math. “It just came naturally,” she says. It wasn't until her second year at the University College of the Caribous (now Thompson Rivers University) as an English major that a stray chemistry class caught her interest and led her into the world of “I'm glad,” she says. “I don't regret it; it was the right choice.” abstract math. “I actually really dislike practical math,” Stacey and her new partner, Anthony, decided to make Revelshe comments. stoke their home. The expressions she was getting (this interviewer is not mathematically inclined) prompted her to explain. Math has three main branches: applied math, which deals with real life mathematics and physics, pure math, which deals with abstract concept, and financial math, which deals with math in financial markets. Each branch is different from one another. Stacey's passion lies in pure math.
When the opportunity to join Your Office and Art Centre opened up, they were thrilled. “We love it,” Stacey enthuses. “Anthony does computer repairs and I manage the business.”
The Revelstoke community has a lot to offer and Stacey jumped at the chance to join The Derailers, Revelstoke's roller derby team, in 2012. “I was drawn to the image of Derby girls,” she laughs. “Ask anyone, they'll tell you I can barely put on Her work has been published in the peer reviewed magazine, matching socks; fashion is not my strong suit. I'd never worn Discrete Mathematics. The article, titled "Lexicongraphic fishnets before. Now I have several pairs!” Products With High Reconstruction Numbers," was based on results derived from a NSERC (National Science and Engin- Stacey also relishes the physicality of her position as a blocker. eering Research Council) research grant Stacey obtained as an “We get laid out, hard. It's a great game.” undergraduate. The next time Stacey strolls by, try calling her by her Derby “Abstract math is not like regular science, where you make a name, Lumen, and don’t be surprised to learn that Lumen is hypothesis, develop a methodology and then set out to prove a scientific term used to quantify the measurement of light!
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ily Peter did not quit his ‘day job’ and helped construct the dirt road along the east bank of the Columbia River, which served as a meandering loop from Revelstoke to Golden until the Rogers Pass route was opened in 1962.
Woodenhead fell into obscurity. Motorists no longer frequented the Big Bend Highway and Woodenhead-mania faded. It was moved to town in the 1960s and became just another heritage artifact.
Noticing a large cedar stump with questionable “human characteristics,” Peter decided to take a shot at sculpture. With nothing but a double bitted axe, some chisels and hundreds of burly, mountain highway workers cheering him on, Peter spent time revealing the natural ‘big head’ features within the cedar and then decided to add an equally giant hat.
However, in 2005 the importance of restoring a former masterpiece of amateur wood sculpture and, at the same time, boasting a “world’s largest,” was recognized.
There are the world’s largest wood chimes in Kaslo, B.C. and the world’s largest artificial duck in Andrew, Alberta. Sudbury, Ontario is home to the world’s largest nickel and 100 Mile House boasts having the world’s largest pair of cross-country skis. Scattered along the highways and forgotten bi-ways of our country, one thing remains clear: Canadians harbour a The Merriam Webster dictionary pinpoints strange fascination in taking photographs next the first known use of the noun ‘woodenhead’ to abnormally large objects. to sometime in 1831. ‘Woodenhead’ is defined completely by other synonyms including; Revelstoke is no different. While the honour blockhead, airhead, birdbrain, bonehead and of world’s largest fish and bear sign goes to so forth. Integrating the popular jargon of the Port Hardy, B.C., Revelstoke can proudly pro- day, Peter’s sculpture was given an immediclaim to be the home of the world’s largest hu- ate use as one of British Columbia’s first road man head. That’s right. The world’s largest. safety warnings. Human. Head. The sign once read: “Don’t be ‘Wooden Headed’. While seemingly shrouded in mystery, the Drive carefully; you’ll live to enjoy the scenery legend of the Woodenhead is actually quite more and longer” and even though its message simple. It was carved in the 1930s by Revelstoke was redundant the sign still became quite wellresident Peter Fuoco. A timekeeper and first-aid known and famous throughout the interior. man, Peter found he had extra time on his hands while working on the Big Bend Highway pro- When the aforementioned Roger’s Pass Transject, better known as Highway 23 North. Luck- Canada Highway route was opened the poor
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The City of Revelstoke conducted extensive restoration work to Sir Woodenhead, built him a wooden house and honoured him by dedicating a municipal park to his name. Woodenhead had finally come home to his people. To find this monument to the homo sapien cranium, look no further than the green space just off the Trans-Canada Highway next to A&W. Here you will discover the legendary Woodenhead in the park of his own name. Woodenhead is the hero a motorist deserves but not the one they need right now. His time has passed but his message remains true. Look for more enormously average objects across Canada at bigthings.ca In fact plan a road trip this summer around some of these “world’s largest." But remember to travel safely. You’ll live longer. And more.
ing and daily admission into the fairgrounds will only set you back $15. This occasion has enormous entertainment value with the stampede being only one component of the show. It claims to be B.C.’s premier agricultural exhibition and has stood the test of time to prove it. More than 150,000 people will pass through the gates and jam the grandstands to be part of it this year. Terry Hannah, who looks after vendor relations for the Armstrong IPE, says, “It’s a huge deal for the entire surrounding area. The action is exciting, fun, fast paced and it’s the best rodeo in B.C.”
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Rodeo Trails by Colin Titsworth
ummer is peak season for rodeos with cowboys/girls zigzagging the province to partake in festivities that honour a way of life. Small towns around B.C. are getting ready to host their rodeo weekend, which is a shining star on any community’s event schedule. Armstrong hosts the closest Pro Rodeo to Revelstoke when the Wrangler Canadian Tour makes a stop on Labour Day weekend. Other amateur/semi-pro rodeos can be found on almost any weekend you feel like road tripping with your Stetson.
Vast portions of this province are wild ranchlands, which rodeos are a direct product of. The B.C. Rodeo Association organizes 24 rodeos from April to September and they have a series within the tour highlighting the Chilcotin region. These events provide friends and families a place to venture on weekends for competition and camaraderie. Quaint rural towns surge with spirit as an influx of livestock and rodeo goers overtake the local scene. From August 28 until September 1 you can catch rodeo performances at the 114th annual Armstrong Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE) and Stampede. Rodeo action continues into the even-
age and some rural schools in the province provide rodeo disciplines as extracurricular activities. The B.C. High School Rodeo Association (BCHSRA) wraps up the spring competitions with provincial finals in Quesnel from June 6-9. The champions from each category in these finals earn a $250 scholarship and a trip to the Nationals in Virden, Manitoba.
As the BCHSRA website explains, “Education is very important to our association and we strive to present many bursaries and scholarships for our graduating class. Awards are also The Nakusp rodeo is unfortunately given out to the top five competitors in cancelled this year, which is simply a each event.” loss for Nakusp. Last year was the first Nakusp Rodeo in what was supposed For centuries the world relied on horseto continue as an annual event. It was power from the actual beast itself. In three days of roping, bucking broncos, our electronically wired world we rarebull riding, two-stepping and much ly think of the days when the family more. The Taco Club and local Rotary wagon was actually a wagon pulled by fed onlookers who basked in mid-sum- a horse. Rodeos shed light onto a time mer heat at the prime lakeside venue. that is not prehistoric but to many kids Announcers introduced different disci- it might as well be. Throw on your finplines and competitors as the rodeo est plaid, wrangle the family and find clown entertained the crowd. your way to a rodeo this summer. Singer Garth Brooks sums it all up: It was a magnificent occasion with plenty of potential but as the Nakusp Well, it's bulls and blood Rodeo Facebook page states, “It is with It's dust and mud great sadness that the Nakusp Rodeo It's the roar of a Sunday crowd will not happen this year as it conflicts It's the white in his knuckles with the village council and our man- The gold in the buckle agement firm, Trophy Tournaments.” He'll win the next go 'round It's boots and chaps Rodeos showcase a variety of skills re- It's cowboy hats quired by farmers, who manage live- It's spurs and lattigo stock to earn a living. Youngsters who It's the ropes and the reins grow up within this lifestyle become And the joy and the pain exposed to the rodeo culture at an early And they call the thing rodeo.
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Amy Flexman Brings Music to the People
longside a solid base of longtime locals, Revelstoke maintains a steady flow of temporary residents who migrate in and out of town with the change in seasons. They pour love and support into the community for a few months each year, then theyâ€™re off. Itâ€™s a fleeting, passionate affair between skier and ski-town. But every once in a while, a transient visitor falls in love, hard, and decides to stay for good. They recognize the potential in a small town and want to contribute to the local economy in a lasting and meaningful way.
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hiatus and needed something that would attract people other than wings,â€? explains Amy. â€œThereâ€™s great energy in that open space; I love the local feel, clear sight lines, wood floors and saw the potential for solid live music.â€?
The first band she brought in was the United Steelworkers of Montreal. The show was a hit, selling out and proving to Amy that she was on Amy Flexman with Elliott Brood band members Mark Sasson, Stephen Pitkin and Casey Laforet. the right track. â€œIt was great to give the pub more Photo: Chris Ford business and awesome to see people respond in such a positive way,â€? she recalls. After that stick to bands and performers I know people will be Council and local radio station, Stoke FM, Amy first show she was encouraged and motivated pumped to see.â€? is hoping to keep the momentum going. One posAmy Flexmanâ€™s first few encounters with Revel- to really throw herself into the live music scene sible venture would be to bring a summer music stoke were as an outdoor education teacher from in Revelstoke. Getting people out of the house is not always an festival back to town. Amy pictures the event takOntario bringing students to town on a ski trip. easy task, however. â€œWeâ€™re spoiled here in Revel- ing place at Revelstoke Mountain Resortâ€™s midâ€œI knew right away I wanted to move here,â€? Amy What came next was the Frostbite Concert Series, stoke,â€? Amy explains. â€œThereâ€™s lots of live music mountain lodge, using the natural slope of the remembers. â€œThere was just a lot going on and a an effort that brought live music to venues around now and so much of it is free that it can be hard ski hill as seating and using the lodge itself as good sense of community. It seemed like everyone town every Thursday night between January and to convince people to pay for a show, even when centre stage. was happy!â€? It wasnâ€™t long before she packed up April this past winter. Popular bands like Stuck itâ€™s a great band or artist.â€? She adds the weather and made the move cross-country. That was three on Honey, the Boom Booms, the Bitterweed Draw can also be a bit of a factor. â€œIf it was a powder Regardless of what the future looks and sounds years ago and sheâ€™s been a proud and permanent and Shred Kelly packed the house, while more day and people have been out enjoying the amaz- like for Amy Flexman, she is committed to one resident ever since. low-key artists like Craig Cardiff and Jeremy Fish- ing outdoor adventures the region has to offer, thing: bringing quality entertainment to her er played intimate acoustic sets to smaller crowds. sometimes folks are just too tired by the time community. â€œI want people to see the name FlBack in Ontario, Amy had dabbled in music pro- Though Amy is proud of the way things went this they get home in the evening to turn around and exProductions and immediately know they are motion, organizing live shows that regularly sold winter, she admits it was an ambitious endeavour, go out again.â€? going to have a really great experience. I want to over 100 ticketsâ€“not bad in a town of only 400 particularly given the effort was completely volundevelop a reputation that musicians and fans alike people. When she arrived in Revelstoke Amy saw tary on her part. â€œOnce a week was a bit much,â€? she Thankfully, it would take more than a couple of can trust.â€? an opportunity to bring great music to the people laughs. â€œNext year, Iâ€™d like to scale it back a bit and small obstacles to discourage this keener. Through in a similar way and quickly set her sights on the focus on high-quality, low-risk events: continue to her enterprise, FlexProductions, and with sup- To see what else Amy is up to this summer, visit Big Eddy Pub. â€œThey were re-opening after a long focus on Canadian independent music but try to port from organizations like the Revelstoke Arts her website at flexpeditions.com
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