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f there is a state of mind that winter seems to encourage more than any other, it must be stoicism. January is to be endured. February is a month-long test of our capacity for abnegation. Which is not to deny the season’s majestic beauty and many joyful opportunities. But even they test our resolve before yielding their icy diversions. Few things are more enjoyable in winter for instance than skating on a pond or the quiet bay of a lake. But only very rarely is the ice naturally smooth and free of snow. Anyone who has maintained a backyard

rink knows that decent ice takes hours of shovelling and flooding in sub-zero temperatures. It is therefore fitting that this current issue gives pride of place to some of these challenging pursuits. Few can equal ice-climbing in sheer stoicism. Climbing itself seems to be a risky way to test the iron law of gravity. Add to it freezing temperatures and slippery ice, and, well, we’ll admire the feat from down here, thank you very much. But it’s hard to think of a more graceful, fiercely beautiful winter sport.

Winter camping is not for the faint of heart either, although it at least tends to stick to horizontal surfaces. And, as one of our articles reveals, there are ways to actually enjoy spending time in a tent when there is half a metre of snow outside. For the less stoic among us, we have articles on affordable housing and community solutions, historical writing, food security and the importance of seeds, museum exhibits, library promotions, winter-themed poetry, and much more.

All photos contributed, unless otherwise noted.


613.379.5369 stonemills.scoop@gmail.com thescoop.ca facebook.com/thescoop.ca Please write to us at: Stone Mills Scoop 482 Adair Road Tamworth, ON K0K 3G0 The SCOOP is published six times a year. We mail The SCOOP for free to more than 6600 households in Tamworth, Centreville, Enterprise, Erinsville, Camden East, Newburgh, Colebrook, Yarker, Verona, Hartington, Sydenham, Roblin, Selby, Parham, Kaladar, Stella, Godfrey, & Marlbank. We also arrange with local retailers to display 1000 additional issues of The SCOOP in Napanee, Cloyne, Flinton, Kaladar, & many other locations.

SCOOP reader Valerie Buchan’s painting was inspired by Bill Kendall’s photo that appeared on the cover of our December/January issue.


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An Alpine Club of Canada member winter ice climbing at Calabogie Eagle’s Nest. Photo by Geoff Schimmel. For more information about the Alpine Club of Canada Toronto Section, you can visit their website at www. alpineclubtoronto.ca, or send them an email at info@ alpineclubtoronto.ca. If you would like to speak with someone in the Stone Mills area about climbing, please reach out to Geoff Schimmel at geoff.schimmel@gmail.com.


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