Canada’s Mountains

 Posted by on October 22, 2013

Standing on the shoulders of giants

In 1998 I took a month of my life to build a ridiculously-multi-meticulous table and spacer template for It started when I was browsing the very new Internet one night and happened upon an interesting looking web page. I marveled at how they brought shape to the wrapper of the design.

Many Mountains and many years bring us to here, a place to rest (I hope). The time has come for a fresh new look. I hope you like it.

Out on a ledge

Bottomless ledge at the Grand Canyon, photo courtesy of David Black has undergone three upgrades and here is the progression…

  • original design (about 1999)
  • migration to WordPress from static pages (2008-9)
  • now I toss the old WordPress theme and get a new one (now that is)
  • I still need to update a lot of the pages; the ones with excessive space and small thumbnails. Spell check and grammar adjust will come when they get ported over from remote file includes. DONE!!!.
  • next? well, hopefully another upgrade and 3D orthographic maps with GPX way-points, routes, and tracks from Google Earth
  • please let me know of any bugs, 1/4 of you are still using IE so most of the bugs reside in that browser

Due to the nature of scrambling. I feel it’s important to define what scrambling is.

“Scramble” wn ‘WordNet (r) 1.7’
n 1: an unceremonious and disorganized struggle [syn: {scuffle}]
2: rushing about hastily in an undignified way [syn: {scamper}, {scurry}]
v 1: to move hurriedly: ‘The friend scrambled after them.’
2: climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling [syn: {clamber}, {shin}, {shinny}, {skin}, {struggle}, {sputter}]
3: bring into random order [syn: {jumble}, {throw together}]
4: stir vigorously; ‘beat the egg whites’; beat the cream’ [syn: {beat}]
5: make unintelligible; ‘scramble the message so that nobody can understand it’ [ant: {unscramble}]”);


Scrambling is a good deal more dangerous than climbing because the participants are unprotected and often less knowledgeable than mountaineers. There have been many deaths of scramblers and hikers in the Canadian Rockies.


Safety in the mountains is paramount. Be safe above all else.

Best Regards;
Tim L. Helmer

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What’s it all about?

I feel as though the mountains have given me a strength. To travel about in them on bikes and up steep ridges on foot requires it; all the while inhaling lots of oxygen. I hope you go there too and find a way to travel through them that makes you work hard. And when you’re done, stick your head in a cold stream and listen to your scull crack. Beer steak and blistering love are optional although I don’t recommend them.

Creating a new theory is not like destroying an old barn and erecting a skyscraper in its place. It is rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider views, discovering unexpected connections between our starting points and its rich environment. But the point from which we started out still exists and can be seen, although it appears smaller and forms a tiny part of our broad view gained by the mastery of the obstacles on our adventurous way up.

Albert Einstein
1879-1955, German-born American Physicist

Thou hast a voice, great Mountain, to repeal. Large codes of fraud and woe; not understood by all, but which the wise, and great, and good interpret, or make felt, or deeply feel.

Shelley, Percy Bysshe
4 August 1792 – 8 July 1822