Garibaldi Park Whistler A to Z: Mt James TurnerMills Winram was a very active mountaineer from Vancouver with some very notable ascents in the 1920's and 1930's.  He, along with Fred Parkes and Stan Henderson made the first ascent of Mount Slesse in August of 1927.  In 1932 Mills Winram, Tom Fyles, Neal Carter and Alec Dalgleish went on an exploratory expedition to the headwaters of Lillooet River, where they made the first known ascent of Mount Meager and several surrounding peaks.

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The following year, the same group set off to explore the mountains they had seen from Mount Meager to the west, toward the coast.  To reach these mountains they took the long boat journey from Vancouver up into Toba Inlet and up Toba River. As Mills Winram recalled in an interview several years later, "The Toba Inlet had been mapped. But the upper half of the Toba River, and the mountains above it, were unknown. So in July of 1933 , four of us set out to explore the headwaters of the Toba River.  From the head of Toba Inlet two Indians took us in their fish boat up the river for about a day and a half. Then we switched to a little outboard-powered canoe and went for a day in that. The river got faster and faster, and finally it got too difficult to get around the bends. We had to be landed, and take to the bush. The valley is a typical glaciated U-shaped valley, with a relatively flat valley floor, and relatively steep granite sides down which waterfalls would come about every half-mile. In many places, it was so steep that the waterfalls would shoot out like a hose. We bushwhacked our way along the banks. We carried about fifty-pound packs , just standard knapsacks, no iron frames on them. But that was easier because you could crawl through heavy underbrush with nothing to catch on your back. We had to carry all our own food, as well as our bedding."

Boat to Squamish, Toba Trip 1933

Tom Fyles, Mills Winram and Neal Carter Toba River 1933

Mills Winram was born in 1907 in Manitou, Manitoba and while still young, his family relocated to Vancouver.  After finishing high school, he started working in a fishing supply business and in 1925 he joined the British Columbia Mountaineering Club.  He felt unsure of himself at his job, whereas in the mountains he seemed to excel.  The positive nature of the BCMC and the excitement and friendships he made were a sharp contrast to his tedious day job.  He recalled, "Most young fellows don't know very much about their job when they start out and they make a lot of mistakes  But I could go into the mountains and meet people with a different outlook altogether who didn't care about the mistakes I had made in the shipping office, and they would treat me as an equal, or at least be courteous to me.  And I lived from weekend to weekend."  For Mills Winram, mountaineering introduced him to a wider world of people and experiences which he seemed to thrive on.  Recalling his first mountaineering trip beyond the local mountains around Vancouver at the 1926 BCMC summer camp in Garibaldi Park.  "I met some extremely interesting people there.  I shared the tent with a university professor and a leading lawyer from the city.  And then, sitting around the campfire, there was a woman who had been to Russia.  And this, of course, was like going to the moon in those days, and she gave us a talk on the Russian ballet, which I had never heard of.  This is the type of thing that opens up for you the fact that there's more to life than just climbing mountains, or just writing out receipts in a shipping office."

The following year, in 1927, Mills Winram, Stan Henderson and Fred Parkes made an impressive first ascent of Mount Slesse.  In the excellent book, In the Western Mountains: Early Mountaineering in British Columbia, Susan Leslie interviewed Mills Winram.  In 1979, he recalled that remarkable ascent of Mount Slesse 52 years earlier.

We didn't have any carabiners or pitons or any extra things that people use today.  Just our fingers to hold us on.  Fred Parkes, being a relatively small man , could get into small chimneys and wiggle his way up, and then throw the rope down and pull the other two of us up.  We went all day , and then about noon we realized that we couldn't possibly go back the way we'd come. We couldn't see where we'd come and we were afraid that we'd end in a precipice and just look over and have nothing to hold onto and we didn't have enough rope to rappel down the whole way. I think we had just about a hundred feet of rope. We had to keep on going. And under those circumstances, you can overcome a lot of drawbacks. Eventually, about 2 o'clock in the afternoon , we came out between the two peaks near the top. There was a little bit of a meadow and there was a goat on the meadow. He was absolutely amazed. He thought no human being could ever get there, and he ran away over the. hill.  Then there was a little bit of chimney, which I didn't mind. Then I was about 100 feet below the peak. The others had gone up to the peak and I seemed to just run out of energy. I said, " I can't go any further. I'm going to go back. " And they just came down and laughed at me and tied a rope around me and said, "Come on. We' re there, so come up." So they pulled me up the last fifty feet. And then we looked around, and we were on the highest point all right. So we built a cairn, and we wrote in it, "Hope we get down all right."

To the Cradle of Toba River 1933 Vancouver Province

Pushing the Limits by Chic ScottMills Winram went on to graduate with a Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of British Columbia in 1933.  The same year that he went on the search for the source of the Toba River with Tom Fyles, Neal Carter and Alec Dalgleish.  When he wasn't hiking in the mountains he managed Winram Insurance, the family business.  Well into his 90's he was still going into the office.  In Pushing The Limits: The Story of Canadian Mountaineering, Chic Scott writes that.  He later confided, "I was never the dare-devil type. Frankly I was scared a lot of the very difficult mountains."  He says he climbed for curiosity. "Most of the maps were very good along the shoreline of BC, but there were blank spots once you got in.  We felt we would like to explore these blank spots, but we had to learn to climb the mountains first."  In June 2001, the Alpine Club of Canada honoured him for his 75th year of continuous membership in the club.  At the age of 95 he was still active in the mountains, skiing with his grandson on Mount Seymour.  Mills Winram passed away in Vancouver on January 10th, 2006 at the age of 98.Mills Winram, Alec Dalgleish, Tom Fyles and Neal Carter. 1932 Lillooet

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Coast Douglas-fir trees are medium to extremely large trees that you will encounter in Whistler and Garibaldi Park. They are the second tallest conifer ...
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Accumulation Zone: the area where snow accumulations exceeds melt, located above the firn line.  Snowfall accumulates faster than melting, evaporation and ...
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Arête: a thin ridge of rock formed by two glaciers parallel to each other. Sometimes formed from two cirques meeting. From the French for edge or ridge.  Around ...
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The Spearhead Range is a subsection of the Garibaldi Ranges that runs in an arc that connects Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain.  The Spearhead ...
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Erratic or Glacier Erratic is a piece of rock that has been carried by glacial ice, often hundreds of kilometres.  Characteristic of their massive size and ...
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Moraines are glacially deposited ridges of debris that accumulate at the sides or terminus of a glacier.  Lateral moraines form at the sides of glaciers ...
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Mountain hemlock is a species of hemlock that thrives along the west coast of North America from Alaska to California. In Whistler and Garibaldi Park you ...
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Fitzsimmons Creek is the beautiful and huge creek that crashes through Whistler Village.  When walking from Whistler Village to the Upper Village, you will cross ...
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Mount Meager erupted here 2400 years ago and filled the valley with debris that cemented into rock that blocked Lillooet River.  Eventually water erosion ...
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Brandywine Falls is one of the must see sights on the way to or from Whistler. The falls drop from a 70 metre(230 feet), unnaturally abrupt looking cliff ...
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Rainbow Falls is located just a short hike from the start of the Rainbow Trail to Rainbow Lake.  The trailhead is along Alta Lake Road on the far side of ...
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Wedgemount Falls can be seen along the trail to Wedgemount Lake.  As the falls flow directly from Wedgemount Lake, they are located about three quarters ...
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Nairn Falls is a wonderful, crashing and chaotic waterfall that surrounds you from the deluxe viewing platform that allows you to safely watch it from above.  The beautiful, green water rushes through the ...
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Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is a gorgeous park with extraordinarily coloured lakes, waterfalls, stunning mountain peaks and ominous glaciers pouring into the valley.  Joffre Lakes is one of those incredible places ...
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The Rainbow Trail is a convenient and popular trail near Whistler Village that takes you to Rainbow Lake as well as the Rainbow-Sproatt Flank Trail, Rainbow Falls, Hanging Lake, Madeley Lake, Beverley ...
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Russet Lake is a surreal little paradise that lays at the base of The Fissile, in Garibaldi Provincial Park. The Fissile is the strikingly bronze mountain visible from Whistler Village.  From the Village ...
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