The Dr. Alistair Baillie Legacy Student Internship Fund

The BC Cancer Foundation has established a Legacy Student Internship Fund in memory of Alistair Baillie, our dear friend and long-time fellow Killer Beez member, who passed away earlier this year.  The purpose of his fund is to support a Summer Student in Medical Physics at the Kelowna Cancer Centre.

Because of his modesty, most of us never knew much about Alistair’s work, other than he worked at the Cancer Centre.  Click here for a summary of the exceptional accomplishments of this soft-spoken, unassuming man, and for information regarding his legacy fund, plus how you may contribute.

Something to Ponder.

It’s been a tough year.   During this pandemic we have been restricted,  We have been confined.  We can’t do what we normally do.  We can’t go where we normally go.   Our external activities have been intentionally constrained for our safety and the safety of our fellowman.

But here’s something to ponder:

During 2020, the Earth has had a Time Out from us and our activities and thus has benefited in many ways.  When we are on the other side of this pandemic, let’s give our planet more of the care and attention it deserves.  It’s the only one we’ve got.

Have a wonderful Christmas and keep yourselves and others safe.

Happy Wednesday!

Hope you’re enjoying this beautiful day! Remember that quite a few of us ski on Wednesdays, Saturday and Sundays at Kelowna Nordic. They also have great snowshoe trails! If the sun is out, we picnic near the parking lot afterwards (and sample the newest baking endeavours of Mel, his wife Leslie and Larry!). Feel free to email Mel or myself if you’d like to meet up … you don’t have to be a fast skier, we have fun at different paces and abilities!

Here is something that the “Honorary Bee” Stephen in Vancouver sent to us:

Snowcycle ? ?

Do you have a mountain bike gathering dust in the basement or garage over the winter?  Well then, you might be interested to know that you can turn that little beauty into a snowcycle and go play with your snowmobile friends, if you have some.  Here’s how.

Or you could just sell the mountain bike and get a fat bike plus some cross-country skis.  Now we’re talking.

Whatever.  Get out there and play in the snow.

Onto the ski trails …

The last shoulder season week was a busy one for the Beez … we hiked and snowshoed, enjoying deep snow and beautiful vistas.

As always, Geoff outdid himself with his Relive work … thank you for providing these!
Check them out below:

The ski season has now started. Some of us will explore Sovereign Lakes, others are happy that Kelowna Nordic started grooming on the same weekend. If you have never tried xc skiing, maybe this is the winter to give it a go – it is a great sport, providing a full-body workout without lasting all day, fresh air and sunshine, and no cars, fumes or traffic lights!

A group of us ski Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday mornings. If you’d like to meet up, please email us. The snowshoe trails at Kelowna Nordic are also fabulous, with great views, flagged trails and even GPS-referenced maps (so you can always check on your phone where you are). Tom has done amazing work on this all summer!

If you do not have a Kelowna Nordic season pass, you can still buy it ($125 for the whole season!) or conveniently donate online for day use passes (ski or snowshoe). Please see their website.

Lastly, I just wanted to comment on what a great group of people the Beez are! It is so nice to have a group of friends who are always interested in a good workout outside – and are not scared off by snow, steep climbs etc. I appreciate you all! 

Hike – Sunday November 15! – SPION KOP

Update: The survey results show a clear preference for Spion Kop. So after a coffee at 9am we will be driving to the parking lot above Pelmewash Parkway. Here is the link for the trailhead. Hike will start at 10am.

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Please take a minute to watch Geoff’s RELIVE of Sunday’s sunny hike around Rose Valley!

What is your preference for next Sunday? Despite the new snow, my guess is that skiing will not start yet. And even with snow on the ground, both McDougall Rim and Spion Kop would be fine to walk (we have done both in the snow and there are hardly any rocks, though shoes/boots with a good profile are recommended). And maybe the snow is melted away until then anyway!

Please complete this survey to let me know your preference!

Meet at 9am at the Bean Scene on Dickson, 10am hike start. Carpooling would be great! I will update the blog on Friday to reveal the destination. 

Hike – Sunday November 8!

Congratulations to all who came out yesterday and completed the challenging hike at Okanagan Mountain Park! Our “videographer” Geoff put together a beautiful Relive:

Next Sunday we will go for something a bit LESS challenging! Bob will lead us from his house around Rose Valley Reservoir. This is not a particularly technical hike but does cover almost 12km, as per his details below. The forecast is for a cool day with gorgeous sunshine.

Meet at 9am at the Bean Scene if you are coming from town and are interested in coffee/car pooling. Meet outside Bob’s house at 2056 Rosealee Lane in West Kelowna at 10am, ready to hike. There is ample parking along the road just past his driveway.

From Bob:   Rose Valley hike description

  • Trail conditions: mostly good, some short rocky sections
  • Distance:  12 kms
  • Estimated hiking time: 3 hours
  • Spectacular views!
  • Bring a snack to provide energy for a short technical section near the end …

Hike – Sunday November 1

Ouch, is it really November already?

Since we changed our hike destination to Crawford this past Sunday (check out Geoff’s wonderful video here) and the snow will be melting this week with temperatures up to 12C and no frost at night, we will be heading to Okanagan Mountain Park to do the Lookout Loop next Sunday. It takes about 2.5 – 3 hours to hike. 

Meet at 9am at the Bean Scene on Dickson Road for carpooling, 10am in the parking lot for Okanagan Mountain Park (if you are planning to meet us there, please let me know in case anything unforeseen comes up and I need to contact you the morning of). 

In Memoriam – Alistair Baillie

Vancouver Island Ride 2014

It is with very heavy hearts that we report the recent passing of our dear friend and fellow Killer Bee, Alistair Baillie,  after a courageous battle with mesothelioma.  We will miss him greatly.  Alistair was known to all of us for his good nature, kindness, generosity, gentle manner, and sense of humour.  A regular on the Beez Wednesday and Sunday rides for many years,  Alistair also enthusiastically participated in our hikes plus cross-country skiing and other special events.  Our sincere condolences go to his family and wife, Lynne.

Golden Triangle Ride 2011

 

Following is a collection of pictures which will bring back fond memories of happy times spent with Alistair. 

Gone but never forgotten.  Rest in peace Alistair.

Banff Jasper Ride 2010

 

Lebanon Creek Hike, Dec 2019
Joyce’s Birthday, August 2018
Spion Kop, October 2019
Beez Party 2019
McDougall Rim Hike, November 2019
Tuscany, May 2009
Tuscany, May 2009
Tuscany, May 2009
Vancouver Island Ride 2014
Three wise men 🙂
Mt Baldy, Feb 2007
Mt Baldy, Feb 2007
Mt Baldy, Feb 2007
Green Mt Ride, June 2014