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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 345 Mt. Cayley, centre (Pyroclastic Peak left). Photo by Simon Chesterton Slesse Mountain. Photo by Simon Chesterton ascents of Foley Peak (2293 m) in the Cheam Range (Easter 1924) and Mount Robie Reid (then called “Old Baldy”) (May 1925). His premature death came not from a climbing mishap, but rather from tuberculosis. His parents endowed the Beverley Cayley Scholarship at UBC, for a first-year student of English. His father was Judge Hugh St. Quentin Cayley of the Vancouver County Court, a former premier of the Northwest Territories.19 Fred Harrison H. Parkes (1903 Seattle–1961 West Vancouver) was another prominent BCMC alpinist in the 1920s. In 1927 his group made the first ascent of Slesse Mountain (2429 m), west of Chilliwack Lake. Long considered unclimbable, it is famous for its jagged peaks (its name comes from the Halq’eméylem word for “fang”) as well as being the site of a 1956 plane crash that killed all 62 people on board.20 Parkes’s group was momentarily stymied by a sheer rock face at 2500 m, before finding the route to the peak up a rock chimney. Parkes made many other Chilliwack area first ascents in the 1920s and the 1930s. Mount Parkes (2116 m), northwest of Slesse Mountain, is named for him. In 1925 he practised in Ashcroft. Later, Parkes was a partner at McMaster, Parkes, Ray and Cameron, operating out of the Marine Building in Vancouver. David Roberts, Q.C., recounted his first encounter with the jovially shambolic Parkes in 1954, opposite counsel on a very small file, at the beginning of Roberts’s career, and towards the end of Parkes’s career; Parkes gave the youthfully zealous and ultraprepared Roberts the following advice: “You know, David, if you work hard enough and are really diligent and devoted and run all your cases really efficiently and build up a large enough County Court practice, sooner or later you will go broke.”21 Parkes’s ashes were scattered on Slesse. Roderick Alfred Pilkington (1908 Vancouver–1978 Agassiz), called in 1948, was an active BCMC alpinist from the 1930s to the 1950s. He made a


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