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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 349 cial appointment; he asked for a week to consider. To assist his ruminations, and to discuss it with his partners, he invited them both on the climb. Thus a popular trail was born, and Hutchinson’s judicial career deferred, giving the name of the route some irony.44 Thereafter, it became a tradition that Hutchinson would lead his articled students up his route; in 1978 Kathy Downs (Madam Justice Downs since 1995) made this articled ascent. Justice Hutchinson’s ashes were scattered on the mountain. Hutchinson also contributed to the development of climbing and trails. He served as a director of the BCMC, editing its Bulletin from 1956 to 1958, and was the western vice-president of the ACC from 1979 to 1982. After his retirement his contributed significantly to the development of trails on Mount Benson, above Nanaimo, through the Nanaimo Area Land Trust. One of those trails, Rafe’s Way, is named for him. Modern Mountaineering Climbing and mountain adventuring is an increasingly popular and active pursuit of the bench and bar. There are too many such adventurers to mention, and the authors apologize for any mentions, or inevitable omissions. Paul McEwen was a Nanaimo personal injury lawyer and energetic climber. He shared the first ascent of Mount Noel (2541 m) with Rafe Hutchinson. He was particularly active climbing Vancouver Island peaks, and forged new routes up the Strathcona Provincial Park peaks of Mount Colonel Foster (2134 m) and the north ridge of The Golden Hinde (2197 m).45 Bruce Fairley, who has practised in Golden for many years, may be British Columbia’s most accomplished living mountaineer-jurist. He began mountaineering in the 1970s with UBC’s Varsity Outdoors Club. He has around 75 first ascents and new routes to his name, including both the East and Southeast Face (2006) of Mount Sir Donald (3284 m), the northwest face of Welch Peak (2438 m) (Feb 1982),46 and the North Edge and East Ridge of Mount Lindeman (2310 m) (Aug.–Sep. 1982).47 He has climbed numerous challenging routes and peaks, including Mount Steele (5073 m) (1974), the south face of Viennese (2074 m) (1980), Mount Waddington (4019 m) (1982), the winter ascent of Mount Sir Sandford (3519 m) via the south face (1989), the north ridge of Mount Monarch (3555 m) (2000), the east face of Mount Queen Bess (3298 m) (2005), the east face of Reliance Mountain (3147m) (2009), the Friendly Giant on Mount Gilbert (3019 m), and others. He is the author of the classic climbing book, A Guide to Climbing & Hiking in Southwestern British Columbia,48 and the editor of The Canadian Mountaineering Anthology.49 He was awarded the ACC’s Distinguished Service Award (1990) and the Silver Rope for Leadership (2013).50


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