352 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE Pike, Yasmine Mehmet, Michaela Donnelly, David Sliman, John Hutchinson, Gavin Marshall, Sean Muggah, Chuck Harrison, Gavin Marshall, Sean Muggah, Roy Millen, Scott Turner, Peter Senkpiel, Eric Little, Allan McDonell, Q.C., Jana McLean, Deborah Carlson, Lee Lau, Anna Trinh, Jim Fraser, and Kalie McCrystal. EPILOGUE The inevitable prospect of death is the greatest emancipator from sloth, mediocrity and dullness. Many of those profiled in this article died too young. Justice Hutchinson was diagnosed with terminal cancer and died three months later at age 77, but in a lifetime of physical and intellectual vigour, he experienced tenfold lifetimes of adventure and accomplishment. He and those profiled send an urgent appeal to their fellow lawyers. Push over the precipice the ungrateful clients, the unnecessary applications, the trifling disputes, the worthless teleconference calls, and the unproductive Human Resource and Information Technology training sessions: all are vampires to the soul on your precious short time on Earth. Instead, to paraphrase John Muir, “The mountains are calling, and you must go.” ENDNOTES 1. David R Williams “… The Man for a New Country”: Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie (Sidney, BC, Gray’s Publishing: 1977) at 44–46. The slope of Jackass Mountain, located 18 km southeast of Lytton, was the steepest, narrowest and most precarious point on the Fraser River land route, and, after 1865, on the Cariboo Wagon Road: the Fraser lay a near-sheer 500-foot drop below. It was so named after a loaded pack mule (or, in some tellings, a train of mules) suffered a fatal fall into the Fraser. 2. Ibid, at 49. 3. New Westminster British Columbian, October 31, 1861, quoted in Williams, supra, at 49–50. 4. O’Reilly Diaries, 18 September 1859, quoted in Williams, supra, at 152. Manson’s Mountain is in fact not a mountain, but is a ridge located on the north slopes of Peers Peak (1848 m): an infamously nasty and steep section of the trail. The route over the ridge is and was known as “Fools’ Pass.” A 74- kilometre section of the trail, between Hope and Tulameen, has recently been rehabilitated for public hiking online: <www.hopemountain.org/trails/ hbcheritage trail/> accessed 26 July 2016. The dead horses seen by Begbie were the remnants of the unfortunate train of 70 horses caught in a surprise snowstorm on the ridge in 1857. 5. And the namesake of the excellent Revelstoke-based Mount Begbie Brewing Co, the cream ale of which features His Lordship on the label. 6. Chris Jones, Climbing in North America (University of California Press, 1979 at 37. Below Mount Lefroy, on the Abbot Pass, named for him, is an austere 1923 stone climbing cabin: a national historic site. 7. Chic Scott, Pushing the Limits: The Story of Canadian Mountaineering (Rocky Mountain Books, 2000) at 83–87. 8. Obituary online: <www.publications.americanal pineclub.org/articles/12194540600/Howard- Palmer-1883-1944> accessed 24 July 2016. 9. It is one of the older surviving incorporated societies in the province. It is also sometimes twitted as the “Be Cheap Mountaineering Club”. 10. RM Mills, “Early Days of the BC Mountaineering Club.” BC Mountaineer 50th Anniversary edition (1957) at 5. 11. His Nos Disparus obituary in the Advocate noted that “he lived quietly, effectively, and did well anything he undertook”: (1952) 10 Advocate 13. 12. B.C. Mountaineer 50th Anniversary edition (BCMC, 1957) at 10. 13. 1990 48 Advocate 175 at 178. The others listed were “late Judge Boyd, the late Judge McGeer (Gerry McGeer’s brother) and Arthur Lord who later served on the Court of Appeal.” That article also recalled that “Sargent had been born in California and it was rumoured that his grandfather had been scalped by Indians during the Indian Wars in the States.” 14. He is buried in Royal Oak Cemetery, Victoria. 15. (1948) 6 Advocate 17. He was also a founding father, in 1907, of the Vancouver Law Students’ Society: 1943 1 Advocate 7. 16. Vol I, No 2 (1908) at 205.
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