Thunderbird Stone-Rudy ReimerFirst Recorded Ascent of Mount Seymour-Charles ChapmanEarly Vancouver’s Mountaineering Leader-Tom FylesSolving the Puzzle of Mystery Mountain-Don and Phyllis MundayI’d Love to Live Those Years All Over Again-Howard RodeNow That’s Ingenuity-Fred WilliamsThe Climber’s Guide to the Coastal Ranges-Dick CulbertAdventure Implies an Element of Risk-Glenn WoodsworthThe Avalanche and the Porridge Pot-Alice PurdeyFor the Want of a Down Jacket-Martin and Esther Kafer
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Portrait of Martin Kafer. Courtesy Kevin Neary.


For the Want of a Down Jacket

Martin and Esther Kafer

The Kafers packed two essential items when they came to Vancouver – energy and a thirst for adventure. In the 1960s, float planes and helicopters were making remote mountain areas newly accessible. Swiss-born, technically accomplished mountaineers, Martin and Esther loved this freedom to go bushwhack and explore. One expedition to the Mount Monarch area took them over rock and ice to sweet days of an unforgettable climb, returning ready for the next.

A video about one couples’  most memorable expedition.Video 23 MB / 4:41 min