Brian Alexander Money
Brian Money was born on April 21, 1949, in Victoria. He attended several local elementary schools and graduated from Mount View Secondary school in 1967. For one year he was in the science program at UVIC and then transferred to UBC in Vancouver where he obtained his Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineer in 1972. Moving back to Victoria he found a position with BC Tel (Telus) as a communications engineer where he remained for thirty-five years until he retired in May 2007.
Brian's primary outdoor love was skiing. During the 1975/76 ski season he skied 90 days in Whistler. His season's pass at that time cost him a mere $180. For the next five years he averaged 50 days a season. It was Gary Allen, a co-worker in the BC Tel drafting department in Victoria, who got Brian interested in mountaineering and encouraged him to join the Vancouver Island Section of the Alpine Club of Canada.
On Labour Day weekend in 1975 Brian made his first trip into Paradise Meadows and Mount Albert Edward with Gary. This trip had a special meaning to Brian as his parents had gone in to Eugene Croteau's cabin on their honeymoon in the early 1940's. In 1976 he hiked into the Comox Glacier, and in 1977 while staying at the Youth Hostel in Whistler he attended an introductory mountaineering course on Wedge Mountain. In 1979 he participated in the climbing course at the YMCA which was instructed by Jim Weston of the ACC. That summer he joined the ACC-VI and climbed Mount Shuksan with the club, flew into Lake Lovelywater and climbed Mount Tantalus with Paul McEwan, and Mount Baker with Gary Allen, Albert Hesler and Cam Wallis. South of the border Brian climbed Mount Baker two more times, Mount Rainer with Rainer Mountain Institute Guides, Mount Hood with Timberline Mountain Guides, Mount Adams Glacier Peak and Mount St. Helens. He also made a number of summer trips into the Olympic Mountains (Mount Deception, Mount Carrie and Mount Olympus).
In the 1980's Brian climbed Mount Garibaldi, and skied the Spearhead Traverse with the Federation of Mountain Clubs led by Jim Rutter, and attended several ski mountaineering trips put on by the main club. In 1984 he climbed Sky Pilot Peak with Rick Eppler, Rob Macdonald, Ann Denman and Gary Allen.
On the island Brian attempted Victoria Peak in September 1982 with Rick Eppler, Jim Sandford, John Pratt, John Gresham, William Peters, Ben Peterson, Alan Philip, Alan Robinson and Rob Macdonald but unfortunately didn't make the summit due to sickness. The following year (1983) he flew into Burman Lake and made an ascent of the Golden Hinde with Albert Hesler, Dave Routledge, Cliff Syroid, Don Newman, Gary Allen, John Gresham and Jim Sandford. After coming out at the Elk River trailhead they then went on to climb Matchlee Mountain and Puzzle Mountain. 1984 saw Brian summit Elkhorn with Gary Allen and Jim Kirby, Tom Lester and Chris Schreiber. Brian did a number of trips with Karel Hartmann including Mount Arrowsmith, Klitsa Mountain, Alexandra Peak and Mount Moriarty.
Included on many of his mountaineering and hiking trips is Nancy Dyer who Brian has been together with since 1976. Together they have cycled in western and eastern Canada, western and eastern United States, New Zealand and Holland. They have hiked in Switzerland and England, skied in France and Austria, traveled in Hong Kong, Thailand, South Africa and trekked to Everest base-camp in Nepal. During Brian's 1984 adventure in New Zealand, he enrolled in a one week climbing course with the Alpine Guides of Mount Cook and climbed 2900m Mount Annan from the Tasman Glacier Hut.
Brian's favourite indoor pursuit is playing his accordion which he has been doing since he was seven, playing mostly ethnic and classical music, entertaining at special functions and weddings. He cherishes the music camps and workshops that he has attended for more than two decades which has helped improve his technique and created a bond with other musicians. Although Brian enjoyed rock climbing and mountaineering, he found the wear on his fingers too much when playing his accordion and so his musical interests won out over the mountains. Both he and Nancy continue to attend section functions.
In 1985 Brian became Chairman of the Vancouver Island section of the ACC and held the reigns for two years (1985-1986), while Nancy was the section secretary. At the time the section was involved with issues around Strathcona Park and the development of the Master Plan.
Retirement hasn't slowed Brian down as both he and Nancy have a busy schedule and to get to all these events they can be seen riding their tandem bike all over the Victoria region. They live in the house that Brian's Dad built when Brian was just two years old, they work their garden and on beautiful summer evenings they sit on their back porch which looks out over Mount Finlayson and the Sooke Hills - a view Brian has never tired of.
Leadem, Tim. "Mount Deception and the Olympics." Island Bushwhacker. The Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Island section newsletter. (October 1979) Vol. 7:5. p. 14.
Eppler, Rick. "Good Luck on Garibaldi." Island Bushwhacker. The Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Island section newsletter. (March/April 1981) Vol. 9:2. p. 6.
Allen, Gary. "Mt. Carrie and Mt. Olympus: 2 in 1." Island Bushwhacker. The Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Island section newsletter. (March/April 1981) Vol. 9:2. p. 9-10.
Money, Brian. "Skiing Hurricane Ridge in the Olympics." Island Bushwhacker. The Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Island section newsletter. (October 1982) Vol. 10:2. p. 2.
Macdonald, Rob. "Victoria Peak South Face." Island Bushwhacker. The Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Island section newsletter. (December 1982) Vol. 10:3/4. p. 2 & 6.
Hestler, Albert. "Golden Hinde, Etc: A Strathcona Week." Island Bushwhacker. The Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Island section newsletter. (Summer 1983) Vol. 11:3. p. 3-4.
Sandford, Jim. "Golden Hinde: South Face Ascent." Island Bushwhacker. The Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Island section newsletter. (Autumn 1983) Vol. 11:4. p. 2.
Macdonald, Rob. "Sky Pilot." Island Bushwhacker. The Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Island section newsletter. (Autumn 1984) Vol. 12:3. p. 3.
Money, Brian. "Elkhorn with a bivy." Island Bushwhacker. The Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Island section newsletter. (Autumn 1984) Vol. 12:3. p. 3-4.
Money, Brian. "Glacier Peak via Kennedy Peak." Island Bushwhacker. The Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Island section newsletter. (Spring 1985) Vol. 13:1. p. 2-3.
"Mt. Albert Edward and Mt. Frink." Island Bushwhacker.
The Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Island section newsletter. (Autumn
1985) Vol. 13:3. p. 2.