When Don Munday’s foot slipped and he began to plummet down from his mountain roost he contemplated for a fraction that this would be the end of his life till he perceived one of his associates Phyllis B. James of Vancouver, hurdling after him. She was attempting to catch him. Marvelously both caught a perch and climbed up their way to safety. A brush with death what translated into finding of true love for both Don and Phyllis.
Years prior to ferociously competent adrenaline permeated adventure claimants propelled thrusting the boundaries of human potentiality by enduring through multi-day desert races, independent mounting office towers in Malaysia, sprinting up and down Mt. Everest and more Canada was the destination to two of the most prolific extreme-sport crazies. They were none other than Don and Phyl Munday, a husband and wife group of mountaineering fellows at a time when women were not considered to be the equal to men and mountain climbing was not a women’s forte.
The Mundays’ 1920s pursuit to discover and climb Mystery Mountain enchanted British Columbians. The mythical peak in the Coast range about 350 kilometers north of Vancouver placed in an undiscovered part of the region massive glacier white desolation the Mundays ambushed into by compass. Ducking bears, quicksand, avalanches, rockslides, battling hunger and leveling trees to traverse swollen rivers all in the conveying hundreds of kilos of gear.
Simon Morgan was born and raised in Ottawa. Simon has worked as a freelance journalist for nearly a decade and written for The Ottawa Sun, the Vancouver Sun and the Star. As a journalist for Island Daily Tribune, Simon mostly covers community events and human interest stories.