Frank Baumann was an avid outdoors enthusiast, accomplished mountaineer, avalanche hazard expert and good friend. As an undergrad Engineering student at UBC he was very active in VOC where a photo of him summiting “The Hermit” on Mt Tupper in Rogers Pass graced the cover of the 1968 VOC journal. Later, he joined the BCMC and volunteered with the Whistler Ski Patrol. Frank summited Warbler Ridge on Mount Logan in 1977, as well as Mount McKinley, and climbed the Stawamus Chief on numerous occasions. Frank was a notable, passionate and often outspoken member of the local mountaineering community. He did not hesitate to opine on issues & matters where safety was at stake and where he felt his expertise could be of help. He came to be known as a respected avalanche hazard assessment expert and supported the Spearhead huts project by conducting an independent slope hazard & avalanche evaluation of the proposed Pattison Hut sites. He also developed an introductory avalanche awareness program that was delivered with the assistance of other backcountry enthusiasts & taught for free to members of ACC and BCMC and at MEC. Frank was a registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) and a leading expert and consultant in geologic engineering. In recognition of his many significant contributions to the profession and our community a few “Friends of Frank” and the APEG Foundation recently began work to establish the “Frank Baumann Bursary” in his honour. The goal is to raise $50,000 to fund an annual award of about $1,500 in perpetuity, to a deserving (BC resident) student enrolled full-time in 3rd or 4th year engineering geology studies at a Canadian university. $36,000 has been raised to date. Trustees of the APEG Foundation will administer the bursary and issue tax deductible receipts. Donations to help reach the goal of raising sufficient funds to support a self –sustaining annual award in honour of Frank’s memory can be made by cheque:
Payable to APEG Foundation Memo Line “Frank Baumann Bursary” Mail to #200-4010 Regent Street Burnaby BC V5C 6N2
A be accessed at https://www.apeg.bc.ca/getmedia/4aea7431-140e-44bc-a175-5ccee17715c1/foundation_donation_letter_of_intent_1.pdf.aspx If donors have any questions please contact APEG-BC at 604.430.8035 or toll-free 1.888.430.8035.