- c. 1914-?
Philip ‘Pip’ Gilbert Brock was the youngest son of Lieutenant-Colonel Reginald Walter and Mildred Brock. Beginning in 1929, the Brock family would come up from Vancouver every summer to visit their cabin, Primrose, on Alta Lake. Pip loved the outdoors and frequently travelled up to the Alta Lake area on his own. An avid hiker, skier, and mountain-climber, he made the first known ascent and descent of Whistler Mountain in 1933. He accompanied Don and Phyllis Munday on their expeditions to Mount Waddington (1934), Wedge Mountain (1937), and Mount Sir Richard (1937). These adventures helped convince the general public of the area’s potential for ski-mountaineering. Pip also put his skills to use for the Vancouver Water Board hydro surveys, measuring water storage and hydro-electric potential in the Coast Mountains.
In 1935, while about to embark on a weeks-long journey up the Klinaklini Glacier, Pip received word that his father had been killed and his mother injured in a plane crash. He rushed back home only to find that his mother had already died of her injuries. Pilot William McCluskey and passenger David Sloan also died as a result of the crash.
Little is known about Pip’s later years, but he continued hiking and climbing into his old age.