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Cypress & Seymour roads closed

Hi all --

The road closure is taking effect this evening, March 20. Info below from NSH member Alex Wallace. See also

-- Mark Latham


BC Parks Closures notice: Cypress & Seymour
Alex Wallace
2020-03-20 9:15pm

Hello all,

Cypress and Seymour Road & Parking Lot restrictions: i.e. Park Closures - slightly confusing notice:

“Mount Seymour Provincial Park – access restricted to some lower-elevation trails. Parking and road access are closed.

Cypress Provincial Park – access restricted to some lower-elevation trails. Parking and road access are closed.”

This is extremely annoying, as snow conditions are excellent, and lots of people have been snowshoeing and backcountry skiing (safely- as far as I could see...) however possibly this could be related to keeping people off the ‘abandoned’ ski runs...

Yes, It contradicts the Provincial Health Officer’s original advice to get out in the fresh air...

The Press Release also warns of further closures on a ‘case by case basis’...


Unusually high avalanche risk Friday Dec 20

We don't normally broadcast avalanche warnings, but these conditions suddenly changed for the worse, so heads up: :

Also, here's a report from a North Shore Hikers member who snowshoed from Grouse chalet toward Dam Mountain today (Thursday):

... here is the latest update on Dam - Grouse. ... overnight 16cm snowfall. It’s snowing earlier in the morning but turned into rain. Some of the snow are melting fast. The ski runs are operating at a discount price.

... Tons of snow and it’s hard to break trails The snow came passed my knees even on snowshoes. We didn’t make it up to Dam!! It’s very foggy the snow is deep and heavy no trails were obvious so I found it unsafe to go further then we turned back. We passed the zip line tower but didn’t make it to helicopter flat.

I think a lot of the snow may get washed out in the rain and the remaining will become heavier and slushy.

I was planning to go snowshoeing tomorrow, but now plan to sleep in instead!

-- Mark Latham
(604) 806-0652

2019 AGM & Slideshow, Thur., Nov 14

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m., at Sunrise Community Centre, 1950 Windermere Street, Vancouver. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

The agenda can be found here, while last year's minutes can be found here.

After the official business, we'll hear the exciting stories from the group of NSH hikers who hiked a 14 day trek from Chamonix to Zermatt in Europe.

While we encourage every member to come, if you have led a trip in the past year, you may not want to miss the AGM. There will be a prize draw of a $50 MEC Gift Certificate for a trip leader who is present at the AGM.

Would you like to help us out? We are looking for volunteers to fill some executive positions. These positions include the vice-president, recording secretary, social convener, treasurer, webmaster.

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM!

The NSH executive team

Register by May 15 for June 21-23 Chilliwack area hiking, socials, meetings

Meet hikers from across BC!

North Shore Hikers is a member of the Federation of Mountain Clubs of British Columbia. The Chilliwack Outdoor Club is hosting FMCBC’s 2019 annual general meeting, June 21-23. They will be billeting attendees for free, and organizing socials and hikes, as well as the meeting itself.

More info at

Mark Latham
NSHikers Rep to FMCBC

North Shore Hikers Insurance

I created a summary of info about insurance that our club buys through FMCBC. If you're logged into, you can find it linked from the page FMCBC Insurance & Advocacy, which is in the NEWS submenu.

Most important point:

Our FMCBC insurance protects only against liability - not personal injuries, nor emergency rescue, nor medical costs etc, unless they are part of a successful legal claim of negligence. Only defense costs and claims settlement are covered.

Mark Latham
North Shore Hikers Rep to FMCBC

FMCBC Advocacy

From your $25 annual membership in North Shore Hikers, $8 buys liability insurance through the Federation of Mountain Clubs of British Columbia (FMCBC, or the Fed), and $10 pays for the Fed's operations, which primarily focus on advocating to the B.C. government for back-country recreation and conservation.

To let you know what advocacy work the Fed does, its Executive Director writes a monthly report to Club Reps, and I've started posting those reports on our website at Logged-in members can read them via that page, which is in the News dropdown menu.

There you can also read my draft report on some problems at the Fed, including an increasing annual deficit and loss of democratic accountability to us members. Feel free to contact me with any questions, ideas etc.

Mark Latham
North Shore Hikers Rep to FMCBC