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:

avalanche.ca/map/forecasts/south-coast :

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

Annual NSH X’mas Party, 2019

Mark your calendars for the ANNUAL NSH XMAS PARTY
                            Friday Dec 13; 2019. After 6pm.
The venue is visible right here for members who have logged in to this site.
                Bring your own drink and a prepared-ahead dish to share
Enjoy an evening of socializing with fellow hikers and meet our new members. This year there will be a contest to name  “Special Places in Canada”. The slideshow will take place at 7:30 so be sure to arrive by that time.  Prizes will be awarded to those with the most correct answers.
If you have a photo of an interesting hiking spot in Canada to contribute, be sure to send it to  bkitts52@hotmail.com before Dec 1.
Hope to see you there with a friend!

North Shore Hikers are going to Patagonia

After a successful and memorable trip in the Swiss Alps in 2019, the NSH are planning to explore the Andes in 2020.
We are currently getting detailed information about hikes in both the Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia. The trip will take place in November 2020 and the hiking portion will last about two weeks.
All North Shore Hikers are welcome.
Send your expressions of interest to Diane Whiteley by December 12 at diane_whiteley@telus.net
An information meeting will take place before this year’s end. Please note that all further trip correspondence will be sent ONLY to those registered with Diane.
 Cristina Jacob and Diane Whiteley

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

Avalanche Awareness Event : Sat Nov 9 in North Van

Registration (optional but recommended) :
eventbrite.ca/e/avalanche-awareness-event-registration-74222803403 :

Date and Time :
Sat, 9 November 2019
10:30 AM – 4:00 PM PST

Location :
North Shore Alliance Church
201 23rd Street East
North Vancouver, BC V7L 3E4

Two sessions of avalanche safety, speakers, science, and education. Morning (advanced) : 10:30 am - noon. Afternoon (beginner) : 2 pm - 4 pm.

About this Event

New to the backcountry ? Want to up your game ? No matter your level of outdoor experience, these sessions will boost your awareness of avalanche safety, equipment and resources.

  • Admission by donation
  • Prizes ! (Including a pair of Atlas snowshoes, donated by K2)
  • Free parking !
  • Registration not required, but is appreciated so we can estimate attendance
  • Join and share the Avalanche Awareness Facebook event for the latest updates

The event is broken into two parts. Attend one or both !

Morning session : 10:30 am – noon (Advanced)

For more experienced outdoor enthusiasts looking to build upon their knowledge. This session will feature in-depth avalanche safety presentations from an Avalanche Canada Forecaster.

Afternoon session : Doors open at 1:30 pm. Presentations run 2:00 pm – 4 pm (may run slightly longer to accommodate questions)

For those new to the backcountry and avalanche safety, or those looking for a refresher. This session is an introduction to the basics of recreational avalanche safety, with plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Presenters :

  • Mark Bender, Avalanche Canada forecaster, speaking on Basic Avalanche Awareness (looking at terrain, avalanche activity, triggers, etc.)
  • North Shore SAR volunteer, Peter Marshall, will present a case study of the Runner Peak incident from February 2019
  • Brent Loewen, snowshoe ambassador and guide in the N. Shore mountains, will present on his personal journey and education in the backcountry
  • AdventureSmart will have a presentation on Trip Planning

MEC discount night Nov 7, 2019

Current NSH members receive a 10% discount on regularly priced items at MEC Vancouver store location at 130 West Broadway, November 7, 2019, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Now is the time to join or renew if you have not already done so. You must register with Andrew at membership@northshorehikers.org before coming to this event.

Read on for details

NSH members will receive 10% off of all regularly priced items purchased that evening – including bikes and boats! All items must be in stock and purchased through the tills that evening in order to be eligible for the discount. The discount does not extend to the following items. (1)  Clearance items, (2) All Arcteryx, Birkenstock, Blundstone and Glerups products, (3) Items that are already included in a packaged discount. Other restrictions may also apply.

See below for out-of-stock items at the Vancouver location.

Items can be put on hold up to 48 hours before the event,  and can be picked up at the Member Services Desk during the club night. Items that have been purchased before the event cannot be returned and re-purchased at the discounted rate.

All NSH members who participate must also be members of Mountain Equipment Co-op in order to make a purchase. You can purchase an MEC membership ($5.00) that evening.

Changes from previous years

  • Before the 10% discount was only for items in-stock during the time of the event. Now we are able to omni-channel any item of your desire from another store if we do not have it at the Vancouver location and still receive 10% off the item. To access this wonderful perk, speak to any staff member to check to see if the item is still available at another location to get it shipped to the location of your desire. Then the staff member will call the Service Centre for you and tell them the item you're ordering and that you're in the store for the club night event (you will have to show the staff member your discount card). The staff member will pass the phone over to you and you will confirm shipping and payment details. Easy as pie!
  • Please note that omni-channeled orders will be a separate transaction from your other purchases made that evening in the store.

Detour to Deeks Lake from Porteau Road

At Porteau Road Hwy 99 exit parking lot this sign is posted :

Follow the pylons with a hiking symbol to get to the HSCT Howe Sound Crest Trail along detour via old trail and back onto access road to Deeks Lake :

Descend the exit road back down south to Hwy 99 level. Then turn sharp left onto old trail where an old fence meets the highway.

Ascend old trail for about 1km. This trail has been reactivated with new steps, and brush and logs cleared. Where the old trail used to go straight up towards the gravel access road follow the new trail turning to right, parallel and just below the access road. After another 300m or so the new trail joins back onto the access road to Deeks Lake.