The Raven – October 2023

October 2023

Alpenglow on Mt. Brunswick from Hat Pass

Annual General Meeting

Thursday, November 9
Sunrise Community Hall

Mark your calendars! Our club’s AGM this year will convene on Thursday, November 9, at Sunrise Community Hall. An agenda and more details will be sent to all two weeks before the meeting. Everybody is welcome, and please attend. The AGM  is an excellent opportunity to meet the volunteers who make the club work and learn about next year’s “big trips” planned. The meeting has two distinct parts: a business session followed by a slide presentation of a recent adventure.  As in previous years, trip leaders will have the chance to win a $50 gift certificate drawn randomly.

Carpooling or Taking Transit?

By Cristina Jacob,

This write-up is meant for those of us who do not have a car or do not want to drive to club activities. While I have a car, I have been taking transit to Grouse and Lynn Valley lately, and the experience was very positive. I avoid congestion and long delays on First and Second Narrows bridges, which more than compensates for the longer bus ride. Google Maps has excellent information on transit connections, and the bus service on the North Shore is well connected to the Vancouver downtown core or Lonsdale Quay. And when was the last time that I drove to Horseshoe Bay to take the ferry for a hike on Bowen Island? Honestly, I do not remember; it was so long ago. Last month, I also bused with my bike to Tswasswen for a free ferry ride to Victoria for seniors (Monday to Thursday).


If you want to carpool, please remember that the trip leaders’ primary role is coordinating and leading the trip, not arranging rides. However, if you mention early enough in your communication with the leader that you need a ride and give details on your location, you have an excellent chance to be connected with a car driver. The leader also appreciates if participants express interest in offering rides to others.


As a leader, I usually arrange only for carpooling from a common meeting point to the trailhead. However, I could do more if given more information on participants’ transportation needs and offers. I could connect people and facilitate carpooling arrangements between them. Remember that you can also post a request in the general forum. I cannot see anything wrong in requesting a ride to enable one to participate in a particular activity.


See you on the trails.


October 2023 Trips

Wed 4 Oct, 2023
9:30 am
B Hike
B2b - Moderate
St. Mark’s Summit
Sat 7 Oct, 2023
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
C Hike
C3C - Relaxed
Cinder cone in Garibaldi Park
Sat 7 Oct, 2023
8:00 am
A Hike
A2b - Relaxed
Lakeview Trail/Buntzen Lake
Thu 12 Oct, 2023
9:00 am
A Hike
A2b - Relaxed
Christmas Gully, Strachan, Cypress
Sat 14 Oct, 2023
8:00 am
A Hike
A2b - Relaxed
Arbutus Ridge to Whyte Lake loop
Tue 17 Oct 2023
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
A Hike
A1A - Relaxed
Mosquito Creek Trail
Sun 22 Oct 2023
8:00 am
A/B2b - Relaxed Historic Hollyburn from Cypress Nordic
Sat 28 Oct, 2023
9:00 am
A Hike
A1a - Relaxed
Pacific Spirit Park North

FMCBC Annual General Meeting

We have now opened registration for our 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, October 21, 2023, at the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus.

We will be providing Zoom access to the AGM, also. Registration is limited and required – please register promptly to ensure participation.

We are excited to welcome several guest speakers, including the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC (ORCBC), who will keep us updated on the new $10 million outdoor recreation fund for BC. The BC Back Country Horsemen of BC will join us for a presentation, and we welcome special guest Ardath Paxton-Mann to speak on diversity and inclusion in our clubs.

Blair Rifle Range: North Shore Trails Closed for Bomb Search

Starting in mid-October, department of defence workers will be searching with metal detectors to look for military remnants 30 to 45 centimetres below the surface. This stretch of unexploded ordinance (UXO) work is expected to last until May of 2024, with a likely return to the Blair Rifle Range lands next fall and into 2025. This next phase of work will require full closures of the popular hiking, mountain biking and dog walking trails in the areas where crews are working, often for months at a time. The purpose is to give workers a 50-metre buffer when dealing with UXO. Any closed trail will have signs warning people to choose a different route. Get more info here