Activities

Hiking and Snowshoeing

Hiking and Snowshoeing are the club's main activities. Each weekend there is normally one and frequently two hikes of each Duration class (A,B,C,D). The Difficulty ranges from smooth trails to bush and serious scrambling. Many high elevation trips in the summer are done on snowshoes when snow blankets the mountains. The club does a lot of snowshoeing, as most areas nearby are not suited to skiing. We try to put on a wide variety of routes and destinations to suit all members.

In addition to local mountains, areas visited include Whistler, the Chilliwack Valley, Manning Park and Mt. Baker. Occasionally, usually on long weekends, we may even venture further into Vancouver Island and interior B.C.

Cycling

Cycling is scheduled on Saturdays year round. It's mainly road cycling, with good trails and dikes included. A variety of urban and rural routes are done. Occasionally, multi-day cycles, such as the Gulf Islands, are scheduled.

Backpacking

Backpacking may involve a Saturday night or many days in the wilderness. Car camps are done for hikes that cannot be done in a day. The majority of backpacking occurs during the summer months, but some more adventurous members may organize winter camping. The size of the group is usually between 4 to 8 participants. Some locations for our backpacking trips are: Nootka Island, Spruce Lake, Tweedsmuir Park, Stein Valley, Tenquille Lake, Tonquin Valley and Rockwall.

Backcountry Skiing

Backcountry Skiing is mostly day trips, possibly to Garibaldi or Manning. Skins and transceivers are needed.

Trail Maintenance

Each year, club volunteers help with trail maintenance by clearing brush, removing wind-fallen branches and other work. We actively maintain the Petgill Lake and Mt Fromme South Ridge trails. Most trail maintenance trips are organized by the Trail Maintenance coordinator, but any hike organizer can lead a trail work trip or include maintenance in a regular hike (a “Hike and Snip trip”). Trail maintenance trips are listed in our hike schedule.