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Summer camp 2020 – July 18 to 26

This is the first announcement of the NSH summer camp for 2020. This year we will be going to the Northern Cascades, also known as the Alps of North America.
The camp will start Saturday July 18 and will end Sunday July 26.
As we had done in 2019, the camp will be in two locations. The first five nights will be in Rockport, Wa, about 50 km east on Hwy 20, and the next three nights will be in Glacier near Mt Baker. Both destinations are less than 3 hours from Vancouver.
A preliminary hiking schedule has already put together and includes hikes to Cascade Pass , Sahali Arm, Hidden Lake Lookout, Cutthroat Pass, Railroad Grade and Park Butte, Maple Pass and Easy Pass, Skyline Divide and Heliotrope Ridge. Each day we will offer a B (5-7 hours) hike and a C( more than 7 hours) hike. Several shorter hikes will be offered for rest days.
A further planning meeting is planned for April when the hiking schedule will be finalized and hike leaders will be appointed/solicited.
If you are interested to participate to the NSH summer camp, please email Angelo Khoshaba at
Information on accommodations and further arrangements will be sent only to hikers who expressed interest to participate.
Cristina Jacob

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 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
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

Whistler Alpine Trail Network Update

Dear North Shore Hikers

On behalf of the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), I am reaching about Whistler’s Skywalk Trail and Alpine Trail Network.

The municipality wishes to share important information about vehicle parking, grizzly bears, e-bikes and dogs. Please pass on this information to your colleagues and clients.

Vehicle Parking

Changes have been implemented for parking to access many of Whistler’s alpine trails.

  • Parking on Mountain View Drive and Valley Drive is extremely limited, and there are no washrooms in these locations. Additional regulatory signage has been installed and enforcement of parking bylaws is in effect.
  • Please park at the rear parking lot of Meadow Park Sports Centre, accessed from Camino Drive (see map attached). This location offers ample parking, washrooms and a spectacular park to relax in after a strenuous hike or bike.
  • Whistler Transit can get you closer to trail access points, and it’s free on weekends and holiday Mondays until September 2. Learn more at

Trail users are reminded to be respectful of residents when accessing trails from residential neighbourhoods.

Grizzly bears

Skywalk Trail and the Alpine Trail Network was closed by the Conservation Officer Service (COS) for a portion of last season due to grizzly bear encounters. If the COS implements future closures, announcements will be shared on and, as well as posted at trailheads. Please respect signage and all closures.


The RMOW will be implementing a policy for e-bike use on Whistler’s trails this summer. E-bikes will not be permitted in alpine areas, including the Sproatt/Rainbow Alpine Trail Network above Flank Trail. Learn more at


Dogs are prohibited from the Sproatt/Rainbow Alpine Trail Network above Flank Trail.

More information

Please see this information sheet to learn more or visit

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Warm regards,

Caroline Bagnall

Community Outreach Coordinator

On behalf of the Resort Municipality of Whistler

4325 Blackcomb Way
Whistler, B.C. V8E 0X5

Christmas Party 2018

Date: December 13th 5:30 p.m.
Venue: Once again, Lesley Bohm has kindly offered to host our Christmas
function. Her address is visible right here for members who have logged in to this site. Parking on street.
What to bring: Potluck fingerfood. Wine or Beer. Non alcohol punch will be available.

Lesley will run a slide show on their computer of her many trips - hiking, paddling, Morocco, Nepal, South Africa, etc.

Hiking in Europe next September; Send Expression of Interest by Dec. 5, 2018

North Shore Hikers will be hiking in Europe next September - Send Expressions of interest to Diane Whiteley by December 5, 2018

We (Cristina Jacob & Diane Whiteley) are looking for expressions of interest from members for the following adventure:

Trek the Hiker’s Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt (a hike in Alps through France, Italy and Switzerland)

Dates: start September 1st, 2nd or 3rd, 2019 (exact date TBD based on availability of accommodation in Chamonix) and finish in Zermatt 12 days later.  The 12 stages are:

  1. Chamonix to Trient
  2. Trient to Champex
  3. Champex to Le Chable
  4. Le Chable to Cab.Mont Fort
  5. Mont Fort to Cab. Prafleuri
  6. Prafleuri to Arolla
  7. Arolla to la Sage
  8. La Sage to Cab. De Moiry
  9. Moiry to Zinal
  10. Zinal to Gruben
  11. Gruben to St. Niklaus
  12. St. Niklaus to Zermatt

We are going to use Alpine Exploratory for the bookings and take their advice on luggage handling as well.  Here is some key information from Alpine Exploratory to help you decide whether you are interested.

  1. Price - For 12 stages and 13 nights, our price per person is GBP 1,640 (CAD 2,753) for our classic mix of accommodation, based on double or twin occupancy.
  2. Deposit - We ask for a deposit of GBP 200 per person (CAD 335) on confirmation of your schedule. What usually happens is, having received a booking form, we'll get back to you with a confirmation email. No payment details are required on booking. Some people choose to pay the deposit straight away, however it is absolutely fine to wait until we have booked the accommodation, and once you have confirmed that you're happy with it, pay at that stage. Payment is all taken separately, so that the group leader doesn't have to deal with the finance side of things. We then ask for your balance around 9 weeks before the trip.

If you are interested, please send your name via email to Diane Whiteley.  My email address is

Diane and Cristina