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The Raven eNewsletter

The Raven eNewsletter

Winter 2021/2022 

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

Whoa, let’s play in the snow! With over 100 cm of fresh on the hills this week the mountains are looking superb. But with all the snow, please be careful in the backcountry. 

Make sure you consult Avalanche Canada’s site for the area you are interested in. Put a link to their South Coast forecast on your phone so you can check it anytime, anywhere. 

Avalanche Training Discount

Canada West Mountain School is offering 20% off any AST-1 course for North Shore Hikers members. Their AST-1 course for back-country skiing and AST-1 for snowshoeing cost $285. Interested? Please contact Alastair Ferries 604-329-1637 or natlakeele@hotmail.com to receive a discount code.

Hike Leaders Needed

The best way to attract club members is to fill the schedule with interesting and varied hikes at all ability levels. To do this, we need more hike leaders. If we all agreed to lead just one hike per year, we’d have a lively program full of choices in no time. 

Most of us don’t just hike with our club, but also with other groups and personal friends. We invite you to share some of the hikes you’ve learned about and enjoyed, by proposing them on the schedule and leading them. We really need more B and C hikes.

And that’s the beauty of joining a hiking club: you learn new routes and meet new, compatible people to hike with. Don’t worry about leading a hike: if you’re already comfortable with whatever level of hiking you normally do, you know what it takes in terms of fitness and stamina. 

Here are the steps:

  1. Decide which hike you would like to lead and when
  2. Categorize it as per our system here
  3. Create a trip announcement with details about location, category, date, time,  pace, car-pool spot etc.
  4. Email this information to the club trip planner depending on the category. He or she will post it to the schedule. Or if you are a pro, post it to the schedule directly using the add event function on the website, then wait for the trip planner to approve it. 

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Get the Picture? 2022 Photo Contest

We are pleased to announce a member's Photo Contest for 2022! North Shore Hikers members can submit one photo for each category, up until October 31, 2022. There are six categories:

Category Prize
A scenery photo from a 2022 North Shore Hikers trip. $100
A scenery picture shot anytime, anywhere. $50
A wild animal (mammal, bird, reptile, insect, etc.) picture taken anytime, anywhere. $50
A wild plant (tree, flower, mushroom, etc.) photo taken anytime, anywhere.  $50
A people (companions or locals) picture taken anytime, anywhere.  $50
A humorous photo snapped anytime, anywhere.  $50

Professional photographer, Chris Barton, will judge the entries in the first five categories. At the November Annual General Meeting, he will present a slide show of the winners and best submissions. At the AGM members will cast their vote for the best humorous submission. For rules and how to submit, click here.

New Instagram Account north_shore_hikers_bc

Send us photos. Email photos from hikes etc. to
instagram-nsh@northshorehikers.org. If there are any recognizable people in them please ask their permission to be on Instagram (scenery pictures are also encouraged). Like our posts, comment, share. Tell your friends and family about the Instagram page, the more the merrier.

Woof! Dogs and our Hikes

We are discussing the idea of including “dog-friendly” hikes. These hikes would allow dogs at the trip leader’s discretion -- so long as the trail permits our furry friends and all potential participants are made aware of the possible presence of dogs prior to the hike. 

Carpooling is a Gas (or an E)

We are all in this (car) together. In addition to protecting each other from Covid-19 by wearing masks, please ensure you contribute to the driver's operating costs. The suggested rate is $5.00 per person/hour of driving on paved roads and $10.00 per hour on rough logging roads or in adverse conditions. If the driver prefers cookies, gummy bears or hotshots as compensation, that is cool and they can let you know, but always offer. If you switch rides, going to the hike with one person and back with another, offer the appropriate treat to each. 

New Vision Mission Values

The executive recently approved a new set of Vision, Mission and Values statements for the club.

Our Mission

To inspire members, potential members and the general public to safely engage in self-propelled outdoor activities in the spirit of camaraderie and appreciation of nature.

Our Vision

To facilitate participation in self-propelled activities (such as hiking, biking, canoeing, snowshoeing, and backcountry skiing) by offering and leading a wide variety of trips every week, year-round. 

Our Values

Discovery: Explore routes and trails both new and not well-travelled.

Excellence: Provide effective leadership for all participants and thoughtful mentorship for members new to an activity.

Respect:  Foster deep respect for the environment and ecology. 

Service: Be of benefit to our stakeholders and the public. 

Integrity: Carry out all our endeavours safely, with responsibility and accountability beyond reproach.

Hike Leaders Needed

Hike Leaders Needed

by Mariken Van Nimwegen, mid-week hike planner/coordinator

Mariken - hey where's my group?

The best way to attract club members is to fill the schedule with interesting and varied hikes at all ability levels. To do this, we need more hike leaders. If we all agreed to lead just one hike per year, we’d have a lively program full of choices in no time. 

Most of us don’t just hike with our club, but also with other groups and personal friends. We invite you to share some of the hikes you’ve learned about and enjoyed, by proposing them on the schedule and leading them. We really need more B and C hikes.

And that’s the beauty of joining a hiking club: you learn new routes, and meet new, compatible people to hike with. Don’t worry about leading a hike: if you’re already comfortable with whatever level of hiking you normally do, you know what it takes in terms of fitness and stamina. 

Here are the steps

  1. Decide which hike you would like to lead and when
  2. Categorize it as per our system here
  3. Create a trip announcement with details about location, category, date, time,  pace, car-pool spot etc. 
  4. Email this information to the club trip planner depending on category - they will post it to the schedule. Or if you are a pro, post it to the schedule directly using the add event function on the website and the planner will approve it. 

Pace information

The best thing about being a trip leader is: you get to call the shots. Indicate the speed you’d prefer to take - easy, moderate or fast. This is perhaps the most important info for many people. Will you be taking breaks? Some people see hiking as a form of exercise and go straight to the summit; some like to take photos, groove on the landscape, take a snack and break from time to time. Discrepancies regarding pace may make a hiking group incompatible, leading to unnecessary frustration. 

Take a look at the A, B, C, D and mid-week categories on the website to judge where your trip fits in best. The mid-week hikes tend to be a bit more relaxed, aren’t too far away and don’t need to take all day, but there’s nothing keeping you from scheduling a C or D-hike on a weekday – fewer people on the trails, that’s for sure. 

Carpooling and Cancelling

Consider reducing our carbon footprint and increasing access for members without vehicles, by encouraging shared-cost carpooling from a central point. Take Covid-19 precautions into account. If the weather is truly ghastly that day, the trip can be postponed or cancelled, no worries, just send an email to the planner, or make the announcement yourself using an update. 

Changes can be made up to one week ahead of time and sometimes even within a few days. We welcome your trip proposals anytime and thank you for helping to build our club.

It's worth it being a leader - for the views alone. Try it out!

Webinar: BC Resource Access Roads

Want to understand more about the roads that we use to access trailheads? This webinar will help you learn more about public use of resource roads, different resource road types, tenuring, maintenance obligations, road user information, and the process for resource road closure/deactivation.

Register for the webinar here.

Presenters:
Lyle Knight, Manager, Legislation and Policy, is a senior manager for Engineering Branch within the Rural Opportunities, Tenures and Engineering Division of FLNRORD. Lyle has been with the Ministry since 1991 and the “roads program” since around 1995 in the Lillooet and Okanagan Shuswap (Vernon) Resource District Offices and with Engineering Branch.

Wayne Hagel, RFT is a senior resource road policy analysis with FLNRORD in Engineering Branch. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Wayne has held many resource road-related positions in District and Regional offices around the province and currently resides in Vernon, BC.

Back Country News from the Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC

North Shore Hikers is a member of the Federation of Mountain Clubs of British Columbia (FMCBC). The Federation of Mountain Clubs of British Columbia is a province-wide umbrella organization dedicated to protecting and maintaining access to BC’s backcountry. You can subscribe to receive their excellent publications in your inbox here.

Recent FMCBC Publications

Cloudburst (quarterly newsmagazine) E-news (every month or so)

Free Online Bear Safety Course from WildSafeBC

WildSafeBC is offering a free online course on how to avoid conflicts with bears and stay safe when recreating in British Columbia. If you're interested in this course, you can sign up here:

wildsafebc.thinkific.com/courses/wildsafebc-Bear-Safety-When-Recreating

You then have 14 days to complete the course.

WildSafeBC is a provincial leader in preventing conflict with wildlife through collaboration, education and community solutions. WildSafeBC's mission is to provide information to communities across British Columbia on how we can reduce human-wildlife conflicts in all aspects of our lives. The group evolved out of the highly successful Bear Aware program, and is owned and delivered by the British Columbia Conservation Foundation. Their motto is "keeping wildlife wild and communities safe".

Old-growth harvesting in BC not slowing down

For background information on the continued logging of old-growth forests despite last fall's NDP election promises to protect old growth see:

https://thenarwhal.ca/bc-old-growth-forest-logging/

For a map showing how little old growth remains in BC see:

https://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/must-reads/maps-show-how-little-undisturbed-primary-and-old-growth-forest-is-left-around-vancouver-and-bc-3546914

and

https://thenarwhal.ca/bc-forests-old-growth-impacts-map/

For more reports on how the old-growth logging in BC is not slowing down at all see:

https://www.macleans.ca/longforms/british-columbia-old-growth-trees/

and

https://thenarwhal.ca/bc-old-growth-forest-fairy-creek-panel-garry-merkel/

Destination Hikes by Stephen Hui

A new guide book, "Destination Hikes" by Stephen Hui has recently been published and Greystone Books generously donated six copies to the club to be given to members. We are planning to have a draw and announce the winners here soon (Update May 28: Results are announced in the General Forum and winners are notified by email)

Here is the news from the publisher:

Stephen Hui's new book Destination Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia

Stephen is a go-to expert for hiking advice and the bestselling author of 105 Hikes. Destination Hikes is a guide to 55 hikes near Vancouver, each with an exciting destination—including breathtaking views, swimming holes, and even a 600-year-old tree. In addition to recommendations for 55 hikes across the Lower Mainland, the book advocates specifically for conservation and maintenance programs in our parks.

You can find Stephen at 105hikes.com or on Instagram @stephenhui