- For background information on the continued logging of old-growth forests despite last fall's NDP election promises to protect old growth see
- For a map showing how little old growth remains in BC see
- For more reports on how the old-growth logging in BC is not slowing down at all see
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.
VIMMF is running an online show between Wed, May 5 at noon PDT – Wed, May 19 at midnight, named Adventuring in a Changing World. Here is an excerpt:
Join us virtually to enjoy four unique films, including two North American premieres, that celebrate the spirit of adventure while raising questions about inclusivity & environmentalism. Plus we’ll be hosting an engaging live interactive virtual workshop with Canadian explorer, Kevin Vallely, where he’ll share captivating stories from his expeditions & you’ll gain valuable tools to help you plan your next personal adventure.
Ticket sales end at midnight on Wednesday May 12.
NSH club members will receive a discount code by email.
We have arranged with Canada West Mountain School, Inc. to offer a Wilderness First Aid Course exclusively for our members on the weekend of June 12th and 13th. Members who complete the course and lead two club trips in 2021 will receive a 50% subsidy for the amount they have paid for the course.
Good news hiking friends. It was about time. We have requested a budget increase for so many years.
See BC Government news release for details.
By Cristina Jacob.
For recent club activity see 2021 Q1 report.
By Diane Allison.
News item from Alastair, who organized this deal:
At the end of February, the NSH used some money that was bequeathed to it to subsidize an Avalanche Skills Training Course (AST-1). The deal was that the NSH would pay for half the cost of the course (normally approx $300/person), if the member pledged to lead 2 or 3 trips before November. Eight members accepted the offer. So, if you have a trip that you have long wanted to do, this is your chance.
They owe us!
The members were: Susan Allen, Joanne Boutin, Dorothy Gamble, Tyne Jomkasiti, Phyllis Mallett, Ramona Muljar, Karen Peters, and Shamim Shivji.
What is going on men?
The weekend course was held by Canada West Mountain School, and we were given a substantially reduced rate because we are a club; and because we provided a full course of 8 participants. Our members all learned a lot; and had a good time. They are a mix of A to D hikers, cyclists, and skiers. And they are eager to lead trips!
So please don’t hesitate to send one of them, your request.
It is with sadness to announce the passing of John Cuthbertson. John was a long time member of the club, involved with both hiking and cycling. John's obituary can be read here.
The Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC (Rec&Con Committee) has asked member clubs to post a link to a letter-writing tool to ask for an increase in budget for the Recreation Sites and Trails agency.
Write your letter by the end of February to meet the deadline.
By Carol Kautz, President NSH
In February, North Shore Hikers lost a longtime member, Irene Miller, after a short illness at the age of 88. Irene was best known as our A hike coordinator leading hikes until 3 years ago! She held this position for many years and seemed to have a knack of getting members to volunteer to lead hikes. Irene’s knowledge of the north shore mountains was exemplary. For many of us, it helped us understand the maze of trails in the region. Her good sense of direction made it look easy to return to the trail head without getting lost. As a member for over 30 years, she holds the record for leading the most hikes for the club.
She was a very private person. We never knew exactly how old she was even refusing to disclose it to the medics when she needed first aid having injured herself on a hike. Many of us also didn’t realize that she was well known in other outdoor clubs, volunteering on their executives as well!
Irene will be remembered for her dedication, reliability, and conscientiousness during the years she devoted to providing and organizing hikes.
Her husband predeceased her 3 years ago and she leaves behind a son and daughter. The NSH have lost a member who will be thought of with great fondness for years to come.
By Beth Kitts