Raven – January 2022

January is true "moss month" in the lower mountains. Is it that moss finally grows again in the winter? Or is it a colour thing? Against steely skies, moss looks even more electric. Deep in our forests, the moss is partying like it's 1999. We hope you are deep in the forests partying too. Everyone here at hike-central wishes you all the best for 2023.

Trip Co-Leaders on Offer for New B and C Trip Leaders

Have you been thinking about leading a trip, but don’t know where to start? Is there a group hike you would like to do, but feel intimidated about leading a trip? The club has members who are willing to co-lead a hike with a potential new B or C-grade trip leader! Contact the C-trip coordinator, Ramona at Ramona_muljar@hotmail.com (778-281-3232) for more information and to potentially be connected to a trip co-leader.  One advantage to leading is that you get to do the trip you want, when you want, and how you want. Plus all the fame ; )

Atmospheric River Got You Down? Try Vancouver Skiers 

Ten North Shore Hikers, also members of Vancouver Skiers,  enjoyed a fabulous cross-country ski trip to Sun Peaks last weekend. Check their website for upcoming ski trips in January and February. They still have spots available on most of them. The snow in interior BC is now at its best: Heavenly like in Quebec, minus the cold temperatures. Vancouver Skiers website has all the information you need about the trips and how to contact their leaders. Go play in the snow!

Jan / Feb Trip Schedule

Check the trip schedule during the month. We add new trips regularly. Want to join in on a trip? Not a member? Then come along as a guest. But, hey why not just join?  Contact membership@northshorehikers.org 


Sat 14 Jan

10:00 am

A Hike


Urban Cross-Town Vancouver Hike, North-South, New Brighton Park at the Burrard Inlet to the Fraser River, return by bus
Tue 17 Jan

8:00 am

Back-country Ski Hollyburn Ski
Thu 19 Jan

8:00 am

Back-country Ski Possible Overnight Manning Back Country Ski
Sat 21 Jan A Hike


A2b, Cypress to Eagle Bluffs
Tue 24 Jan

8:00 am

Back-country Ski Back Country Ski Trip TBA
Sat 28 Jan D Hike


Scutt Pk
Sun 29 Jan A Hike


A2b, To Be Announced Hike
Tue 31 Jan

8:00 am

Back-country Ski Seymour Ski


Sun 5 Feb

9:30 am - 1:30 pm

A Hike


Bridle Trail/ Baden Powell loop trail from Berkley Rd to Mount Seymour
Sat 11 Feb A Hike


Minnehkada Park
Sat 25 Feb A Hike


Killarney Lake/Bowen Ramble
Sat 25 Feb D Hike


Spider Pk

Trip Report: Dog Mountain

Photos and report by Carol Kautz,

Emilia Panakova led a beautiful hike up to Dog Mt. There were seven North Shore Hikers, two with snowshoes and the rest with microspikes. We started up the trail at 10:45 AM sharp and hiked up to the top of Dog Mt.

The views were stunning, and it was a beautiful sunny day. It was hard to pass all the people on the narrow, busy well-marked trail with compact snow and ice. Microspikes came in handy.

There was a crazy, curious kleptomaniac crow causing a commotion at the top of the mountain that captivated everyone’s attention. We were all sure that the crow has its own Tupperware tree and is Dog Mountain’s permanent crafty career criminal. While we were at the top the crow stole two Tupperware containers and flew off with them. Then had the nerve to grab an almond out of a hiker’s fingers as it was going into their mouth.

The day was perfect except for the fact that one new North Shore Hiker missed us, because the parking lots are confusing and not marked properly near the top and it was a busy day on the mountain. Thank you, Emilia, for leading this beautiful hike.

Thanks for reading, and spike on.

2022 Photo contest - Runner Up - Scenery

Photo by Eugene Kaplounovski - Sunrise above Chutanga Village, Nepal