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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

Jan 27, 2022
Edition #108
In this newsletter:
  1. Take a Hike's Winter Challenge
  2. Outdoor News
  3. Book of the Month
  4. Solo Stove Campfire Review

1. Take a Hike Foundation's Winter Event!


Take a Hike Foundation's annual winter event – Take it Outside: Winter Challenge and Moonlight Snowball - is kicking off on February 1st.

Join the Winter Challenge starting February 1st to get outside and experience all the benefits nature has to offer. Participants can track any kind of outdoor activity - from hiking in your own backyard, biking the seawall, skiing down a mountain, or snowshoeing as we have in years past.

Participants have the chance to win awesome challenge prizes – including some Outdoor Vancouver gear!

Register here
Also check out the silent auction and 50/50 raffle for the event here. Anyone can participate and there is something for everyone!
Take a Hike Foundation is one of our favorite local programs.

Take a Hike partners with public school districts to engage vulnerable youth in a full-time mental health and emotional well-being program embedded in an alternate education classroom. Since the first program opened in 2000, Take a Hike has grown into five school districts across B.C., continuing to expand each year to meet the needs of more vulnerable youth.

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. Backcountry adventurer shares story of survival after getting caught in New Year's Day snowstorm. @CBC
2. Snowshoers need saving after suffocating amount of snow in Strathcona Park. @CR Mirros
3. Mountaineer shocked at ill-prepared hikers ascending snow-covered B.C. peak. @VI Free Daily
4. 'I was kind of freaking out': Vancouver snowboarder survives avalanche. @NS News
5. Family of snowboarder rescued in Whistler sends thanks. @Pique
6. North Shore Rescue smashes annual call record. @NS News
7. Lynn Headwaters park now open but trails are a mess, Metro says. @NS News
8. The whole landscape has changed' — Parks, trails and rec sites severely damaged by B.C. storms. @Van Sun
9. New winter-ready campsite opens in Manning Park. @DH News
10. B.C.'s cold snap could have positive effects going into spring, experts say. @CBC
11. Snowshoe running: your new favourite winter sport. @Cdn. Running

3. Book of the Month - Watermelon Snow: Science, Art, and a Lone Polar Bear 


Watermelon Snow is the name given to snow that turns reddish from a species of algae that live on the snow. Unfortunately, this algae causes the snow to absorb more heat, resulting in faster melting times, and is accelerating the rate of glacier loss.  

If you've done any hiking at elevation in recent years, 'watermelon snow' might be something you've come across before. I remember seeing this strange phenomenon for the first time at Wedgemount Lake.

As Professor of Molecular Biology at Simon Fraser University, Author Lynn Quarmby took to researching climate-threatened microbiome living on the surface of alpine summer snow. During this time, Quarmby fell into a state of deep concern over the fate of our planet.  

"Concern about the climate crisis is widespread as humans struggle to navigate life in uncertain times. From the vantage of a schooner full of artists on an adventure in the high Arctic, biologist Lynne Quarmby explains the science that convinced her of an urgent need to act on climate change and recounts how this knowledge - and the fear and panic it elicited - plunged her into unsustainable action, ending in arrests, lawsuits, and a failed electoral campaign on behalf of the Green Party of Canada.

Watermelon Snow weaves memoir, microbiology, and artistic antics together with descriptions of a sublime Arctic landscape. At the top of the warming world, Quarmby struggles with burnout and grief while an aerial artist twirls high in the ship's rigging, bearded seals sing mournfully, polar bears prowl, and glaciers crumble into the sea. In a compelling narrative, sorrow and fear are balanced by beauty and wonder."

Learn more about the book here.

We compile the books we feature every month in our Book Store.

4. Solo Stove Fire Pit Review

Last month, we added a new product review on the website.

Whether camping or hanging out in the backyard, nothing helps create an upbeat atmosphere better than warm, bright fire. But of course, we always want to make sure our fires are contained and safe. And that’s one reason why Solo Stove fire pits have become so popular over the last few years. 

Solo Stove makes high quality fire pits, camp stoves, and grills. We recently had a chance to review the Bonfire fire pit from Solo Stove. Here’s our review and thoughts after testing out the Solo Stove Bonfire fire pit.

Read the full review here.
Until next month!
  1. Alexander Falls (Whistler)
  2. Dog Mountain (Squamish)
  3. Black Mountain (W. Van)
  1. Hiking Belcarra Bluffs
  2. Hiking Pacific Spirit Park
  3. Solo Stove Fire Pit Review
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