Did you know? There were nearly 2,000 rescues conducted by search and rescue teams across B.C. in 2021.
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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

April 28, 2022
Edition #111
In this newsletter:
  1. BC AdventureSmart Trail Video Series
  2. Outdoor News
  3. Book of the Month
  4. 16 Stunning Waterfalls near Vancouver

1. AdventureSmart Trail Video Series

The number of search and rescue callouts has been steadily rising in recent years. To try and help hikers be better prepared, AdventureSmart has produced a series of trail overview videos for the 11 trails in B.C. that have the most rescues. The first video was released this week

"Over the next 4 weeks, on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays (April 25-May 18) we’ll be announcing each of the 11 trails in BC, with the most SAR incidents, offering in-depth planning resources for hikers.

Today we start with The Stawamus Chief Trail in beautiful Squamish, BC.

The Stawamus Chief is a 700m granite monolith in Squamish & is 1 of the most popular hikes in the sea to sky region.

This trail sees a high number of injuries & SAR calls each year."
AdventureSmart Trail Specific Safety Video - The Stawamus Chief Trail
(Click to watch on YouTube)

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

3. Book of the Month - How to Read Nature

Being present and observing the things around us is becoming harder and harder to do. How to Read Nature: Awaken your Senses is a short book which teaches us how to better pay attention to the nature around us. 

While this book is not a 'how to' in terms of reading nature to follow the movement of animals, or predict the weather, for example, it is a good motivator and reminder to slow down and observe the natural places we explore.  As the author is from the UK, some specific examples pertain to the English countryside, but the broader message applies to nature everywhere.

"When most of us go for a walk, a single sense-sight-tends to dominate our experience. But when New York Times-bestselling author and expert navigator Tristan Gooley goes for a walk, he uses all five senses to "read" everything nature has to offer. A single lowly weed can serve as his compass, calendar, clock, and even pharmacist.

In How to Read Nature, Gooley introduces readers to his world-where the sky, sea, and land teem with marvels. Plus, he shares 15 exercises to sharpen all of your senses. Soon you'll be making your own discoveries, every time you step outside!"

Learn more about the book here.

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

4. Some of our Favorite Waterfall Hikes

Waterfalls are great to view any time of year, but spring is usually when they are flowing in their full glory, as the winter snow melts away and the spring rains are in full effect. So this a great time of year to dust off the 'ol hiking boots and go chasing waterfalls.

If you need some inspiration to find the best waterfalls near Vancouver, look no further. This list guides you through what we consider to be the best waterfall hikes around Vancouver.

Read our post on 16 Stunning Waterfalls near Vancouver.
Until next month!
  1. Burnaby Mountain (Burnaby)
  2. Jug Island Beach (Belcarra)
  3. Little Qualicum Falls (Van Isle)
  1. Hiking Belcarra Bluffs
  2. Hiking the Mundy Park Trails
  3. Solo Stove Fire Pit Review
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