Did you know? Mundy Park is the largest park in Coquitlam.
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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

Mar 31, 2022
Edition #110
In this newsletter:
  1. Exploring Mundy Park
  2. Outdoor News
  3. Book of the Month
  4. Wanderung is Back!
  5. Spring Hike Ideas

1. Exploring Mundy Park in Coquitlam


We posted a new trail guide to the site this week!

Mundy Park is a large urban park in Coquitlam. In fact, Mundy Park is the largest park in Coquitlam, measuring 174 hectares. There are two small but scenic lakes in the park – Mundy Lake and Lost Lake. 

The park offers a large network of peaceful walking trails. Because of the numerous shaded trails, Mundy Park is a favourite walking area for many locals.

Read the full trail guide with video overview here.

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

3. Book of the Month - How to Survive Your First Trip in the Wild: Backpacking for Beginners

How to Survive Your First Trip in the Wild contains practical and straight-to-the-point advice for the first-time and beginner backpacker. The book contains gear checklists, cheat sheets to help you plan your trip, and plenty of tips on various topics such as dealing with wildlife, navigating rough terrain, leave no trace principles, and the like. It is also written in a light and humorous way, and has fun illustrations throughout. This book provides an unintimidating approach to anyone preparing for their first overnight trek.

"A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single book. How to Survive Your First Trip in the Wild bundles up everything you need to prep for your first-ever backpacking adventure―so you can explore the backcountry with confidence.

Start strong with an essential equipment guide geared toward beginners. Discover how to choose a campsite and follow along with camp setup and breakdown directions. Water treatment info, outdoor cooking basics, snacking suggestions, and a sample three-day backpacking food plan supply you with vital knowledge to survive in the wilderness."

Learn more about the book here.

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

4. Wanderung is Back!

Whenever I get asked if there are any local hiking clubs I recommend, I usually direct people to Wanderung

Wanderung is a little different than your typical hiking club in that anyone can organize a hike to any location they would like, and everything is managed by an email list.

Hikes are organized by creating a 'callout'. In the callout, the organizer gets to choose the hike location, date, group size, and so on. These callouts then get sent to everyone on the email list, and those interested can join in on the hike!

The group is also focused on car pooling to minimize environmental impact. For this reason, the club has been closed during the pandemic. However, this week Wanderung announced the callout list is once again open for business, with a few ground rules on masking in the car pool. 

Here are some helpful resources if you're new to Wanderung and are interested to learn more about how it works: Email list rules | Organizer Guide | FAQ
And we have a curated list of other local hiking clubs on our site as well.

5. Spring Hikes

It seems like the cherry blossoms are blooming and spring has finally arrived.

If you're looking for some great spring hike ideas, make sure you check out our list of the 14 Best Spring Hikes around Vancouver!
Until next month!
  1. Twin Falls (North Van)
  2. Flood Falls (Hope)
  3. Abby Grind (Abbotsford)
  1. Hiking Belcarra Bluffs
  2. Hiking the Mundy Park Trails
  3. Solo Stove Fire Pit Review
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