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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

August 31, 2022
Edition #115
In this issue:
  1. End of Summer Hike Suggestions
  2. Outdoor News
  3. Book of the Month
  4. Current Gear Deals

1. End of Summer Hike Suggestions

With a cold spring and higher than usual snowpack, the hiking season got off to a slow start this year. But after a hot August, September is a great time to tackle those highest, and most difficult hikes on the to-do list.

The temperature starts to cool. The bugs are fewer. Mud on the trails is at a minimum. Snow is finally clear from most of the trails. And there’s still enough daylight to tackle some big objectives.

After building up your fitness on shorter hikes during the summer, September is a great time to get out and tackle the big, challenging hikes. In this guide, we’ll present 14 of our favourite long day hikes for this time of year (along with some honourable mentions).

Read the list of late-summer hike suggestions here.

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. Maple Ridge rescue team assists exhausted hiker and her injured dog. @MR-PM News
2. Search team rescues hiker from Golden Ears Mountains. @VI Free Daily
3. ‘They did the right thing’: NSR airlifts injured dog to safety. @Global
4. North Shore Rescue responds to four simultaneous calls. @NS News
5. B.C. hiker falls off cliff, airlifted to hospital. @CityNews
6. Helicopter rescue saves hiker in Golden Ears park. @MR-PM News
7. Golden Ears campground reopens as bridge repairs finish early. @MR-PM News
8. Black bear killed in Garibaldi park after taking backpacks with food. @CBC
9. Calls to Whistler Search and Rescue down slightly. @Pique
10. Meet the diver who's pulled 269 lbs of garbage out of Cat Lake. @DH
11. Camping may be available on Bowen Island if proposal goes through. @CTV
12. Don’t Love it to Death: Community initiative aims to educate Sea to Sky visitors. @Pique
13. Grouse Mountain to start work on new $35M gondola. @NS News

3. Book of the Month - The Hiking Book from Hell

We have something a little different thing month than our usual locally-focused guide book. The Hiking Book from Hell is a memoir from Scandinavian comedian Are Kalvø. You can think of it along the lines of Cheryl Strayed's popular memoir, Wild, but with a much more lighthearted and comedic approach. The book makes for a great read as you lay in a hammock during our final days of summer.

"For fans of Bill Bryson and David Sedaris comes an anti-nature memoir that will resonate with anyone who would rather stay inside with a book than venture into the mountains, from one of Scandinavia’s biggest comedians. 

Sometime around his forties, Are Kalvø starts losing his friends … to the mountains. Friends who used to meet him at the pub are now hiking and skiing every weekend, and when they do show up, all they talk about is feeling at one with nature (without a hint of irony). When Are realizes he’s the only person who hasn’t posted a selfie on a mountain, he starts to wonder: does he have it all wrong? 

To find out, Are buys some ridiculously expensive gear and heads into the woods. The result of his sardonic trek is at once a smart and funny take-down of outdoors culture, and a reluctant surrender to nature’s undeniable pull. An adventure, a comedy, and a tragedy, The Hiking Book from Hell is destined to become a nature writing (and nature hating) classic."

Learn more about the book here.

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

4. Current Gear Deals

Tons of great Labour Day deals going on right now!

Mountain Equipment Co-op
  • Mountain Days. Save up to 50% off with 1,000+ deals on outdoor gear. Long weekends start at MEC.
Columbia Canada
  • Columbia Canada  Labour Day Sale – up to 20% off!
  • Up to 40% off Select Styles for Labour Day
Solo Stove
  • Labour Day sale - Up to 45% off Fire Pit
Hurley Canada
  • 40% Off Almost Everything with Code SURF40
  • Labour Day Sale Early Access! 30% Off Sitewide with Code LBD22RCM Sept 1-2
  • Labour Day Sale! 30% Off Sitewide with Code LBD22 Sept 2-5
  • 25% Off Select Styles + Free Shipping
  • Use code FALL25 to take 25% off bestselling packs and bottles
Altitude Sports
  • Labour Day Sale! Get up to 40% off 5,000+ items
Mountain Wearhouse
  • Take 15% off for Labour Day with code HAPPYAFFNA
Have a safe and happy long weekend! Until next month!
  1. Mt. McFarlane (Chilliwack)
  2. Needle Peak (Coquihalla Summit)
  3. Crown Mountain (North Van)
  4. Browse our trail database 
  1. Hiking Belcarra Bluffs
  2. Hiking the Mundy Park Trails
  3. Solo Stove Fire Pit Review
  4. Current Trail Closures
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