Did you know? Each year in B.C. there are more Search and Rescue callouts than in the rest of Canada combined.

Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter

Dec 29, 2014

Tales from the Outdoors with Ski Mountaineer Eric Carter

Tales from the Outdoors is an ongoing interview series featuring some of the most inspiring local athletes, and this month I had the chance to catch up with ski mountaineer Eric Carter. Based out of Squamish, Eric is currently training for the skimo World Cup and going through US National Team qualifiers. 

See Eric's story and read the full interview here: http://www.outdoorvancouver.ca/skier-eric-carter-interview/

(Mostly) Local Outdoors News

Each month in the news summary there are articles about Search and Rescue efforts to help lost and injured individuals in the backcountry. This month has seen some particularly tragic events, and while these accidents are not always possible to avoid, often times they are. With the darkest and coldest time of year upon us, and with a high level of recent rainfall, this is a good time to consider brushing up on outdoor safety.

1. Rock slide near Lions Bay kills Erin Moore, 7, on hike. @CBC
2. Dramatic rescue after hiker falls from peak on Mount Seymour. @CTV News
3. Garbage leads rescuers to hiker in Golden Ears park, missing one week. @Metro News
4. Province proposes separated pedestrian-cycling route for Stanley Park causeway. @Vancouver Sun
5. Ice Climbing in BC - All it takes is the right equipment and a good guide. @CBC News
6. Seymour rock slide creates lake - Twin Bridges under water, trails closed. @CBC News
7. Hidden Hikes in and Around Vancouver. @VIA
8. Winter Backcountry Safety. @Oplopanax Horridus
9. Scaredy Cat's Top Ten Snowshoeing Favorites. @Hiking for the Scaredy Cat
10. Canyoneering in British Columbia. @Hello BC
11. Eight nonprofits for B.C. outdoor enthusiasts looking to give back this holiday season. @Georgia Straight
12. Beer created to honour Tim Jones sells out in less than a month. @Global News
13. The Howe Sound Crest Trail, on the fringes of Vancouver. @Running Ultras
14. 2014 Incident Summary. @Coquitlam SAR
15. TrailRunning Canada Magazine - Issue Nine. @TR Canada
16. More Vancouver cyclists willing to battle the weather each year. @The Province
17. Scientists fear for resident killer whales after fourth death this year. @Vancouver Sun
18. This Ski Rescue Video Is The Scariest Thing You’ll See This Week. @MPORA

Win a EvoGrip S18 Swiss Army Knife

Christmas may be just behind us, but it is still the season of giving, and Outdoor Vancouver currently giving away a Wenger EvoGrip multi-tool. All it takes enter the contest is a tweet, email or Facebook like. Only a few people have put their name in the hat so far, so the odds are looking good.

Enter the contest here: http://www.outdoorvancouver.ca/wenger-evogrip-s18-swiss-army-knife-review/

Boxing Week Sale at Live Out There

Live Out There is quickly becoming to go-to online retailer of outdoor gear for Canadians. They offer free shipping anywhere in the country, and a large selection of all the favourite outdoor brands including North Face, Arc'teryx, Patagonia and many more.

Right now their Boxing Week Sale is happening and everything on the site is on sale up to 50% off. You have until Tuesday, December 30 to score a deal. On top of the big discounts, I have also been given Coupon Code 'MERRY5' which you can use to save an additional 5% if you buy on the 30th! Check out the Live Out There sale here.

Have a safe and happy New Year!


Vancouver Polar Bear Swim
Jan 1, 2015
Vancouver New Years Day Fat Ass 50K Run
Jan 1, 2015
Vncouver Chilly Chase
Jan 25, 2015

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  1. Wenger EvoGrip S18 Swiss Army Knife: Review and Contest
  2. Rolo Travel Bag Review
  3. Tales from the Outdoors with Ski Mountaineer Eric Carter


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  2. The Snowshoe Grouse Grind in North Vancouver
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