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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

Sept 30, 2020
Edition #92
In this newsletter:
  1. Needle Peak and Rohr Lake Hikes
  2. Outdoor News
  3. The Sale of MEC
  4. Book of the Month
  5. Current Gear Deals

1. Hiking Needle Peak and Rohr Lake




We posted two new trail guides to the website in September!

Needle Peak

Needle Peak is a difficult hike in the Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area, near Hope.

The hike is not a long one, but it has a difficult scramble to reach the summit. For those looking for a challenge, Needle Peak is a rewarding hike with incredible views in all directions. On a clear day, looming high above the summit of the Coquihalla Pass, Needle Peak offers views of the Coast and Cascade mountain ranges as far as the eye can see.

Read the full Needle Peak trail guide here.


Rohr Lake

Rohr Lake is a moderate to difficult hike near Pemberton. The trail begins just past the parking area for Joffre Lakes along the Duffy Lake Highway.

Rohr Lake itself is a beautiful turquoise colour. From the far end of Rohr Lake, sitting below Rohr Mountain, you get a picturesque vantage point of the lake. Cayoosh Mountain is seen prominently in the backdrop.

Read the full Rohr Lake guide here.

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

3. The Sale of Mountain Equipment Co-op


Unless you've been backpacking off the grid, you've undoubtedly heard about the decision by the board of Mountain Equipment Co-op to sell to a private US firm.

The news came as a surprise and without consultation with the co-op members. Many local outdoor enthusiats who have been members and patrons of the co-op over the years and decades are understandably upset.

Here's a sampling of some of the recent articles on the matter: If you're a member of the co-op (you are one if you've ever made a purchase there) you can take action at SaveMEC.ca and by signing the petition on Change.org.

4. Book of the Month - Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder 

We all know that getting outside and being in nature is inherently good for us. We don't need science to tell us this. But Last Child in the Woods is an eye-opening look at the research behind the myriad of ways nature has a positive impact on us (or a negative impact if we are 'nature-deficient). 

The impacts are even larger at a young age. Revised and updated last in 2008, Last Child in the Woods is a relevant as ever with the increased popularity of mobile devices, online gaming, and time spent indoors because of COVID-19. 

A must-read for any parents of young children.

"Nature-deficit disorder isn’t a medical condition – it’s a description of the human costs of being alienated from nature. There are solutions, though, and they’re right in our own backyards. The author brings together research that shows how exposing children to nature is essential for healthy physical, emotional, and spiritual development. Parents have the power to ensure their kids won’t be the last child in the woods, and this book is a step toward reuniting children with nature.

Last Child in the Woods has spurred a national dialogue among educators, health professionals, parents, developers and conservationists. This is a book that will change the way you think about your future and the future of your children."

Read more about the book here.

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

5. Current Gear Deals


A few online retailers have some good deals going right now:

Patagonia Canada
  • Shop the Patagonia.ca Web Specials and get 30-50% Off your favorite Patagonia gear and apparel!
Salomon Canada
  • Web deals - up to 30% off
Until next time!
Karl
GREAT HIKES FOR OCTOBER
  1. Diez Vistas (Anmore)
  2. Elk Falls (Vancouver Island)
  3. Smoke Bluffs (Squamish)
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