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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

February 25, 2021
Edition #97
In this newsletter:
  1. Snowshoeing Black Mtn and Bowen Lookout
  2. Outdoor News
  3. Why (Do I Hike) Documentary
  4. Book of the Month
  5. Hand Crafted Hiking Sticks
  6. Current Gear Deals

1. Hiking the Bowen Lookout Trail

We posted two new snowshoe trail guides to the website in February. There's still time left to tackle these trails before the snow leaves us.

The Bowen Lookout Trail is a short but sweet snowshoe route in Cypress Provincial Park. 

The route carries along the Yew Lake Trail before passing through a section of scenic old-growth forest and then climbing uphill about 100 m of elevation. The trail ends with a fantastic viewpoint overlooking Howe Sound and Bowen Island. 

Read the full Bowen Lookout trail guide here

Black Mountain is a popular snowshoe trail in Cypress Provincial Park in West Vancouver. While popular, this trail is usually less busy than the nearby Hollyburn Mountain and Bowen Lookout snowshoe routes.

The trail begins at the Cypress Mountain Resort Lodge and climbs up sharply to the south summit of Black Mountain. From the summit, there are beautiful panoramic views of Howe Sound, Vancouver, and the North Shore mountains. 

Read the full Black Mountain trail guide here.

Both trails are free to use as part of Cypress Provincial Park but require a backcountry access pass from Cypress Mountain ski resort. 

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. Wet weather pushes up avalanche risk. @News 1130
2. Whistler-area avalanche kills snowboarder, second death in two days. @News1130
3. A skier has died in the Sea to Sky backcountry. @Chief
4. 2 hikers rescued on Grouse Mountain in slippery, cold conditions. @CTV
5. Out-of-bounds snowboarder not very grateful for help. @NS News
6. B.C. search and rescue teams on track for another record-setting winter. @CBC
7. Experts remind British Columbians to be prepared when heading into backcountry. @CBC
8. Young man rescued after swimming in frigid Lynn Canyon waters. @News1130
9. Warning issued after cougar attackd small dog at popular hiking spot. @CTV
10. Juvenile cougar killed in PoCo after youth possibly stalked. @Van Sun
11. Squamish's Smoke Bluffs to become formally dedicated park. @Chief
12. A multi-generational project monitoring the Wedgemount Glacier. @Pique

As a last minute addition to the newsletter, B.C. Parks annonuced on Wednesday that summer camping reservations are opening to B.C. residents on March 8. Details here!

3. Why (Do I Hike) Documentary

This short documentary isn't new, but it just came to our attention recently after a reader sent it into us (thanks Alain!). 

Croatian filmmaker Nikola Horvat filmed this 23-minute documentary while hiking the Colorado Rockies in 2019. On his trek, Nikola explored the meaning of hiking for himself and the fellow hikers he encountered along his journey. The resulting film has won several grand prizes at various film festivals. If you haven't already seen it, it's a worthy watch and available for free on YouTube.
Why do I hike | Award Winning Documentary 2020

4. Book of the Month - The Grizzlies of Grouse Mountain: The True Adventures of Coola and Grinder

Anyone who has made a summertime trip up Grouse Mountain in the last two decades will be familiar with Grinder and Coola; the two grizzly bears who live atop the mountain and are cared for by the resort. Both cubs were found orphaned in 2001, and were brought to Grouse Mountain from Invermere and Bella Coola. 

The Grizzlies of Grouse Mountain is an illustrated children's book that tells their story.

"This beautifully illustrated children’s book tells the remarkable story of two orphaned grizzly bears who were saved and brought to Grouse Mountain as cubs, where they now live in a protected wildlife refuge and serve as unofficial ambassadors for their species.

The Grizzlies of Grouse Mountain tells the heartwarming and inspiring tale of Coola and Grinder’s life on the mountain, their distinct personalities, and their important role in teaching wildlife rangers and scientists about grizzly bear behaviour. Written for young school-age children, this book presents facts and entertaining anecdotes about the bears in a clear and engaging way, and imparts valuable lessons about the importance of wildlife conservation. This richly illustrated book will foster children’s love of wildlife for years to come."

Read more about the book here.

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

5. Hand Crafted Hiking Sticks

If you’re interested in a nice walking pole for your hikes, one of our readers, Chris, has some available which look very nice!
The sticks are coated with varnish which prevents them from drying out. The base of the sticks are fitted with a steel disc that prevents wear on the soft wood. Prices start at $15 for sticks up to 4ft, and $20 for sticks over 4ft up to 5ft 6ins. They can also be custom made to order.
Chris lives in a seniors co-operative in North Vancouver and the proceeds of any sales go back into co-ops Woodwork Shop fund.
He says, “I'm 78 and have been doing woodwork for many years having learned the basics at secondary school in England. I ran a little store near Sechelt for 15 years where I made not only walking sticks but driftwood items like candle holders, picture frames, planters, birdhouses etc.”
If you’re interested, you can contact Chris at trugsman@gmail.com and you can arrange pickup or delivery.

6. Current Gear Deals

Two great deals we're aware of right now:

Mountain Equipment Co-Op
  • Winter Clearance - up to 60% off
Columbia Sportswear
  • Winter Sale - Up to 50% Off

Until next time!
  1. Murrin Park Loop (Squamish)
  2. Nairn Falls (Pemberton)
  3. Pender Hill (Sunshine Coast)
  1. Hiking Flatiron Peak
  2. Snowshoeing Black Mountain
  3. Snowshoeing Bowen Lookout
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