Did you know? The fastest known time someone has climbed up to Peak 1 of The Chief is 17 minutes 52 seconds (Nick Elson)
Outdoor Vancouver

Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter. Edition #18

July 28, 2014

Day Hikes Guide for Beginners

Are you new to hiking in Vancouver? Wondering what the best day hikes are and which gear you need to bring for your outing?

If so, Fjallraven is hosting a community night titled Day Hikes Guide for Beginners. I’m honored to have been asked to speak at the event, along with my good friend Jeff Pelletier. We’ll be presenting our top 5 picks for day hikes in the area, along with some basic safety tips. Hope to see you there!

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time: 6pm – 8pm (presentation at 7pm)
Location: 147 W. Broadway St, Vancouver
Cost: Free!

Further details and invitation here: http://www.outdoorvancouver.ca/fjallravens-day-hikes-guide-beginners/

(Mostly) Local Outdoors News

1. North Shore Rescue caches robbed 4th time. @CBC News
2. Hiker who died in Squamish backcountry hike identified. @The Province
3. Hikers asked to help search for missing British tourist as trails open. @News1130
4. Search for missing hiker Sylvia Apps baffles searchers in Strathcona Park. @CBC News
5. Grizzly bear captured in Squamish. @Vancouver Sun
6. Young male bear shot and killed after breaking into outdoor freezer in West Vancouver. @Global BC
7. Spilled milk leads to bear tearing apart minivan in West Vancouver. @Vancouver Sun
8. Ailing kayaker pulled from water off Oak Bay. @Times Colonist
9. Vancouver runner struck by lightning, finishes in third place anyway. @Maclean's
10. No safety changes on Stanley Park causeway more than a year after cyclist killed. @The Province
11. 10 Beautiful Warm Lakes and Swimming Holes Near Vancouver. @Unified Stream
12. Coquitlam, Capilano, Lower Seymour Watershed Tours. @Miss 604
13. Three North Vancouver riders win national mountain bike titles. @North Shore News
14. Two hikers rescued by U.S. Coast Guard on Vancouver Island. @Kiro TV
15. Dive group hopes to sink old destroyer in Howe Sound. @Vancouver Courier
16. Chilliwack lakes call out for summer hikers. @Jack Christie
17. Explore the Fraser River by trails between Hope and Richmond. @Vancouver Sun
18. B.C. Southern Orca Whales Remain Endangered: Study. @ Huffington Post

Vancouver's Fastest Known Times

It seems like every month someone is setting, or attempting to set, a new 'Fastest Known Time' on one of our challenging local routes. Fastest Known Times, or FKTs, are a friendly competition of becoming the fastest person to complete a given route. They are basically a speed record. ie, who holds the fastest Grind time? What is the record time for completing the Howe Sound Crest Trail?

I wanted to aggregate these FKTs and encourage people to get creative, submit some new FKTs, and get some lively competition going. So there’s a new Fastest Known Time page on the website, with submission form, where everyone can view the current FKTs and enter new ones. So check out the list, marvel at the times people have thrown down on some epic routes, and let me know if any data is missing.

There’s a lot of low-hanging fruit right now, particularly for the women, to get onto that page!

Check out the FKTs here: http://www.outdoorvancouver.ca/vancouver-fastest-known-times/

A Note on CASL

This is the first newsletter I've sent out since the new CASL laws went into place July 1, so I wanted to make a quick mention of it. By now, I'm sure everyone is familiar with CASL and received countless emails from companies asking to confirm opt-in to their email lists. I wanted to mention that since I began this newsletter it has always been an opt-in only newsletter. By the new laws, this means Outdoor Vancouver has 'express consent' instead of 'implied consent' to send emails, and you don't actually need to opt-in again. In basic terms, you subscribed yourself to the list from the website and I haven't manually added your email from another place. I hope you enjoy the newsletter and stay subscribed, but if you want you can always unsubscribe using the link in the footer below.

Until next month!


Squamish Days 10K & Flashback Mile
Aug 3, 2014
Squamish 50m/ 50km / 23km
Aug 16 - 17, 2014
5 Peaks Whistler
Aug 23, 2014

(Click for full events calendar)


  1. Fjallraven’s Day Hikes Guide for Beginners
  2. Vancouver’s Fastest Known Times
  3. 109 Walks In British Columbia’s Lower Mainland Review


  1. Kayak Lessons and Rentals with Rocky Point Kayak
  2. Whytecliff Park: Scuba Diving and Hiking
  3. Hiking the Joffre Lakes Trail near Pemberton
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