Did you know? Alexander Falls plummets 52 meters over 6 distinct steps.
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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

February 27, 2020
Edition #85
In this newsletter:
  1. Snowshoeing to Alexander Falls
  2. Outdoor News
  3. Book of the Month
  4. BioLite HeadLamp 200 Review

1. Alexander Falls in Callaghan Country

Alexander Falls is a beautiful waterfall in Callaghan Country just a few kilometers south of Whistler. There is a viewing platform overlooking Alexander Falls along the road to the Whistler Olympic Park. In the summer, the viewing platform is a nice detour spot along a drive to or from Whistler.

But in the winter, you can do one better than seeing the falls from the viewing platform. When Callaghan Country is operating during the winter months, you can snowshoe right to the base of the spectacular Alexander Falls for an up-close view.

If you’re lucky enough to time your trek during a cold snap, you may see Alexander Falls completely frozen, which is a remarkable sight. But frozen or not, a snowshoe trip to the falls always makes for a fun outing.

Read the full guide here.

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. North Shore Rescue responds to two simultaneous calls. @NS News
2. Three teen hikers rescued on West Vancouver trail. @NS News
3. Snowboarder Rescued at Whistler Blackcomb, Filmed Clinging to Cliff. @The Inertia
4. Campers rescued after Squamish Valley Road floods. @Pique
5. Sea to Sky Gondola restarts after $5m disruption. @BIV
6. Popular parking, access point to Garibaldi Park effectively shut down. @News1130
7. A Whistler-type village is planned for West Vancouver's Hollyburn Mountain. @Van Sun
8. Proposed Squamish ski resort to ask for environmental extension. @Van Sun
9. 5 Ways to Lighten Your Pack for Backpacking. @Gear Junkie
10. Two Scout leaders who went missing in woods on Vancouver Island found alive. @News1130
11. A skier shares what happened the day he lost his wife to an avalanche. @CBC

3. Book of the Month - Epic Hikes of the World

We often focus on hikes around Vancouver in this newsletter, but there are so many amazing places to hike in the world it can be fun to explore options for travel. 

Lonely Planet's Epic Hikes of the World is a best-selling book featuring amazing hikes from 30 different countries, including Canada. 

The book doesn't go into great depth on any of the hikes, but has plenty of overview statistics and information, and has plenty of great photography. It makes for a the perfect coffee table book.

"With stories of 50 incredible hiking routes in 30 countries, from New Zealand to Peru, plus a further 150 suggestions, Lonely Planet’s Epic Hikes of the World will inspire a lifetime of adventure on foot. From one-day jaunts and urban trails to month-long thru-hikes, cultural rambles and mountain expeditions, each journey shares one defining feature: being truly epic.

In this follow-up to Epic Bike Rides and Epic Drives, we share our adventures on the world’s best treks and trails. Epic Hikes is organised by continent, with each route brought to life by a first-person account, beautiful photographs and charming illustrated maps. Additionally, each hike includes trip planning advice on how to get there, where to stay, what to pack and where to eat, as well as recommendations for three similar hikes in other regions of the world."

Read more about the book here.

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

4. BioLite Headlamp 200 Review

I recently tested the BioLite HeadLamp 200 and it has become my go-to headlamp for road running at night. It’s hard to find a lamp so light and so comfortable, which produces sufficient illumination. 

It also makes for the perfect lamp to throw into your Ten Essentials bag, for emergency use while hiking, and for navigating your campsite at night.

The HeadLamp 200 has a clever design, is simple to use, and packs all the features a headlamp needs without any of the excesses, and a fraction of the usual weight.

Read the full review here.
Until next month!

The Dirty Duo
March 7

West Van Run
March 7 - 8

Cap Crusher
March 14
  1. Hiking Capilano River Park
  2. Hiking Lady Falls
  3. Gear Review: BioLite Headlamp 200

  1. Snowshoe Ground Grind (North Van)
  2. Hollyburn Mountain (North Van)
  3. Abby Grind (Abbotsford)
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