Did you know? The Wedgemount Glacier has receded about 300 meters over the last 40 years.
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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

July 30, 2019
Edition #78
In this newsletter:
  1. Wedgemount Lake Hike
  2. Outdoor News
  3. Book of the Month
  4. A Social Backcountry
  5. New Shirts!
  6. Current Gear Deals

1. New Hiking Guide - Wedgemount Lake

We posted a new hiking guide to the site -  one of the most scenic day-hikes in Whistler!

Wedgemount Lake is also one of the most difficult. The trail is well-marked and maintained, but climbs at an unrelenting pace from the trailhead to the top.

Wedgemount Lake is an unbelievable turquoise colour and is surrounded by snow-capped, granite peaks. Just beyond the lake, and just as impressive, sits the Wedgemount Glacier

Read the full guide for Wedgemount Lake  here.

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. Vancouver Island cheesemaker, politician dies in hiking accident. @Van Sun
2. B.C. search and rescue teams kept busy with multiple long weekend calls. @VAn Sun
3. 'Nobody was coming': Vancouver Island hiker recounts 5-day survival ordeal. @CBC
4. Bystanders save man from drowning in North Vancouver. @CTV
5. Coquitlam man builds app that could save your life. @TriCity News
6. BC AdventureSmart encourages chasing waterfalls — safely. @Chief
7. Bear allegedly attacks man in Tri-Cities park. @TriCity News
8. As more grizzly bears swim to Vancouver Island, wildlife guide urges education. @CTV
9. Penticton woman trapped in tent by cougar. @Castanet
10. New Fastest Time on West Coast Trail. @Running Mag
11. Chez Monique: At Home On The Edge (Movie about the infamous WCT burger shack). @YouTube
12. Racer sets record with 19 Grouse Grinds in one day. @Van Courier
13. District of North Vancouver see-saws, won’t remove mountain bike obstacles. @Global
14. BC Parks pulls visitor counts off web after errors discovered. @News 1130
15. Lines drawn on planned B.C. park reserve where many species at risk live. @Van Courier

3. Book of the Month - Popular Day Hikes on Vancouver Island

One of the best Vancouver Island hiking guidebooks has just been revised and updated for 2019. Featuring a fresh design and the most current route updates, Popular Day Hikes of Vancouver Island written for visitors and locals looking to hike scenic trails from well-established hiking locations.

"This unique and colourful guidebook sorts through all of the various possibilities and selects for the reader the very best day hikes on Vancouver Island, with locations throughout the region. With hikes ranging from 6 km to 25 km and from easy to challenging, these routes are all accessible from generally reliable roads. In addition, each hike is accompanied by a clear, colourful map, step by step directions and full-colour photographs.

Each hike includes:
  • detailed directions to trailheads
  • colour maps and photographs
  • seasonal information
  • round-trip distances
  • trail commentary
  • difficulty ratings"
Read more about Popular Day Hikes Vancouver Island here.

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

4. A Social Backcountry

"As the population booms in Southwest BC, and interest in backcountry travel is at an all-time high, tensions in the outdoor community are inevitable. Information spreads rapid-fire through social media, leading to a host of difficult issues, while at the same time raising deeper questions: What kind of a community do we want this to be? And amongst all the internet trolling and the crowding at trailheads, how can we still find real adventure?"

Filmmaker Heather Mosher dives into the topic during the 10-minute documentary A Social Backcountry, which features local hiking guidebook author Matt Gunn.

Outdoor Vancouver is happy to have contributed a few still images to be used in this film.

Watch the film here.

5. New North Shore Shirts

Our popular North Shore design apparel is now available on a premium tri-blend cotton, and in new colors!
View the shirts!

5. Current Gear Deals

Play safe over the B.C. Day long weekend!

Until next month!

Squamish Days 8k
Aug 4

North Van Shipyards Night Market (with Outdoor Vancouver!)
Aug 16

5 Peaks BC Race 5 - Whistler
Aug 24

(View the
full events calendar)
  1. Wedgemount Lake
  2. Summer at Journeyman Lodge
  3. Steelhead Falls

  1. Brandywine Meadows (Whistler)
  2. Black Tusk (Whistler)
  3. Mount Seymour Trail (North Van)
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