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Outdoor Vancouver

Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter. Edition #4

May 24, 2013

The Hiking Season is Here

Summer is just around the corner and most of the snow is leaving the local mountains, at least at lower elevations. This was made evident a few weeks ago when it was announced that the Grouse Grind was officially open for the season

So it's an exciting time for those of use that love getting out onto the local mountains and getting a little dirty. The high elevations are still under a good amount of snow, but some of the easier trails can already be tackled, and with the long hours of daylight now is the time to start getting out there. This is why we endure months and months of rain, right?!. In preparation for the hiking season, I put together a new page on the website - Hiking in Vancouver: Trail Guides and Resources. The page is a list of my personal favorite sources of information I use to discover new trails, find maps, GPS coordinates, photos, videos, etc. There is a list of online trail guides, printed guidebooks, and other helpful websites for hiking.

If you plan on doing any hiking this summer, check it out.

Local Outdoors News

1. BC Coroners Service identify snowcampers found dead on Blackcomb Mountain. @Pique
2. Vancouver's Outdoor Pools Open as of May 18. @Metro Vancouver
3. Red Bull Divide and Conquer Returns to Vancouver's North Shore. @Pink Bike
4. Lost Coquitlam hikers rescued after overnight scare at Buntzen Lake. @CTV News
5. Man undergoes facial surgery after breaching humpback whale collides with his boat. @The Province
6. Aggresive Cougar Prowls Metro Vancouver. @Global News
7. YourLo.ca/tion: A way for Search and Rescue to help find lost people using their smart phone. @Global News

Tales from the Outdoors

Last month I released the first interview in a new series called 'Tales from the Outdoors". The aim of the series is to share the stories of local, inspirational athletes and outdoor enthusiasts.  The first interview was with Harvey Nelsen, who, judging by the response the article received, has inspired and touched many people. The article was very highly viewed and shared and if you haven't read Harvey's story yet, you can find the article here.

I'm currently preparing the interview with the second athlete, and will have that article out in June.

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Until next month!



Red Bull Divide and Conquer
June 8, 2013
Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon
June 23, 2013
Tough Mudder - Whistler
June 22 - 23, 2013

(Click for full events calendar)


1. Ashleigh McIvor Retrospective
2. Trail Running Rundown - April
3. #RunVan Update 10 - Race Day!
4. #RunVan Update 11 - To BQ or Not to BQ
5. The Grouse Grind - Poem by Harvey Nelsen
6. Race Reports - 5 Peaks Golden Ears & Buckin' Hell
7. Bike to Work Week - May 2013
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