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Outdoor Vancouver

Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter. Edition #6

July 22, 2013

Best Hikes near Vancouver, BC

Big news. 

It took a few months longer than I anticipated, but I’m very pleased to announce the launch of a new hiking guidebook for hiking enthusiasts around Vancouver: The Best Hikes near Vancouver!

The eBook includes a hand-picked selection of the top ten must-do hikes for your next outing. It was a huge undertaking to put this book together, even though I had a lot of the hiking information on the website. I went through each hike and expanded and improved upon all the descriptions, vetted the stats, and added a lot other hiking information and resources to the book. I had no idea how much work it would be to put this together, but the process was a lot of fun.

Why an eBook?

There are several ‘hiking in Vancouver’ guidebooks out there that have been on shelves of bookstores for decades now. They are great, and I’ve used them many times. However, eBooks offer several advantages over traditional paperback books. First, they are less costly to produce (and therefore can be sold at a much lower cost). They also allow for revised and updated versions to be easily published (and downloaded for free by those who have already purchased). This is particularly useful for a hiking book, as trail information can change year-to-year. It also allows me to update the book as I receive feedback, and for you to get those updates at no extra cost, year over year.

Also, with an eBook, you always have the trailguide with you, loaded onto your portable device. No need to carry an extra book in your pack when you’re only using 2 pages for a particular hike.

The other thing I'll be doing is starting a series - The Best Vancouver Hikes Series. The idea is to provide hikers with bundles or packages of hikes they can buy based on their interest/ skill level / location, etc. So, new eBooks in the series will be coming, (ie, Best Hikes on the North Shore, Top-Ten Waterfall Hikes, etc) over the months and years. 

How to get the eBook

For this week only the book is listed for $0.99. I want to give the readers of the newsletter and Outdoor Vancouver a chance to grab it first for a buck. Next week the price will go up to $2.99. If you are interested in the book, please grab a copy and let me know what you think! Reviews on the Amazon store are greatly appreciated, as they will help others discover the book too. I would also love some feedback on what could be added to book, if anything (or if you notice typos - I know they're there despite vetting the book dozens of times by multiple people). Just reply to this email and let me know what you think. If you'd like to review the book and don't want to shell out the money, just email me and I'll send you the .mobi file.

You can easily download the book onto your PC, iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Kindle, whatever via the free Kindle App. It will sync across all your devices through your Kindle account. If Kindle books aren't your thing, new versions (Kobo, iBooks, Barnes and Noble, etc) of the eBook will be out within a few weeks. You can also get the ePub file from Smashwords.

Also, I've already begun writing and you can expect the second book in the series to be ready late 2013 or early 2014. 

Local Outdoors News

1. All Whistler alpine trails now open to hikers. @Vancouver Sun
2. Vancouver prepares to join the bike-share crazer. @Globe and Mail
3. Heads spinning over cycling helmet laws. @Vancouver Sun
4. Rule-breaking cyclists will be ticketed: West Vancouver police. @Vancouver Sun
5. Whistler bike park voted No. 1 in the world. @Vancouver Sun
6. Female hiker with broken ankle rescued near Cypress Bowl. @The Vancouver Sun
7. Hiking Mt. Seymour in the dog days of summer. @Vancouver Courier
8. Hiker ensnared by trap on Grouse Mountain worried for others’ safety. @The Province

Tales from the Outdoors

Last week the third interview in the Tales from the Outdoors series went live. This episode features mountain biker Kris Sneddon of Sechelt, who recently won the epic, 7 day stage BC Bike Race.

In the interview Kris details how he started riding bikes in Sechelt, sheds some light on BC Bike Race, and updates us about his upcoming races.



Squamish 50
Aug 10, 2013
Victoria Dragon Boat Festival
Aug 16 - 18, 2013
5 Peaks Whistler
Aug 24, 2013

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