Did you know? In any given year Search and Rescue groups in BC respond to nearly 1000 incidents involving over 1300 missing (lost) or injured persons

Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter

Oct 29, 2015

A Busy Month for Search and Rescue

It was busy month for local search and rescue teams (just look at the news articles below - which are only a few from the month). 'Callouts' are up about 130 compared to this time last year across the province! With all the rescues, SAR teams have put a callout of their own - for more funding to be better equipped to help those lost or injured in the woods.

Coquitlam SAR manager Michael Coyle had a timely post about the SAR teams within the Metro Vancouver borders and how they are funded.

On a related note - A group of  volunteers is doing a Kickstarter for a 2016 calendar featuring photos of our amazing mountains by local photographers. All proceeds from this effort go directly to North Shore Search and Rescue. $25 gets you a wicked calendar delivered to your door and plenty of good karma!

You can see the details and get your calendar here:


(Mostly) Local Outdoors News

1. Two men fall 200 metres off glacier in Squamish. @The Chief
2. North Shore Rescue plucks fallen hiker with spinal injuries off Goat Mountain. @CBC News
3. North Shore hikers lacking good shoes and a brain. @Globe and Mail
4. Breathtaking video shows daring helicopter rescue on Grouse Mountain. @Vancity Buzz
5. Seriously injured hiker rescued on Thanksgiving in North Vancouver. @Vancity Buzz
6. 1st date ends in technical rope rescue on Grouse Mountain. @CBC News
7. Naomi Yamamoto: Hiking not a walk in the park. @Georgia Straight
8. Wife airlifted off mountain after becoming separated from husband. @CTV News
9. Free Solo Rock Climbing - Will Stanhope in Squamish, BC, Canada (Video). @Vimeo
10. 25 Incredible Hiking Trails in British Columbia. @BC Mag
11. Hike This: Brohm Lake Interpretive Forest in Squamish. @Georgia Straight
12. Snorkelling with salmon offers a unique BC experience. @CBC News
13. B.C. ski resorts brace for balmy weather from El Nino. @Globe and Mail
14. MEC flagship’s move a sign of big changes to Broadway retail strip. @Globe and Mail
15. Infrared camera to aid in North Shore Rescue's backcountry searches. @NS News
16. Tofino whale-watching accident: Responders describe grim search for survivors. @CBC News

2015 Icebreaker Sample Sale in Vancouver

Icebreaker is one of my favorite active wear clothing companies because of their quality, merino wool material. Each year Icebreaker holds a sample sale and each year it’s hugely popular. You can save up to 70% on their wide range of quality clothing that is perfect for running, hiking, trekking, skiing, or pretty much any activity. Plus they are stylish, so ya know, just wear them around town if you don’t feel like doing anything active. That works too.

Sample sale dates
Saturday, November 7th: 10AM – 5PM
Sunday, November 8th: 10AM – 5PM

Sample sale location
Empire Landmark Hotel,
Coal Harbour Room
1400 Robson Street

Full details here:


The Black Tusk - Revised

Black Tusk, in Garibaldi Provincial Park, needs to be on the bucket list for every local hiker. The snow hasn't started flying yet, so you may have time to sneak it in this year. The guide on the website has been updated, including new photos and video:


Until next month!

PS - And don't forget the clocks go back an hour this weekend. The hiking days are becoming even shorter, so be prepared with a source of light and leave plenty of time to end your hike before dark.


The Great Climate Race
Nov 8, 2015
Phantom Run Trail Race
Nov 14, 2015
MEC Vancouver Snowfest
Nov 21, 2015

(Click for full events calendar)


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