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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

December 30, 2020
Edition #95
In this newsletter:
  1. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail
  2. Outdoor News
  3. The Big Chill
  4. Book of the Month
  5. Boxing Week Gear Deals

1. Hiking the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail

We posted one new trail guide to the website in December, and it's a doozy!

The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail covers 47 kilometres of dense, coastal forest. The trail carries alongside and over beautiful pebble beaches, waterfalls, suspension bridges, and the occasional pit of mud. Okay, there can be lots of mud.

The Juan de Fuca sits on the southwestern coast of Vancouver Island, between Botanical Beach in Port Renfrew and China Beach, which is just up the coast from Sooke.

The trail lies just south of the popular West Coast Trail and is often hiked as a more-accessible alternative.

Read the full JDF trail guide here
We also did something a little different and made a 20-minute film of our hike on the JDF this year. The trail was more difficult than expected, and made for an adventure! We hope you enjoy the film!

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. 'Very dangerous' conditions in mountainous areas of B.C. @CBC
2. Dramatic river rescue caught on camera at Little Qualicum Falls. @CTV
3. North Shore Rescue finds lost hikers on first night-vision test flight. @CBC
4. Be prepared for winter if you're heading into the backcountry. @CTV
5. New backcountry adventurers put pressure on rescue services. @G&M
6. North Shore Rescue documentary finale details tragic avalanche death. @News110
7. Cypress Resort blames B.C. Parks for poor management of outdoor crowds. @CBC
8. Crowds pack Lower Mainland ski hills amid COVID-19 restrictions. @Global
9. Abbotsford man rescued from popular Chilliwack hiking trail. @Abby news
10. Family, friends of missing Manning Park hiker continue to search. @Kelowna Capital
11. 7 Canadian Hikes That Are Even More Stunning in Winter. @enRoute
12. Pay parking coming to two North Vancouver parks. @NS News
13. Snow to be cleared for access to Rubble Creek this winter. @Pique
14. Can Vancouver’s outdoor retail row survive MEC’s move? @BC Business

3. The Big Chill

Another new film that might be of interest is The Big Chill.

This 45-minute film follows local ultra-runner Gary Robbins as he sets out to create and then complete a 109-mile backcountry mountain route through Chlliwack. The journey was captured by local filmmaker Jeff Pelletier and uncovers Gary's motivation behind the route, scouting the trails, and his epic 1-day push to make his long time dream a reality.

We thoroughly enjoyed this and think you will too!
"In August 2020, Gary Robbins set out to complete a mountain route in his backyard of Chilliwack, BC, covering 109 miles / 176 km of mountain terrain with over 33,000 ft / 10,000 metres of climbing and descent. I followed along with Gary's adventure, both to document it as a filmmaker, and to help support him on his crew and as a pacer."

4. Book of the Month - Allen and Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book

Allen and Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book is getting a bit dated (revised in 2007) but remains a fun introduction to newbie backcountry skiers after many years. 

The book covers the basics of gear, avalanche prepardness, and practical tips and information. It's also full of fun illustrations to keep things light. It's a good starting point from which to build more in-depth knowledge into backcountry skiing. 

"Practical advice from two National Outdoor Leadership School instructors on all aspects of backcountry skiing and winter camping.

As skiers venture farther from lift-served front country, they need to understand and avoid hazards such as avalanches and extreme cold. This book teaches skiers how to choose the right equipment, build winter shelters, stay safe, and have fun while minimizing their impact on the wilderness. Hundreds of entertaining but very practical illustrations by renowned illustrator Mike Clelland."

Read more about the book here.

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

6. Current Gear Deals

There's still time to grab some good Boxing Week deals on outdoors gear:

Everything in the Outdoor Vancouver store is 20% off for Boxing Week! Including our new West Coast Best Coast toques, pictured here. Shop here.

Amazon Canada
  • Boxing days deals can be found in the Sports and Outdoors category
Mountain Equipment Coop
  • Up to 60% Off select brands!
Columbia Sportswear
  • 50% off Select Styles.
Sorel Footwear
  • 20% off Winter Footwear and Year Round Styles
Mountain Warehouse
  • Up to 70% off!
Outdoor Vancouver Shop
  • Don't forget, we have 20% off everything in our online store with code 'boxday20'!
That's it for 2020! Thank you for being a subscriber to our monthly newsletter and following along.

We hope you had a fantastic holiday, and wish you a safe and happy New Year!

Until next time!
  1. Snowshoe Grind (North Van)
  2. Mount Seymour Snowshoe (North Van)
  3. 14 Best Snowshoe Trails around Vancouver
  1. Hiking Mount Thom
  2. Hiking Rainbow Lake
  3. The Juan de Fuca Trail
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