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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

Oct 31, 2019
Edition #81
In this newsletter:
  1. Our New Hike Finder Tool!
  2. Become an Outdoor Vancouver Patron
  3. Outdoor News
  4. Trail Closures
  5. Book of the Month
  6. Survive Outside & Avalanche Awareness

1. Find New Local Hikes!

As we approach having 100 hiking trail guides on the website, we wanted to make our table of hikes easier to search through. So we've made all the hikes on our site filterable by a variety of metrics.

You can now search our database of hikes by nearest city, time needed, distance, elevation, waterfalls, panoramic views, kid-friendly, dogs allowed, hikes along the ocean, and a whole lot more!

Check out our updated hikes database here. If you have any feedback, please reply to this email and let us know! It's brand new and we're still working out a few kinks, so if there are any bugs or you notice any inaccuracies in the results, please let us know and we'll correct things!

2. Become a Patron of Outdoor Vancouver!

Because of Ad-blockers and other factors, advertising revenue is falling quickly across the internet, and independently-run sites like Outdoor Vancouver are hit hardest by it.

Our basic monthly operating costs between website hosting, this newsletter, and software fees are over $300. This is before factoring the dozens of hours we spend creating content and new hiking guides each month, and other expenses like gas, camera equipment, and so on. 

This is unsustainable without the advertising revenue we used to rely on from display ads on the site. We are committed to keeping Outdoor Vancouver free and independent, but we need to find other ways to continue operating this site.

For this reason, today we're launching membership benefits through Patreon.com! 

Depending on your membership level, a few of the benefits include:
  • Access to the exclusive community of OV Patreons on the Outdoor Vancouver private Slack channel where you can interact with Karl (the editor at OV) and other diehard hikers every day
  • Access to bonus and exclusive content on Patreon
  • A free and exclusive OV Patron sticker not available anywhere else
  • 1 week early access to new hiking guides
  • A free copy of Hiking Vancouver, our hiking guide eBook featuring over 100 hikes in southwest B.C
  • Outdoor Vancouver apparel and discounts
  • free 8x10 print of your choice
  • Supporting the site and helping us to keep putting out this newsletter, creating new hiking guides, and improving the website features
  • More!
Become a Patron Today!
Every little bit helps and is greatly appreciated! If you have other Patron benefit ideas, be sure to let us know!

3. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. NSR has harsh words for group of hikers who left member behind. @News 1130
2. Man dies after being swept down Capilano River. News 1130
3. Scout group’s tents destroyed by bear on Mount Seymour. @Global
4. Downhill ski racer dies in Squamish, B.C., mountain bike accident. @CBC
5. Video captures bear as it chases Mount Seymour mountain bikers. @CBC
6. Graduate of outdoor high school program for vulnerable teens paying it forward. @CBC
7. Public weighs in on Joffre Lakes Provincial Park management. @Pique
8. A cool new trail has opened in Burnaby's Central Park. @Burnaby Now
9. BC Parks Keeping Close Eye on Mountain Goats in Cathedral Park. @BC Parks
10. Crown land to be returned to Squamish Nation, including world-class rock climbing area. @CBC
11. E-bikes picking up in popularity on Sea-to-Sky mountain trails Social Sharing. @CBC
12. Dog runs 2.5 km for help after owner falls while hiking in B.C. Interior. @CTV News

4. Trail Closures

There have been some recent trail and trail access closures that are worth noting before you head out to a trailhead, only to be disappointed:

1. Lynn Headwaters: Effective Mon, Oct. 28, the seasonal backcountry closure takes effect, meaning trails leading to Crown Mountain, Goat Mountain, Hanes Valley, etc. will be closed until 2020.

2. Garibaldi Lake: Due to an increase in bear activity and in order to preserve public safety, BC Parks, on the recommendation of the Conservation Officer Service, has closed the Garibaldi Lake area including the Garibaldi Lake access trail. This is in addition to the full closure of the Taylor Meadows campground and the Taylor Meadows access trail. Access to Panorama Ridge and Black Tusk remains open from the Cheakamus Trailhead. Closure may end soon so check the website for current status.

3. Grouse Mountain/ BCMC. The Grouse Mountain Tram will be shut down from October 28th and November 8th, 2019 as the Mountain transitions between its summer and winter operations. During this period there will be no upload or download access to/from the Mountain. The only way down the mountain will be via the BCMC Trail (Hiking down the Grouse Grind Trail is NOT allowed.). Plan for an additional 2 hours to your trip time.

5. Book of the Month - Burke & Widgeon - A Hiker's Guide

Pincecone-Burke Provincial Park is an often under-appreciated hiking destination around Vancouver. Popular hikes within Pinecone-Burke include Munro Lake, Sawblade Falls, and Widgeon Falls. There are also many more great trails within this amazing park!

"Burke and Widgeon - A Hiker's Guide is essential reading for anyone wishing to explore these two wilderness gems located on the doorstep of Vancouver, British Columbia. Both the novice and advanced hiker will benefit from this guide.

Included is all information needed to safely explore these two regions:
  • Area location and perspective
  • How to prepare for your hike
  • Safety considerations
  • Additional recommended resources
  • Driving directions to all trailheads
  • 28 hikes of varied difficulty levels that thoroughly explore the area
  • Comparison Summary of all hikes"
Read more about Burke and Widgeon - A Hiker's Guide here.

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

5. Survive Outside and Avalanche Workshops

There are two great upcoming workshops geared around outdoor safety.

1. Run Wild Vancouver is hosting its Survive Outside series in November. The program adapts AdventureSmart's Survive Outside series to focus on equipping trail runners with practical safety tips.

When: Wed, Nov 20, 7 - 9:30pm
Where: Runner's Den, Port Moody
Cost: $5 donation to SAR
Tickets here

2. Avalanche Canada and the Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC are co-hosting an Avalanche Awareness event in North Van. There are two sessions of avalanche safety, speakers, science, and education.

When: Sat, Nov 9
Morning (advanced): 10:30 am - noon. Afternoon (beginner): 2 pm - 4 pm.
Where: North Shore Alliance Church
Cost: By donation
Tickets here
Happy Halloween and we'll see you next month!
  1. Hiking the Grouse Grind
  2. Hiking the BCMC Trail
  3. Hiking the Flint & Feather Trail

  1. Little Qualicum Falls (Qualicum)
  2. Crooked Falls (Squamish)
  3. Mount Gardner (Bowen Island)
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