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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter. Edition #16

May 27, 2014

It's Hiking Season!

Metro Vancouver officially opened the Grouse Grind on May 17 and that can only mean one thing - hiking season is here! Yes, there is still snow at elevation, but I was up at Hollyburn Ridge a few days ago and it looks pretty good for this time of year. Here are some good recent resources that will help you pick some trails to put on your 2014 wishlist:

1. Top Five Spring Hikes Near Vancouver. @Vancouver Trails
2. A New Hikers Guide For The Vancouver Area. @Vancouver Trails
3. Hiking in Vancouver: Trail Guides and Resources. @Outdoor Vancouver
4. 10 Amazing Day Hikes Near Vancouver. @Unified Stream
5. Top Five After Work Hikes. @Vancouver Trails

(Mostly) Local Outdoors News

1. Search for witness after bike rider dies in fall on Lions Gate Bridge. @Vancouver Sun
2. Outdoor recreation contributes billions to B.C. economy. @Georgia Straight
3. Hikers reminded to be safe on the Grouse Grind. @CBC
4. Free Parking No Longer Available on Grouse. @Vancity Buzz
5. Unprecedented B.C. glacier melt seeps into U.S. climate change concerns. @CBC News
6. Vancouver Marathon to add relay race in 2015. @Canadian Running
7. VI Spine Trail to create 700km hike from Victoria to Cape Scott. @Georgia Straight
8. Rescue on Diez Vista trail. @Coquitlam SAR
9. Vancouver Island Circumnavigation Record Attempt Coming Soon. @Kayak Yak
10. Take the scenic route in Port Moody’s parks. @Georgia Straight
11. Squamish is fuelled by nature. @Vancouver Sun
12. Vancouver’s bike share to be rolled out in 2015. @News1130
13. Logging on Gambier Island. @North Shore Hikers
14. A Look at the new Sea to Sky Gondola. @Miss 604
15. Sunshine Coast Trail: Point to Point. @Chloe Longstride
16. Top 25 Hikes in Canada. @Explore Mag
17. Tips for Camping Solo. @Explore Mag
18. Clug: Like a Hug for your Bike. @Vancouver Is Awesome
19. 8 tips for new hikers exploring B.C.'s backcountry. @ CBC News

Top Ten Tips for Starting Trail Running

Earlier this month I wrote a guest post for the popular local hiking website Vancouver Trails. In the post I talk about why you might consider trail running, and some tips for doing so.

"Trail running isn’t intimidating. It doesn’t mean you have to run a 100 miler, go vegan and eat chia seeds all day, and/or grow a beard (although beards are scientifically proven to make men run 14.2% faster). Trail running is simply about being out in nature, placing one foot in front of the other, and repeating for as long you feel like."

Read the full article here: What Is Trail Running?

Until next month!


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