Did you know? North Shore Rescue is on track to set a new record for call-outs this year.
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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter 

Oct 29, 2020
Edition #93
In this newsletter:
  1. Mount MacFarlane and Rainbow Lake
  2. Outdoor News
  3. Winter Conditions
  4. Book of the Month
  5. Current Gear Deals

1. Hiking Mt. MacFarlane & Rainbow Lake

We posted two new trail guides to the website in October!

We hiked these both during the summer. With the recent change in weather you'll want to put these on your 2021 list.

Mount MacFarlane

Mount MacFarlane is a difficult hike in the Cascade Mountains that offers spectacular scenery from start to finish. Mount MacFarlane sits beside Mount Pierce at the northern end of the Slesse divide in Chilliwack. The hike to the summit of Mt. MacFarlane follows the Pierce Lake Trail. 

On the route to Mount MacFarlane, you pass by Lower Pierce Lake and Upper Pierce Lake, both of which are stunning. The MacFarlane summit has panoramic views of the Fraser Valley, Mount Slesse, the Cheam range, and more. 

Read the full Mount MacFarlane trail guide here. (Our hike overview video is linked in the image above)

Rainbow Lake

Rainbow Lake is a scenic alpine lake in Whistler. The Rainbow Lake Trail is a popular hike and is moderately difficult, with an average completion time of around 6 hours.

The route to Rainbow Lake is scenic. There are several cable and suspension bridges, 21 Mile Creek, a large waterfall, scenic old-growth forest, and views of Blackcomb before reaching the lake itself. 

Read the full Rainbow Lake guide here.

2. (Mostly) Local Outdoor News

1. Parents not giving up after official search for Manning Park hiker suspended again. @SAO
2. Hiker rescued from Iceberg Lake area. @Pique
3. Coquitlam SAR chopper hiker off mountain ridge. @TriCity News
4. Search for missing father-and-son mushroom pickers to resume near Pemberton. @Global
5. Capilano River drowning result of 'human error' at Cleveland Dam. @News1130
6. Online map of Golden Ears could lead to helicopter rescue. @MR News
7. Whistler SAR is reminding people to go out prepared. @Pique
8. 2 hikers rescued from Grouse Mtn after being lost overnight. @Van Sun
9. MEC to lay off fewer employees than planned, with 1 store to close. @CBC
10. A strangely quiet summer for the West Coast Trail. @Times Colonist
11. 1,700 pounds of garbage removed from Jones Lake. @Hope Standard
12. BC Parks day pass system fell short in busiest times, says Golden Ears Park operator. @News 1130
13. Ankle-twisting trails found in provincial parks across North Shore. @NS News
14. BC Parks putting staff ‘at risk’ with outdated safety procedures. @Pique
15. Coquitlam bears feasting on salmon prompt warning. @Global
16. Coquitlam fast-tracks Crunch plans to ease congestion. @TriCity News

3. Winter Conditions in the Mountains

Winter arrived abruptly to our local mountains. After a warm start to October the snow has started falling heavily at elevation. Please be prepared accordingly for the conditions if you are planning on going hiking.

North Shore Rescue this week asked hikers to be better prepared, as after some recent rescues they are on pace to break their record for annual callouts (as are many other search and rescue teams).

A prime example came this week from Lions Bay SAR: "Two young men were found shivering — their clothes frozen solid, and their sneakers soaked through — in the Sea-to-Sky mountains Saturday, and rescue crews say if they hadn’t found a cell signal they very well could have died.

The pair are in their early 20s and new to the area. They didn’t tell anyone they were setting off on a hike up the Lions Trail, according to Lions Bay Search and Rescue.

“They were in runners, one had shorts on, very light clothing. Once they got high, they were in the snow and they became lost. They missed the trail turnoff and they ended up going up an old, disused, overgrown logging road and got completely turned around and lost,” explains Search Manager Martin Colwell."

Full article here.

The Grouse Grind has also been closed due to icy conditions (but is scheduled to reopen today).

As we transition to the winter season, we have some basic winter safety tips on our website here. We also have a private Slack channel for local hikers to share current trail conditions.

4. Book of the Month - Squamish Hiking 

Squamish Hiking is the most comprehensive hiking guide book for hikes in Squamish, but also the larger Sea to Sky region. With over 300 pages, Squamish Hiking is packed with beautiful color photos and maps. Areas covered are Squamish, Squamish Valley, Callaghan, Howe Sound, Garibaldi Park, and North Highway 99. With 82 hikes, there's bound to be some new gems to put on your to-do hike list.

Squamish Hiking also covers local flowers and animals you might discover on your hikes, and also covers the basics of hiking safety and etiquette.

"This guidebook is the definitive resource for Squamish hiking, British Columbia. With loads of trails, snow-capped mountains and lush forests that plunge into the ocean, Squamish is rightfully known as a must-visit destination for any outdoor enthusiast.

Squamish Hiking is the first of its kind and covers eighty-two hiking trails between Vancouver's Horseshoe Bay and Whistler's Callaghan Valley along with an extensive flower identification chapter. Inside, you’ll find something for everyone, from casual forested walks to rugged alpine adventures."

Read more about the book here.

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

5. Current Gear Deals

A few online retailers have some good deals going right now:

Patagonia Canada
  • Shop the Patagonia.ca Web Specials and get 30-50% Off your favorite Patagonia gear and apparel!
Mountain Equipment Coop
  • Up to 25% Off Kids' Clothing, Footwear and More!
  • Get 25% Off Favorite Active Brands
Columbia Sportswear
  •  50% off Seasonal Styles
  • Save 10% on Stormtech Performance
    Outerwear with code: OUTLET
Until next time!
  1. Burnaby Mountain (Burnaby)
  2. Rice Lake (North Van)
  3. Coquitlam Crunch (Coquitlam)
  1. Hiking Needle Peak
  2. Hiking Rainbow Lake
  3. Hiking Mount MacFarlane
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