The Federation of Mountain Clubs
of British Columbia


So the provincial election is finally over...
"Well hold on a sec…I'm thinkin’ not. We might have all the ballots counted, but the May 9th, 2017 provincial election is certainly not over. Not by a long shot. Given the split of votes between the three parties—Liberals with 43, NDP with 41, and more critically, the Greens with 3—the current government is a pretty wobbly affair. As we know, anything with an unstable foundation generally can’t stand for long." - Barry Janyk
Whatever the dynamics will be, the close results create both opportunities and challenges for organisations like the FMCBC. Read on to find out what Barry, a seasoned politician, had to say about this unexpected outcome.

2017 AGM in Penticton

The 2017 AGM is happening this weekend in Penticton, and we’ve all been very busy getting ready for what is sure to be a great event. In addition to the meeting itself, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn, socialize, and of course explore the great outdoors.
Barry and Stacey will be attending on behalf of the FMCBC, and are looking forward to meeting many of you for the first time. Thanks to the Penticton Outdoors Club and South Okanagan Trail Alliance for all your efforts. See you there!

FMCBC Partners with Victoria High School to Make Trail Markers

This year, we partnered with a high school in Victoria to make our own trail markers. Students in the metalworking program at Victoria High School worked hard to create about 1850 markers, and they turned out great! As always, the aluminum markers are made with 3M diamond grade reflective orange sheeting, come pre-drilled in the corner, and will last for years. And at just 50 cents each, they are substantially cheaper for our members than our previous markers.

All the trail markers are now sold, but we’ll let you know as soon as the next batch is available next spring. In the meantime, you can reserve trail markers by emailing Jodi at

Check out our blog to read more about our new trail markers, to see the students in action, and to get some handy tips on how to install them.

A sneak peek at our Spring/Summer issue of Cloudburst

The latest issue of Cloudburst will be out next week! It’s packed with loads of great reads, including a look at non-compliance in the Rainbow Lake Non-Motorized Zone, guidelines for using social media to promote the backcountry, current issues in backcountry camping management, a primer on canine dental care (you can’t forget about your faithful hiking buddy!), and much more. And as always, there’s an excellent selection of trip reports and book reviews.
If you’d like to request a print copy, send your mailing address to and we’ll happily mail you one.


In the News

Comment: Sustainable trails would help B.C.’s parks - Times Colonist, Mar 12, 2017

Strathcona Park volunteer dispute lands in court - Times Colonist, May 4, 2017

Demo Forest and Nature Trail officially open - BC Local News, May 4, 2017

B.C. campsite reservations tough to find as long weekend looms - Vancouver Sun, May 16, 2017 (*Chilliwack City Councillor Sam Waddington, who is quoted in the article, is a member of the Chilliwack Outdoor Club)

Photo of 'naive' hikers worries North Shore Rescue - CBC News, May 18, 2017

Four bodies found inside tent just 850 metres shy of Mount Everest summit - National Post, May 24, 2017

Mountain Matters

This candid moment between two greats was shared by Mike Nash of the Caledonia Ramblers:

"I was reminded this week of an iconic image from a panel session in the 2009 Banff Mountain Book Festival. While waiting for the session to start, we were treated to the sight of Ueli Steck, the young master who was setting phenomenal new mountaineering standards at the peak of his career, engaged in an animated and apparently mutually appreciative conversation with Royal Robbins, pioneer climber of the 1950s and 1960s. Both men died in the last two months: Royal Robbins aged 82 on March 14, 2017, and Ueli Steck aged 41 in a fall on Everest on April 30, 2017."

The BC Government released stats on winter activity deaths in British Columbia over the past decade. The details are sobering, and a reminder to all that safety must be top priority on the mountain.


The new Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail is set to open in July. The 13-km trail will take hikers and cyclists through the Sooke Hills Wilderness Park Reserve, an area that has been closed to the public for more than 15 years.

The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival is now accepting submissions for its 2017 competition. The deadline for films is August 2nd, and the deadline for books is June 30th. For more info, visit

The latest Ancient Forest Research Bulletin contains many good reads about the Ancient Forest /Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park. Learn about the quest for UNESCO World Heritage Status, trail/maintenance updates, parking improvements, rare species discoveries, and other interesting news out of BC's newest provincial park.

Want to know what the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC has been up to? Check out their latest newsletters.
Special thanks to Cindy Waslewsky of the Chilliwack Outdoor Club for this month’s feature photo of Garibaldi Lake at dusk. Cindy went on the trip with her daughter, her daughter’s boyfriend, and 2 young adults who worked for her at the time. It was an introduction to the beauty of Garibaldi Park for some that had never seen it, and for Cindy it was a privilege to see it anew through their eyes as she shared her favorite hike with others.

Click here to view our Fall/Winter 2016 issue of Cloudburst.

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As always, the FMCBC would like to thank Mountain Equipment Co-op for supporting the FMCBC through their generous contribution of office space from which to base our administration.
The mission of the FMCBC is to advocate for safe self-propelled activities (such as hiking, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, trail running and other backcountry activities) and the protection of BC's backcountry for current and future generations to experience.
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