MARCH 2015


2015 Annual General Meeting                                                       
This year, our Annual General Meeting is being hosted by the Comox District Mountaineering Club in Courtenay/Comox over the May 22-24 weekend.  If you’re interested in attending please complete our registration form by April 30th.   The CDMC has some great activities planned including a Meet & Greet on Friday night, dinner at the Blackfin Pub on Saturday, a presentation by author/photographer/mountaineer Philip Stone on Saturday evening and some kayaking and hiking opportunities throughout the weekend.

The FMCBC covers the travel costs for each member club to send their FMCBC director or a club representative.  The CDMC will be billeting us with their club members so that there is no cost for accommodation.  The only costs not covered are the Saturday evening dinner and the kayaking fees.

It’s always a fun weekend and a great chance to get to know some of the other people involved in the FMCBC.  Contact us if you’d like some more info.                         

Photo Credit:  Tim Penney

Introducing FMCBC's new Treasurer
We would like to welcome Silvie-Marie Fortin as the newest member of the FMCBC Executive.  Silvie-Marie is a Chartered Accountant and has worked in accounting and auditing in various industries in Canada and Europe. In 2014, she moved to Vancouver Island to be closer to her family. Currently, she is the treasurer for Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island. She is a member of the Island Mountain Ramblers and the ACC Vancouver Island Section. She is passionate for anything to do with the outdoors, especially uphill. She is looking forward to adding her support to our organization.

We would also like to thank James Proctor for his volunteer service as FMCBC's Treasurer over the past year.

2015 Member Club Grants
The online application for FMCBC's Member Club Grant is now available.  General information and tips on how to complete the application form can be found on our Grant Application Information page. The deadline to submit applications is 11:59pm on April 30th.  Thank you to Pam Munroe (CDMC), Patrick Harrison (HBC), Brian Wood (BCMC), Cristina Jacob (NSH) and Sherry Durnford (IMR) for volunteering to sit on this year's grant committee.  If you have questions, please email us at

All donations which the FMCBC receives go directly into our Member Club Grant Program.  Any additional donations we receive by March 31st will go towards this year's grant awards.  If you'd like to contribute and support some of our club initiated projects this summer you can make a donation online at Canada Helps.  All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will automatically be issued.  Thank you for your support!

Submit your comments on BC Parks Draft Ski Resort Policy
BC Parks has informed us that they are now accepting comments on their draft Ski Resort Policy which focuses on continuing management of the three existing ski resorts in Cypress, Mount Seymour and E.C. Manning provincial parks.
Message from Jennie Aikman, Regional Director for BC Parks South Coast Region:  "The draft policy proposes to address the working relationship between the Province and the ski resort operators, the management of the permits, coordination of the permits with other park decisions, and administrative steps required for decisions on the permits. Public comments submitted on the Intentions Paper posted in the spring of 2014 were considered when developing the draft policy, and BC Parks would like to thank everyone who took the time to provide comments on the Intentions Paper.

The three original ski resort permits were signed in 1984 and the permits reflect the recreation uses and visitor needs of that time. Thirty years later, many things have changed and park visitors’ and ski resort users’ needs and expectations have evolved. Recreational uses have increased with many activities now occurring that were not prevalent at the time (e.g., snowshoeing, mountain biking). The draft policy outlines a proposed framework for how BC Parks will address these and future opportunities and challenges."

The draft policy is posted on the BC Parks’ website and is open for comments until April 21, 2015. BC Parks will consider all input received when drafting the final policy.


Backcountry users warned about avalanche conditions in parts of B.C. - Vancouver Sun, March 24, 2015

The Outsider:  Pros and cons of dogs in the backcountry - Whistler Question, March 23, 2015

Island Timberlands threatens to close Alberni Valley trails - Times Colonist, March 19, 2015

Hikers urged to post #TrailheadSelfie to aid search-and-rescue efforts - Georgia Straight, March 12, 2015 (Lots of debate on this one)

Pacific Crest Trail inspires long-distance hikes in BC - Georgia Straight, March 4, 2015  (Hike BC(National Hiking Trail) and Vancouver Island Spine Trail Association featured in this article)

Check out the Mountain Legacy Project which is exploring changes in BC and Alberta's mountains by re-photographing historical photos taken by surveyors between 1861-1953. They've developed some amazing tools for comparing past to present changes in our mountain landscapes.

Birds identified as Hosts of Lyme Disease - Birds are more important than previously recognized as hosts for Lyme disease-causing bacteria, according to a recent study.

Six Reasons Hiking Is Good For Your Body, Mind & Soul - blog post from MindBodyGreen


Vancouver Island Spine Trail Association is holding their AGM from 7-9pm on April 11th in Victoria.  Click here for details.

The Forest Practices Board is seeking feedback through an online survey to improve their work as the public watchdog for forest and range practices in BC. Survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.

INTERNATIONAL PADDLING FILM FESTIVAL - The Sea Kayak Association of BC presents the 10th Annual Reel Paddling Film Festival at Langara College, A130 Theatre, 100 W 49th Ave, Vancouver (2 blocks E of Langara – 49th Ave SkyTrain) on Friday, March 27, 2015 7:00 pm (doors open 6:40 pm).  Tickets are $15 (advance) or $17 (at door).

The Hollyburn Ridge Association is seeking some public support to help rebuild the Hollyburn Lodge this spring.

Click here to view the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of Cloudburst! Visit the Avalanche Canada for current conditions and bulletins
Visit Bivouac via the FMCBC website to report Off Road Vehicle infractions
Visit Canada Helps to make a donation to the FMCBC - All donations go towards our Member Club Grant Program
The FMCBC is always looking for volunteers. Click here to find out how you can get involved.

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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, mountaineering, 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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