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Happy August! We hope everyone's having a safe and adventurous summer so far. This month's newsletter has an update on the recent developments at Jumbo, a call for submissions for our next issue of Cloudburst, and plenty of other recommended links and reading. Enjoy!
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The Federation of Mountain Clubs of British Columbia

AUGUST 2015 NEWSLETTER

FMCBC News

Jumbo Glacier Resort Update

After more than two decades of opposition to Jumbo Glacier Resort, wilderness conservationists and  backcountry recreationists received some good news last month from Province — the determination that the project has not been substantially started and that its Environmental Assessment Certificate has now expired. The FMCBC submitted a letter supporting Minister Mary Polak’s determination, which can be viewed here.

Since the decision came down in late July, Glacier Resorts Ltd. has said that it will appeal the Province’s determination. Additionally, on August 6th, BC’s Court of Appeal upheld an earlier ruling that Glacier Resorts Ltd. did not violate the rights of First Nation opponents who filed an appeal against the company, citing a lack of consultation and accommodation. A revised proposal for a smaller resort — about 2,000 beds versus the original 5,500 — would mean that developers could effectively side step the environmental assessment requirement and build under BC’s all-season resorts policy. Meanwhile, the  Supreme Court judge in West Kootenay Eco Society's case against the creation of the Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality has reserved judgment, with a ruling expected to take anywhere from six weeks to six months.

The FMCBC continues to oppose the development of a commercial resort that lacks the support of the local community and threatens the environment and opportunities for non-motorized outdoor recreation in the area. It is out hope that the Jumbo Resort Municipality be dissolved and Jumbo Valley be kept wild for now and forever.

Submit your stories and photographs to Cloudburst
It's that time of year again! We want your stories, essays, articles, photographs, poetry and backcountry dispatches  for our upcoming Fall/Winter issue of Cloudburst MagazineThe deadline to submit is October 1, 2015.

Cloudburst is published semi-annually by the FMCBC for our members and the general public. Print copies are distributed around the province to outdoor stores, public libraries and member clubs, and digital copies are emailed to our membership and posted on our website. It's a great way to share stories and backcountry knowledge with the outdoor recreation community and though we have a great contingent of regular contributors, if you've never submitted before, we encourage you to do so! Check out our previous issues to get inspired and see the kinds  of stories we like to publish.

Submission guidelines:

  • Cloudburst articles should not exceed 1,000 words
  • Photos should be at least 4x6 inches at a 150-300 DPI resolution
  • For photos, please include photographer, location, names and a brief description 
  • For articles, please include the author and a title or club membership

Please email your submissions or questions to Alanna Mahr, Communications and Administrative Assistant no later than October 1st. The magazine will be available in print and online in early December.

 
In the News

New effort to preserve Robson Valley's Ancient Forest - The Rocky Mountain Goat, July 29, 2015

Public says no to Kootenay Heli-Ski application - Nelson Star, August 4, 2015

Regional trail system a good vision for Alberni Valley - Alberni Valley News, August 6, 2015

B.C. says park policy offers protection while others fear development - The Globe and Mail, August 7, 2015

B.C. seeks to make controversial South Okanagan land into federal park - CBC News, August 14, 2015

Coquitlam SAR trail markers to boost safety - The Tri-City News, August 18, 2015


Mountain Matters

We’ve all been there — a beautiful afternoon, clear skies, a light breeze, perfect conditions for a hike. The wind picks up as you gain elevation, but nothing to write home about, and you press on. Suddenly, the sky has turned grey and you notice your hiking buddy's hair is standing on end. What do you do if you find yourself caught in a lightning storm in the backcountry? Test your knowledge and learn a thing or two with NOLS’ Backcountry Lightning Quiz. Whatever you do, don't take shelter under a tree or tall object — that non-dispelled wisdom could get you killed.

"Our neighbours stopped by the night before with their kids to send us off with compliments that we were taking such a gaggle of children (aged 2-8) into the middle of nowhere. We were flattered and perhaps a little puffed up. What could go wrong?" A father reflects on the upshots and pitfalls of taking children into the wilderness in his report of "The Worst Family Backpacking Trip Ever." Parents take note — despite the discomforts of a trip where everything went wrong, all the kids remember is splashing in the lake, jumping off boulders, and the cool bugs they found. 


Adventure Journal published an interesting essay on “The Hypocrisy of Heli-Skiing” this month and more broadly on the intersection of the outdoor industry and climate change. As non-motorized recreationists, we may think that our footprint is lighter than others’, but when we routinely drive our cars to the trailhead, deck ourselves out in synthetics and strap shiny chunks of fibreglass to our feet, we can hardly call ourselves "green." How do you reconcile your actions with your beliefs when it comes to backcountry recreation? 
 

Announcements

Squamish Hike Fest is back for its second year and the FMCBC will be there! The event will be held at the Sea to Sky Gondola on September 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Drop by to check out our new display and say hi, plus participate in guided hikes, clinics and information sessions throughout the day.

The provincial government has released an intentions paper on its plans to transform a parcel of land west of Osoyoos into a national park. You can view the intentions paper and associated documents here as well as submit comments until October 12. The FMCBC will be submitting a letter of support for the park based on our consultations with local clubs — anyone interested in helping out is invited to get in touch with our Executive Director.

Show your support for the protection of Canada’s wild spaces this September with CPAWS and MEC’s #BigWildChallenge. 5-21k organized trail runs are happening in Vancouver, Victoria, and across the country, or you can design your own challenge. All donations go to CPAWS, a great organization that works to protect our country’s pristine lakes, forests and coastline.

The BC Mountaineering Club is running weekly climbing trips to Squamish Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. Weather-permitting, participants meet in the parking lot of St. David's Church on Hwy 1 and until sunset — a great way to while away a few non-working hours.

The Friends of Garibaldi Park are looking for keen individuals to come work 3 day/2 night work parties. If you have some spare time and want to volunteer in one of BC's most beautiful parks, here's your chance! Confirmed dates for trail work are September 15-17 and October 3-4. Click here for more information or email them to get involved.

 

 

Special thanks to Doug Clark from the Kootenay Mountaineering Club, whose photo from the Jumbo Valley is featured in the header of this month's newsletter.

Click here to view the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of Cloudburst!

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, 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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