The Federation of Mountain Clubs of British Columbia
SEPTEMBER 2016 NEWSLETTER
#FundBCParks in the News
September was an incredibly successful month for our #FundBCParks campaign. Because you all shared, commented, took photos, sent letters, and otherwise engaged in this important issue, #FundBCParks was picked up by major media outlets throughout the province.
We did interviews with CBC British Columbia, Global News BC, CBC Radio’s All Points West, and News Talk CKNW, and were featured in numerous news articles. You can see all of our media highlights, past and present, in our brand-new FMCBC in the News page.
The next step is to keep this momentum going! Our message is loud and clear, but we still need to make sure the government is listening. So, please continue to send letters to your MLA, the Minister of Environment, and the Premier, and don’t hesitate to send us a copy to share (we’ve posted an excellent letter on our Facebook page and we’re always looking for more). And, keep those #fundbcparks photos rolling in to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We had the pleasure of once again attending HikeFest at the Sea to Sky Gondola. Despite the fog and rain at the base, it turned out to be a lovely day at the top with a great turnout. Jodi Appleton and Patrick Harrison worked the FMCBC booth and chatted with many visitors about the #FundBCParks campaign, the National Hiking Trail in BC, and the greater role of the FMCBC. We’ve been attending HikeFest since its inception and are already looking forward to next year!
Budget 2017 Public Consultations
The Budget 2017 public hearings are well underway, but there’s still plenty of time to voice your support for increased funding to BC parks.
There are a few ways to participate:
Attend a public consultation. Public hearings will continue to be held in cities throughout BC until Tuesday, Oct. 11th. Anyone can attend, but if you want to present to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government, you’ll have to register beforehand.
Make a written, audio, or video submission. Here are a few guidelineson how to prepare your submission.
Complete an online survey. Share your views in just a few minutes by taking the quick survey.
Note: The deadline for all submissions is midnight on Friday, Oct. 14th.
Cloudburst submissions wanted
A gentle reminder (nudge, nudge) that we’re getting ready to put together the Fall/Winter 2016 issue of Cloudburst Magazine. That means we’re on the hunt for articles, stories, photos, poetry, trip reports, committee reports, and other backcountry delights. We’re also still looking for a wintry cover photo, so please take a minute to dive into your archives and send us your favourite shot(s).
All submissions can be sent directly to email@example.com no later than Oct. 15th.
Meet the Outsetters Club!
Love to hike or walk but are afraid of being left behind in a trail of dust? Then the Outsetters Club might be just the ticket. This adventurous group of 50+ adults hikes and walks (and occasionally snowshoes, skis, and cycles) all over the Lower Mainland, the North Shore Mountains, and the Sea to Sky Corridor. Read more about the Outsetters Club in our feature blog post, check out their website or Facebook page, or meet the members for yourself by tagging along on a few activities before joining.
One of our new members from Kelowna noted some specific issues on the Juan de Fuca Trail earlier this summer. When hiking the trail between China Beach and Botanical Beach, he found:
Broken, incomplete, or otherwise damaged stairways, ladders, and boardwalks
Insufficient wooden tent platforms in several campgrounds
He brought these issues to the attention of the Minister of Environment on July 14th, and was told that within the next month, BC Parks staff would be conducting a field visit along the entire length of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail in order to identify short-term and long-term maintenance requirements.
If anyone is planning to hike this route, we ask that you please report back to us on whether or not any repairs have been done yet. You can send photos and details (in either situation) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stop Doing It for the Gram
With all the recent publicity surrounding Instagram’s not-so-positive effect on BC Parks, it’s worth mentioning this guest post on the BC Parks Blog. Written by Ally Pintucci from Chasing Sunrise, the post encourages hikers to look beyond the perfect photo and consider what’s really important: ensuring our parks are beautiful and safe for decades to come. She outlines some important Leave No Trace principles that the community will hopefully take notice of and abide by. It’s great that the message is getting out there, but we all need to make sure it’s circulated widely and consistently, and that we’re setting an example for others while we’re out on the trails.
“Why do we hike?” This question is explored by Robert Moor is his new book, On Trails: An Exploration. From miniscule trails to the massive and everything in between, Moor interweaves science, philosophy, history, and nature writing to shed light on this age-old question. To learn more about this great read, check out the review in the Globe & Mail.
The Spearhead Huts Project is hosting their annual fundraising soiree on Thursday, Oct. 20th at North Vancouver’s Pipe Shop. The event runs from 7–10 PM and features guest speakers, presentations, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, a photo contest, a silent auction, and of course the latest news from the Spearhead Hut Project. To register, visit spearheadhuts.org.
Need to brush up on your navigational skills? Then be sure to check out MEC Victoria’s Backcountry 101 courses. The free, one-hour clinics are happening on Oct. 3rd, Oct. 17th, and Oct. 24th, and cover everything from GPS to compasses to topographical maps. All materials are provided.
Special thanks to Jordan Schilling of the BCMC for the feature photo of Watersprite Tower from the beautiful and fragile shores of Watersprite Lake. This photo was taken while working on the new Watersprite Lake Trail in mid-August. Trip participants were: Schilling, along with Chris Ludwig, Candice Ciesla, Gerry Egan, Mike Knudson (and 12-year-old daughter), and David Scanion.
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-opfor 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.