Happy fall! We hope everyone had a wonderful summer, filled with adventure and fun. This month's newsletter is full of good stuff, including a report on our trail markers, outreach initiatives, and some important announcements on a potential new park, new regional committee, and more! 
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The Federation of Mountain Clubs of British Columbia



FMCBC-subsidized reflective trail markers a hit with clubs

It was  a busy summer for hiking clubs and outdoor groups around the province installing hundreds of reflective trail markers in a bid to make the backcountry an easier, safer place to navigate. Each year, the FMCBC purchases trail markers and sells them to clubs at a subsidized rate. 

The three-inch orange square markers are made of heavy-duty aluminum designed to withstand the elements and last for years outdoors. They come pre-drilled in the corners, making them easy to hammer into trees along the trail, as well as large boulders and cairns (as demonstrated here by BCMC volunteers - thanks Paul Kubick for the photo!). The bright orange colour is eye-catching and highly visible in daylight and also shines bright in the beam of a headlamp or flashlight after dark. 

This year, the FMCBC purchased and sold out of  trail markers quickly but hopes to be offering them to clubs again next spring. Clubs who are interested in purchasing some are encouraged to contact Executive Director Jodi Appleton as soon as possible to reserve. Trail markers are sold by the FMCBC on a first come, first serve basis. 

Submit your stories and photographs to Cloudburst

The deadline is fast approaching to submit your stories, essays, photographs, poetry and backcountry dispatches to our upcoming Fall/Winter issue of Cloudburst Magazine. Please send your submissions to Alanna Mahr, Communications and Administrative Assistant no later than October 1 (that's next Thursday!). We're still looking for a wintery outdoor shot for our cover, so please take a minute to click through your archives and send in your favourite photo(s). 

Here are some submission guidelines we'd ask you to consider before submitting:
  • Cloudbust 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
The Fall/Winter 2015 issue will be available in print and online in early December. You can find an archive of previous issues here.

Hike Fest Report

The FMCBC participated in Hike Fest for the second time earlier this month, an annual event hosted by the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish that “celebrates all things hiking.” Patrick and Alanna manned the FMCBC booth (complete with a new display and brochures) and spoke to experienced and novice hikers alike about the organization and the role it plays in protecting the backcountry for non-motorized recreation. 

In fact, Hike Fest was a finale of sorts for a busy summer season of FMCBC outreach — over the summer, Patrick and a number of  other directors participated in a variety of activities hosted by government and private industry, including the Share the Trails conference in Richmond, Trails Day in the Campbell Valley, and Parks Day at Manning Park.

Events like these raise the profile of the FMCBC and awareness of backcountry issues (plus, they can be really fun!). If you'd like to get involved in future outreach initiatives, or if you have an idea of an event you think the FMCBC should attend, please
contact Alanna. We're currently looking into attending the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival and Banff Mountain Film Festival later this fall, so stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for details!


In the News

Dreams of a trail network above Chilliwack - The Chilliwack Progress, September 8, 2015 (The FMCBC received a grant from the National Trails Coalition to help fund this project.)

North Shore rescuers run off their feet - North Shore News, September 9, 2015

98-year-old immortalizes lifelong love affair high in the Rockies - CBC News, September 19, 2015

Squamish will decide on resort: CEO - Squamish Chief, September 23, 2015

Mountain Matters

There’s been a lot of talk lately about commercial development in Canada’s national parks. Earlier this month, CPAWS released a special report highlighting the growing list of projects that are nearing final approval, or have already been completed in recent years. The Edmonton Journal also published an excellent article on the firing and silencing of park staff and scientists, leaving the door open to “outlandish” development proposals. And Maclean’s Magazine noted that in the upcoming federal election, “conservation has become a dirty word.” This growing trend of commercial development threatens the natural values of our national parks, as well as our responsibility to preserve them for the enjoyment of future generations. Please take the time to learn about what's going on in our national parks and make your voice heard.


The federal and provincial governments are currently looking at establishing a new national park reserve in the South Okanagan and Similkameen Valley that would protect the region’s unique ecology, wildlife and cultural sites. After releasing an intentions paper last month, the BC government is now accepting feedback until October 31. The South Okanagan Similikameen National Park Network put together a great primer on reasons to support the development of a park, and CPAWS BC and The Wilderness Committee are both excellent resources for background information. 

The FMCBC is hosting a regional meeting for our Southern Interior clubs in Kelowna on Saturday, October 17. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow directors and to discuss issues and concerns unique to the Okanagan region. We hope to have a presentations from both the South Okanagan Similikameen National Park Network and the Central Okanagan Trails Alliance. If you’re interested in attending, please contact Jodi Appleton as soon as possible.

FMCBC Director and PTAB representative Andrew Drouin is seeking input from the membership on potential funding sources for a sustainable province-wide trail funding system. A number of organizations currently provide funding to support trails, but this is largely inconsistent and unreliable. More funding sources are needed to ensure trails in BC remain viable. If you have any ideas to contribute, please contact Andrew

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.

The image featured in the header of this month's newsletter was taken by Alanna Mahr at the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola overlooking the north end of Howe Sound.

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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