Illal Meadows. Photo: Stephen Hui/105 Hikes
Illal Meadows. Photo: Stephen Hui

The manuscript is submitted, and the editing process has begun. This seems like an opportune time to mention the other writers whose work will appear in the first edition of 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia.

First of all, I’m honoured that the book will open with a foreword by T’uy’t’tanat—Cease Wyss. Cease (who identifies as Sḵwx̱wú7mesh/Stó:lō/Métis/Hawaiian/Swiss) is an interdisciplinary artist and a Coast Salish ethnobotanist. She recently has returned to a textile arts practice through learning Coast Salish weaving techniques in wool and cedar. Cease is a member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast and lives in East Vancouver. Basically, she’s amazing.

When asked to contribute a section on outdoor safety, Michael Coyle readily agreed. Perhaps you’ve seen Michael quoted in various news stories as a search and rescue manager with Coquitlam Search and Rescue. The volunteer-run SAR team is responsible for the area bounded by Indian Arm on the west, Pitt Lake on the east, Garibaldi Provincial Park to the north, and the Fraser River to the south. Michael also regularly shares his thoughts on SAR issues on his blog, Oplopanax Horridus.

I’m also happy that Jaime Adams is contributing the section on backcountry ethics. Jaime is the founder and program coordinator of the Forest and the Femme Society, a non-profit outdoor-recreation program for marginalized women of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She received the City of Vancouver’s Diversity and Inclusion Award in 2015 and a YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Awards nomination in the Community Champion category in 2016.

Meanwhile, Steve Chapman of Canadian Map Makers has come aboard to work on the book’s maps. You might know Steve as the cartographer responsible for the excellent trail map covering Coquitlam and Port Moody. All in all, I’m very excited to feature these contributors in the forthcoming edition of 105 Hikes.

Coming May 2018

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