Snowshoeing safety tips (as seen on CBC News)

Paul Ridge. Photo: Stephen Hui
Paul Ridge. Photo: Stephen Hui

Snowshoeing season is in full swing — and that’s keeping search and rescue teams busy. After North Shore Rescue reported a hectic Family Day, CBC News invited me to share some tips for staying safe on snowshoes.

We headed up to Hollyburn Mountain in Cypress Provincial Park for the interview, which aired on TV (CBC News Vancouver at 6) and radio (The Early Edition). The resulting CBC News article also quotes Coquitlam Search and Rescue’s Michael Coyle, a contributor to 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia. Here’s an excerpt: Continue reading “Snowshoeing safety tips (as seen on CBC News)”

6 reasons to #StandUpForParks in B.C.

Tetrahedron Provincial Park. Photo: Stephen Hui
Tetrahedron Provincial Park. Photo: Stephen Hui

British Columbia’s provincial parks are incredible places. However, they’re understaffed and underfunded, and therefore haven’t been getting as much maintenance and protection as they deserve.

If you’re a regular B.C. Parks visitor, you’ve seen the results here and there: eroding trails, rotting bridges and boardwalks, derelict outhouses, missing signage, and environmental degradation.

That’s why the B.C. chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is holding a Day of Action to Stand Up for Parks on February 3. Basically, CPAWS-BC, in conjunction with the Federation of Mountain Clubs of B.C. and the B.C. Mountaineering Club, is asking you to go for a hike, snowshoe, ski, or paddle in a provincial park and spread the word about the need for more B.C. Parks funding. Continue reading “6 reasons to #StandUpForParks in B.C.”

105 Hikes is now available for pre-order at Amazon and Indigo

Hollyburn Mountain. Photo: Stephen Hui
Hollyburn Mountain. Photo: Stephen Hui

The release of 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia is still five months away. These days, we’re knee-deep in editing and mapmaking.

Nevertheless, if you can’t wait to get your hands on 105 Hikes, it’s now available for pre-order on and Indigo in Canada. The book comes out in May 2018.

In the United States, 105 Hikes lands in June 2018., Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound are taking pre-orders.

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Meet 105 Hikes’ cast of contributors

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. Continue reading “Meet 105 Hikes’ cast of contributors”

105 Hikes: New B.C. guidebook coming May 2018

Mount Davis. Photo: Stephen Hui/105 Hikes
Mount Davis. Photo: Stephen Hui

Like many hikers in the Vancouver area, I grew up pouring over 103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia by Mary and David Macaree. As a teenager, the fourth edition of the classic guide, which dates back to 1973, was my favourite book of any genre.

In 2008, I was thrilled to interview Jack Bryceland — who took over from the Macarees as of the fifth edition — for the Georgia Straight newspaper in advance of the sixth edition’s release. 2018 will mark 10 years since the publication of that last edition.

As a journalist (now recovering), I’ve long written about hiking on the side. A few years ago, I finally drew up plans for a local hiking guidebook. Serendipitously, Greystone Books came calling with the chance to write an all-new follow-up to 103 Hikes, and I jumped at the opportunity. Continue reading “105 Hikes: New B.C. guidebook coming May 2018”