Event: Survive Outside with Destination Hikes & AdventureSmart (June 21)

Survive Outside with AdventureSmart

Going hiking? Did you remember to leave a trip plan and pack the essentials?

To help you enjoy the trips and trails in Destination Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia as safely as possible, I’ve teamed up with AdventureSmart to present a free webinar on hiking safety.

I’ll present some safety tips, and we’ll hear from Sandra Riches, executive director of B.C. AdventureSmart, a program funded by the B.C. Search and Rescue Association. Thanks for your outdoor safety leadership, AdventureSmart!

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Hikers, please stay the F home

Garibaldi Provincial Park
Garibaldi Provincial Park is closed. Photo: Stephen Hui

Author’s note: This open letter was written in the context of Phase 1 of B.C.’s Restart Plan, which ended May 18, 2020.

To my fellow hikers:

As we begin this long weekend, I have to admit I’m really disappointed by the apparent selfishness on display by many in the hiking community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Too many of us are asking “What loopholes can I find in the various public health advisories to justify my next hike?” instead of “What can I do to help limit the number of people who will die from coronavirus disease?”

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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:

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