Event: 105 Hikes at B.C. Mountaineering Club social on June 12

Panther Peak. Photo: Stephen Hui
Panther Peak. Photo: Stephen Hui

Founded in 1907 as the Vancouver Mountaineering Club, the British Columbia Mountaineering Club is one of the province’s oldest outdoor recreation clubs. In 1973, the BCMC originally published (with The Mountaineers of Seattle) Mary and David Macaree’s beloved guidebook 103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia, which went on to sell more than 120,000 copies over six editions.

It’s only fitting that 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia, an all-new follow-up to 103 Hikes, should maintain a formal connection with the BCMC. A portion of the revenue from sales of the guide, which comes out May 26 from Greystone Books, will benefit the club.

The BCMC has kindly invited me to present a 105 Hikes slideshow at its June social at the ANZA Club (3 West 8th Avenue) in Vancouver — Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories. The event is open to both members and non-members. RSVP on Facebook. Continue reading “Event: 105 Hikes at B.C. Mountaineering Club social on June 12”

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.”