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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Event: 105 Hikes book signing at Indigo Langley on September 6

San Juan Island. Photo: Stephen Hui
San Juan Island. Photo: Stephen Hui

Towards the end of the summer of 2019, Indigo Books & Music will host a book signing for 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia in Langley.

On Friday, September 6, I’ll be at Indigo Langley (115–20015 Langley Bypass) from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

If you’re planning to attend, please let us know by RSVPing on Facebook.

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A year of 105 Hikes — by the numbers

Barkley Valley. Photo: Stephen Hui
Barkley Valley. Photo: Stephen Hui

One year ago, 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia landed in bookstores and on bookshelves. As a first-time author, I’ve greatly appreciated the overwhelmingly warm reception received by the book.

From friends to future hiking partners, many people have gone out of their way to support and spread the word about 105 Hikes. Readers have sent notes of encouragement and thoughtful feedback. (In particular, the sea star photo on page 209 garnered a few thumbs-down reviews.)

Like any trek, writing and promoting 105 Hikes has had its ups and downs — and led to no small measure of personal growth. To mark its bookaversary (is that even a word?) on May 26, here’s a numerical look back at 105 Hikes’ journey so far.

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Celebration of SFU Authors spotlights 105 Hikes and other books

Mount McGuire. Photo: Stephen Hui
Mount McGuire. Photo: Stephen Hui

My writing career’s formative years unfolded at Simon Fraser University — specifically at the Peak, SFU’s student newspaper. So, it’s neat that 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia is one of the books set to be highlighted at the 13th annual Celebration of SFU Authors.

According to the SFU library, the Celebration of SFU Authors “publicly acknowledges and honours our faculty, students, staff, alumni and retired university community members who have authored or co-authored a publication, or its equivalent, within the past year.” The reception for 2018 publications will take place on March 14 (3:30–4 p.m.) in the W.A.C. Bennett Library (Special Collections and Rare Books) at SFU’s Burnaby campus.

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105 Hikes is the #4 bestselling B.C. book of 2018

Chain Lakes Trail. Photo: Stephen Hui
Chain Lakes Trail. Photo: Stephen Hui

Holy schist!

105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia is #4 on the list of the Top 20 B.C. Bestsellers of 2018. Huge thanks to all the folks at Greystone Books, contributors, booksellers, interviewers, reviewers, supporters, and readers who made this happen.

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