Last updated: December 20, 2016 Everyone has their own method to the madness of trip planning – some plan extensively, some don’t see the value in planning, and some may not know how or where to start. There is an abundance of information available online to help you decide where to go, when to go, how to pack, and more. I can’t comment on the accuracy of the sites out there, but I do have several go-to sites I like to check out for local updates and area-specific…

Trip date: December 15, 2016 I just wrapped up the semester last week with final exams, and I’ve been hitting the mountains every day (all two of them) since. I’ve been warming up my legs for bigger winter trips later in the season, so far so good. Stats Area: Mount Seymour Provincial Park, North Vancouver, BC. Objective: Dog Mountain Cumulative elevation gain: 296m Round trip distance: 4.9km Trail type: Out-and-back Nearby hikes: Mystery Lake, Dinkey Peak, First Pump, Tim Jones Peak Good to Know: This trail is well…

The second peak of Mount Seymour is the last peak before the main summit in the sequence of bumps starting from the parking lot. Unofficially known as “Second Peak” or “Second Pump”, the BC Provincial Government is in the process of renaming it “Tim Jones Peak” after the long time Team Leader of North Shore Rescue, who passed away on January 19, 2014 while hiking on Mt. Seymour. BC Parks and the BC Government have already approved the placement of a memorial plaque, a new SAR helicopter landing…

A few weeks ago, I went on a solo hike up the east summit of Frosty Mountain in Manning Park. This was my first hike within the park; the views were well worth the drive and I’ll definitely be back. I parked at the Lightning Lakes day lot and I was on the trail a little before 10:00am. I hiked ~23km and gained ~1250m over 7 hours and 20 mins, including short breaks on the way up and an hour long break at the top. I didn’t see…

July 12, 2014 This trip has been on my mind for quite some time now. Plan was to hike to Helm Lake, get around Cinder Cone to check out the headwaters, and then figure out the rest according to the temperature and my energy level (head back to the lot or check out the black tusk view point). I was already feeling exhausted during my 5am drive to the Rubble Creek parking lot. I’ve hiked Garibaldi Lake a few times and I’ve never been up Taylor Meadows; I…