January 5th, 2023: Pack smart by putting heavier items close to your back and higher up your pack.  Be organized and think of keeping important things easily accessible.  Having an accessible sweater makes you more likely to not put off your comfort by difficulty in finding it. Familiarize yourself with your gear before you go.  Setting up your tent in the living room will ensure you have all the parts and know where to put them.

Whistler & Garibaldi Hiking

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Testing your stove at home will remind you that you almost forgot matches or misplaced a vital part.   Also, you are less likely to forget a sleeping pad if you set up everything before packing.  Protect your gear from moisture by using a pack cover or bag liner.  Sleeping in a damp sleeping bag on a cold night is an experience you will regret.  Pack covers keep out the rain as well as keep your pack clean when taking it off in wet weather.  A pack liner is simply a plastic bag inside your backpack with the contents inside.  Another method is to put your gear in separate plastic bags which keeps everything dry and organized.  You can even buy “pack cubes” from hiking stores for this purpose.  Use all the adjustable straps on your pack frequently. Loosen them all when you take off your pack and make sure they are loose when you put on your pack.  Cinch up your waist straps first quite tight, and make sure they are over your hips and not on top of them.  You should have your shoulder straps loose and barely touching your shoulders.  Next tighten the two small shoulder straps below your armpits distributing the weight evenly between your waist and shoulders..  Finally tighten the two top straps above your shoulders.  This brings your pack tight with your back and you don’t get any energy sapping rocking from your pack.  Make any minor adjustments for comfort and even in the best quality packs you will have to frequently adjust all the straps to maintain comfort.

Bring extra layers of clothing and frequently layer on and off. If you can quickly remove or add a layer of clothing, you will ensure you stay comfortable and dry.  Sweat soaking your clothes can become dangerous if the temperature drops.  Get yourself a quality waterproof/breathable jacket.  You will pay a lot for a good jacket, but it may become a cherished item for years to come.  For those of us who have hiked or jogged in both waterproof/breathable and just waterproof jackets, the difference is astounding. A non breathable jacket will have you clammy with sweat almost immediately despite your efforts to open the pit vents(zippers under armpits).  An expensive, waterproof/breathable jacket will astound you with its ability to keep you dry and comfortable in everything but heavy and prolonged rain.  Being pounded with continuous rain will obviously render the breathability of the jacket useless, however pit vents will partially help vent moisture out. 

Wear good hiking boots/shoes. It is hard to distinguish between hiking shoes and hiking boots.  Some find the distinction between how high on the ankle they go.  So boots that cover your ankles are hiking boots and shoes that don’t are hiking shoes.  Whether you call them hiking boots or shoes, make sure that if you need them to be waterproof, get waterproof.  Modern advancements like Gore-Tex have enabled shoes to reach extraordinary levels of comfort, durability, lightness and waterproofness.  You can get away with hiking in normal walking shoes, however you will lack a hard sole, protection from wet weather and ankle support.  With normal, non hiking shoes you will feel every rock underfoot.  The much more rigid soles of hiking shoes provide a barrier against rough terrain.

New hikers often come prepared with outer layers and neglect the inner layers. Having an extra pair or two of hiking socks can be a wonderful luxury partway through the hike.  When hiking with novice hikers, this is the most frequently borrowed item.  I pack two extra pairs of socks for this all to frequent occurrence. A spare shirt and a thin base layer shirt are a luxury on the trail and take up an insignificant amount of space.  You will invariably sweat on the trail and when you camp and a dry new shirt and base layer are a lifesaver when the sun goes down.  I have always brought a thin base layer shirt and pants.  You could cram both into a coffee mug and they weigh almost nothing.   

One important, yet often overlooked item to bring on any hiking/camping trip is a toque. The added protection from the cold you get from a toque are way out of proportion to its small size.  Sleeping with a toque on is very comfortable as well and not just on cold nights. Know before you go if you will need to purify drinking water.  Many high alpine hikes have plentiful, fresh water that you can drink right away.  Other, lower elevation trails may lead to sickness if the water is not treated or filtered.  Always have water purification tablets in your first aid kit and you won’t get caught out unprepared. 

February 1st, 2023: The beautiful murals that make Whistler Train Wreck the magical place it is today, began appearing in 2011.  Artists ranging from ...
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November 18th, 2022: Way up in the Callaghan Valley on the back side of Mount Sproatt is an abandoned gold mine.  Old cement foundations and two ...
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Sept 11th, 2022: The notoriously difficult biking trail in the wilderness between Emerald Forest and Rainbow Park is a pretty fun place to wander around.  It ...
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January 2nd, 2023: The Rubble Creek trailhead to Garibaldi Provincial Park is consistently snowplowed this season.  The two kilometre access road is still ...
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Amazing Hiking Trails in Whistler

Black Tusk is the extraordinarily iconic and appropriately named mountain that can be seen from almost everywhere in Whistler.  The massive black spire of crumbling rock juts out of the earth in an incredibly ...
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Helm Creek is a cute, meandering creek that winds its way from beyond Black Tusk, down the valley to the wonderful campground that takes its name. From the Helm Creek campground, Helm Creek descends further ...
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Newt Lake is cute little hidden lake high up on the far side of Cougar Mountain near Ancient Cedars.  Its location is a wonderful mix of unexpected characteristics that combine to make it a gorgeous place to ...
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Sloquet Hot Springs is a wonderfully wild set of shallow, man-made pools fed by a small, all natural, and very hot, waterfall. The pools stretch from the waterfall to the large and crashing Sloquet River. The ...
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