The Federation of Mountain Clubs
of British Columbia

January 2022 NEWSLETTER


A Call for Your Skills from the FMCBC Board of Directors

Happy New Year! Who knows what excitement is in store for us as we begin 2022.

Your board at FMCBC continues to work hard on your behalf as we advocate and educate to protect and maintain access to backcountry areas for quality, non-motorized recreation in BC. Getting our financial house in order was a priority for your board in 2021. I am very pleased to report that we have made excellent progress in that respect. You will see a much improved financial situation at our next AGM which we hope we can host in person in Squamish this summer. Time will tell whether my optimistic outlook to host an in person AGM pays off.

As we continue to reign in our finances, the board will remain as a working board and there are no plans to hire a paid Executive Director. However there are a few skill sets that need to be added to the current board.

They are as follows:

Marketing Director to oversee FMCBC’s marketing and communications needs.

Fundraising Director to advise and manage fundraising activities in a very competitive market.

Archivist – the records of FMCBC are very valuable and could benefit greatly with the advice of an experienced archivist. This position could be in an advisory capacity and would not require you being a board member.

If you feel you have the skills for any of the above positions, I would love to hear from you. Please contact me or any of the board members directly for further discussion.

Thank you,

Liz Bicknell, PresidentFederation of Mountain Club of BC

FMCBC Address Update

A reminder that the mailing address for the Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC is now:

236 Superior Street
Victoria, BC
V8V 1T3

Please note that mail sent to the previous PO Box will be returned to sender.

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Club Happenings

Mountain Mentors' Challenge

This February, foster connections, build community, and support Mountain Mentors' programming through their 'Roam from Home' Challenge! The Roam from Home Challenge will return, complete with prizes, educational workshops, community-building events and more! Watch for the announcement on Mountain Mentor’s Facebook and Instagram.

Trails Update

This is a good time of year for planning trail projects for the summer. Our trails committee has sent a note to all clubs to request more members and volunteers.

Some plans for this year:

  • Building a trails database to keep track of trail maintenance needs – then testing and implementation
  • Finding more trail champions who will adopt a trail and find volunteers in their club to help
  • Training club members how to document issues on trails and how to submit them
  • How else can we help? We have experience in finding funding sources for trail projects and how to work with the local Recreation Sites and Trails BC or BC Parks contacts.

For more info contact Jay MacArthur – FMCBC Director and Trails Committee Chair

Mountain Matters

Online Presentations and Webinars

JAN 18, 2022 – Opportunities and best practices for community-based land use planning in the Upper Columbia. Check out background and register for this online event. 

JAN 27, 2022 - Trail Ambassadors Program Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices (Part 2 of 2). Best practices from some of the best trail ambassador programs across the USA, representing a variety of trail user types, to offer sage advice for starting programs for your trail. You can view Part 1 as a recording

FEB 2, 2021 – Comms & Tech: Making The Right Call. In an emergency, communicating with first responders requires technology, knowledge, and understanding of the steps necessary to make the right call. BC AdventureSmart welcomes special guests from the BC Search and Rescue Technology Committee who will share their collective expertise of 38 years in SAR + 44 years in technology & communications. 

3 Weeks Left for VIMFF 2022 Early Bird Passes

Early bird rate of $75 CAD (regular price is $90 per pass).The VIMFF 2022 program will be live on February 25 and it features 50+ films about climbing, snowsports, adventure, mountain culture, the environment and more.

Help Overwintering Birds Survive 

Not all birds will fly south for the winter months. Those that stay face the seemingly impossible – to survive! Check out this guide for everything birds need.

Protecting Core Habitat for Caribou

A study from Government of British Columbia forestry analysts shows logging and road expansion explain declines in caribou abundance

Podcast Adventures - Epic Hiker Dana Meise

Dana Meise, the Prince George man who in 2018 became the first person to hike the 21,000 kilometres of the Trans-Canada Trail, and the first person to hike to all three of Canada’s oceans, is a guest on the latest edition of Crazy Damn Canadians. You can hear his incredible story and see the CBC coverage from when he finished his trek in Tuktoyaktuk in early winter.

In the News

4 Easy Snowshoe Trails on Vancouver's North Shore - Vancouver Magazine (December 6, 2021)

Rossland-Trail to host 2026 B.C. Winter Games - Castlegar News (December 10, 2021)

New designs released for Okanagan Rail Trail’s northern gateway - Vernon Morning Star (December 1, 2021)

Construction of controversial road through Bear Creek Park in Surrey to begin immediately - CBC (December 31, 2021)

Mountaineer shocked at ill-prepared hikers ascending snow-covered B.C. peak - Vancouver Island Free Daily (December 30, 2021)

Marielle Thompson wins her 25th World Cup gold medal - Canadian Sport Scene (December 15, 2021)

Four ways to ski British Columbia’s legendary powder highway - The Washington Post (December 17, 2021)

Researchers: ‘Yellowstone to Yukon’ Work Boosts Conservation - Flathead Beacon (December 12, 2021)

Climatologist says 2021 a weather year like no other in B.C. and across Canada - Vancouver Sun (December 16, 2021)

Do new forests or old ones capture more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere? - CBC News (December 10, 2021)

Walking is a glorious, primal pastime – and far more radical than you think - The Guardian (December 26, 2021)

‘Extremely dangerous’: BC Parks cautions about frozen lakes - The Squamish Reporter (December 29, 2021)

Conservation groups see mounting success in B.C. with private land acquisitions - CBC News (December 24, 2021)

2021 year in review: Summer of heat, wildfires, evacuation alerts, orders in B.C. Interior - Global News (December 28, 2021)

B.C. Wildfire recruiting crew members for upcoming wildfire season - Kelowna News (December 29 2021)



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We are preparing our Spring/Summer edition of Cloudburst Magazine!

You are invited to submit text and photographs related to:

  • Trail development, maintenance and issues
  • Stories and reflections on outdoor adventures
  • Mountain safety, tools and resources
  • Club adventures over Spring/Summer season
  • Review of outdoor equipment, books and other media
  • COVID specific challenges, adaptations and triumphs
  • A striking cover photo
  • New outdoor technology/communications devices, software and websites
  • Other items of interest to outdoors and mountain enthusiasts!

 Email us with submissions or questions! Please send submissions by March 31, 2022.

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