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Posted January 18th, 2011 - 12:39 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Hey all!
Welcome to this NEW group;-)
I am excited to get all the outdoor freaks together in one group and with that help realizing the ideas that we bring together.
So from hiking the Westcoasttrail in the summer, to having some leisurly strolls on the NOrthshore, to MTB, kajaking, planing expeditions, climbing at the Cliffhanger during the week whatever comes into our minds.
So please feel encouraged to share what you would like to do and lets see if we can organize something with the support of a fun bunch of CSers.

How would you think we get that done the best.
a. get together for cafe/ drink and have a chat what everybody would like to do?
b. posting ideas here and see where it goes from there?
c. everybody posts when he/ she has a plan to let others participate?
d. other ways of starting something?


So now we need some inspired people here:-)
Looking forward to meeting you all guys after reading profiles:-)

Have a delightful day!

Posted January 18th, 2011 - 12:59 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
hey guys.. whistler bungee (from groupon) currently has a promotion: $65 for 1 jump, plus t-shirt! Tax included. It expires on May 31, 2011.

p.s. the deal expires today (Jan. 17, 2011)

is anyone interested in jumping sometime in May? :)




Posted January 18th, 2011 - 1:54 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Wow, have you posted that one on the Vancouver CS Group? That is awesome for anybody who wants to jump! Could imagine a lot of interest. Spoken for myself I guess I am to scared.

Posted January 18th, 2011 - 1:04 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
hey Isabel - im def. coming to hike the westcoast trail in the summer! lets plan the date already.. :)

Posted January 18th, 2011 - 1:55 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Awesome. You have any preferences for the date/ month?

Posted January 18th, 2011 - 2:52 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
date for hiking the westcoast trail?
will finish school on the 13th of May.. so after that date is fine with me.. what do you think?

Also, I've tried bungee jumping in Whistler last year and I think I paid approx 150 including pics :) AND the good thing is that you'll get 50% off on your future jumps...
but I don't know if this will apply to their current promotion.

u should try it ;)

Posted January 18th, 2011 - 3:48 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
I'll totally chicken out on that one:-)

Posted January 18th, 2011 - 3:51 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
I'll totally chicken out on that one:-)

Posted January 18th, 2011 - 4:17 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Hey Peter!

http://www.couchsurfing.org/group_read.html?gid=37848&post=7760302#gpid7760302

This is where there is a new thread for the Westcoast trail idea, to keep things a little sorted.

Posted January 18th, 2011 - 3:48 am from Vancouver, Canada
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Posted January 18th, 2011 - 4:05 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Absolutly! Sounds fantastic and maybe the combination could be fun. An overnighter with snowshoeing and camping in the snow. What about this weekend? Anybody knows the wheather forecast. Is it still predicted to be so warm that it rains instead of snowing? Otherwise we could consider something?!

Posted January 18th, 2011 - 5:02 am from Vancouver, Canada
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Posted January 18th, 2011 - 5:28 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
@Tessa
Sweet, thanks for the Vancouver Wiki Link. CS becomes better and better, the more there is shown to discover. It is a fantastic site.
Whistler sounds like a good plan! Enjoy!

Sorry for being a little spontanious:-) Maybe we could make snowshoeing plans. Sunday the 30th of Jan is a suggestion for planing a little longer in beforehand? Would that be a date were any of us is available for a local mountain daytrip?



Posted January 18th, 2011 - 6:39 am by from Avignon, France (Permalink)
snowshoeing and camping in the snow sounds great.....However, I can'tstand cold and freezing, then if there were hostels or heated tents (I
have been in similar ones in Yosemite park) would be much better, even
if not properly outdoor.
ciao
D

Posted January 18th, 2011 - 6:57 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
I tried to update/add to the Wiki a while ago, but didn't finish nearly as much as I wanted to. I want to continue working on that project this year. So, stay tuned...

I think the best way is to have people post trip ideas/proposals, and have others sign up. Then, if a pre-trip meeting is needed, we can choose a place to meet up to sort out the logistics. One thing to keep in mind, especially to the trip organizers, is responsibility and the potential dangers involved in outdoor activities. Even the North Shore is a dangerous place if you don't know what you are doing. CS is a very diverse group, many tourists want to enjoy the beauty of the nature here in BC, but not enough are equipped with the knowledge. I don't want to sound like a grandma here and understand we are all adults who can take care of ourselves and friends around us, just want to let everyone have pleasant experience. Happy trails!

Posted January 18th, 2011 - 8:40 am by from Luxembourg, Luxembourg (Permalink)
we should elaborate on the snowshoeing+camping idea for the upcoming weekend as an initial event of this green group, I suppose

Posted January 19th, 2011 - 12:57 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Thanks to you guys particularly for the security advise! Due to those very important and reasonable hints about each persons personal experience and the omnipresent outdoor risks (avalanches/ really cold nights...) I think we might just start with a snowshoe trip in the day time in an area where there is low avalanche risk (so also people like me can go, who don't have beacons). Then we can see from there.

Is there interest for THIS SATURDAY, the 22nd. There is a great trail on CYPRESS which offers great views on top (In these rare moments of having a view from the Northshore). It takes 2-3.5 hours roundtrip and is an easy hike if you are young and healthy or old and fit:-) There is one steeper section in the end which is great fun to slide down on your butt afterwards.
There is shuttle buses going there in case we don't find a car somewhere:-)

You can rent snowshoes up on the mountain. See http://cypressmountain.com/nordic-rentals for about 19 Cad.

At MEC you pay 12 bucks. Poles are for 8 bucks.

Who wants to go for sure? Which questions are open?

Posted January 19th, 2011 - 7:06 pm by from Warkworth, New Zealand (Permalink)
Hey Isabel and team,
This is a great link i used over the summer to find hikes in and around the Vancouver area. I bet some of them are suitable for snowshoeing. I also would like to wait for a fresh snowfall before i go snowshoeing, would be more fun.

http://www.vancouvertrails.com/

I've been dreaming up a several day bicycle tour up the sunshine coast, riding with a small backpack along whatever paths/roads there are and either camp on beaches and or couchsurfing along the way. Definitely a summer excursion though.

Posted January 22nd, 2011 - 2:27 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Cycling the Sunshine Coast seems like a great idea! You want to start another thread for that one?

The trail link is a good one for getting inspired. Thanks for sharing!

Btw Alex, we have fresh snow...are you in tomorrow:-)

Posted January 20th, 2011 - 4:01 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
SNOWSHOEING THIS SATURDAY 22nd JAN
LOCATION: MT SEYMOUR

Hey guys!

Here the final snowshoeing plan for this Saturday. Soo looking forward. Wheather will even deliver sunny strechtes supposedly!
There is already a good bunch going. We meet at the A+W Mall/ PArkgate Village around 9.45 am at the station for the Mt Seymour Shuttle bus. The shuttle bus leaves at 10am. One way costs 6$.
http://www.mountseymour.com/gettinghere-shuttle

To get there you can check the public transit
http://tripplanning.translink.ca/

We will walk up to the first peak, which takes 1 to 1.5 hours one way. For the way back consider waterproof pants and/ or a crazy carpet/ tarp to slide donwn the steep parts on your bumm. It is a hell lot of fun!

Snowshoes can be rented up there for about 25bucks I remember.
http://www.mountseymour.com/snowshoevancouver
Mec rents for 12 bucks, return next day. (Make a reservation)

Awesome! Very much looking forward to it! Join all in. This is when to go and when the fresh snow comes we just go again:-)


Posted January 20th, 2011 - 11:29 pm by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
90% chance that I'll see you up the hill! Good call on location!

Posted January 21st, 2011 - 5:03 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
AWesome. This plan seems to be going somewhere:-) Totally looking forward to this.

Posted January 21st, 2011 - 6:14 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Actually thanks to all of you guys for finding out more information. I am getting really excited. We are already way over 10-15 peeps.

Everybody knows what to pack? Any questions?

I want everybody to understand that this kind of adventure may be leisurely in the end but brings along risks, that you take. SO with joining in this fun snowshoetrip, please don't underestimate nature with avalanches, injuries and so on. The responsibility lies with every person him/herself. I feel funny mentioning it, but responsible to give out a warning that it is your own risk that you take.
Thanks for understanding!

So looking forward this thing to happen. Anbybody checked the wheather? It really seems to get sunny with just a couple of clouds! Fantastic!


Posted January 20th, 2011 - 4:30 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
The second meeting point for everyone who comes up there in another way than with the shuttle is between 10.30 and 10.45 outside the Snowshoe Rental on the moutain.

Posted January 20th, 2011 - 6:14 am by from Prague, Czech Republic (Permalink)
Hi! :)

Me and my cousin Martin would like to go as well, but we don't have the snowshoes... Wouldn't you by chance have spare pairs we could borrow? :) 25$ feels too much...


Posted January 20th, 2011 - 5:30 pm by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
At MEC they rent them for 12 bucks.
YOu can check mec.ca for more information.

Posted January 20th, 2011 - 8:37 pm from Montreal, Canada
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Posted January 21st, 2011 - 2:05 am by from Avignon, France (Permalink)
I think I will join you....let's look for snow-
shoe

Posted January 21st, 2011 - 5:06 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Thanks Tessa for sharing this great information! Really good to know for many, since in the long term own snowshoes are the way to go.

Posted January 22nd, 2011 - 2:35 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Hey all you snowshoeers out there.

Is anyone going up Mt Seymour with a car tomorrow? If you feel like maybe you want to drive past the shuttle bus station at the A+W Mall just on the foot of the Mt and shout Couchsurfing, and see if anybody jumps onto your still available seats?
Otherwise we meet at the rental station at 10.30am.

Awesome guys. I am thrilled about meeting you out on the slopes:-)

Posted January 22nd, 2011 - 2:36 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
The shuttle bus leaves at 10, so in case you feel like driving past, it is just going to work before that time.

Posted January 22nd, 2011 - 6:48 am by from Luxembourg, Luxembourg (Permalink)
thumps up, i am in

Posted January 23rd, 2011 - 12:57 am by from Luxembourg, Luxembourg (Permalink)
where were you, folks?

Posted January 23rd, 2011 - 2:37 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Hey Jakob! I am very sure we crossed paths close to the peak. Was to slow to recognize you with your hair cut. We were this huge group. The shuttle bus was 30 minutes belated which made us arrive at 10.55 am at the rental station. We did not see you there. Have you been with Wade, eh? Because we did not see him as well. Too bad cells don't work up at the station to clear these situations. Did you have a fun hike with Wade though?! Soo sad we missed because of this crazily belated bus. Was so looking forward.
Hope we get another chance soon!

Posted January 23rd, 2011 - 7:43 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Here is the link for the pics of todays snowshoe adventure:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2077108&id=1169824937&l=72c4cb009b

It was fun with you guys out there. Enjoyed our trip!

Posted January 25th, 2011 - 10:45 am by from Warkworth, New Zealand (Permalink)
Haha Yeeeaaah! that looks like a rad day out for sure. I had work in the afternoon, so hopefully next time i'll be in.

Posted January 25th, 2011 - 10:48 pm by from Calgary, Canada (Permalink)
Looked pretty awesome!

When is the next one?

Posted January 26th, 2011 - 4:55 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Hey y'all!

Is there interest for an (easy-)medium MTBing 2-3 hours (riding time)for this Sunday, the 30th Jan. later afternoon?
It will be very warm, so the snow won't be fun, as it seems according to some weather froecasts.

Posted January 28th, 2011 - 5:12 am by from Calgary, Canada (Permalink)
Anyone interested in something outdoors for this Saturday during the day? A hike, snow shoe or etc...

Posted January 29th, 2011 - 8:03 pm by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Hey Jeremy!

Just send you PM. Maybe we figure a spontanious plan.

Posted February 2nd, 2011 - 4:09 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Thanks for the fantastic hike, Jeremy:-)

Posted February 2nd, 2011 - 9:51 pm by from Calgary, Canada (Permalink)
Thank you too Isabel! That was a good one.

Awesome weather going up Lynn Peak (921M), no Grouse Grind crowds, just over 3 hrs total, hiking through 2nd growth and 1st growth forest later on, view at the top looking East towards Mt. Seymour and a very prominent Mt. Baker in the distance, also a view South towards Vancouver, some ice/snow on the last 1/4 of the trail (no need for snowshoes or cramp-ons. ski poles worked fine!) and some good banana bread.

What an awesome day!

Posted February 3rd, 2011 - 6:43 pm by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
hey guysssssss!

here's the latest deal from Groupon:

- $22 for an adult lift ticket (EXPIRES APRIL 10)
- $13 for an adult full-day snowshoe trail pass WITH rental! (EXPIRES APRIL 30)

This deal is only available today! buy and lets plan an event! :)


Posted February 11th, 2011 - 7:15 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
I'm planning on snowboarding Whistler Mountain this Saturday if anyone can make it up. They're predicting a lot of snow overnight Friday, should be a good day :)
http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Whistler-Blackcomb/6day/mid