All About Function Junction

Driving up from Vancouver or Squamish, Function Junction is the first area of Whistler that you will reach. It is known well by the local community, especially Whistlerites that are here year-round or in the Summer. It is less well known by visitors, but should not be overlooked for several reasons: It is a great place to visit if you are here for skiing or biking and the weather is bad, or you just fancy a day-off; it is a slice of local life and local industry; if you are staying in a condo or apartment in Whistler it is a great place to stop and grab food/drink on your way up!

There is some accommodation near Function Junction, namely the Whistler HI Hostel. This is a good option for backpackers or younger visitors. The distance does make it a little inconvenient for daily trips to the ski hill or bike park, but there is a regular bus from Function Junction to Whistler Village.

So why stop here on your way up to grab supplies..? Firstly because the supplies on offer are delicious, secondly because you will be supporting local economy by spending your money in locally owned businesses! For your groceries the Olives Market sells organic food and drink including meat and dairy products. Purebread is a real locals favourite and sells pastries, cookies, bread and more. For your alcoholic needs the Whistler Brewing Company sells really tasty beer, brewed right here in Whistler.

There is also a re-use it centre in Function if you are in need of any sports gear and your budget is a little low. Or if you are in need of some clothing for a fancy dress party.

If you having a day-off from skiing or biking and thinking to visit Function Junction, there are several activities to keep you busy. For the more active people, or those looking to keep their kids busy, Whistler Bounce is a warehouse full of trampolines and fun things. A couple of hours can easily pass by in there and it’s great exercise too! Be sure to call and check opening times before you set-off as it can be closed or booked for private parties.

If you are more in the mood to unwind, there are a couple of great coffee houses/bakeries. Purebread as I have already mentioned is a great place to indulge your sweet tooth, and they serve fresh coffee. The Lift Coffee company also has a shop in Function and serves delicious organic coffees. For a more hearty feed the Wildwood Bistro is great option, and often recommend by locals.

The Whistler Brewing company also serves food, and has a little patio area during summer. You can also go on a tour of the brewery and learn more about how they make their beer so tasty.

Another excellent tour for the skiers and snowboarders is the Prior Factory. They make skis and snowboard right here in Whistler, and they do a damn good job too! They have a little store if you are keen to buy a beanie hat, cap, t-shirt or backcountry accessories, but the factory tour is our real recommendation.

While it is a an excellent day out in the Winter months, it is also the hub for some great hiking and bike trails in Summer, and there are a couple of bike stores/service centres if you are having mechanical issues. One of the more famous sight seeing/hiking trails is to the Whistler Train Wreck. The Flank Trail is also accessible via Function Junction and provides great views and access to many of Whistler’s descending bike trails.

Summer or Winter, coffee or beer, relaxing or exercising, Function Junction has a lot to offer.

All About Whistler Creekside

Creekside is an often overlooked area of Whistler when people are searching for accommodation. Hopefully this page will give you an insight into the area, and increase your options next time you book a vacation in Whistler.

The Creekside gondola was the original Whistler gondola, as Creekside was the original base and Whistler mountain hub. Over time that focus has shifted to Whistler Village, and in particular the skiers plaza. This does however mean that accommodation is priced a little lower in Creekside compared to the Village, so you get a little more bang for your buck!

While Whistler Creekside might not have the massive range of services and amenities as the Village, it does have all of the necessities. The are a handful of restaurants, including a few very nice ones and a couple of cheaper more family orientated ones. The Red Door, and Rim Rock are excellent, where as Creekbread offers a great atmosphere and excellent pizzas at a more affordable price.

There are a couple of well known bars in Whistler Creekside such as Rolands, which is popular with locals and shows sports, has bingo nights and lots of other fun stuff! Dusty’s is located at the base of the Gondola, so is an obvious choice for Après-ski.

There is a gas station with convenience store, as well as a super market in the heart of Whistler Creekside.

In terms of accommodation are a few budget option lodges and a couple of luxury lodges. The accommodations at the ski base offer the most convenience, with a minimal walk to the lifts, convenient parking, and the avoidance of traffic (for the most part). For mid-range and entry level options consider Lake Placid Lodge which you can book at WhistlerRetreats.com

A word of caution during the winter season… the ski down to the base is a little more advanced than in Blackcomb and Whistler Village, so if you are keen to ski home with your kids or beginner friends then Creekside might not be the best option. The gondola only runs in Winter too, so if you are coming in Summer and intend to head up the mountain then Blackcomb or the Village might be better options. However if skiing and snowboarding are your primary focus then Whistler Creekside is great for getting up the mountain early, having a nice meal, maybe a few relaxing drinks, and getting up early again the next day!

All About Blackcomb / Upper Village

Whistler is famous for it’s mountains, of which two of them are of particular importance. Whistler Mountain is the original lift accessed mountain, however years later Blackcomb Mountain was developed as a ski hill. This acted to separate Whistler’s town in to two main areas. Originally Whistler Village was the only place to spend your time in Whistler, but as Blackcomb Mountain developed, so did the area at the base of Blackcomb. This area is now officially know as Upper Village. However to locals and visitors form a bygone era it is still known as Blackcomb.

Just like Whistler Village, Upper Village has a pedestrianised village stroll, although on a much smaller scale. The stroll is lined by hotels, restaurants and shops. The stroll begins at one end with two large hotels: The Fairmont Chateau; and Club Intrawest. It continues all the way to the Wizard chairlift at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain. This chairlift provides access to Blackcomb Mountain in both Summer and Winter. The plaza that surrounds the chairlift is also the finish to the main ski runs down to the Upper Village and several bike and hiking trails in Summer.

There is a lift ticket booth, guest services, ski rental stores, bike rental stores, parking, and all the amenities to make the Upper Village a completely adequate ski resort all of it’s own. In fact you could spend your whole stay in the Upper Village and never need to visit the main village. But why would you?

The reasons to stay in the Upper Village are pretty straight forward. For some people it is as simple as wanting to stay in the Fairmont Chateau, as the high level of guest service and excellent amenities are a real draw. For others, myself included, it is the simple fact that the Upper Village is less crowded, and a lot less hectic than Whistler Village. At night time there is less noise, and during the day, less people. There are also some genuine ski-in/ski-out accommodation options in the Upper Village too. You can be sat in your hot tub watching people ski by you, and in summer you can can leave your hotel door and ride right into a bike trail.

In terms of accommodation, there are the hotels around the Upper Village stroll and the hotels further up the mountain, in an area known as the Benchlands (where the genuine ski-in/ski-out accommodation is). The hotels around the stroll are considered ski-in/ski-out, and you can ski-in to them. However skiing-out involves a brief walk to the lift, a lift ride, and then you can ski. But from what I can see, they are all equally convenient.

For ultimate convenience, I would recommend Le Chamois Hotel which is the closest hotel to the Wizard chair. Also right next door are the Fairmont, and Glacier Lodge. Club Intrawest is a little further away from the lift, and the Four Seasons even further away (although it has a very good private shuttle service and ski concierge based at the Wizard chair).

For ski-in/ski-out you have to take the road up the mountain and stay in either the Aspens, Woodrun, or Coast Suites. The is a very good free bus that drives this road regularly, connecting both Whistler Village and Upper Village to the Benchlands.

You will pay a premium for these ski-in/ski-outs, so it is definitely worth considering the accommodations just on the opposite side of the mountain road. The inconvenience comes in the form of a meagre two minute walk to the ski trails. These options also tend to have a better atmosphere and mountain lodge feel to them. Good options include the Wildwood Lodge or The Marquise.

We like to support locally owned, small businesses in Whistler, so recommend Spicy Sports for your ski  rentals and Excess Backcountry for your accessories and ski gear. In summer Whistler Sports is a locally owned company providing bike rentals. Both located on the stroll in Le Chamois hotel. We recommend Whistler Retreats as a booking agent if you are looking to stay in Blackcomb. And finally, although it is not a local company, Portobello Cafe is a good option for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

All About Whistler Village Main

The Whistler Village is Whistler’s social hub, it’s a hive of activity, and it’s the place where many people chose to stay while visiting this beautiful place. The Village surrounds an area called the village stroll. This is a pedestrianised street that meanders through the heart of Whistler, with shops, eateries, and accommodation either side of it.

There is so much in the way of amenities and accommodation in the Whistler Village that we have decided to break it down into two halves: Whistler Village North; and Whistler Village Main. It is a bit condescending to Village North to call the other half Village Main, but I think this is a fair reflection of the two halves importance in the minds of visitors and of how much time visitors spend in either half. In my opinion the main reason for this is the location of the chairlifts and gondolas. These are the reason the majority of people visit Whistler: to ski; mountain bike; or sightsee on either Whistler or Blackcomb Mountain.

Although it is only a few minutes walk to the gondolas from Village North, nothing beats the convenience of staying in the main part of Whistler Village. Although that convenience often comes at a premium. It is also worth noting that the convenience can often be offset by the lack of tranquility in much of the accommodation in Whistler Village. But that is the result of the bustling bars and restaurants, nightlife, and pure volume of people found in Whistler Village.

The gondolas are found at the south end of the Village stroll in an area called Skiiers Plaza. As well as being the main access point to the mountains, the Plaza is also host to many events. In winter the weekly fire and ice is held in the plaza at around 6pm. In the spring the plaza plays host to live music at the Ski and Snowboard Festival. In summer the world famous Crankworx Festival is focused around the Skiers Plaza. The Plaza is surrounded by bars and eateries and is the obvious and ideal place to apres-ski.

There is plenty of accommodation in Skiers Plaza too, such as the Pan Pacific, The Hilton and The Westin, and Carlton Lodge. If you want to be close to the gondolas, then these spots are hard to beat. But be aware they are not ideal if a good nights sleep is high on your list of priorities. The Skiers Plaza wakes up early and goes to sleep late!

Just behind the Plaza is the the Sundial Crescent with hotels such as Whistler Village Inn and Suites and the Sundial Hotel. If you follow the Village Stroll north of the plaza you will reach the Village Square. Not only does the accommodation get a little cheaper here, but there are also some good value ski rental shops and bars around the Village Square. That one minute walk from the plaza makes for a big difference in price! The Village Grocery, liquor store and pharmacy are also in the Village Square. Our local tip here is in the Rainbow Building, where you will find Spicy Sports for your ski rentals, Gone Eatery for your organic espresso coffee, and Whistler’s Bookstore. The entrance ti the Village Square is the main drop-off point for buses and taxis.

Keep following the Village stroll out of the square and you will pass many shops and may more eateries, including Cowes Ice Cream Parlour which is always a hit with kids! Hotels such as the Peak Inn and Pan Pacific Village can be found here. Whistler’s Visitor centre is also near by and is a great source of information and a place to book your activities.  This section of the Villager Stroll is home to Maxx Fish nightclub and Tommy Africas night club, so be aware if you are planning to stay around here!

In short the Main Whistler Village is a great place to visit and be social, but not always the best option for accommodation. Come here to get your equipment rentals, food, book activities, and of course access the amazing mountains!

All About Whistler Village North

Whistler Village is the main hub in Whistler. For nightlife, dining, shopping, accommodation and activities, Whistler Village is the go-to area for the majority of visitors in Whistler. The Village is separated by road called the Village Gate Boulevard. To the north of this road is an area often referred to as Village North or Whistler Village North.

To the south of the Village Gate Boulevard is the Village Square and Skiers Plaza. The Village stroll connects the North and Southside of the Village and when walking around, they are effectively the same place. I have decided to separate the two here simply because there is so much in Whistler Village, that it is easier to discuss it in two halves, and also because accommodations are often described as being located in Village North.

Within Village North itself there are 5 separate areas to think about when visiting Whistler. North Lands Boulevard is a main road that has plenty of accommodation options along it. The Market Place, which as the name suggests has plenty of shops. The Olympic Plaza plays host to many events, and has a few shops and accommodations surrounding it. Main Street has shops, a couple of attractions, and some good accommodation options.  Finally the Village stroll which heads down to the South side of the Village. All areas are side by side and walk around will flow between the 5.

North Lands Boulevard is home to the Pinnacle Hotel, which does have a couple of nice restaurants below it, namely Alta Bistro. The Cascade Lodge is the closest hotel to the main Village, and both options will be comparably cheaper than staying in the Skiers Plaza, but involve a little walk to the ski lifts. Next along the road are Sunpath at Stoney Creek, The Lagoons at Stoney Creek and North Star at Stoney Creek. These 3 places have some wonderful condo’s and town houses. These are great for large family groups or people looking for a more independent vacation. Right at the very end of North Lands Boulevard you will find Twin Peaks, Valhalla and Symphony and Glaciers Reach. These accommodations often play host to long term visitors, but can provide great options if you are on a tight budget, but want to stay in Whistler Village.

Main Street comes off North Lands Boulevard and is home to the Whistler Library and as of writing this the temporary home for the Whistler Museum. There is a lively bar in the Delta suites called the Brickworks, which has live music and local ales. Mount Currie coffee is a popular cafe with the locals and just next door are two very popular eateries: Splitz Burger; and Peaked Pies. Both great options if you are in the mood for something quick, easy and not too expensive, hence their popularity with locals. Equally convenient but a bit more upmarket and probably a healthier option, is Pasta Lupino where you can eat in, take away, or by fresh pasta and sauce to cook and home. For accommodation on Main Street the Summit Lodge is a boutique and pet friendly hotel, or Alpen Glow is home to some reasonably priced condos.

The Market Place has one main accommodation option, the aptly named Market Place Lodge. This is one of the best value locations in the Village, and is incredibly convenient. Appart form the short walk to the lifts, everything else is right outside your door. Marketplace is home to banks, a liquor store, pharmacy, grocery store, 7-11, some fast food chains, shops and some wonderful eateries. la Cantina is a great place to grab some tacos and enjoy a beer with friends, while the Green Moustache serves up healthy organic food and drinks.

The Olympic Plaza has a village green and large stage. In the summer there is often live music and even movie screenings here. There is a great kids play area, and in winter a small ice rink. This is surrounded by cafes and shops, most notably Purebread, which is a must-try and wonderful treat while in Whistler. The Brewhouse is a great local bar and restaurant serving ales brewed in-house and hearty food. The bar in the Brewhouse is a great place to relax with friends and play a little pool. The main accommodation for the Olympic Plaza is Tyndalstone Lodge. Due to the nearby amenities this is a good option for families with young kids.

The Village Stroll runs through the whole Village, but the section in Village North has the Deer, Eagle and Bear lodges alongside it. There are also a few shops here and the infamous Garfinkles nightclub if you feel like partying!

In summary Whistler Village North is a vibrant area with a local charm. There is value to be had if you choose your accommodation here, and some real treats if you eat or drink in Village North.

Whistler in the fall

Whistler Basics

Want to know about Whistler? Then our Whistler Basics is a great place to start! This page is aimed to help new and potential visitors to Whistler understand the core facts about Whistler and how our town operates.

Hopefully this page will help you with the early decision-making when planning a vacation in Whistler.

Firstly, know that Whistler is located in the coastal mountains of British Columbia, Canada. It is a couple of hours drive north of Vancouver, about one hour drive north of Squamish and 30 minutes drive south of Pemberton. Being in the coastal mountains means that winters are generally milder than the interior mountains. Conversely the summers are also a little less dry than the interior. This climate creates lush temperate rain forests and allows a variety of wildlife to thrive.

Most visitors will arrive from the South, so that is how I will describe the layout of Whistler.

The most southerly and first point of reference that lets you know you are in Whistler, is the Whistler RV Park.  Beyond that,  what I would consider to be the first real zone of Whistler, is Function Junction. There is a little bit accommodation in this area, but it is primarily known as an industrial area with warehouses and factories. Function Junction is however a hub for locally owned and operated businesses in Whistler, including some great eateries, shops, and activity providers.

Continue driving north of Function and you will pass several accommodation areas such as Bayshore’s, before you reach Creekside. Creekside is the first area that you reach, from where you can take a Gondola up the mountain in Winter. Creekside has a mixed bag of clientage, with accommodation ranging from cheap seasonal to luxury lake-side lodges. There are some real hidden gems in Creekside and either biking in summer or skiing in winter, from the Peak to Creekside is an incredible experience. On the southern side of Creekside you have Alpha lake, and northside Nita Lake. Both beautiful.

Keep heading North and Alta lake will come into view and accommodation areas such as Nordic and Blueberry will pass by. Eventually the first of two main entrances to the main zone, Whistler Village, will come into view. If you want to find the main parking lots the second of the Whistler Village entrances is the best one to take.

Whistler Village is the busiest area of Whistler, and is home to a plethora of shops, eateries, hotels and condos. The heart of Whistler village is the Village Stroll, which is a pedestrianized street leading from the Marketplace, past the Olympic Plaza, to the Village Square, and ending up at the Skiers Plaza. The Skiers Plaza is where Gondolas will take you up either Blackcomb or Whistler Mountain. The Fitzsimmons Chairlift is also great access to Whistler Mountain from the Skiers plaza, and in Summer is the main lift for the famous Whistler Bike Park.  In summer the Gondolas are mainly for sightseeing and hiking access, in the Winter they take hoards of skiers and snowboarders to their paradise.

Village Gate Boulevard is a road that dissects Whistler Village. The Skiers Plaza and Village Square are the real focal points in Whistler Village and are to the South side of the Village Gate Boulevard. Consequently anything to the north of Village Gate Boulevard sometimes gets referred to as “Village North”.

The main car parks to which I referred earlier are located in-between Whistler Village and the Upper Village, which is also known as Blackcomb because it sits at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain. The Wizard and Magic chairlifts are alternate access points to Blackcomb Mountain and are both in the Upper Village. The Upper Village has a few shops and eateries, and ski rental stores. However it is distinct because of its many ski-in/ski-out accommodation options.

Many of the ski-in/ski-out accommodations in the higher elevations are in an Upper Village area known as the Benchlands. The Benchlands are also home to the main entrance to the popular Lost Lake. Lost Lake boasts a great cross-country bike park in the Summer and cross-country skiing in Winter. The Upper Village also has a pedestrianized stroll, home to a great market in summer.

If you go back to the highway and keep heading North you will pass Nester’s which is a little shopping complex. Also just north of Whistler Village is Spruce Grove which is home to another RV park and gorgeous spa.

Further North still is Alpine. Alpine is home to many season-long visitors, but also boasts some charming Lodges and Bed and Breakfasts. Alpine also boarders Green Lake and Wedge Park.

Any further North than Alpine is stretching the boundaries of what can really be considered Whistler, however the entrance to Cougar Mountain and an area called Emerald do sit on the northern boundaries of Whistler.

In terms of atmosphere and character, Whistler Village is definitely the busiest and more vibrant area. The Upper Village is a little more sedate and probably on par with Creekside in terms of how busy they are. Creekside feels more like a traditional North American mountain village, and has a locals feel. Alpine is a great place to stay if you want to avoid the crowds and enjoy a forested setting.

We will cover the individual areas in more detail in separate articles, but hopefully for now, this page has given you a good insight into the layout and nature of Whistler.

2020 COVID-19 Update: Fun & Safety In Whistler

Note: It is important to stay up-to-date with the guidelines put out my the province of British Columbia before making any travel plans.

You will find the current recommendations here.

Welcome The Ski Season In Style! Here’s How You Can Plan Your Fun With Safety For Your Next Skiing Adventure

Fall is bidding farewell and the winter is knocking on our doors. It is the time of the year to ditch the confines of your home, put your ski gear into the trunk of your car, travel to the charming ski resorts of Whistler, and let yourself loose in the gorgeous snow-laden mountains. If the concern for your safety amid the ongoing pandemic situation is hovering over your ski adventure plans, Whistler Blackcomb has made all the provisions for a safe ski season. 

Whistler Blackcomb is putting several safety measures in place so that you can have an adventurous winter with your loved ones. Here’s what we’re doing here. 

Registration system to control the capacity limit

November 26 is going to be a gala day for all you ski lovers as Whistler Blackcomb will set its most anticipated and most loved winter operations in motion. Once again, you will be able to enjoy the high-octane activities, like skiing and boarding in the snow-capped mountains. 

The joy, the fun, the adventure, and the frolic will be the same, except that you will be bound to follow certain rules and regulations to safeguard your safety during this pandemic. 

To manage the capacity limits on the mountains, Whistler Blackcomb has brought in a reservation system, whereby you will have to buy the tickets in advance to reserve your place in the lap of the majestic mountains. You can buy the tickets online

The pass holder reservation system has been designed owing to the norms of social distancing. With fewer people on both the mountains, you will be able to maintain a safe distance from them and enjoy your adventure without having to worry about contracting an infection. The maximum capacity will be governed by factors such as the size of the resorts, weather conditions, operating plans, historic visitation numbers, and local regulations.

Reservations for every day will be needed at every resort. Once you get the pass, you will get the priority access to book your preferred days (up to 7 days). While using your Priority Reservation Days, you can book additional reservations (depending upon the days of access left on your pass). Furthermore, you can make week-off reservations within a week of your ski or ride day. However, it is subject to availability as well as your pass access on that particular day. 

As far as the lift ticket is concerned, once you buy the lift ticket, your reservation for the specific day will be confirmed automatically. 

The online reservations for the Core Season (From Dec 8, 2020  to April 4, 2021) will begin from November 2020 for 2020/21 pass holders. The lift tickets will go on sale on Dec 8, 2020. You will be able to make reservations at epicpass.com or  call. 

If you are a pass holder, you can make multiple reservations in Early Season (subject to availability) depending on capacity and pass access. In the Early Season, you will have the privilege of being the only guests on the mountain, while also getting the opportunity of exclusive access to confirm reservations for the Core Season (Nov 6, 2020 to Dec 7, 2020). 

Whistler Safety Guidelines

Whistler Safety Guidelines

Whistler Blackcomb has created several guidelines to ensure your safety and keep your fun unbesmirched from the current pandemic. 

To ensure that you ski and ride across the mountains peacefully, Whistler Blackcomb has mandated wearing face coverings in the mountain, resort, lift lines, lift, and gondolas. Further, only the guests skiing or riding together will be allowed to sit together on chair lifts and gondolas.

A four-person lift will carry two singles seated on opposite sides and a six-person lift will carry two doubles seated on the opposite sides. Only two people will be allowed in gondola cabins. 

Norms on similar lines will be followed to ensure proper physical distancing in ski and ride schools and on-mountain dining and recreational outlets. 

By following these guidelines, you will ensure yours and your loved ones’ safety without compromising on fun. 

Welcome To Whistler

We’ve prepared, and now we look forward to welcoming you to Whistler.

Book your room, and reserve your days on the mountain early to guarantee the spot you want, and the vacation you deserve.

Q&A w/ Canadian National BBQ Championships’ Helluva “Q”

bbqWR: Your name, Helluva “Q”, seems like it must have a story behind it, would you care to share?

Helluva Q: No story, just sitting around having a few beers and running through a bunch of names and making sure it wasn’t already being used it project plan.

WR: How long have you been BBQing and how did you get started?

Helluva Q: Started 10 years ago with our friend Kevin Lunn who went into Well Seasoned Store and saw a BBQ class and found out about one in Whistler. He went and then we competed.

WR: What sparked your team’s interest in competing in Bulleit Bourbon Canadian National BBQ Championships ?

Helluva Q: Just the fun of the people

WR: Helluva “Q” is competing in the Canadian National BBQ Championships in Whistler, BC. Will you be competing anywhere else this year?

Helluva Q: Just a couple this year. We were at the Red Barn Burner in Chilliwack. Canadian Festival of Chili and BBQ, McKinley Springs Vinyard and Mount Lake Terrace.

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Canadian National BBQ Championships at Dusty’s Bar & BBQ.

WR: What is your top five must have ingredients for BBQ?

Helluva Q: Spices, mustard, Charcoal, Meat and Tequila.

WR: A lot of BBQ gurus swear by their secret ingredient, do you have one?

Helluva Q: If we tell you if wouldn’t be a secret.

WR: If you could only BBQ one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Helluva Q: Burgers.

WR: What advice would you give to somebody who wants to begin competing in BBQ?

WR: Stick with it. The teams are great and there is always help.

The best of the best BBQ pit masters will be going head to head at Dusty’s Bar & BBQ in the Creekside area of beautiful Whistler, BC.
Starts: 07/31/2015 5:30PM
Ends: 08/02/2015 4:30PM
Dusty’s Bar & BBQ
P.O. Box: 2040 London Lane
Whistler, BC
V0N 1B2
Canada

Preparing for Alpine Backpacking: Staying Safe in the Backcountry

Backpacking is a great way to connect with nature, get some exercise, and explore the backcountry. Alpine backpacking is rewarding but also a challenging adventure. Before you hit the trail, make sure you’re properly prepared so that you can enjoy your hike and make it back safely.

Destinations and Directions

Choose your hiking trail and destination carefully; be sure to select a hike that fits your physical abilities and your experience level. For their first time out, beginners should consider a one-night trip and stick to well-traveled trails. Be sure you know where you’re going, map the trail ahead of time, and know the average distance you can hike each day.

Share your plans and itinerary with someone not joining you, so if you don’t return on time search teams will know where to look. Before you go, check with forest rangers or anyone else who knows the area well; they should know who is in the backcountry at any given time and can provide current information on trail conditions and fire danger levels.

Physical Preparation for Hiking

Backpacking isn’t a simple walk in the woods. It requires a greater level of physical fitness due to the heavy pack you carry and potentially difficult terrain you navigate. Shorter training hikes are a good way to prepare your body for the rigors of hiking. It’s also important to get regular exercise to strengthen your muscles so that you can handle the weight of your pack without straining your back look at this now. Both strength training and cardiovascular training for endurance are vital to getting your body ready to take a backpacking trip.

Choosing the Right Gear

A good backpacking trip depends on packing the right things so that you’re not carrying too much yet aren’t without the basic essentials. Make sure your pack contains these main essentials at minimum:

  • A map and compass for navigation
  • A first aid kit
  • A source of light – flashlight, headlamp, lantern, with extra batteries
  • Sun protection
  • Extra clothing for layers to keep your body temperature level
  • A foolproof method of starting a fire
  • Food and water – enough for more days than you anticipate in case of emergency
  • Basic tools including a knife
  • Some form of shelter

Certainly you can bring some luxuries along on your backpacking trip, but it’s important to pack a bag that has everything you need without making it too heavy. Start with the basics, then add extras if there is space and you can handle the extra weight.

Gear is only as useful as your knowledge of how to use it. Practice starting a fire, using your tools, and take a first aid course before you go so that you will be ready to respond to any need.

Getting Ready to Go

Dressing in layers is the best way to handle a backpacking trip. Choose lightweight fabrics that keep moisture away from the body, and be sure to have a waterproof top layer in case of rain or other inclement weather. Wear proper footwear, including sturdy shoes and socks that will keep moisture off your feet and prevent blisters.

Pack your backpack carefully to create a balanced load and easy access to the items you will need most frequently. Getting your pack on requires a cautious approach to avoid back injury. The simplest way is to have someone lift it for you from behind so that you can slip your arms into the straps. If you don’t have assistance, lower yourself to the pack and stand up carefully, making sure to put the weight on your legs and not strain your back.

Kuba Oms | Squamish Valley Music Festival

The Squamish Valley Music Festival starts today! To kick off the event we have another great interview with the very talented artist Kuba Oms. For more information about his appearance, please visit the official site.guy

How did you get started in music?
Singing around bonfires in high school. A bunch I my buddies had a hot band and I got the music bug from them.

Tell us a bit about the new album ADHD:
I realized during the recording of the album that I do indeed have ADHD. It explains a lot about my life and it is reflected in the recordings.

What inspires your musical process?
Life experience. We all go through so many ups and downs and I find it therapeutic to put my stories into song.

What’s more fun: small shows or festivals?
Festivals! No brainier.

Tell us about the best show you’ve ever played:
We opened for the Chemical Brothers and DJ Shadow a while back – that was a special show for us:)