Contributed photo

Winter does not stop hiking

BV Backpackers conquer mountains every Sunday

Perhaps it might be hard to believe, but there is a large, well-organized group in our midst which would like to do nothing more than put on some good hiking footwear, check out a well-marked map and head out on one of our well-maintained local trails for a long, perhaps challenging, certainly invigorating and undoubtedly beautiful walk on the wild side.

Humming an old rock tune might help the process but would certainly have to be an individual choice.

Living close to the beautiful natural sights we can see on a daily basis can almost become a part of life that we can take for granted but there are some among us who don’t want to do that. They want to provide a more meaningful and memorable experience.

The Bulkley Valley Backpackers Society is one of those groups that has taken a leaderships role in that area for many years. While the group has very well stated goals, one of it’s most important aims is to “provide a range of self-powered activities throughout the year.” Hiking, walking, running and snowshoeing immediately come to mind.

To that end the group has other goal which lend themselves to those activities. The group has lent a hand when trails need to be developed and cleaned, it raises its voice to represent those users among the silent majority, and it works to conserve historic sites and trails.

All of these projects provide something else to the group as well since it gives new and old users the opportunity to commune for social interaction that is the essence of any community.

Anne Greene is the group’s scheduling coordinator and a perfect example of the type of individual who lends their life blood to keep the group out front.

“The club has been around since the early ‘70s. It was started by Einar Blix. The general idea was to provide an outlet for people to get together and hike at least once a week,” she said.

For example, the club has been providing hikes on Sunday’s since that time for different members.

“The numbers come and go but recently they are up, and this could be due to more people getting knowledge of the activities,” said Greene. “The numbers vary but they average 15-20, which is quite a few people to be going on a five-hour hike. In terms of maintenance we just snip it as we go.”

Over the years, the availability of hiking trails has improved.

“We just redid an old one that was a road up to an old mine in Simpson’s Gulch. It had overgrown so much that you couldn’t even use it. One of our members had a keen eye on that one to rebuild it so that skiers could have a back route to the trail run to town. It’s a great way for the hikers to access a back route,” she said.

“We get fewer numbers in the winter. Summer and fall are prime time,” she noted.

Those interested in the club and it’s programs can access more information at it’s website at

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Disrespectful that Horgan won’t meet during northern B.C. tour: hereditary chief

Na’moks said he was frustrated Horgan didn’t meet with the chiefs

BC Green Party leader visits Wet’suwet’en camps at heart of pipeline conflict

Adam Olsen calls for better relationship between Canada and First Nations

Calls for dialogue as Coastal GasLink pipeline polarizes some in northern B.C.

Coastal GasLink is building the 670-kilometre pipeline from British Columbia’s northeast to Kitimat on the coast

Smithers only taxi company closing down

BV Taxi parking its cars at the end of January

Coastal GasLink repeats desire for meeting with hereditary chiefs

Coastal GasLink says they’re ready to meet with the hereditary chiefs at their convenience

Meng extradition case back in court for second day on double criminality test

Meng is accused of lying to HSBC about Huawei’s relationship with an Iran-based subsidiary

Canada to ratify new NAFTA next week following U.S. Senate approval: Trudeau

Trudeau says millions of Canadians depend on stable, reliable trade

Skier dies at Fernie Alpine Resort

It’s the second person to die in a tree well at a ski resort in B.C. in the past week.

Warm ‘blob’ could be behind mass starvation of North Pacific seabirds: study

Unprecedented death toll raises red flag for North American marine ecosystems

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mom shares ‘insane’ experience of viral dinosaur video

Tabitha Cooper filmed her costumed sons meeting their grandma at the Victoria International Airport

Vancouver Island home to one of Canada’s largest private skateboard collections

Eric Pinto owns hundreds of boards, spanning multiple decades

ICBC to bring in ranking system for collision, glass repair shops

Change comes after the much-maligned auto insurer has faced criticism for sky-high premiums

Most Read