On the Alakai’i Swamp Trail

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: January 13, 2017 4:58 pm

The Alakai’i Swamp Trail starts at the end of the road.  On the island of Kauai the roads end at either end of the Na Pali Coast and one road runs up onto the central mountain, climbing the west side hills onto a ridge overlooking Waimea Canyon. Glimpses of red-orange-coral rock caught the eye while we wound our way toward the rain fores …


We can learn so much from nature

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: January 12, 2017 5:30 am

(Credit: Argonne National Laboratory via Flickr) If you fly over a forest and look down, you’ll see every green tree and plant reaching to the heavens to absorb the ultimate energy source: sunlight. What a contrast when you look down on a city or town with its naked roofs, asphalt roads and concrete sidewalks, all ignoring the sun’s beneficence! Re …


Above the Fog on Dufferin Hill

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: January 11, 2017 4:46 pm

In winter fog often settles into the Thompson River Valleys blanketing the community in grey.   We can go up above the clouds to hike.   When the clouds are below 750 feet, we can hike up above the fog on Dufferin Hill.   On the way up the tower Trail, we get our first views over to Mount Peter. Mt. Peter above the fog …


Kamloops Hiking Clubs and Groups

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: January 11, 2017 1:24 pm

There are two Hiking Clubs in Kamloops.   Both are registered Societies and active clubs with their own websites.  Almost all outdoor Clubs in Canada require a waiver to be signed as protection for their hike leaders and the Club itself (any clubs that don’t do this are naive).   Both clubs require a waiver to be sign …


Snow Patience…

by: Arjun Singh
Posted on: January 9, 2017 10:31 pm

  We are in an extended deep freeze, the likes we have not seen in a long time. Add to this the snowfall in the past day or two, things tend to start to go a bit funny. Cars spinning out, people slipping, etc. If anyone needs help shovelling snow, feel free to be in touch – 250 320 6532 or [email protected]  I am thankful for the city c …


Hanakapi’ai Trail

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: January 9, 2017 5:01 pm

On many Top 10 Trails in the world, the Kalalau Trail on Kauai draws hikers from all over the world.   The trail starts at the end of the road at Ke’e Beach on the North Shore and climbs across the steep slopes of the Na Pali Coast for 11 miles.   The first section traverses the pali to Hanikapi’ai Beach, a slow 2 mi …


Dam Lake Loop

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: January 7, 2017 8:46 am

In dry conditions, the Outer Inks Lakes trails area likely to have motorcycles, quads, and 4×4’s.   Once it turns cool, there may be hunters.   But once the snows start to fall, the forested trails provide many opportunities for hiking and snowshoeing.   On a cold and sunny December day, we chose the Dam La …


Maha’ulepu Trail

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: January 5, 2017 4:57 pm

The Maha’ulepu Trail starts at Shipwreck Beach in Poipu on Kauai.   The trail climbs to the top of the seabluffs looking over Keoneloa Bay. The bluffs are mostly lithified sand dunes – calcite cementation of wind-blown carbonate and other materials.   Trails run along the top of the bluffs but the most interesting ro …


It’s time to heed warnings about humanity’s collision course

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: January 5, 2017 4:00 am

(Credit: Nattu via Flickr) The longer we delay addressing environmental problems, the more difficult it will be to resolve them. Although we’ve known about climate change and its potential impacts for a long time, and we’re seeing those impacts worsen daily, our political representatives are still approving and promoting fossil fuel infrastructure …


A Couple of Early Thoughts on Kamloops in 2017…

by: Arjun Singh
Posted on: January 4, 2017 11:33 am

                          Most of the awesome members of the Kamplan (Kamloops’ Official Community Plan) Review Committee at our December 2016 Meeting All the very best in 2017 to you and to those you hold dear! Here’s a few early thoughts on happenings in the community in 2017: 1) Th …