Pandemic hiking resurgence identifies knowledge gap between new and experienced scramblers

BY JOHN ACKERMANN

Posted Jun 6, 2021 11:46 am PDT

Last Updated Jun 6, 2021 at 11:53 am PDTDestination Hikes cover (Courtesy: Greystone Books)SUMMARY

The author of a new wilderness guide has noticed one of the byproducts of the pandemic has been more of us getting back

But he warns there is a knowledge gap between experienced scramblers and those new to the pastime

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – With the pandemic driving more of us outdoors, it’s fair to say hiking has seen something of a resurgence. However, one expert warns there is something of a knowledge gap between experienced scramblers and those new to the pastime.

Stephen Hui has been hiking BC’s Coast Mountains for more than 25 years and has definitely noticed an influx of people in the great outdoors since the start of COVID-19. “The popular trails are just mobbed, there is a lot of parking problems, and the lesser known or quiet trails, places where I could walk two hours without seeing someone before, you might see seven parties heading up to an obscure North Shore peak where you would normally not see that many people.”

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