Interest: Backcountry skiing, Hiking, coping with fitness issues associated with aging
Proposal to expand Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area
I just received a communication from well-known backcountry explorer and author, John Baldwin. I'd like to share it here. He writes:
There is a beautiful, small pocket of wilderness in the Coquihalla area that deserves to be protected. It is immediately south of the Coquihalla Recreation Area. I'm trying to raise support for a proposal to add this wilderness to the Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area.
I am reaching out to clubs, organizations and individuals to try and raise support for a proposal to expand the Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area. Please consider supporting this proposal by writing a letter to your government. I am also listing organizations that endorse the proposal on the website.
Any good snowshoe destinations in that area? I've seen a lot of summer trip reports to the area, but none in winter. Looks like the expansion would triple the park size. Sounds good to me!
Coquihalla is awesome all year round. My first experience was Flatiron Mountain, followed by Needle Peak in the winter as snowshoeing adventures. Both are difficult. I did Ottomite as a winter snowshoe as well, and it was intermediate. In the summer I've completed the Yak to Nak traverse, which are intermediate with some technical skill required. Zoa I did in the summer as well and it is quite easy. Keep in mind that once you're past Hope you absolutely must have winter tires. I do recommend chains if you're going up the Coquihalla since it gets crazy up there!
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