Submitted by the Summit Trail Makers Society
The Summit Trail Makers Society will be hosting a special presentation by vice-president Wayne Lyons at their AGM on Wednesday, June 17th. Mr. Lyons is a local outdoor enthusiast and world adventure traveller. His adventures have included hiking to Machu Picchu via Sulkanty Pass, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and exploring the wilds of Borneo.
Mr. Lyons most recent adventure was a 12-day hiking trip along the eastern edge of the great Patagonian Ice Field. Mr. Lyons illustrated talk will share his 100-kilometre hiking adventure in and around the huge glaciers and spectacular granite peaks that Patagonia is famous for.
The Summit Trail Makers Society (STMS) is hoping the presentation will attract some new members. The society is a volunteer group of Columbia Valley hiking enthusiasts whose primary purpose is to keep backcountry trails open and accessible for hikers. Equipped with chain saws, brush saws and loppers, work parties will soon be heading out to clear avalanche debris, windblown trees and ingrown alders from the trails.
STMS works in partnership with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations – Recreation Sites and Trails BC (MFLNRO-RSTBC) to maintain designated hiking trails on Crown land in and around the Columbia Valley. The society also advocates for hikers interests by working with government agencies and other organizations in promoting environmental stewardship and sustainable use of the backcountry. You can find out more about STMS on their brand-new website, www.summittrailmakers.ca.
STMS is a member group of the Columbia Valley Greenways Trail Alliance. The alliance has recently completed a comprehensive inventory of multi-use trails in the region. The inventory will help hikers, bikers, runners and walkers choose trails suited to their particular interests and fitness levels. The completed inventory will soon be available on the CVGTA website: www.greenways.ca.
STMS invites anyone with an interest in hiking to come to the AGM and find out more about the societys activities. They also welcome new members. No special skills are required to join a work party which is always a fun day out on the trails with like-minded hikers.
The Summit Trail Makers Society AGM will be held at the DTSS theatre on Wednesday, June 17th at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome, and admission is free.