Steve Holliday aka @Hiker_Steve
To start, I live just outside of Vancouver, BC with my lovely wife and our aging dog. I have three children who have all grown up and have their own lives. My oldest tries to make it out to the overnight backpacking trips I do.
My love for the outdoors started when I was very young. My parents took me camping throughout BC, most of the time in a Camper or at least some sort of RV. As I grew up I started camping with friends, sometimes biking to the campsite, sometimes hiking to the campsite, but mostly Car camping in a tent, and it continued as I grew up.
We did many camping trips with the kids as they grew up. I like to think and hope they still love it as much as I do.
I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors; but it wasn’t until about 7 years ago that I really got into hiking. I had done some hiking with friends from time to time, but I never made a real effort to get out. So a friend of mine asked me to go on an overnight backpacking trip. I had the best time of my life on that trip. We went to Garibaldi Lake near Whistler BC, a two night trip where I had inexpensive gear that I had just bought. I didn’t want spend a lot of money in case I didn’t like it. I should have known I would have loved it. I’ve since upgraded all my gear, and of course as I age I do carry a little extra weight, as I want to be comfortable, so a few extra goodies to make the trip more enjoyable. Now every year I make sure I do at least one 2-4 day trip. This year I am planning my first solo trip, just the one night, nothing more than to prove to myself I can do it. Who knows I might end up doing many more.
There is something about being in the outdoors on a hike, it refreshes you, takes you away from all the stress of the city. Personally I love hikes that can give a glimpse into the past, an old logging site, or railway. Something about wondering what it must have been like way back then. I try and find hikes I haven’t done before that might have some history to them.
My favorite place for overnight hiking is Cathedral Park in BC. There is nothing like this place. The first time was in 2014 and this year I will be returning. Words can’t describe this place. If you get the chance to visit BC for an extended time, take a look at this park, and add it to your list to hikes if you can.
As for Day hikes, usually starting in spring, I go out every weekend for at least a 4km hike. I invite family and friends to join me, but most of the time it’s just me and the wife. I try and do a few snowshoeing trips during the winter. As spring turns into summer, the hikes get longer and harder. I do this as a preparation for my overnight hike. Favorite places for Day hikes, there is no easy answer for this in the Vancouver Area, there are literally thousands of hikes within a 2hr drive. You can go for an easy hike around a lake that has no elevation gain, to hikes that are 1000metre climbs in just over a kilometer length.
Besides all the hiking, my wife and I love to explore around our great province, we are always doing something, it could be any one of these or even two or three in a weekend; hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, biking, or taking our dog out for walks. When we are not in the city we also like to explore around at our Cabin in the Cariboo, where we expand our outdoor life onto the water, with fishing, water skiing, canoeing, and kayaking.
You can find out more about me from my Twitter feed, my Blog or my YouTube channel where I’ve posted a few video reviews of products I use. They are certainly not professionally done, but just me trying to get information out on products, usually products that others haven’t given reviews on, or a different perspective on a popular product.