The following write-up was originally posted in September 2015, but after seeing the first dusting of snow on Cheam the other day, we thought it would be a good idea to share it as a refresher. Enjoy!


Chilliwack is lucky to have a plethora of mountains, trails and backcountry to enjoy within a short, scenic drive. Fall is a popular time to enjoy the mountains to take in the color changes, clear skies and excellent views, especially as road traffic has calmed down (while trails remain in great condition), and hot and uncomfortable days have given way to more bearable weather for outdoor activities. As the leaves and weather change, however, fall also brings about some new challenges that can make this time of year more dangerous. Considerations and ‘to dos’ to help get prepared and stay safe:

As much as CSAR members love to get out on tasks, taking precautions can make your trip more enjoyable and safe, and keep the team from rescuing you. Preparedness includes having the right knowledge and gear and this extends to every person in the group. Invest in good quality, layered clothing options, including a waterproof layer. Have a functional GPS and know how to use it (including having maps loaded for the destination). Flashlights and GPSs are as only as good as the batteries inside, so bring spares. A map and compass can be the most valuable tools in an outdoor pack; familiarize yourself with how to use them before you leave. Food and water are essential and be sure to bring more than you think you’ll need.

Should anything posted here sound unfamiliar, consider looking into group trips with outdoor clubs or otherwise more seasoned individuals. Not only can they increase your own safety, they can be a good resource for equipment, trail and destination knowledge.

CSAR wants people to enjoy the great area we have available, all year round, but please be prepared and make good decisions.


Thanks to CSAR Member Terrance for compiling this piece along with fellow members Jack, Jeremy, Dan, Ron and Joel. For more information on the work Chilliwack Search and Rescue does, follow the team on Facebook (Chilliwack Search and Rescue) and Twitter (@ChilliwackSAR).

Photo credit: R. Eckersley – West Slope of Mount Meroniuk over Chilliwack Lake in Fall

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