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The Glorious Mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore

A Peakbagger’s Guide

by (author) David Crerar, Harrison (Harry) Crerar & Bill Maurer

RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
Initial publish date
Jul 2018
Western Provinces, General, Hikes & Walks
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A new, full-colour guidebook for outdoor enthusiasts interested in exploring the dynamic and awe-inspiring peaks and trails of Vancouver’s internationally renowned coastal-mountain landscape.

The beautiful mountains of the North Shore define Vancouver, but few Vancouverites know of the natural beauty and adventure that lies within them, or even their names and history. The Glorious Mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore: A Peakbagger’s Guide offers something for everyone, from casual hikers to hard-core climbers, from gentle ramblers to ultra-fit trail runners, to parents introducing their children to the splendours of nature, and to those merely curious about what is out there, so close and yet so far.

The book provides turn-by-turn route descriptions for climbing 66 North Shore peaks, including exhaustive facts and statistics, special cautions, first ascents, name origins, and historical and cultural backgrounds as well as little-known facts and secrets. Roads and access trails are provided. All peaks feature GPS-based maps, with elevation profiles. The glories of these mountains, creeks and lakes are enticingly illustrated with over 150 colour photographs.

Covering all of the hikeable peaks from Capilano in the north, to the Howe Sound Islands in the west and the Seymour–Fannin peaks in the east, this book will encourage you to hop in your kayak or car, on your bike or your own two feet to explore this underappreciated paradise in our own backyard.

About the authors

David Crerar grew up on the lower slopes of Mount Seymour and now lives on the lower slopes of Grouse Mountain. In 2009 he created the Bagger Challenge, a contest to see who could climb the most North Shore peaks in a season. Since then over 400 people have participated in the contest, and that project led to this book.

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Harrison Crerar grew up exploring the trails, creeks, and mountains of his hometown, North Vancouver. With 3 younger siblings, he has lots of experience hiking with kids of all ages on many different trails. He is also an avid runner, and loves travel and adventures, whether hiking, on skis, or in a kayak or canoe. With David Crerar and Bill Maurer, he is the co-author of The Glorious Mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore (2018). He is currently studying biology at McGill University.

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Bill Maurer grew up in East Vancouver and began climbing in his late teens. He quickly established a reputation as a peakbagger, earning the nickname “do it in a day Maurer,” making day trips of what used to be weekend club excursions. Since moving to the North Shore in 1993 he has been extensively exploring the trails, swimming the lakes and bagging the peaks in his backyard.

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Editorial Reviews

...jam-packed with everything you could ever want to know about hiking on the North Shore, including extensive histories on each area...

Outdoor Vancouver

...a vividly detailed look at the beauty and adventure that lies within the nearby outdoor playground.

The Georgia Straight

"The Glorious Mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore is the must-buy sacred text for those keen to cut their mountaineering teeth on the North Shore Mountains—a sort of rite of passage into the more demanding climbs."


"This instant mountaineering classic of Vancouver’s North Shore mountains contains both beauty and bounty. The book’s solid research will stand the test of time and provide guidance to those keen to bag the beckoning peaks at our doorstep."

Rob Dart, Ormsby Review

"For anyone who really wants to learn about the North Shore Mountains, this is a must have book."

"...the most complete catalog of the North shore mountains..."

"...Essential reading for local hikers and indeed for anyone who has looked at the mountains visible from Greater Vancouver and wondered if anyone ever goes into the wild country beyond the last row of houses and what might be there. This book answers the question beautifully."

Ormsby Review

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