A note from the organizers of the Raven Backcountry Festival:
Despite a strong inaugural year in 2020 with multiple sell out events and clinics, we have made the difficult decision to go on hiatus in 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. It was a real shame we couldn’t hold the Raven Backcountry Festival this year, but we also acknowledge that there’s bigger things going in the world right now. In lieu of not being able to hold our usual assemblage of backcountry clinics, speaker events and apres celebrations, we’ve decided to put our effort towards spreading some backcountry knowledge and wisdom.
We’re calling this The Raven Guide to Good Backcountry Citizenship
It’s no secret that the 20/21 winter is seeing significantly more backcountry traffic than ever before. Folks were afraid of ski resorts shutting down and prudently invested their seasons pass budget into backcountry gear. Some were (and still are) equally afraid of the long, glacially-paced lift lines that result from socially distanced gondola uploads on a weekend powder day. Many have turned to the backcountry as a sanctuary from the pandemic. While we think it’s awesome that so many more people are getting out to enjoy the Pemberton wilderness, this has not happened without impact to trailheads, backcountry huts and every backcountry user’s experience.
And so, the Raven Backcountry Festival has spoken to a few wintersport professionals in an effort to find out how we can all become better backcountry citizens; on the slope, on the skin track, in the parking lot and even when you get home and want to share your adventures with others.
“We are the Líl̓wat Nation, an Interior Salish people. We live in a stunning and dramatic landscape with a rich biodiversity — a mysterious place of towering mountains, ice fields, alpine meadows, white-water rivers, and braided river valleys that run to a milky colour due to the silt and clay deposited by glacial melt. Líl̓wat is a separate and distinct nation with cultural and kinship ties to the St̓át̓y̓emc. Our geography — between two formidable mountain ranges — ensured our important role in the early regional economy. We were traders. For centuries, we bartered and exchanged all manner of goods with many other First Nations, and later with non-aboriginal fur traders, miners and settlers.“ — From the Líl̓wat Fact Book
The Pemberton District Search & Rescue team is a diverse group of volunteers who invest countless hours away from family, friends and work to train for, and provide, critical life saving services to those in need. The area covered by Pemberton SAR is one of the largest search and rescue coverage areas in the province, representing over 20,000 square kilometres.
Pemberton SAR is funded by contributions from government bodies and donations from corporations and individuals. If you would like to show your support, click the link below to donate. Please be sure to add ‘The Raven Guide’ in the Message Box on the PSAR donation page.