A few weeks ago our Events Director, Amy, had the honor of representing Skout Backcountry at the Canadian Health Food Association Trade Show in Vancouver, BC. She had a blast meeting hundreds of people from the food industry!
Hundreds of delicious organic products were represented, which allowed many small business founders to tell the stories behind their businesses. It was amazing to hear what inspired them and how hard they have worked to grow their businesses.
We were lucky to be among some great small businesses; check them out below:
- Teagosa - Delicious coffee and green tea blend
- Three Foragers Bee Co. - Amazing raw honey
- Four Sigmatic - Superfood mushroom blends
- PB & Me - Powdered Peanut and Almond Butter (so great for backpacking trips!)
After the CHFA Trade Show, Amy ventured up to Squamish — a beautiful little mountain town buzzing with adventurers! One coffee shop had a group of about 10 people huddled around a table with maps planning a hiking/climbing trip.
The Squamish area is known as a mecca for rock climbing. Walls of beautiful granite surround the town and many of the routes are just a 5-10 minute walk from the town. There are also amazing hikes in the area!
After exploring the town, Amy set out to hike the Stawamus Chief.
"The Stawamus Chief hike has views of Howe Sound along with endless mountain views. It’s the most popular hike in the area so I was really looking forward to it! I apprehensively began the hike as it was raining. It was a quiet Monday morning and the trails were empty. The clouds immediately began to clear and the hike started with a super steep stair climb for about 30 minutes. The stair climb is a hard one but so gorgeous, with waterfalls on the right and a forest on the left.
One of the baristas at the coffee shop in town suggested I do peak 2 & 3 if I was shorter on time to avoid crowds and get great views.
I reached the end of the stair climb, and the trail meandered through a forest that is in between two huge granite walls. The steep parts of the trail have ladders and chains to assist which was so helpful as the rock is super slippery when wet.
The view from the second peak is outstanding — Squamish, Howe Sound, and peaks of Garibaldi Provincial Park! The sun came out right as I was getting to the top so I stopped for a break to soak it up and enjoy a Skout Trail Bar."
"As I descended, I was overflowing with gratitude for being able to hike the Chief and experience the magic of Squamish that people always talk about."