Exploring Prince George

Mike Nash

Photo by J. Lett


I have more than 520 published works. I am the author of Outdoor Safety & Survival published by Rocky Mountain Books (Victoria) in March 2012; The Mountain Knows No Expert - George Evanoff, Outdoorsman and Contemporary Hero published by Natural Heritage Books and Dundurn (Toronto) in March 2009; Exploring Prince George - A Guide to North Central B.C. Outdoors published by Rocky Mountain Books (Calgary) in 2004 and in 2007; Outdoor Safety and Survival in British Columbia's Backcountry self-published (Prince George) in 2007; and I have contributed to three prior books (see Writing).

Public involvements

  • Member, Organizing Committee, BC ForestSafe Interior Safety Conference - Vernon - Prince George (2015-2017)
  • Board Member (Public) - Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program Peace Region (2007-2015)
  • *Board Member - British Columbia’s Forest Practices Board (2008-2014)
  • Program Advisory Group Member - University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) Forest Growth and Yield Endowment Program (2000-2014)
  • UNBC Forestry Advisory Committee (2005-2013)
  • UNBC Conference, BC's Inland Rainforest - Conservation and Community Organizing Committee (2007-2008)
  • Forum for Research and Extension in Natural Resources (FORREX) Northern Steering Committee (2004-2007)
  • Hart and Cariboo Mountains Caribou Recovery Action Group (2003-2006)
  • *Lay Member, governing Council of the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) (2002-2005)
  • FMC of Canada Ltd's Community Advisory Panel in Prince George (1994 to 2005)
  • City of Prince George Tree Protection Bylaw Committee (1994-1995)
  • Prince George Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP) Planning and Implementation Teams - recommending body for local Protected Areas (1993-2005) - I was a principle proponent of four new protected areas in the mountains east of Prince George
  • Herrick Creek Local Resource Use Plan (LRUP) Planning Team (1991-2005)
  • British Columbia Commercial Backcountry Recreation Policy process (1991-1993)
  • City of Prince George Nechako & Fraser River Valleys Committee (1987-1994) - in my later years as Chair, I led the development of a ten-year strategic Master Plan Update for the riverside trails and parks in Prince George

    Outdoor Recreation
    I have 45 years of experience with backcountry recreation, most of it in British Columbia. Since 1978, I have gained a broad knowledge of outdoor recreation resources, particularly relating to backpacking, hiking and walking opportunities in central and northern British Columbia. I have researched, organized and guided many hiking and backpacking trips, often including historical and natural history interpretation. I have developed public slide shows on backcountry recreation themes including several popular shows on Backpacking in Northern BC which I have presented in Prince George, Williams Lake, Vancouver and Victoria. I was the opening keynote speaker at BC Nature's Fall General Meeting in Prince George in September 2016. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to introduce new people to the backcountry through stories, slide shows, teaching, and best of all through taking them there.

    Health & safety
    I have a strong interest in health and safety in the backcountry as well as in the community and in industry. Soon after arriving in Prince George, I spent several years as a volunteer search and rescue leader in the community. Later, I pursued industrial first aid and wilderness first aid training, and had direct involvement in health and safety in the workplace, both as an industrial first aid attendant and as the leader of a site evacuation team. I taught outdoor survival in the community, and have authored many articles on outdoor safety. In 2001 and 2002 I developed and delivered an outdoor safety seminar for the University of Northern British Columbia, and in 2005 I was a guest presenter at a Ministry of Forests Safety Day, these events being the inspiration for my 2007 and 2012 books on outdoor safety and survival. Since these safety books were published, I have guest-lectured several times to a College of New Caledonia Outdoor Recreation Class.

    Before embarking on my own venture in 2000, 20 years in the Forest Industry in B.C. and 33 years in Information Technology in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. helped to broaden my understanding of community, educational and business needs relative to the shared resources in the north. Prior to moving to BC, while working in the field of telecommunications for the airline and travel industry, I gained an appreciation for that industry and of the outdoors in eastern Canada. Computer Journal

    * Government of British Columbia OIC Appointment

  • Sample works:

  • The Monroes of McBride
  • Cathedral grove close to home
  • Solo in the winter backcountry
  • Grizzly bear encounter
  • Bibliography, with links to more sample works

  • © Michael Nash, June 2018

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    Backpacker amidst unnamed glaciers in the extreme northwest corner of BC (Photo by Mike Nash)