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I’m all for long winters but after a long, cold winter and late spring I think I’m finally ready for summer.

As usual I have big plans for the sunny season, and equally as usual I’ll probably accomplish less than half of what I’m hoping to squeeze in before the snow starts flying again in about six months time, unless I get organized.

First, I have some athletic pursuits to train for. This year I’ll be doing the Comfortably Numb Trail Run www.comfortablynumb.ca on June 25, a 25 km epic on one of Whistler’s best singletrack trails. You can register online at any time, but organizers are limiting the field size so be sure to get in early.

I’m also considering another go at the Squamish Triathlon www.squamishtriathlon.org as part of a relay team, although we’ll have to get our registration in soon because this event always sells out.

Other events I’m looking into are the Squamish Test of Metal www.testofmetal.com if I can move up the waiting list and another turn at the Cheakamus Challenge /www.cheakamuschallenge.ca short course.

I also recently returned from Costa Rica where I’ve developed a taste for surfing. Since the nearest breaks are either along Oregon’s shark-infested coast or at Tofino on Vancouver Island, I’ll need at least four days to do things properly.

With long ferry lineups a matter of routine these days, I’d recommend pre-booking your trips to the island online at www.bcferries.bc.ca and following their instructions to the letter to reduce hassles.

I also have a hankering for some camping, something I haven’t done much of in recent years for various weak reasons. There’s no end to real wilderness experiences out there, many of them in the Whistler area, but if you’re a true weekend warrior you’re probably going to start off in one of B.C.’s unbelievable provincial parks. For directions, ideas and information about fees, trails, cabins and campsites, start at www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks. Some camping areas, and multi-day trails and trips are extremely popular (West Coast Trail, Bowron Lakes) so you’ll probably need to make reservations.

While I try to spend as much time outside as I can during the summer, you can’t spend all of that time in running shoes or in the saddle of your bike. That’s why I always stock up on summer reading material, which differs hugely from my winter reading. I save the literature for the colder months, and set aside summer for less austere authors like Stephen King, John Grisham, Dan Brown and Christopher Moore.

I buy 95 per cent of my reading material locally at Armchair Books, but always do a little online research first to decide what I want. The best way to do this is to go to Chapters/Indigo www.chapters.indigo.ca and type in the name of a book you enjoyed reading. When your search result comes back you can then scroll down the page to the "Customers Who Bought This Also Bought…" section for more ideas. I also like to read the customer reviews, not trusting the snooty opinions of most mainstream literary critics.

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