Bill grew up in East Vancouver and began climbing in his late teens. He quickly established a reputation as a peak bagger earning the nickname “do it in a day Maurer” doing day trips in 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. In 2011 he discovered the Bagger Challenge, a competition to see who can climb the most North Shore peaks in one season and there was no turning back.
He won the challenge three years in a row and in 2012 climbed all 63 peaks in a single season in 18 outings. Bill’s love of outdoor adventure sports and traveling have involved him in trail running, packrafting, paragliding, backcountry skiing, cycling, and high altitude climbing. In 2015 he climbed the three Washington volcanoes of Mt Hood, Mt Adams, and Mt St Helens on three consecutive days with his daughter and traversed the Hikers Haute Route in the Alps with his son. He has also summited McKinley, Huascaran, Chopicalqui, Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Mt Baker, Mt Rainier, and Mt Whitney on earlier climbs. Bill is a life member of the BC Mountaineering Club.
The Glorious Mountains of North Vancouver
Authors David Crerar, Harry Crerar & Bill Maurer, will present stories from their book, “The Glorious Mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore: a Peak Bagger’s Guide” (RMB: Rocky Mountain Books). Few Vancouverites know of the natural beauty and adventure that lies within them, or even their names and history. They will discuss some of the history and secrets of the peaks, including Indigenous names, cultural significance, and uses; logging and mining; watersheds and waterfalls; old growth trees; plane crashes; cached whisky; first ascents; name origins; plants; mushrooms; wildlife; and, above all, fun and adventure.