Pemberton-area avalanche victim identified as off-road cyclist Chris McCrum

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      Chris McCrum has been described as a legend in Squamish for his kindness and his voluntary efforts to improve off-road cycling opportunities for outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

      These and other tributes are pouring in for the former director of the Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association, who died in an avalanche near Pemberton on January 3.

      "Chris McCrum died doing what he loved, exploring the mountains," the group stated on its Facebook page. "Chris was a dedicated volunteer, a passionate past SORCA exec board member, an exceptional trail builder, an incredible athlete, and a friend to many of us.

      "His energy will be felt for years to come on many of the surrounding Squamish trails that he had a hand in building and maintaining. From the breathtaking bridges through Crumpit Woods, to the grueling switchbacks on Farside and Rock n Roll, the long and winding Tracks from Hell, the tranquill bridges in Coho Park, the many kiosks and the much needed Carpenter Son's Bridge, just to name a few, Chris gave back time and time again to the trails." 

      McCrum, 42, came up with the idea for a trail-pass program. He also led a campaign more than a decade ago to have Squamish-area cycling trails receive official recognition from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts.