A man described as an avid, experienced hiker has been missing for more than a week near Squamish.

Tyler Wright began his hike on Aug. 10 off Boise Creek Trail near Mamquam Pass.

RCMP Cpl. Dave Ritchie said Wright planned to hike though the mountain ranges down to the Coquitlam-Indian Arm area. Wright’s family said he was due to return on Monday and was reported missing two days later.

Family and friends said 35-year-old Wright is an adventurous, physically fit and smart man. He’s been hiking on his own for decades said friend Evian MacMillan. “He has shelter and sleeping equipment with him.”

Wright’s friend Alan Bedingfield said “it’s not unusual for him to go off by himself to get some alone time.” Carmen Hebert, Wright’s sister, said his disappearance was a surprise. “He knew the outdoors well” as an experienced hiker.

“(The family is) all hanging in there, just praying for his safe return.”

Wright is six feet four inches tall with shaved blonde hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing grey pants, a black zip-up sweater, a green T-shirt, a green toque, and a black backpack. If anyone has seen Wright, contact Squamish RCMP at 604-892-6100.