September KHChirps

Short news items:

  • The Board is asking members to take a short survey.   Please go to this link.
  • Clive is paddling the Shuswap River on Friday, Sept. 5th.   Contact him if you are interested.
  • Roland Neave is hiking the Cirque of Tarns on Saturday and KHC members are invited.   "This hike goes into a little-known park, Caligata Lake, on the north side of Raft Peak. It's a spectacular setting below the north face, then climbing up to the Cirque of Tarns between the 2nd and 3rd summits of Raft. Hike is 2 1/2 hours one way, partly on an old trail, partly in alpine, and some scree and rock slopes. Rating is 3 stars (on the KOC scale which means difficult). Elevation gain is 550 metres.    Meeting will be at Spahats Falls parking lot, 10 km north of Clearwater on Wells Gray Park road at 9 am. We will carpool from there. If you want to come, please reply to this email or phone 250-374-2351 until late Friday afternoon. This weekend is supposed to be sunny weather. "
  • The KHC Photo Contest will run from October 1 to October 31st.   It is open to all KHC members.   Photos must be taken on a scheduled KHC event between Nov. 1, 2013 and October 31, 2014.   Members can enter a total of 8 photos in an album format (details to be provided this month).   We will be adding new categories this year to include scenery/landscapes, flora/fauna, snowshoeing, kayaking, cycling/biking, and KHCers in the Outdoors.   A page on the website will provide all the information.
  • Our thanks to our current leaders – Michelle, Wendy, John, Carole, Susan, Clive, Katherine, and Doug for their commitment to organizing and leading events for all of us.
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M. Dressler photo

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Some short late-August news items:

  • The KHC Photo Contest will be announced in September; watch for the news
  • When the weather is "iffy" check the event listing for comments in the last 48 hours for updates.   Hike leaders may also choose to email so check your email before an event in marginal weather.
  • We have 200 members as of today
  • 2015 membership information will be announced in October
  • Member benefits have been updated – see KHC Membership
  • Are you an active member?   Active members have participated in at least one event and have completed a waiver.
  • Although the schedule is full to about September 13th, it is incomplete after that;  hike leaders will review their fall schedules and more events will be added
  • The Board will be requesting feedback from members in an on-line survey.   Watch for a link.
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Wanderwegs and Rambles

KHC has a long schedule of events, but many are "tuned" to the most active hikers.   That is mainly because those leaders are inviting others to join them on their favorite (longer) hikes.   The Club has needed someone to lead shorter hikes, and on occasion, we had leaders doing a few of these, but for the most part, there has been a gap in our program.   Just recently Michelle Dressler has stepped forward to reschedule, organize, and lead a few "wanderwegs" (German for trail hikes). 

These are "easy hikes that are low elevation, less than 5km long (give or take a km) and are situated for KHC members who are looking for a low intensity & low impact hike on the body, but still wanting to get out and socialize in a group surrounding."

Other hiking clubs call these shorter hikes "rambles" or "excursions," but whatever we call it, this is a valued offering for our members.   We want to support Michelle and the best way to do this is to register for a hike and provide postiive feedback.   We are also looking for more leaders/organizers to help out or organize more outings.  



Some August short news items:

  • August is a time for camping and backpacking so many of our hike leaders are off hiking, paddling, biking around the province.
  • Some new shorter hikes now posted.   See the events list.   Thanks to Michelle for leading these.
  • The Province of British Columbia invites your input on a motorized recreation strategy (excluding snowmobiles) for the Thompson Rivers Natural Resource District (  Off road vehicle (ORV) use has become increasingly popular and we would like to hear your opinions about where you would like to see motorized recreation use, no use, and when that use should occur.  You can take the survey at
  • KHC hopes to adopt-a-trail each year, with minor clearing and marking, all in compliance with provincial regulations.   This year the Sunrise Mountain Trail will has a day of activity during a hike. 
  • Welcome to Michelle Dressler who is joining our hike leaders group.
  • Information on the KHC 2014 Photo Contest will be provided in September.
  • Following Labor Day, hike leaders will be starting to look ahead to our fall hikes.   Some of our members hike 12 months a year.


Peak Season

Lots of events in peak season.  

  • Trophy 2 (summit) on Saturday ✓
  • Shuswap River paddle on Saturday ✓
  • Blind Bay to White Lake on Saturday ✓
  • Needle Peak on Sunday ✓
  • Mt. Robson Trail – Sunday-Monday
  • North Barriere Lake paddle – Monday ✓
  • Wild Horse Mountain – Wednesday
  • Lake O'Hara Camp – Wednesday through Monday ✓
  • Walloper Lake paddle – Wednesday
  • Guanaco Peak – Friday

KHChirps ☂

Some short late-July news items:

  • FMCBC's July newsletter link –
  • KHC's Guest policy was revised this year.   Information can be found on the Guests page – link
  • KHC currently has 196 members and has no plans for adding new members for 2014.
  • The website uses a menu system with sub-pages appearing when you hover your cursor over the main items listed on the menu bar (try it).
  • We post events in advance but updates are often done closer to the outing and leaders usually post comments to the listing in the last 48 hours.   Be sure to check the listing if you have registered for an event.
  • A few outings are posted only 2-3 days out, so check the website regularly.
  • It is essential that participants register for events that match their fitness levels.   Some leaders plan for two groups, but some do not, so read the listing carefully.   If a hike is long and steep, hikers can be an hour apart, posing all sorts of problems.   KHC offers a wide range of events to meet all fitness levels, so pick the right one for you.
  • We have a new leader who hopes to offer some easier hikes soon.  Watch for the new events.
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Hiking Videos and Blogs

Flatiron Mountain (August 20)

Bearcat Caves

Dunn Peak (not yet scheduled for this year)

Yak Peak (Sept. 13)

Dewdrop (hiked earlier in the year)

Guanaco (Aug. 1)

Note – Simon, Christina, Doug, and the Adventure Project are all local outdoors enthusiasts.

KHChirps ☼

Some mid July short news items:

  • Did you know we get about 375 visits each day to our website?
  • We now have 196 members so its important for members to check the site regularly for event postings, to book responsibly, to cancel early to allow openings for others, and to book into events that match fitness levels, group speed, and abilities (read the listing carefully)
  • Please review The Ten Essentials and prepare appropriately for each trip; unpreparedness is unfair to the group
  • The symbol Δ designates hikes that are part of the 2014 Peaks Series (link)
  • Did you know that Transport Canada requires all kayaks to have a tow rope, paddle float, whistle, bailer/pump, and for everyone to wear a PFD? Link for more info.
  • We leave it up to the event leader to pick the group size, including adding more spaces or reducing the group size.   We can always use more hike leaders so contact us if you can help.
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KHChirps ☀

Summer outings are now in full swing:

  • Welcome to new members.   We hope you will join in some of the outings and find them rewarding.
  • Wells Grey Park. If you would like to join Roland Neave, the author of the book “Exploring Wells Grey Park”, for summer weekend hikes all over the park, please contact Clive for more info. You are welcome to stay at his lodge just outside the park free of charge while you are hiking with him. Two of us (KHC members) hiked with him recently and we had a very informative, excellent trip. Over the summer, he plans to hike all 65 trails described in his book and KHC members are invited to join in on any or all the trips. There is no charge for the hike or while staying at his lodge. You must provide your own food and travel.
  • Some of the summer hikes are quite challenging so carefully read the event listing before registering.   This will especially be important if it is a hot day.  Tips on hiking in the heat.
  • A number of our hikes will be offered more than once, each set for a different fitness level.   The faster hikers tend to hike 12 months a year and have a personal program with frequent outdoor activities.  Seasonal hikers can build this endurance base too, but need to be selective in the fitness-building process.
  • Some of our fall events are now enabled for registration, but the starred ones are tentative outings, to be enabled closer to the outing date.  There are also some events listed on the Potential Trips page.
  • Our thanks to the KHC event leaders for their time and leadership.   Please take the time to thank Katherine, Clive, Paul, Susan, John, Carole, Sheila, Doug, and their co-leaders.
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KHC Communications

Most of KHC’s information is found on the website in front page posts (news), on website pages (Club information), and in event listings, but we also need to stay in touch with participants, event leaders, and members on a one-to-one basis too:

  • the comments function is used for event-specific discussion
  • most hike leaders will provide updates to the event in the last 48 hours so participants are encouraged to check the listing if they are booked for an event
  • hike leaders may provide their cell phone numbers or email addresses in their listings
  • event leaders have access to email and phone lists on a need-to-know basis, respecting privacy laws (which is why we don’t publish member contact information to the event listing or a page of the website)
  • all members are encouraged to develop informal networks, exchanging email addresses and phone numbers with others, as needed; this is up to individual members and not the responsibility of event leaders or directors
  • we ask participants to keep their email addresses and cell phone numbers up to date by editing their profiles (see the Help page)
  • on occasion, the Club sends out email newsletters that also uses the website registered email address

The very best way to connect is to talk to others while on an event.   See you in the outdoors.