February KHChirps

In January 2016, KHC hosted 28 events, a new record for any month.

  • Our thanks to Hike Leaders who led events this year – Carole Pugle, John Moslin, Katherine Roberts, Sam Chow, Gerry Hoye, Ernie Carson, Bob Trudeau, Jeremy Markel, Sandra Redford, Paulette Gendron, Lois and Ed Hunter, Ernie Carson, and trainees Dianne Smith and Lori Rilkoff.
  • Hike Leaders met at the end of January to discuss a number of issues, to make some decisions, and to make some recommendations to the Board of Directors.   A summary of some of the outcomes follows in this news post.
  • The Leadership Group (which includes 7 Directors) has recommended that the membership cap be removed for 2016, but with some provisions, as noted below.
  • The Guest Policy was thoroughly reviewed and recommendations for changes are proposed, as follows.     The Hike Leader still will retain the right to decide if Guests are permitted for his/her event based on the member demand for the spaces, the type of event, and other factors.   Members may bring a Guest (register for +1) if Guests are welcome at the event (which is displayed on the event listing).   The leader may also choose to sponsor a Guest at his/her event.   Non-members can contact the Hike Leader with the contact information provided.
  • Guest Fees for non-members are now reduced to $5/event.   Guests must still register for their first event and complete a KHC waiver (link to these items).
  • If a non-member wishes to become a 2016 member, he/she must attend 3 events within a 3 month period led by at least 2 different leaders.   Having completed 3 events, a link to membership registration will be provided and the Guest can become a  member once regular fees are paid.
  • The Board will continue to review the number of spaces open for events and the membership cap over the year.
  • Leaders/Board will continue to respond to no-shows and frequent cancelers.
  • KHC will purchase a second Spot device for use by Hike Leaders.
  • KHC expects all members to understand KHC Guidelines and Expectations and to be adequately prepared for each event.   Every member should carry a First Aid Kit.
  • KHC’s dog policy is under review at this time.   A number of incidents require the policy to be revised.   The final policy statement will be posted to this website.
  • The 2016 AGM will be March 20 at Barnhartvale Hall.   A pot-luck and social will be part of the event.   Details to be posted to the website.
  • KHC slideshows will be moved to external sites to reduce the impact on the website’s efficiency/performance.   The KHC Memories slideshow/video is now available on KHC’s Youtube Channel.

Doug Smith

Retired now, I get into the outdoors most days to hike, paddle, camp, snowshoe, or explore. Some of my activities involve more difficult routes, but most are suitable for moderately fit people too. Since I am out several times a week, I post one (or two) event(s) each week and I invite a small group of like-minded people to join me. Kamloops Trails