Guidelines and Expectations

KHC Expectations and Guidelines:

  • Trips are organized to be as safe as possible. Participants must come suitably clothed, with proper boots and equipment, and be self-sufficient with adequate food and drink. Participants must choose trips that suit, but do not exceed their capabilities. The trip leader can refuse or turn back any person who, in their opinion, is not well-equipped and sufficiently fit.
  • Outdoor activities can involve hazards and risk of injury. Persons who participate in Kamloops Hiking Club activities do so at their own risk. In the event of accident or injury, the Kamloops Hiking Club, its members or Executive, cannot be held liable as per the Waiver signed by each trip participant. Each member is responsible for his/her own health and safety. Persons who need search/rescue services may have to pay the cost.
  • Make sure you are fit and experienced enough for the trip. If you are not sure, contact the event leader to learn more about the hike. Be honest with yourself about your abilities. If you over-estimate your abilities, or underestimate the difficulty of the trip, you put your safety and the safety of the group at risk.
  • Make sure you have the appropriate equipment, that your equipment is in good working order, and that you know how to use it. We expect that each participant will carry his/her own first aid kit and any needed emergency materials in the event of a problem or adverse conditions. Note – The trip leader can refuse a participant if the leader feels the person is not adequately equipped.
  • Participants must have a current year KHC waiver completed prior to any event. No waiver, no hike (paddle, snowshoe, bike, participation).
  • Participants with a medical condition must bring medications or equipment with them on scheduled club activities. If a condition is serious, the participant is expected to disclose the details to the hike leader in private. The hike leader can refuse a participant if the outing is too remote/difficult.
  • Arrive at the meeting place at least 10 minutes before the stated departure time to give yourself enough time arrange carpooling, receive information,  and meet the other members of the group.
  • If you carpool with someone, remember to reimburse them for the carpooling costs at the end the day. The amounts may vary within a range, based on the number of riders per vehicle, the size of the vehicle, and the roads to be driven. Please put muddy (or wet) hiking boots in a clean plastic bag and change into dry shoes after the hike. It is not the trip leader’s responsibility to arrange for your transportation to or from the meeting place. Please take a turn as a driver during the season.
  • Drivers should drive defensively, have a valid driver’s license, and be fully insured. Riders can choose to discuss this with the driver prior to accepting a ride.
  • Club trips are group trips. The leader will do his or her best to make the trip an enjoyable experience, but as a participant you have a responsibility to: Be properly equipped, Be considerate of others and their abilities, and Keep up to the pace of the group. If the pace is too fast or if you are having difficulty, tell the leader or the sweep. Stay with the group and keep between the leader and end-person, unless the trip leader has explicitly made other arrangements. (For example, depending on group size and abilities, the leader may decide to split the group into two parties.) Note – The trip leader may allow people who know the terrain to go ahead of the group, but people so doing are on their own regarding navigation, safety and recovery.
  • Club members are expected to register for events. If a booking has to be cancelled, please do so as early as possible and no later than 2 hours before the meet-up time.
  • All KHC events are smoke-free and alcohol-free events.
  • All members should be carrying their medical information (ie; medical alert patients), a listed emergency contact person and their phone number in the top of their pack where the leader can readily access it in case of an emergency.
  • KHC operates with the principles of courtesy and respect and expects its members to do the same for all Club-related activities.

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