KHC Newsletter – Apr. 30, 2017

Spring is coming slowly and more events are planned once higher level trails dry out.

KHC News

  • Membership has been capped at 251 members for 2017.   The primary goal of the club is to offer events for its members and these are provided by our volunteer hike leaders/organizers (list).
  • KHC does not schedule events.   Leaders/organizers schedule individual events on their own when they have a day to volunteer their time and expertise.   It all averages out to a few events each week, but there is no pattern to the events that KHC hosts.
  • At times a number of hike leaders/organizers are away on trips so there will be less events during that period of time.
  • Hike Leaders/Organizers receive no compensation for their time and effort.   On the other hand they are not licensed guides either so KHC establishes guidelines and policies to support Club members and leaders on their outings.
  • Did you know that if you were to hiker a licensed hiking guide for a day, it would cost between  $150 – $300?
  • FMCBC’s April Newsletter

Easier to Harder Hikes

Some of our KHC members hike all year round and maintain a strong level of fitness but most of our members are seasonal participants, starting up in the spring and finishing in the fall.   For almost all hikers, the progression is to start with walking, adding in some moderate hikes and working up to more difficult hikes.   As we do this, our hearts and lungs adapt quickly but our joints are much slower to adapt.   As we stress our muscles, tendons, and ligaments, our knees, hips, and ankles take a beating, particularly on downhills.   To move from easier to harder hikes, we have to have a gradual progression over many weeks with ample rests between each workout.   Anyone who progresses too quickly is likely to become one of the walking wounded.

Upcoming Events:

header photo by M. Dressler
inset photo by E. Hennan
newsletter by D. Smith

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