KHC Newsletter: February 5-11, 2017


Feature photo by‎ Adriana Harris on the Tramps ‘R Us hike to Mara Mtn with KHC.


Here are the events coming up in the next week:

Roche Lake Loop Snowshoe (Jeremy Markel) – Sun, Feb. 5
Vista Trail, Stake Lake Snowshoeing (John Moslin, Carole Pugle) – Sun, Feb. 5
www@Hull Hill West (D. Smith) – Wed, Feb. 8
Tramps R Us – (Lite) Tranquille Creek Area Explorer – New Members Welcome (Paul Battjes) – Sat, Feb. 11
Stony Lake Snowshoe (Doug Smith) – Sat, Feb. 11
Larch Hills Snowshoe (Ed and Lois Hunter) – Sun, Feb. 12


Here are the latest events added by our leaders:

Tramps R Us – (Lite) Tranquille Creek Area Explorer – New Members Welcome (Paul Battjes) – Sat, Feb. 11
Stony Lake Snowshoe (Doug Smith) – Sat, Feb. 11
2017 AGM and Social (Board) – Sun, Mar. 19
On the Dirt (Doug Smith) – Wed, Feb. 22
Wheeler Explorer (Doug Smith) – Wed, May. 17
Batchelor Ridge Ramble (Doug Smith) – Wed, Mar. 22
Barren Hills Ramble (Doug Smith) – Wed, Mar. 15
May Long Howe Sound Camp and Hike (Katherine Roberts) – Fri, May. 19 – Mon, May. 22

Be sure to check the website regularly for newly added events. They are featured on the home page and the rest can be found by clicking the link to New Events.  Also, be sure to check for last minute cancellations if the event your are interested in is fully booked.


AGM/Potluck Event on Website

Don’t forget to sign up for our AGM/Potluck event on March 19. There will be a delicious array of homemade food by our members, along with prizes, KHC cookbooks for purchase, KHC T-shirt table to try on sizes, and our meeting to put your vote in for board positions and other agenda items.  So sign up today!


Director Positions Open on the KHC board

The  2017/2018 elections for the KHC Board of directors will take place at the Annual General Meeting on March 19. We have a few Executive Directors who will run again for the same position as last year, some new nominees and a few returning nominees,  but any member can run for any of the positions whether we already have a nominee or not.  At this time we have confirmed nominees for:

  • Past President
  • President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Webmaster
  • Membership
  • Two Directors at Large

We are currently seeking nominations for the executive board positions of:

  • Vice President
  • 3 Director at Large
  • Hike Leader Director

We also have openings for the committee positions of:

  • Equipment Manager
  • Liaison with Kamloops Thompson Trail Alliance.

The goal is to have a Board consisting of a maximum of 11 members.  Anyone wishing to run on the Board of Directors can contact Michelle Dressler at (

Looking for AGM/Potluck Prize Donations

The prize committee is looking for donations of homemade/home business/business swag items to contribute to the upcoming AGM/Potluck prize table.  This could be anything from home made preserves (jam, honey), baked items, knitted items, wood carvings, items for a gift basket, gift cards, etc.  If you have something you wish to contribute, please contact Katherine Roberts at


A Shout Out of Congrats!

Congratulations to our KHC members, Jeremy Markel and Anthony Stahn for becoming two of the newest members of the Kamloops Search and Rescue team.  Their many hours of  demanding training has led them to complete their courses and are now part of the 35 volunteer member KSAR Team. WAY TO GO!


Announcement from Kamloops Sports Council

The KHC wishes to congratulate our club member, Cindy Bondaroff, for winning the volunteer of the month from the Kamloops Sports Council.  The following post is from the KSC newsletter;

We have a winner!

The draw has been done and we are excited to announce Cindy Bondaroff as our February volunteer winner!

We had a chance to sit down with Cindy and ask her a few questions about her experience being a volunteer.

Why do you volunteer?

I love giving back to my community, especially with sports because I’ve never been a sports person, i’m not coordinated, yet I enjoy sports. So it is a good way for me to be involved.

Any special moments you can recall while volunteering?

At the Hockey Canada Day we had here, meeting Lanny McDonald. I watched him play hockey as a kid.

What motivates you to continue to volunteer?

I love doing it. It’s fun. You meet new people and new activities.

Is there anyone who inspires you?

It’s the people who have adversities, and don’t let that get them down, and don’t let it hold them back.

Thank you Cindy for stopping in and talking to us, we hope you enjoy your new Tournament Capital Volunteer jacket!


Recognition of Thanks

As you all may be aware, the Peaks Series had it’s wrap up for peak form submissions last week.  This is the finale for the program that ran for 3 years and was featured as a fun way to get it’s members to ‘aim higher’ in their outdoor pursuits.  Over 50 members were active in this program during this time.  The committee decided to dissolve this program due to directional changes in their personal lives. The final tally of the peaks results will be posted soon.  As president, I would like to personally thank the Peaks Committee members;  Paul Battjes, Ernie Carson, Sheila Powell and Peaks Series spokes-dog Nic for their passion, commitment and adventurous nature to have offered this program to its members.


Nic, spokes-dog for the Peak Series


Skiing in the Backcountry

Backcountry skiing is skiing in unmarked or unpatrolled areas not within a ski resort or area.  Usually a long snowshoe hike, uphill ski climb with the use of skins.  Now that we know what this incredible outdoor activity is and how to do it properly, here are five reasons why backcountry skiing is just better than ordinary, resort skiing.  Read more of the article here;  Backcountry Skiing;  off-piste and into the pow


If you have any news you would like to share with the club or have any suggestions of what you would like to get out of the news articles, please contact


Michelle Dressler

Raised in Saskatchewan, I came to Kamloops in 2006. I have been avidly involved with the KHC since 2011, serving in various board member positions and as a current hike Leader. During that time I have seen this club grow from 50 to 200 plus members, which has been astonishing!

Known as a ‘seasonal hiker’, I hibernate for the winter. So in Spring, I look forward to exploring many more trails and wish sharing it with others who are like minded in our club. See you on the trails!