KHC Newsletter: March 12 – 18, 2017


Feature photo by Ernie Carson on a Tramps R Us hike with KHC .


Here are the events coming up in the next week:

Battle Bluff and North Ridges (Gerry Hoye) – Sat, Mar. 11
KHC Presents: Iceland ~ Land of Fire and Ice (Michelle Dressler) – Sun, Mar. 12
Sovereign Lakes Snowshoe (Ed and Lois Hunter) – Sun, Mar. 12
Barren Hills Ramble (Doug Smith) – Wed, Mar. 15
Dewdrop Range Ramble (Doug Smith) – Fri, Mar. 17
Mara Mt. : A Visit to where the “Spirit Tree” Once Stood (Carole Pugle, John Moslin) – Sat, Mar. 18


Here are the latest events added by our leaders:

Spinetime (D. Smith) – Wed, Mar. 29
Mara Bluffs with Special Features (John Moslin, Carole Pugle) – Sat, Mar. 25
Mara Mt. : A Visit to where the “Spirit Tree” Once Stood (Carole Pugle, John Moslin) – Sat, Mar. 18
Barnes Lake Trails Pre-Meeting Hike (D. Smith and M. Dressler) – Sun, Mar. 19
Mount Revelstoke – Backpack (Tom Blackburn) – Sat, Sep. 2 – Mon, Sep. 4
2nd Annual Dewdrop Grasslands Cleanup (Kamloops Naturalist Club) – Sun, Mar. 26

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.


Annual General Meeting Reminder

AGM is right around the corner (March 19). Here are few short notes:

  • Dates for nominee submissions will be March 18 by email (to Michelle Dressler) and in person on March 19 at the meeting
  • Open board positions :  Vice President and Two Director at Large
  • Review the links of the agenda items that will be discussed on the events page
  • Potluck Portion:  Indicate in the comments section what dish you are bringing.  Don’t forget to bring your own plate & cutlery and most importantly a serving spoon for your dish!
  • Guests of members are welcome to attend, a great way to find out more about the club and its members
  • Gear Swap and Sale table will be set up.  Bring your outdoor biking/hiking/camping gear to sell.  Small bills/change greatly appreciated for purchasing items
  • Cook books will be for sale.  Exact cash (or cheques) appreciated
  • T-shirt try on table will be set up.  Ordering of shirts done online only


Leaders with Radios

Request to all leaders who have club radios to please turn them in as soon as possible.   Our inventory needs to be checked, recorded and branded  for the new club year.  Good idea to bring to AGM if attending or pass onto someone who is.  Please return to Michelle Dressler.  Thank you.


Old Man Winter Won’t ‘Take a Hike’

Normally I am all for taking a hike (in the politically correct sense of the term – not the slang version (ha ha)), but it seems Old Man Winter hasn’t made an effort to vacate our area allowing  Spring to arrive.  A bit of a hindrance to some of us leaders who can’t wait to get out and start posting hikes (myself included).  Some of the regularly active leaders are having to postpone their hiking events to a later date or switching to a different area just to accommodate the ever changing weather.  The leaders appreciate our member’s patience with this changing weather issue and once things start to dry up there will be more of a concrete certainty for posted them. Fingers crossed things will start to smarten up soon with weather conditions.  But then again, April Fools day is almost here and who knows what that could bring?


KHC T-Shirts

Online ordering for KHC T-shirts is now open.  100% polyester moisture wicking material in 9 different colours.  Men and Women styles available. All sizes available.  There will be a try on session for the shirts at the AGM. Click on the KHC SHOP logo on the homepage for more information and ordering.


Blow Out Sales at our Local Vendors

A majority of our local vendors/supporters are having blow out sales on winter gear and clothing.  To check out what is on sale click on the store icons at the bottom of the homepage and join as a subscriber for the latest in store sales and promotions.


Kamloops New Multi-use Map

Tourism Kamloops has released a new multi-use trail map combining cross country biking and hiking trails in the area. Map includes trails in Harper Mountain, Kenna Cartwright Park, Kamloops Bike Ranch, Pineview Valley and Lac Du Bois Grasslands/Batchelor Hills.  Link to the pdf map can be found here:  Tourism Kamloops-Explore Kamloops Trail Guide.  Or you can stop by the Tourism Information Center to pick one up.


Announcement from Kamloops Thompson Trails Alliance

The KTTA is organising trail work parties as follows under the terms of our Partnership Agreement with BC Parks.  Dates:

  • Sunday, April 30 – Grasslands Community Trail
  • Saturday, May 06 -Dewdrop and Battle Bluff Trails

No experience is necessary as most trail building requires clearing of twigs, fallen branches and pickup of litter. All ages and abilities are welcome.

For further information regarding meeting places and meeting times please contact Al Michel at 250-851-3669

I look forward to working with you in maintaining these trails that we all enjoy ~ Al Michel





Final Curtain Call – Good bye Message from the President

For some of you who may know (and to those who may not) I will be humbly stepping down as president of the Kamloops Hiking Club for the 2017/2018 year. My short term of only 6 months  as president has broaden my knowledge of what this role truly entails.   For many years I have sat on the board as a director and more or less watched what the going-ons of how a non profit society works from the side lines.  With no real pre-knowledge of how an executive board member runs the ‘guts’ of an organization, I soon learned quickly.  If I had to choose a classic phrase to best explain this journey , it would have to be ‘dive in head first and either sink or swim’.  Well….who knew I could tread water so damn well?! Ha Ha!! Yes, looking at what life throws at a person with a bit of  humour and diving into things seems to be a common theme for me, and so soon felt at home once I settled into the role.  As time progressed on, the support received from many of the board members (and you know who you are) who counselled, supported and kept me on track has been remarkable.  My gratitude to all of you is unmeasurable. I will be stepping aside with a deeper understanding of what team support truly means.   And that support and positive feedback was also received from members too.  Although my actual physical presence was not seen out and about on events this winter, your thoughtful words of kindness echoed back, and so I too, give a big bow of gratitude to you all.  To me, this is what makes our club great, the bond between what we love to do, the enjoyment of the outdoors and the meeting of new people who soon become our friends.  I look forward to seeing what the new board will bring in the way of fresh and amazing ideas and new goal plans.  I will continue as a director on the board and an active leader and be a voice in moving the club in a positive direction.  Here’s to many more years of epic adventures with the KHC!

Cheers and Happy Hiking! ~ Michelle Dressler



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!