KHC Newsletter: March 5-11, 2017

Feature photo from  KHC photo archives of Mara Mountain/ Hoodoos at Cinnamon Ridge


Here are the events coming up in the next week:

Tramp, North Ridge of Kamloops Lake, Frederick Road South (Gerry Hoye) – Sat, Mar. 4
Larch Hills Snowshoeing (Sam Chow/John Moslin) – Sun, Mar. 5
Kenna Cartwright Park, Hike (Gerry Hoye) – Mon, Mar. 6
Mara West Hike (Gerry Hoye) – Wed, Mar. 8
Dewdrop – Over and Under (Doug Smith) – Fri, Mar. 10
Battle Bluff and North Ridges (Gerry Hoye) – Sat, Mar. 11


Here are the latest events added by our leaders:

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
Battle Bluff and North Ridges (Gerry Hoye) – Sat, Mar. 11
Mara West Hike (Gerry Hoye) – Wed, Mar. 8
Kenna Cartwright Park, Hike (Gerry Hoye) – Mon, Mar. 6
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
Yoho – Iceline Trail Peaks – Backpack (Tom Blackburn) – Tue, Sep. 5 – Mon, Sep. 11
Wildflowers of the Kamloops Area (Presentation) (Doug Smith) – Sun, Apr. 2

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.


Welcome Spring and Arriving New Members

With sunnier days being more abundant and the temperature slowly creeping up into higher plus numbers, fingers are crossed there will be no more snow coming our way (even with the ground hog being incorrect with it’s prediction for an early spring). KHC Membership Committee is also starting to see increase in new members signing up with the changing weather.  Currently 14 new members ( and 1 renewing) joined in the month of February.

With that in mind,  it’s a good time to reflect on a couple of club items, We do both to new and existing members:

  • Review and update your User Profile.  Make sure your profile page is up to date.  Change your password and/or make updates to your contact and emergency contact information. To update your profile page:  KHC Homepage.  Help Menu.   Website Help.  Scroll to find which info you require (phone, password, etc) and follow the steps.
  • Please review your profile on a regular basis, as it is important for the leaders to have accurate contact information.
  • About Us:  The Club is a registered Non-profit Society whose central mandate is to organize outdoor activities for its members. All registered members are insured under our club’s insurance provider, the Federation of Mountain Clubs of British Columbia.
  • Events the Club Offers:  The club offers its members a variety of outdoor events such as hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, paddling, mountain biking, road biking and trail running. Each year the club averages roughly over 200 events, including workshop/clinics, social events and seminars.  Each event is led by volunteer club leaders who have been trained through a leadership training program and are knowledgeable in their own field of activity.   Events are posted on the club’s website.
  • Rating:  All events are rated from easy to difficult with moderate and harder ratings in between. The rating for an event is assigned by the event leader.  Each type or rating reflects the interest of the hike leaders who choose to lead them.   The program for the year is not a plan by the Board; it is a collection of the events led by KHC leaders, reflecting their interests and tastes.In the case of hiking events, each year there have been more hikes in the moderate to difficult range than easy ones.   The club is interested in offering more easy /moderate hikes and is always looking for more leaders to organize them.
  • Events:  All events are posted on the club’s website.   Event leaders are asked to include information on the event, including risks, length, difficulty, duration, and possible conditions.   All outdoor activities are subject to weather conditions so event leaders will  post more information onto the event close to the date  (including cancellation).   Event leaders may also choose to allow guests (or not), to make an event dog-friendly (or not), to limit the size of the group, to restrict the event to a fitness level, to use a co-leader, to include a sweep for slower members, to schedule breaks (or not), and so on.   We ask event leaders to be clear on their expectations and for participants to read the listing carefully and contact the leader if they have questions, especially in regards to their fitness/skill level to complete the event. Failure of a participant to complete an event can lead to problems for the leader and affect all participants if the event must be curtailed. In most cases a member can register directly though the website, assuming there is space in the event. There is no waiting list for a full event.  For some of the more challenging or multi-day events the leader can choose leader registration, i.e. members cannot register through the website they must contact the leader to register.
  • Day of the Event:  Most events start with a meet-up spot to carpool or receive directions.   Carpoolers are expected to help to pay for gas at a rate (reasonably) set by the event leader.   Riders and drivers are expected to be respectful and supportive, as needed.   Directions/explanations may be given at the start point of an event (e.g. hiking trailhead).   Every hike is different, but in general the hike leader will keep track of the group and may recruit help, if needed.   Hikers are expected to stay in touch with the group.   The most important issue is not to go far ahead of the group or fall far behind the group.   This puts an unfair burden on the leader and the group.   The Board has a process and policy to deal with repeated instances of this challenge
  • Membership:  Since there is no cap on the number of members accepted into the club, new members can join starting January 1 until September 30th.  A new member’s membership starts on the day their membership registration is complete and ends on December 31st of the year of registration. Note: a new member must pay the full annual fee regardless of when in the year he/she joins.
  • Members Responsibilities:  All members should review Guidelines and Expectations (Link) on a regular basis. Prospective new members should also read the Guidelines and Expectations  before applying for membership.


Board Positions Still Available

KHC board positions of Vice President and two Director at Large are still available.  Below are the descriptions for the roles.  A Director at Large can combine their position to hold a seat in other sub committees within the club.  Such examples would be Membership, Special Events,  Website/social network/Webmaster  and Leadership.  You can forward your name to Michelle Dressler at until March 19  if you are interested in becoming a board member.

Vice President role:

● Performs Chair responsibilities when the Chair (ie: President) cannot be available

● Reports to the Board’s Chair

● Works closely with the Chair and other staff

● Participates closely with the Chair to develop and implement officer transition plans.

● Performs other responsibilities as assigned by the Board.


Director at Large role:

● Regularly attends board meetings and important related meetings.

● Makes serious commitment to participate actively in committee work.

● Volunteers for and willingly accepts assignments and completes them thoroughly and on time.

● Stays informed about committee matters, prepares themselves well for meetings, and reviews and comments on minutes and reports.

● Gets to know other committee members and builds a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus.

● Is an active participant in the committee’s annual evaluation and planning efforts.



News from our Supporters

Spoke ‘N Motion is holding its annual Bike Swap sale from March 1-11.  Bring in your old bike (road or mountain) to be assessed by one of their helpful staff who will give you a price quote.  You can use that amount towards a store credit on purchasing anything in store.  They also are blowing out their new Winter stock.  X-country and downhill skis 20% off, Alpine apparel 50% off, X-country apparel 15% off and snowshoes 15% off.  Come on down and check it out!

Atmosphere launched a new website earlier this year.  It is chalked full of great merchandise that can be ordered online and contains more product than they carry locally in store. All upcoming  sales, specials and events (such as the Friends & Family event offering a 25% off in store coupon)  are posted here.   New Anti-spam laws prohibit all merchandising companies and other  clubs (including ours) to inform their subscribers of marketing information to their personal emails unless they subscribe to the site.  So best sign up today to not miss out on their great deals. Link to the site:



Carole’s ‘Spirit Tree’

Since joining the KHC back in 2011,  I have known Carole Pugle and her love for ‘Spirit Trees’.  Along with her fiancé, John Moslin, they joined the same year as myself and have become a great duo team on leading hikes for our members. Many of us long standing members know about Carole’s fascination with dead snags that can be found on many of the trails we hike. Just recently I saw the posting for the event to return to the famous ‘Spirit Tree’ that started it all.  So I called up Carole for an interview, and she kindly agreed to talk about the beginning of her love for Spirit Trees.

“My Love of nature and meeting John is what took me outside to discover a whole new world out there.  My first time ever going to the top of Mount Mara and seeing that tree there at the edge of the mountain, it grabbed my heart and my breath stopped.  If you look at the center of the tree it looks twisted and light in color, like silver.  It looks like a lightening strike.   To me that had such power and it represented  life, even though that tree was dead as dead can be.  It had such wisdom and stood proud and no matter what it had gone through, it had a story to tell and that it was meant to be found and known to be there.  It was such a strong attraction to me that I felt there was a spirit in that tree, so then I called it a ‘spirit tree’. It had a life of it’s own inside.

Before joining the hiking club, my daughter had left for University . My life was content, but very empty.  I then joined the hiking club and discovered the ‘Spirit Tree’ (on Mount Mara) and all these people came into my life.  The spirit tree brought companionship and gave me the gift of friends, discovery and exploration and my life changed  from that moment on.  I cried when I heard the spirit tree no longer stood . Every year (before it fell off the mountain) I went back up to visit the spirit tree.  Other people would encourage me to find another spirit tree and I did find lots of others I liked, but to me, THAT WAS THE ‘SPIRIT TREE’!  Prior to the loss of the tree, John made me a metal arbour for my yard. On one side was the design of the ‘spirit tree’ which contained two little hearts in it’s branches, on the other, the sun setting.  Last year, to pay homage to the tree, John crafted two metal entwined hearts and placed them in the real tree on top of Mount Mara.  The spirit tree has so much meaning to me. When I heard about loosing the tree, I didn’t go back up there last year to see the tree since it is no longer up there.  But this year John and I will go up there to see if we can spot the tree over the edge and pay my respect.  Maybe if I can see it, I may climb down and take a piece of the branch home with me.”

You can join Carole and John on their homage hike to the Spirit Tree posted for March 12.

Check out KHC Youtube video of various ‘spirit tree’s and memories captured by our members paying tribute to Carole. KHC: Carole Trees




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!