Winter arrived early this year which has made regular hiking difficult. Until the weather settles, there won’t be as many hikes as we would normally offer in November.
Snowshoeing can start once the snow accumulates sufficiently, but it also has to set up. Snowshoeing on unsettled snow means that the snow does not compact below the shoes and we end up going right through to rocks and debris. Both ski hills and cross country trail clubs know this and they run machines over the snow to compact it and help it to set up. Additional snow then falls on the trails and compacts through melting and freezing cycles. The usual measure for snowshoeing is at least 10 inches of snow, two weeks of setting up, and the ground freezing below, all dependent on weather conditions, temperature, and if the tracks are driven on (usually by hunters), walked on, or snowmobiles have run over the route.
Our thanks again to Anthony Stahn for all of the volunteer time, effort, and expertise he has given KHC for the past few years. He has decided to move on, so website duties, registration, our event management programs, waivers, transactions, communications, etc. will be undertaken by Doug Smith and Frith Powell up through to at least the the March 2018 AGM.
Kamloops Hiking Club is supporting a paddling community-based initiative to develop more hand launch sites on our rivers for the purpose of canoeing and kayaking. We will advise the membership of our progress.
KHC has scheduled a buffet-style dinner social on December 3rd. This is primarily a social event, but the Club is inviting all Hike Leaders to the get-together (and KHC is covering the cost for the meals of Active Hike Leaders). The goal is to offer a small thank-you from the membership of the Club. We are asking members to join us and show their appreciation for all of the volunteer time our leaders have given us. Details are on the website (link).
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.