When we head out into the backcountry it is important to ensure everyone stays on the same route. Hikers who get out in front of the leader may not know the intended route so should wait for others to catch up. The middle group may also follow the front-runners, adding to the problem. Sometimes the middle group gets behind the front person and ahead of the sweep and they can go off course or face navigation problems. As always, we also need to make sure that the slowest hikers are not left behind too. KHC expects hikers to either hike together or to wait at junctions for others to catch up.
Upcoming Special Events will include a dinner (buffet style) get-together for members with special invitations for our hike leaders. Watch for the event to be posted soon. There will also be our usual late fall potluck dinner/social a later date.
Our best wishes to Gerry Hoye on his journey to recovery this fall.
The Caledonia Ramblers (Prince George) have a new updated Trail Guide.
Wildfires have destroyed 70% of the forested areas of Waterton National Park to date.
Adventure Smart has an Online Trip Plan for those heading into the outdoors. The form is filled out then you print it and give it to a responsible person. The plan can then be used by Emergency Services/Search and Rescue, as needed. SeeAdventureSmart.ca
KHC Board Business
The fall KHC Board meeting is coming up and a number of items are to be discussed. Member feedback is valued so if you have concerns, contact us.
2018 renewal and new membership dates and processes (the primary agenda item).
A minor adjustment to our Dogs Policy to provide some clearer expectations.
A minor adjustment to our Guests policy with regard to how it works.
A statement of expectations for hikers who get out in front of the leader (regarding route choices and following hikers).
A requirement for hike leaders to include difficulty/risk information on hike listings. The difficulty/risk will be also stated on our Trails/Locations pages for use by both hiker leaders and members.
A reminder statement to hike leaders to include a Co-leader or Sweep so that less strong hikers are not left behind on harder hikes, especially in difficult conditions.
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.