KHC Newsletter – September 25, 2017

KHChirps
  • A bit of early snow has been falling on the Trophy Mountains, the Monashee Range, and on the Coquihalla Summit.   Much of it will melt but drivers need to take note of morning driving conditions and hikers will need to be ready for possible wet and slippery trails.
  • There are still pelicans on Campbell Lake, a good spot for a paddle.  We also spotted sandhill cranes, ospreys, and eagles there.
  • The current BC Government is accepting submissions with regard to the budget and FMCBC is asking if Clubs want to have input into the BC Parks budget.   The deadline is Oct. 16.   If members have feedback that we can compile and send off on behalf of KHC, please email your concerns to the president (dsmith@kamloopshikingclub.net) by Oct. 12.
  • BC’s Green Party is proposing legislation for the Right to Roam.   More information can be found at this link.
  • Hike Leaders have asked the KHC Board of Directors to address how our hiking groups operate on the trails.   We want to resolve the issues quietly among friends, though.   See the section below.
Hike Leaders and the Group

Hike Leaders plan ahead for hikes and have a route in mind.    In some cases, the trail is a simple out-and-back on a well-defined trail (with no obvious route options) so if hikers get ahead or fall behind, it usually still works out.   If there are no difficult areas or risks, a group that is not together may be okay, but, if there are route options, difficult sections, or areas for extra caution, a fragmented group becomes difficult to manage.   Front runners can go the wrong way or attempt a route that is not planned.   People tend to follow the person in front and the leader may be left with a predicament to resolve.   Similarly hikers who fall behind can also have route difficulties.   Having a sweep helps, but if only the hike leader knows the best route, a fragmented group becomes a difficult and frustrating experience.   For most hikes, the hike leader knows the route best and has a specific plans for the group.   Hikers who range ahead (and those who follow them) may change the hike dynamic and can sometimes make it a less-positive experience for the hike leader and possibly even for the rest of the group.

Every trail/route is different and some lend themselves to a loose string of hikers, but many other trails/routes have unsigned turns, cross-country sections, scrambling routes, planned rest spots, featured points of interest, spots to note a landmark for the return route, side trails for a view, sections to avoid, potential wildlife encounters, and so on, all of which may be best managed as a group with a leader,  instead of each individual on their own.    A number of KHC members have decades of backcountry experience, bushcraft, and navigation expertise and are used to working out the best routes in the wilderness.   We rely on them to assist hike leaders in keeping the whole group on track and safe, but we can only achieve that objective if we work as a team, staying within sight/earshot or just around the corner waiting for the rest of the group.   This will be goal for future Club hikes and part of an initiative by the Board of Directors and Hike Leaders to improve the hiking experience for all members.
Featured Photos

S. Chow – Hozameen

C. Pugle – Heather Trail

On the Shuswap River

S. Chow – Needle Peak
Upcoming Events

Doug Smith

Retired now, I get into the outdoors most days to hike, paddle, camp, run, snowshoe, or explore. Some of my activities involve more difficult routes, but a few are also suitable for moderately fit people who like a bit of a challenge. 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.
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