KHC Weekly Newsletter: December 26, 2016 – January 7, 2017

— FEATURE PHOTO —

Feature photo by‎  Mary Putnam on recent snowshoe to Bush Lake with the KHC.


— UPCOMING EVENTS —

Here are the events coming up in the next week:

Ridge Lake (Ray Conway) – Sat, Dec. 31
Larch Hills Snowshoe (John Moslin, Carole Pugle) – Sun, Jan. 1
Gerry’s Gyrations (Gerry Hoye) – Mon, Jan. 2
Barnes Lake Snowshoe (Wendy Kineshanko) – Mon, Jan. 2
Night Shoeshoeing (Gerry Hoye) – Tue, Jan. 3
www@Hull Hill (D. Smith) – Wed, Jan. 4
Gerry’s Gyrations, Lac du Bois (Gerry Hoye) – Thu, Jan. 5
Gerry’s Gyrations – Wheeler Mountain (Gerry Hoye) – Sat, Jan. 7


— RECENTLY ADDED EVENTS —

Here are the latest events added by our leaders:

Flatiron Summit (Doug Smith) – Wed, Mar. 29
Barnes Lake Snowshoe (Wendy Kineshanko) – Mon, Jan. 2
Stomp the Hills (Doug Smith) – Fri, Feb. 24
Lake Kinbasket – Valemount (Camp) (Tom Blackburn) – Fri, Jun. 16 – Sun, Jun. 18
High Country Stomp (Doug Smith) – Fri, Feb. 17
Jag Stomp (D. Smith) – Fri, Feb. 3
Hanging Valley – Wheeler Stomp (D. Smith) – Fri, Jan. 20
Gerry’s Gryations – Dewdrop Gnomes or Trolls (Gerry Hoye) – Sat, Jan. 14
Gerry’s Gryations – Dewdrop (Gerry Hoye) – Thu, Jan. 12
Clearwater River Trail: 3rd Canyon – Spahats Falls (Wells Gray) (Tom Blackburn) – Sat, Jan. 28

Be sure to check the website regularly for newly added events. The upcoming 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.


— NEWS ITEMS —

Welcome New Members and Returning Members!

Another year is here and our club is getting membership accounts ready for activation on January 2 (yes, January 1 was technically the official date….but the membership committee is having a few technical hick-ups and the date has been bumped by 1 day…our apologies).  In the meantime, we look forward to seeing and meeting you out on the trail in the New Year!

 

Membership Discount Notice

Just a quick note to everyone that our membership list that is distributed to our support stores for the club discount will be issued next week and not on January 1.   Our membership committee is steadily working to get the big project of opening up membership accounts for the new year done in time.  We ask for your patience until the workload gets processed and hope that our new members who have signed up understand the situation if visiting any of our local supporter stores.

 

A Good Read for New Members:  Booking Practices

For us returning members, we already are experienced in knowing how the booking system works for signing up for an event.  But for those who are new, this link is a great ‘how to’ read.  It also explains how to book a guest or a minor if they wish to attend one of our outings.   KHC Successful Bookings

 

Short Notes;

  • Our final membership count for 2016 is 240 members.  Out of that, 37 are new.
  • Anyone who pays by cheque (or cash) should expect a delay in membership completion.  Hike leaders are not accepting membership fees.
  • The club is requiring more easy/moderate snowshoeing events to be lead by our leaders
  • 71 cookbooks have been sold.  Still 79 available for sale.
  • 36 KHC T-shirts were sold this year
  • The AGM is planned for March

 

KHC website insights

This year was a busy one for the club’s website. We made some big changes to the design and improved the performance by upgrading the hosting on the account. We also added Google Analytics and we would like to share some interesting tidbits that we found. The only cavet is that we only started using Google Analytics in February, so not a complete year of stats.

Visitors:

  • 11,161 – The number of unique vistors to our pages
  • 167,554 – The total number of page views on our site
  • 05:13 – The average amount of time a user spent on our site

Where are the users coming from:

  • 43.1% – search
  • 33.1% – direct (type in our web address)
  • 15% – social links (Facebook is by far the largest driver)
  • 8.3% – referral

How do people use our page:

Most people come onto the front page to start and then go direct to one of the events featured. Some go to our events listing page or the calendar page. A smaller number of users have bookmarked the events page or calendar page and start there.

Mobile usage:

By a large margin our user base is desktop browsers. The number of users browsing our site on a mobile device is a much smaller number.

  • 56.96% – Desktop
  • 22.22% – Mobile
  • 20.82% – Tablet

Sharing is caring:

We had a total number of 82 shares to Facebook and 16 to Twitter. Remember, you can share your event to Facebook to bring awareness to your event.

If you have any ideas that you would like to share regarding the website, you can always use the contact form and reach out to be heard.


 

— ARTICLE SPOTLIGHT —

A Moment to Reflect

Rewind, throwback or backtrack…… what ever lingo you choose to describe it, this time, is as good as any, to look back on how far this club has come in its’ 4 years as a non profit society.
Though some view our club  as a ‘newbie’ in comparison to other clubs in our region, it has successfully sustained itself in growth from a mere 50 members (when I first joined in 2011 before it became an official club) to over 250 in that short span.  What members may not know is its history and its roots. So in the spirit of a new year just around the corner, I would like to share its’ history,  from it’s humble beginnings to its’ still, ever growing, number of great and wonderful members.

May the next year be filled with new adventures, laughter and cherished moments with new and old friends! Cheers! ~Michelle Dressler, KHC President

 

Kamloops Hiking Club History

(composed by Katherine Roberts, with assistance from Doug Smith).

In 2001, Katherine Roberts began the Kamloops Hiking Club as a meet up group for families to enjoy hiking, backpacking and camping together   Back then, we advertised by posters in local outdoor stores and on community billboards.  Our first contact numbers included pager numbers!

 In 2007, we joined the Facebook community.  Now members could sign up and have access to hike details at their fingertips.

By 2011 we had over 100 Facebook members with over half of these members attending over 60 hikes and trips per season.

In 2012 we incorporated as a non-profit society under the direction of our 1st president, Doug Smith.  Within the year we had 100 official members and an amazing website designed and run by Doug.

By 2013 we were running over 200 events per year for nearly 150 members including hiking, backpacking, biking, kayaking, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing,  out of town trips, seminars and potluck/social events.  We also began participating and supporting the “Walk for Wildlife”, “World Rivers Day” and local trail building in our community.  Not only were our activities expanding, but friendships both on and off the trail were growing.

Today in 2016, we have nearly 250 members , 13 board members, new young “webmasters” running our website,  and over a dozen volunteer leaders.  We run over 300 events per year.   We continue to carpool to cut down our carbon footprint and encourage our members to “leave nothing but footprints” on the trail.   

The success of our club can be credited to the hard work of our volunteers, the positive attitude of our members and the natural beauty of Canada that continues call us out on the trails and waterways we have grown to love and look forward to discovering. 

“Let the beauty we love be what we do”.   Rumi

 


 

— CONTACT —

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 news@kamloopshikingclub.net.

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!