KHC weekly update – May 14, 2016

— FEATURE PHOTO —

Feature photo by‎ Michelle Dressler on a KHC hike to Isobel Lake.

— UPCOMING EVENTS —

Here are this week’s upcoming events:

Pass Lake Kayak (Susan Cullum) – Sunday
Napier Lake Conservancy Ranch (Michelle Dressler) – Monday
Peterson Creek (Paulette Gendron) Tuesday
Beginners & Backpackers – Paul Lake (Wendy K) – Tuesday
Embleton Mountain Δ (Tom Blackburn) – Wednesday
Bachelor Heights Ride (Paulette Gendron) – Thursday
Chilliwack May Long Camp and Hike (Michelle, Paulette & Helen) – Friday – Monday
Wells Gray Long Weekend (Tom Blackburn) – Friday – Monday

— NEW EVENTS /  AVAILABLE SPACES—

Be sure to check the website regularly for newly added events. They upcoming four 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 —

New Special Events Coordinator position on the KHC board

KHC members have been asking for more special events and informational sessions. Your feedback has been heard.  A new position has been created on the board called ‘Special Events Coordinator’.  This person(s) role is to find new opportunities for a different kind of event.  Gerry Hoye and Michelle Dressler have been voted in by the board to take on this responsibility.

Callout for special events

The board recognizes that there is a large pool of talent within our club and we would like to facilitate by helping to organize special events. This could be nature walk to learn about edible plants; special rock formations ; photography hikes; mapping & GPS workshops. The list is endless. Please email Gerry.hoye@gmail.com with your ideas and suggestions and your talent area. For example you may have a great knowledge of the Kettle Valley RR.
Looking forward to reading your suggestions.

Events that require leader registration

There are some types of events that leaders would like to ensure they have been able to be in contact with the potential participant. To enable that to happen, there is a new category of events called ‘Requires Leader Registration’.  If an event is in this category, you must contact the leader in order to get registered.  The leader will take care of booking you on the website for the event if your request to attend is agreed to.

Book your next adventure at Garibaldi Provincial Park

Photo credit: BC Gov News
Photo credit: BC Gov News

Beginning at 7 a.m. on June 22, 2016, those looking to stay overnight at select campgrounds in scenic Garibaldi Provincial Park, nestled in the heart of the Coast Mountains along the Sea-to-Sky corridor, can reserve a spot through BC Parks’ Discover Camping Reservation Service.  For the full news release, please visit the BC Gov News website at https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2016ENV0024-000758

Quick Facts:

  • In 2015, more than 158,000 reservations were made through Discover Camping, an increase of almost 19% from 2014.
  • 73% of all reservations in 2015 originated from British Columbia.
  • Reservations can be made through the call centre at 1 800 689-9025 for a surcharge of $5.
  • Parking is free in all provincial parks, making them more accessible to families.

Learn More:

To book your trip at Garibaldi Provincial Park, please visit: http://www.discovercamping.ca
For tips on making reservations, please visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/reserve/top_reservations_tips.html
For more information about British Columbia’s provincial parks, please visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/
For camping tips, including backcountry trips and taking pets, please visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/campingEthics.html


— ARTICLE SPOTLIGHT —

Fire prohibitions in Kamloops Fire Centre start Sunday, May 15.

Photo credit: BC Wildfire Service
Credit: BC Wildfire Service

Effective at noon on May 15, 2016, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect the public.

From April 1 to May 11, 2016, BC Wildfire Service crews responded to 36 wildfires in the Kamloops Fire Centre. Many of these wildfires were the result of poorly planned open burning.

Anyone intending to conduct a Category 2 or Category 3 fire must extinguish it by noon on May 15, 2016. This prohibition will remain in effect until Oct. 15, 2016, or until further notice.

Please visit BC Wildfire Service’s website at http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/DisplayArticle.asp?ID=2633 for more information.

The Kamloops Fire Centre would like to thank the public for its continued help in preventing wildfires. If you see flames or smoke, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or dial *5555 on your cellphone.

— 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.

Anthony Stahn

As a flatlander from Manitoba I have always been captivated by the mountains of the west. Moving to Kamloops has provided me with the perfect base camp to explore those very peaks that pulled our family west.

My typical hiking style can be summed up with “Nothing ventured, nothing gained”. Bushwhacking has become an acceptable form of travel for me as it seems that a lot of the great spots are off trail.

Hikes done by myself and Marty tend to fall into this category so don’t be surprised if this happens on a Marant hike. You can find more information at http://marantrambles.ca.

Happy Hiking!