The NSH has an excellent safety record. Trip leaders are experienced and we encourage participants to be well-equipped and to keep together as a group. We tell participants about the hazards. We are cautious when faced with changing weather conditions and unstable or icy snow. We are happy to advise and assist new hikers.

Trips are organized to be as safe as possible. Participants must come suitably clothed, with proper boots and equipment, and be self sufficient with adequate food and drink. Participants must choose trips that suit but do not exceed their capabilities. The trip leader can refuse or turn back any person who, in their opinion, is not well-equipped and fit.

Risks and Hazards

Outdoor activities can involve hazards and risk of injury. Persons who participate in North Shore Hikers activities do so at their own risk. In the event of accident or injury, the North Shore Hikers, its members or Executive, cannot be held liable per the Waiver signed by each trip participant. Each member is responsible for his/her own health and safety. Persons who need search/rescue services may have to pay the cost.

Checklist Year Round

Be self-sufficient. Will you have what you need if the weather turns bad or you are separated from the group?

        Essential         Optional


  • Boots, with ankle support & lug soles
  • Wool socks (1 thin, 1 thick)
  • Water & Wind Resistant Jacket
  • Wool/Fleece Sweater
  • Shirt
  • Pants/Shorts (wool/synthetic)
  • Layered Shirts, Pants
  • Gloves and Socks

Extra Clothes

  • Gloves & Overmitts
  • Rain Gear (e.g. Rain pants, rain hat, etc.)
  • Sun Hat

Food & Drink

  • Water and/or Sports Drinks
  • Lunch
  • Extra Food
  • Thermos
  • Water Purification Drops



  • Headlamp or Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Whistle, Knife
  • Lighter/Matches
  • Space Blanket, Compass, Candle/Firestarter
  • First Aid Kit, Moleskin
  • Map (e.g. topo map, GPS 0r compass, etc)
  • Sunglasses (anti-glare, 100% UV block)
  • Sunscreen, Lip Balm
  • Insect Repellent
  • Antihistamine â€" Wasp Stings
  • Large Orange Plastic Bag
  • Duct tape
  • Toilet paper

Some Useful Links

Avalanche Canada

The "Ten Essentials" as suggested by North Shore Rescue