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North Shore Hikers club reopening plan

Following BC’s Restart Plan, the club will re-open the schedule. Trips can start taking place on June 1, 2020.

New health and safety measures for trips, trip attendees, and trip organizers

All club trips, trip attendees, and trip organizers must follow new health and safety rules and guidelines. The rules and guidelines are based on:

Duration and scope of this plan

The new rules and guidelines apply to any trip taking place June 1, 2020 onwards, in:

The new rules and guidelines do not apply to trips organized outside of the club’s schedule and the club’s website trip Forums.

This plan is subject to change from updates by the B.C. government and B.C. health authorities.

Health and safety rules when attending a trip

Trip registration required

To attend any trip while this plan is in effect, you must:

  • contact the trip organizer to register;
  • answer all questions in the Health and safety questionnaire;
  • provide contact information as there will be no attendance sheet to sign on the trip day:
    • your home or cell number
    • emergency contact name and number;
  • be aware that the organizer has the right to decline your attendance request.
Health and safety questionnaire

You must answer these questions when registering for a trip. If you answer “yes” to any question, you cannot attend the trip.

  • Do you have any symptoms of cold, sore throat, fever, flu or COVID-19?
  • Did you enter Canada in the last 14 days?
  • Have you been in contact with someone with cold, sore throat, fever, flu or COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days?
  • Have you been in contact with someone who has travelled outside Canada within the last 14 days?
  • Are you in contact with someone currently in quarantine?
What to do on the trip day?

Per the BC Centre for Disease Control, wearing a mask is not required but you may choose to do so. Also:

  • do not attend if you have any symptoms of cold, sore throat, fever, flu or COVID-19;
  • bring hand sanitizer;
  • no carpooling unless:
    • everyone in the car wears a mask, and at least one window is partly open; OR:
    • everyone in the car is from the same household; OR:
    • everyone in the car is in the same “social bubble”;
  • no handshakes, hugs, fist bumping or elbow bumping.
Healthy separation rules

When hiking:

  • maintain at least 2m distance from other trip attendees, unless they’re from the same household as you, while hiking or stopped;
  • maintain at least 2m distance from other trail users at all times;
  • no sharing gear, clothing, food or drink with other trip attendees, unless they’re from the same household as you.

When cycling:

  • maintain at least 2m distance at all times from other cyclists, unless they’re from the same household as you;
  • stay out of the slipstream or wake of other cyclists. This may require increasing the minimum distance beyond 2m between you and other cyclists;
  • no sharing gear, clothing, food or drink with other trip attendees, unless they’re from the same household as you.

When canoeing:

  • maintain at least 2m distance from other canoes at all times;
  • people sharing a canoe must be from the same household;
  • no sharing gear, clothing, food or drink with other trip attendees, unless they’re from the same household as you.

Rules and guidelines for trip organizers

When you are planning and organizing a trip, you must follow the rules and guidelines described below. Also, you must answer all questions in the Health and safety questionnaire. If you answer “yes” to any question, the trip cannot proceed.

Group size limits

You must put the trip’s group size limit in your trip description. The group limit can be lower than the maximum limits shown here:

  • 8 hikers, including organizer;
  • 8 cyclists, including organizer;
  • 4 canoes, including the organizer’s canoe.
Eligible trip attendees and registration

Club members and guests can attend your trip. They must contact you to register for the trip and provide:

  • their contact information;
  • emergency contact information;
  • answers to every question in the Health and safety questionnaire.

When a hiker is registered, record their contact and emergency contact information in the Trip attendance sheet.

Trip planning rules and guidelines

When deciding where to hike:

  • pick trails that can accommodate physical distancing;
  • pick trails that aren’t too busy or crowded;
  • pick trails with no common touch areas like ladders, ropes or narrow scramble routes;
  • pick trips close to home to help keep outlying communities safe, as they may be discouraging visitors;
  • pick a trailhead with enough parking to accommodate higher car usage;
  • consider a trail that can be reached by public transit;
  • trips cannot be held in or travel through closed areas or parks. Check BC Parks, Metro Vancouver Parks or the local regional authority to see if the area you want to visit is open or closed.
  • consider available facilities along the travel route to the trailhead—public restrooms may not be available;
  • choose trips with a lower risk tolerance/less adventurous than you might otherwise do to reduce the chance of needing a Search and Rescue call-out;
  • you can choose a trail in the same area and day as another scheduled trip provided that:
    • it's not the same trail and
    • you contact the other trip organizer to ensure there are no concerns.
What to do at the trip meeting place?

You must do the following at the trip meeting place:

  • bring the Trip attendance sheet, pre-filled with the attendee names and their contact/emergency contact information;
  • use your own pen - do not share pens unless sanitized - to witness (sign) Guest Waiver forms, if any;
  • perform a “roll call” and check off names in the attendance sheet—member’s signature is not needed;
  • ask if anyone has symptoms of cold, sore throat, fever, flu or COVID-19;
  • remind everyone there is no carpooling unless:
    • everyone in the car wears a mask, and at least one window is partly open; OR:
    • everyone in the car is from the same household; OR:
    • everyone in the car is in the same “social bubble”;
  • everyone must follow the trip’s Healthy separation rules (above).

NSH 2019 Summer camp starts in a few weeks

2019 Summer camp

From Saturday July 20 to Sunday July 28, a large group of North Shore hikers will be hiking in the beautiful Selkirk Mountains near Revelstoke and Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. This year’s summer camp will spend 4 days at each of the two hiking destinations.

Most of the participating hikers will be staying at the Canyon Hot Springs near Rogers Pass and the Castle Junction Hostel near Lake Louise.

If you happen to be in the area, you are welcome to join the group for a day hike. A complete hiking schedule can be found here.

Additional multi-day trips

This year we are also going hiking in Europe. A brave contingent of 16 NS hikers are hiking the Haute Route from Chamonix, France, to Zermatt, Switzerland. Stay tuned for some exciting slide show presentations later this year.

Please note that the club has not set yet a destination for the 2020 Summer camp so if you have any suggestions let your Executive know.

Wilderness at Your Doorstep on May 19 (Lynn Headwaters Regional Park)

Come and say hi to the club at Wilderness at Your Doorstep in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park on May 19. North Shore Hikers will be joining Metro Vancouver, AdventureSmart and other organizations at this event with information, history and sunshine from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m, next to the historic B.C. Mills House.