Q2 activities statistics, club reopening

For recent club activity see 2020 Q2 report .

This reflects the schedule being shut down in Q2. You are welcome to propose and lead hikes again, observing the Covid-19 measures as described on this website.

We now allow car-pooling by members of different households or “social bubbles”, as long as everyone in the car wears a mask and at least one window is partly open.

By Diane and Siegfried.

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).

Trail management on Bowen Island and Covid-19

There is a new group on Bowen Island, Bowen CAN (Community And Nature) which recently put together a fact sheet to address the concerns many islanders have with the way trail use on Mt. Gardner is being managed.

Specifically there is concern about the growing use of motorized vehicles on the mountain and lack of public consultation.

Given that there used to be people from off-island who also enjoy hiking Mt. Gardner, they sent this fact sheet to NSH, asking that we share it with our members.

This fact sheet was put together in January 2020 before the current Covid-19 pandemic evolved, and therefore does not mention any resulting restrictions to trail access on Mt. Gardner.

Bowen Island Municipality and Tourism Bowen Island are asking that people not visit Bowen Island and its trails during the current Covid-19 emergency according to BowenTrails.ca.

Cypress & Seymour roads closed

Hi all --

The road closure is taking effect this evening, March 20. Info below from NSH member Alex Wallace. See also bcparks.ca

-- Mark Latham

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BC Parks Closures notice: Cypress & Seymour
Alex Wallace
2020-03-20 9:15pm

Hello all,

Cypress and Seymour Road & Parking Lot restrictions: i.e. Park Closures - slightly confusing notice:

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020ENV0005-000519

“Mount Seymour Provincial Park – access restricted to some lower-elevation trails. Parking and road access are closed.

Cypress Provincial Park – access restricted to some lower-elevation trails. Parking and road access are closed.”

This is extremely annoying, as snow conditions are excellent, and lots of people have been snowshoeing and backcountry skiing (safely- as far as I could see...) however possibly this could be related to keeping people off the ‘abandoned’ ski runs...

Yes, It contradicts the Provincial Health Officer’s original advice to get out in the fresh air...

The Press Release also warns of further closures on a ‘case by case basis’...

Alex

Photo Contest 2020

The NSH is pleased to announce its Photo Contest 2020 .

Submit photos from past trips at home and abroad before Oct 31 2020.  A professional photographer, Chris Barton, will judge the entries.  Members can submit a photo in five different categories for a total of five submissions.  At the November AGM there will be a slide show of the best submissions, and prizes for the winners.

Here are the rules. And here are instructions on how to submit a photo.

By Alastair.

Upcoming trips of interest

(see the schedule for contact info and for more details)

Don & Lion Islands canoe & explore:  (mid-March)  These small islands are in the Fraser River south of Burnaby.  They were the site of Ewen Cannery one of BC’s largest and a Japanese settlement.  The last inhabitants were removed for internment during the Second World War.  We will have a number of canoes for ferrying participants.

Sand Heads canoe to see sea lions:  (early May)  Sand Heads is a man made cluster of rocks 8 km from shore at the end of the Steveston breakwater.  Each April & May 100-200 sea lions congregate on the rocks, and you can canoe within a few metres of them. This is a safe trip as we canoe alongside the breakwater.  Sign up early as there will probably be limited canoe/kayak space.

Pine Lake walk & fish: (early May)  This small lake between Alouette and Stave Lakes was the site of a young adult correctional centre.  There are stories that it is full of fish and stories that it is barren.  The mission of this easy hike will be to discover the truth.  We will take at least one canoe and paddles for the large wood raft at the lake.  And we will try to bring fishing rods for all.

Gabriola Island petroglyph finding bicycle trip:  (early June) This 2-3 day bicycle trip starting at the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal is to visit some known and some secret petroglyph sites on Gabriola Island.  Additionally there will be canoeing among the Flat Top Islands and along the NW side of Valdes Island, which has the most spectacular limestone cliffs in the Gulf Islands.  We will be camping at Pages Resort. A support vehicle will bring two canoes and everyone’s camping gear.   People can choose to come for 2 or for 3 days.

By Alastair.

Slideshow and Gear Swap March 12

March 12th is approaching fast. Hope to see you at the Slideshow and Social. Bring your hiking equipment you want to sell or give away at the Gear Swap. Bring a friend and enjoy refreshments !

Location is Sunrise Community Centre, 1950 Windermere St, near Rupert St and 5th Ave.
Doors open at 7:00 pm. Slideshow starts at 7:30 pm. Bring your own mug. There has been a change in the presenters :

Ye Chu presents : Snorkelling, trekking and biking in Galapagos, Amazon, Machu Picchu and Death Road, Bolivia

Experience the energy and excitement of seeing Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu, the Amazon and other interesting sites in South America.

 

Monika Bittel presents : How the Federation is making Hiking Better

Monika is a keen representative of the FMCBC. She will discuss their role in trail repair and explain important initiatives the organization is spearheading.

 

The Majestic Grand Canyon presentation has been postponed to June 11 social.

by Beth.

Summer camp 2020 – July 18 to 26

This is the first announcement of the NSH summer camp for 2020. This year we will be going to the Northern Cascades, also known as the Alps of North America.
The camp will start Saturday July 18 and will end Sunday July 26.
As we had done in 2019, the camp will be in two locations. The first five nights will be in Rockport, Wa, about 50 km east on Hwy 20, and the next three nights will be in Glacier near Mt Baker. Both destinations are less than 3 hours from Vancouver.
A preliminary hiking schedule has already put together and includes hikes to Cascade Pass , Sahali Arm, Hidden Lake Lookout, Cutthroat Pass, Railroad Grade and Park Butte, Maple Pass and Easy Pass, Skyline Divide and Heliotrope Ridge. Each day we will offer a B (5-7 hours) hike and a C( more than 7 hours) hike. Several shorter hikes will be offered for rest days.
A further planning meeting is planned for April when the hiking schedule will be finalized and hike leaders will be appointed/solicited.
If you are interested to participate to the NSH summer camp, please email Angelo Khoshaba at khoshaba77@gmail.com
Information on accommodations and further arrangements will be sent only to hikers who expressed interest to participate.
Cristina Jacob