Central Alberta Mountain Club

Trip Schedules

For those new to hiking please read these 2 documents:

Our 2018 Summer Schedule is now available!    If you are interested in a trip you can contact the Trip Coordinator for that trip to find out more details and/or to see if there are spots available anytime after the April 11th meeting.  Please do not contact them prior to this meeting.   Also please contact the Trip Coordinator if you can not make a trip that you signed up for to have your name removed from the trip.

Trip Participant Responsibilities

​​All participants are expected to read and comply with these responsibilities   

                                         

Planning

All participants MUST be paid current members of CAMC.  Trip Coordinators will have membership forms and cards at the meeting spot.  Waivers must be signed before individuals are allowed to participate in a hike.

Call the Trip Coordinator prior to the trip to make arrangements and/or to ask any questions.

Meeting place is determined by the Trip Coordinator.  Arrive at the meeting place 15 minutes early.  Trips leave on time.  

Car pooling is utilized.  Have your vehicle full of gas and ready to drive a group if necessary.  Upon return, the vehicles are refueled and the passengers split the cost of gas, so bring cash. Drivers do not pay.

Bring your Annual Park Pass if you have one.  If you do not have an Annual Park Pass you split the cost of a daily pass with the others and pay the owner of the pass. If no one has a pass, you will need to share the cost of a daily pass.

Exchange cell phone numbers between vehicles before to leaving the meeting spot in case communication is needed prior to reaching the trail head.


Safety

Be fully aware of the degree of difficulty of the trip, have the required expertise, proficiency and stamina to handle the rated difficulty as indicated in the trip schedule (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and be aware of what equipment will be needed.

Choose a trip suitable to your mountain safety knowledge if applicable (avalanche, rock, snow & ice courses, etc.).

As a participant you are responsible for your own safety.

All children must be able to hike at least 10 kms in the mountains and are the responsibility of the parent or guardian.

Monitor weather, check avalanche/trail conditions and be prepared to have hiking plans altered due to weather conditions.  

Be knowledgeable of how to handle encounters with wildlife (bears, cougars, etc.).

Take precautions for ticks especially in the spring (April through June).

Inform the trip leader of any medical conditions, allergies or health problems prior to the commencement of the trip.

LEAVE PETS AT HOME!

Gear & Equipment

Be prepared to rent equipment if pooling of equipment is not possible or if certain equipment is required due to safety considerations (i.e. avalanche probes, tents, stoves, etc.).

Bring a personal first aid kit.  Include band aids, dressings, moleskin, duct tape, pain medications, etc.

Know the suitability and condition of your equipment and communicate any potential for problems to the groups.

Bring proper clothing:

  • Dress in layers made of quick drying materials. No jeans or cotton material.  Always bring an extra fleece layer for warmth.
  • Have waterproof rain gear – both coat and pants.
  • Waterproof your pack with a rain cover or by using plastic bags on the inside.
  • Bring a sun hat, toque and mitts on all trips.


Food & water:

  • Bring at least 2 litres of water and/or bring a water treatment system.
  • Bring high energy food (protein, complex carbohydrates, protein bars, etc.) Bring extra food in case of emergency.  Have snacks you can eat on the go.


Have good quality waterproof hiking boots and hiking socks.

Shoes to change into at the end of the hike are useful as well as a plastic bag to put hiking boots in for the return trip home.

Hiking poles and gaiters can be beneficial.

Have a sturdy pack.  A wider hip belt helps to support pack weight on your hips.

Items to include in your pack depending on the nature of the trip can include:  headlamp, bandana, sunglasses, sun block, extra socks, silver emergency blanket, bug repellant, plastic bags (preferably orange), sit pad, waterproof matches, bear spray, camera, binoculars, map, trail guides, I.D. with contact numbers, medication list and an allergy list. 

Group Considerations

Group members look out for each other’s well being and notify the trip leader if they notice any problems.  Members should be courteous and inclusive of each other.  REMEMBER to ALWAYS set a pace that all trip members can handle.

Participate in group discussions and decision-making to the best of your ability.  If you feel uneasy about a situation that the group is suggesting, it is your responsibility to let the group know of your feelings.

Respect all financial arrangements


Trail Etiquette

Take only photos, leave only footprints.  

Don’t destroy or remove plants, rocks, fossils, etc.  
Pack out all garbage including toilet paper, food, peels.  
Stay on trails. Taking short cuts and stepping off the trail so your feet don’t get wet or muddy causes trail erosion and braiding.  Walk single file on narrow trails to reduce impact on the environment.