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Hiking in the Time of COVID

The Caledonia Ramblers now have hikes scheduled for the next few months but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there are some restrictions in place.

Registering for hikes is no longer mandatory

We ask hikers to let leaders know ahead of time whether they intend to come or not. However, it’s no longer mandatory – you’re welcome to simply show up but we do ask that you arrive at the meeting point 10-15 minutes ahead of the departure time.

Carpooling resumed

Carpooling to trailhead has resumed. We ask that those who’ve either not had a shot or have had only one shot to wear masks while in the vehicle. As for those who’ve had two shots, please remember that it takes 2-3 weeks after the shot for the vaccine to take full effect. Until then, a mask may be advisable. Unless otherwise posted with the trip description, carpool fees will be determined by each carpool group for the time being. Finally, whether you decide to carpool is a personal choice. If you don't want to, you don't have to.

Guests welcome

Guests or newcomers are welcome to participate in two hikes before becoming Club members to participate in a third. See the becoming a member page for more information.

Always practice social distancing

Participants must practice physical distancing of at least two metres (i.e. two hike poles length) apart while meeting before the hike for the drive out, during the hike, and when they have stopped for lunch.

Get vaccinated

We strongly urge those interested to have had at least one dose of vaccination against COVID-19.

Not sharing is caring

Everyone will need to refrain from sharing food, drinks, insect repellent, clothing, equipment and so forth. Members who feel more secure wearing masks and/or gloves during hikes are encouraged to do so.

Minors on hikes

Children are allowed to go on the hikes but they must stay close to their parents or guardians during the hike.

Feeling ill?

Please stay home.

No insurance coverage for Covid-19

Please note that the insurance coverage the Ramblers receives through the B.C. Federation of Mountain Clubs does not cover COVID-19 in any way. If you go on a club hike and bring the virus with you and give it to others, it gives the others and you no protection.  Similarly, if you get the virus on a Club hike or any other Club activity, the insurance provides no protection. It's all the more reason to remain a bit cautious.

Be properly equipped

As per usual, participants are also advised to be equipped with proper footwear as well as a daypack carrying extra food, drink and clothing - including rain gear - as well as insect repellent. Hiking poles and bear spray may also be helpful. For further tips on how to be properly prepared for a hike with the Ramblers, please the equipment section of the website.