Hiking is a fun and healthy activity enjoyed by people of all ages. However, as with any activity, there are many risks to be aware of when you are out on the trail. Unfortunately each year, local volunteer rescue groups respond to dozens of calls from hikers who become lost in the woods, or have received injuries and are unable to make it back safely. It is important that you educate yourself about outdoor safety to minimize the risks and know how to respond in an emergency.
Safety Tips of the Week
This is a collection of safety tips that were published weekly in the Caledonia Ramblings newsletter between May 2018 and May 2020. Here you will find helpful tips and interesting stories about safety in the back country.
If you plan on leading a Club sanctioned hike, we highly recommend that you read the following documents:
These resources highlight the responsibilities and expectations of Trip Leaders to ensure that the hike is safe and enjoyable.
How to Travel Safely on Resource Roads
The B.C. Forest Safety Council has published a short video (10 minutes 47 seconds) on how to travel along a resource road - and avoid an unfortunate tangle with a logging truck. It recommended viewing before heading out into the backcountry.
Snowshoeing in Avalanche Terrain
When venturing into the higher elevations where there is a chance of being exposed to danger from avalanches, the club's board of directors has approved and adopted some guidelines.