June 19, 2020 Covid-19 Update
Due to the relaxation of restrictions by the province, we are are adjusting our practices to allow up to 6 hikers on a trip; however, the other preventative practices are still in place. Please note that overnight trips are allowed, but these recommendations should be followed.
- The most effective means of risk reduction include basic hygiene and physical distancing.
- Preventative Practices for hikes and other backcountry trips and club events:
- car-pooling is not recommended
- those who choose to provide transport should consider wiping down vehicle interiors before and after with an appropriate cleaner
- maintain at least 1 pole length between individuals while hiking or snowshoeing
- avoid sharing unpackaged food
- for trips bring your own supply of hand sanitizer, wipes or tissues and a zip-lock bag to carry out waste for disposal
- club slide shows, social events, and meetings may need to be rescheduled or cancelled depending on presenter preference, location availablility, and local situation, with a max of 50 people and appropriate physical spacing
- food and beverages should not be provided at club functions if they do occur
- Stay home if you have:
- a cough, fever or any symptoms of illness
- returned within 14 days from travel outside of Canada
- been in contact with a case of COVID within 14 days
Starting on June 19, the Island Mountain Ramblers will permit club events with the following provisions:
- a maximum event size of 10 members
- no guests permitted on trips
- 2m (6ft) should be maintained between participants
- adherence to all provincial and municipal regulations for accessing lands
General Information for Club Trips
- Prospective members are invited to participate in two day hikes before joining; Multi-day trips are for Ramblers members only, unless by other arrangements
- Contact trip leader for details and any possible changes. Reserve your spot early as trips may fill quickly
- Use the Event Creation Form to submit a trip for the schedule
- Add this event schedule to your own Google Calendar
- If you need to make a change to one of your trip details, email eventsmanager @islandmountainramblers.com
Understanding the Trip Codes
- Learn how time/elevation gain and pace influence each other
- A – Not strenuous –1-4 hrs, 0-2000ft (600m) elevation gain, day pack
- B – Moderately strenuous — 2-6 hrs, 2000-4000ft (600-1000m) elevation gain, day or overnight pack
- C – Strenuous — 4-10 hrs, 3000-6000ft (1000-2000m) elevation gain, day or overnight pack
- D – Very strenuous and multiple day
- Gentle slopes, mainly trails
- Moderate slopes, travel off trail; hands may be needed for stability
- Off track in mountainous terrain, may involve steep forest and/or snow; hands may be needed for short scrambles
- Difficult mountainous terrain. Advanced backcountry and climbing experience needed
- Leader protection, hardware required
- Direct aid climbing
- Leisurely pace with frequent rest breaks. Pace slows considerably on hills and significant recovery time needed after steep sections. Several lunch/snack breaks on a full day hike.
- Moderate pace with occasional short (5-minute max) rest breaks. The pace slows slightly on hills and short recovery needed after steep sections. One lunch/snack break on a full day hike.
- Mostly fast pace with occasional “breathers” (less than a minute) for recovery. Fairly consistent pace over all terrain. Little to no recovery needed after steep sections. One short lunch/snack break on a full day hike.
- Consistently fast pace with little need for a break. Pace stays consistent regardless of terrain and recovery not needed after steep sections. May stop for a quick snack but prefer not to dally long.