November 21, 2020 — COVID-19 Update

Due to the province-wide restrictions on travel and congregating in groups outside, all Island Mountain Rambler events have been cancelled until further notice.

John Young

Island Mountain Ramblers President

Information for guests:

Guests may participate on two day-trips with Island Mountain Ramblers, after which they will need to join the club; Multi-day trips are for Ramblers members only, unless by other arrangements. Before joining a trip, please read the club’s Guidelines for Trip Participants, then complete the online waiver and forward your confirmation of completion to the trip leader.

General Information for Club Trips

Understanding the Trip Codes

  • Learn how time/elevation gain and pace influence each other

Time/Elevation Gain:

  • 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 days


    1. Gentle slopes, mainly trails
    2. Moderate slopes, travel off-trail; hands may be needed for stability
    3. Off-track in mountainous terrain, may involve steep forest and/or snow; hands may be needed for short scrambles
    4. Difficult mountainous terrain. Advanced backcountry and climbing experience needed
    5. Leader protection, hardware required
    6. Direct aid climbing


    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.