Everyone knows that we have had issues with the signup procedure! Everyone wants to go on every trip at the beginning of the year, but when it is time to go, we have a lot of dropouts. From experience, this causes a lot of hassle for the coordinators and leaders and it is unfair to the people on the waiting list. We have had trips with 12 - 15 people signed up, but only 4 or 5 that actually go!! We all need to work on this! Please consider very carefully before you put your name on a trip list and keep track of the trips you have committed to.
For details on how trip posting and signups happen, and your responsibilities prior to the trip, please refer to the Trip Posting and Signup Procedure.
Hiking and Backpacking
Beginner Trips: No experience, limited experience or for those that have not been in the backcountry for awhile. Day trips are fairly short, backpacks are less than 15 km/day, with limited elevation gain. Well-travelled and marked trails will be used and the pace will be easy.
Intermediate Trips: Some previous hiking and backpacking experience and for those that are reasonably fit. There may be some significant elevation gain, and distances could be 15 to 20 km/day. Trails may not be well-travelled and the pace will be more strenuous.
Advanced Trips: These trips are for those that are looking for a challenge. Previous experience will be required and the participants should be prepared for longer days, large elevation gains, possible route-finding and bushwhacking, with ample opportunities to build one’s character.
Scrambling and Climbing
Scrambling: Non-technical climbing. A beginner scramble is a step beyond an advanced day hike. There will be elevation gain, steep grades, and routefinding. Intermediate and advanced scrambles will involve progressively longer distances, greater elevation gain, more use of hands for climbing, and greater exposure (situations in which a fall will result in serious injury or death).
Rock climbing: Technical climbing involving the use of ropes and anchors. If you haven't taken a course, you're not ready. If you have, you should have some idea how to evaluate the level of difficulty and a trip's suitability for you. Different rock-climbing trips may involve top-roping, trad climbing, or sport climbing. Rock-climbing trips are almost always day trips.
Mountaineering: Technical climbing that may involve glacier travel. A course is required.
Please be honest when assessing your abilities and speak to the trip coordinator or leader if you are uncertain. Take a few moments to review the following Trip Participant's Responsibilities.