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BC Hikers Pages

Many thanks to our member Jane Keyes for her editorial assistance with website materials.


NOTE TO MEMBERS OF BC Hikers

While the utmost care is taken to research BC Hikers excursions fully and rate them according to level of difficulty, provide detailed “what to bring” instructions, and then ensure the safest possible environment for attendees during events, the nature of our recreational activities is inherently risky. All participants MUST determine and take responsibility for their own ability and preparedness in terms of exploring our beautiful but often challenging natural terrain. In order words, your participation is AT YOUR OWN RISK.
In order to provide legal protection to our organizers – those energetic volunteers who spend their valuable time researching, planning, and leading multi-leveled events for the benefit of members and their guests – beginning immediately we will require all attendees to sign a legal waiver before participating in any posted event. Your signature on this form will be your legally binding acknowledgement of your understanding and acceptance of all associated risks.

How It Works

Organizers will arrive at the meetup location with the waiver form, which will then be passed around for the signatures of all participants, and witnessed, prior to the start of the event. Only those who sign the form will be permitted to participate.

Please Read Prior to Signing Up For Any Posted Event

The waiver is posted here. For efficiency, we request that you READ THIS FORM IN ITS ENTIRETY prior to signing up for any posted event. In this way, all attendees will know exactly what they are being asked to sign on the day of the event, expediting the process and enabling us all to get out and enjoy our outdoor landscape as quickly as possible.

If, upon reading the waiver, you feel unprepared to sign it in order to attend BC Hikers events, please note that there are many other hiking groups operating in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia that may be more suitable for you for a variety of reasons.

We thank you for your attention to this important matter.

BC Hikers

RELEASE OF LIABILITY, WAIVER OF CLAIMS, ASSUMPTIONS OF RISKS AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT

By signing this agreement, you are waiving certain legal rights, including the right to sue or claim compensation following an accident

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!

ASSUMPTION OF RISKS
I, the UNDERSIGNED, am aware that mountaineering, rock climbing, ice climbing, backpacking, hiking, backcountry skiing, telemarking, touring, snowboarding, snowshoeing, water activities and all other such activities (collectively referred to as “Wilderness Activities”), involve many risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to: rockfall, icefall, avalanches of snow, ice and rock triggered by natural forces, by persons travelling through the terrain, or other causes; hidden or exposed earth, rocks, boulders, ice, logs, stumps, forest deadfall, treewells, trees and other objects; concealed or exposed crevasses, icebridges or bergschrunds; cornices and cornice falls; cliffs; variations in snow or ice conditions, including unstable snow packs or ice; ungroomed, unmarked and uncontrolled terrain; exposed or concealed holes or depressions in the snow pack; still and moving water; limited visibility; variable, severe or rapidly changing weather; hypothermia; frostbite; loss of balance or control and falls, particularly on steep or difficult terrain; errors of judgment; lack of preparation; inadequate or inappropriate equipment; equipment failure, malfunction or loss; failure to act safely or within one’s ability; impact or collision with other persons; encounters with domestic or wild animals; becoming lost, going off route or becoming separated from one’s party; remote locations with no or unreliable communication, and inability to get rescue or medical assistance quickly or easily; dangerous driving conditions and travel over poor roads; negligence of other mountaineers, climbers, backpackers, hikers, skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers, drivers, snowmobilers and others; and, negligence on the part of The Vancouver Mountaineers, its directors, officers, agents, members, organizers, coordinators, assistants, representatives and all persons acting under its authority (collectively the "BC Hikers"), including the failure on the part of the BC Hikers to take reasonable steps to safeguard or protect me from the risks, dangers and hazards of Wilderness Activities.

I AM AWARE OF THE RISKS, DANGERS AND HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH WILDERNESS ACTIVITIES AND I FREELY ACCEPT AND FULLY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, DANGERS AND HAZARDS AND THE POSSIBILITY OF PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH, PROPERTY DAMAGE AND LOSS RESULTING THEREFROM.

RESPONSIBILITIES
The organizer or coordinator of a BC Hikers trip or activity is not a professional mountaineer, guide or trained first aid attendant. The function of the organizer or coordinator is only to organize the trip, ensure it gets underway and be familiar or have knowledge of the access to the area, the route or routes. Participants on a club trip or activity are responsible for their own safety and are expected to have the necessary skills, experience, fitness, suitable first aid supplies and appropriate equipment in good working order.


RELEASE OF LIABILITY, WAIVER OF CLAIMS AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT

In consideration of BC Hikers allowing me to join BC Hikers
or to participate in any activities or programs organized or authorized by or on behalf of BC Hikers including, but not limited to, club trips, camps, expeditions, courses or programs involving Wilderness Activities, I hereby agree as follows:

1. TO WAIVE ANY AND ALL CLAIMS that I have, or may have in the future, against BC Hikers and ______ (initial here) TO†RELEASE BC Hikers from any and all liability for any loss, damage, expense, or injury, including death, that I may suffer, or that my next of kin may suffer, resulting from or in connection with my membership in The Vancouver Mountaineers, or my participation in any activities or programs organized or authorized by or on behalf of The Vancouver Mountaineers, including activities or programs involving Wilderness Activities, DUE TO ANY CAUSE WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, BREACH OF CONTRACT, OR BREACH OF ANY STATUTORY OR OTHER DUTY OF CARE, INCLUDING ANY DUTY OF CARE UNDER THE OCCUPIERS LIABILITY ACT, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 337, OR ANY APPLICABLE OCCUPIERS LIABILITY LEGISLATION, ON THE PART OF THE VANCOUVER MOUNTAINEERS, AND ALSO INCLUDING THE FAILURE OF THE VANCOUVER MOUNTAINEERS TO TAKE REASONABLE STEPS TO SAFEGUARD OR PROTECT ME FROM THE RISKS, DANGERS AND HAZARDS REFERRED TO ABOVE.
2. TO HOLD HARMLESS AND INDEMNIFY BC Hikers from any and all liability for any damage to property of or personal injury to any third party, resulting from any aspect of my membership in BC Hikers, or my participation in any activities or programs organized or authorized by or on behalf of BC Hikers;
3. This Agreement shall be effective and binding upon my heirs, next of kin, executors, administrators, assigns and representatives, in the event of my death or incapacity;
4. This Agreement and any rights, duties and obligations as between the parties to this Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted solely in accordance with the laws of the Province of British Columbia and no other jurisdictions; and
5. Any litigation involving the parties of this Agreement shall be brought solely within the Province of British Columbia and shall be within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of the Province of British Columbia.

Unless the executive of BC Hikers directs otherwise, this Agreement shall apply to all subsequent membership renewals or participation in any activities or programs organized or authorized by or on behalf of BC Hikers

In entering into this Agreement, I am not relying upon any oral or written representations or statements made by BC Hikers with respect to the safety of Wilderness Activities and any activities or programs organized or authorized by or on behalf of BC Hikers, other than what is set forth in this Agreement.

I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THIS AGREEMENT AND I AM AWARE THAT BY SIGNING THIS AGREEMENT I AM WAIVING CERTAIN LEGAL RIGHTS WHICH I OR MY HEIRS, NEXT OF KIN, EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS, ASSIGNS AND REPRESENTATIVES MAY HAVE AGAINST BC Hikers .
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There is no need to RSVP "No", if you are not attending. We only need to know who IS attending. The "No" feature is there for people who need to change their RSVP.

The "YES" list is for people who are SURE they will attend an event. If you think you may be able to make it, please do not click "YES". As always, if you are on the "YES" list, we expect you to show up. If you don't, we will remove you from the group.

The "Wait list" is activated when an event is full. If you are on the Wait list, you are waiting for someone from the "YES" list to cancel, then you can take his spot. Do not show up at an event unless your name appears on the "YES" list. You will be removed from the group if you do so.

Members-Only events are for members only. We host these events because there is always a wait list of members trying to get on the "YES" list. In order to make it easier for members to get in, we make some events members-only. This is a private club and members should have priority over guests to sign up for gatherings. If you are a couple and would like to come to an event together, please register as members individually and RSVP as members. If only one of you can get on the "YES" list and you do not want to come alone, then wait for the next event. On each event posting, the organizer gives a deadline as to when one has to update their RSVP status prior to the event. It is usually 24 hours. If you change your status after the deadline, we will label you as "Last-Minute Cancellation Offender" and if this happens again,
you will be removed from the group.

We strive to create a safe and comfortable social network environment for our members and in order to do so, we ask you to follow these rules. Thank you for your cooperation.


Be on time.


Legal Stuff - Liabilities, Obligations and Responsibilities

We are a group composed of volunteers. We are NOT a professional organization or pro trail guides and/or pro event organizers. However, as a group of friends and acquaintances, we will look out for each other. The organizer and any/all assistant organizers and other attendees are in no way responsible and liable for your personal safety and health state, before, during and at anytime after this event. By RSVPing "Yes", for this event, you acknowledge that you fully understand and accept the aforementioned conditions and following event attendance conditions and, you are solely responsible for your own health, safety and well-being before, during and at anytime after the event as stated previously. All attendees shall forever hold harmless the organizers and other attendees and unconditionally waive any liabilities resulting from attending and/or participating in this event.


Guests and Any Other Group Event Attendees
The organizers and/or assistant organizers are not responsible in any way for member guests, pets and kids/children/offspring/charges, etc. of any or all of the above mentioned event group attendees/members. Event group attendees/members who RSVP "YES" for this event and bring guests, pets, kids/children/offspring/charges etc. to this event are solely and totally responsible for their own and their personally invited guests health, safety and well being before, before, during and at any time after the conclusion of the this event. The event organizer(s) and assistant organizer() shall be held harmless and shall be unconditionally free forever of any and all liabilities, obligations and responsibilities to any of the event attendees, group members, guests and all third party individuals, relatives and representatives.



The organizer(s) reserves the right to turn away any member who shows up without RSVP, unprepared and/or ill-equipped to handle this event. Please read the instructions carefully and come to each event prepared.


We respectfully request that you do not RSVP "Yes" to any event unless you are certain of your attendance. We volunteer our time to organize events in order to bring together dedicated members with similar interests who are committed to participating in various activities with other like-minded members. If you are unable to get onto an event, please put your name on the waiting list. Every effort will be made to accommodate members who demonstrate an interest in attending at a later date.


DO NOT sign up please if:

1. Uncertain to commit to the entire event/activity, or
2. Having other appointment(s) on the same day, or
3. Not planning to stay within the group for the entire event/activity
4. You prefer not to be on camera as some participants may take photos and/or videos during the hike and post them either on the Meetup site and/or other sites like YouTube for public display to share and recapture those great memories with other members/friends.


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Hello all and warm welcome to BC Hikers.

Please do some of your own research for the many mountains we are going to climb. You will be able to share it with the group. We also plan to incorporate the same rating system as North Shore Hikers. This will be "A", "B", "C" and "D"hikes. Details as follow:

Duration: the part requiring stamina

A No more than 4 hours average hiking time at a slow to medium pace. eg: Holyburn Mtn., Seymour Mtn., Lyn Peak, Stawamus Chief, High Falls Creek, St. Marks Summit, Mt Cheam. Note: in winter many of these become "B"

B 4-7 hours average hiking time at a medium to moderate pace. eg: Crown Mtn., Mt. Harvey, Brunswick Mt., Deeks Lake, Unnecessary Mt., Goat Mt. Lady & Cheam, Hanegan Peak, Yellow Aster Butte, Joffre Lakes, Elk Thurston. Note: in winter many of these become "C" hikes

C More than 8 hours average hiking time at a fast pace. For advanced hikers. Panorama Ridge, Black Tusk, Tricouni Peak, Cloudburst Mt., The Needles, Mt. Fee, Mt. Windsor, Sky Pilot, Burke Ridge, Golden Ears, Dilly Dally

D More than 12 hours average hiking time, fast paced, into less traveled areas. For very fit and experienced hikers only.

Difficulty: the part requiring strength and skill

1 Gentle gradient, rolling terrain.
2 Moderate gradient, occasional fairly steep but short sections.
3 Prolonged steep gradient, some scrambling and/or bushwhacking possible, occasional use of hands may be
required.

Elevation Gain (cumulative): the part requiring fitness

a Up to 500 m
b 500 m to 1000 m
c 1000 m to 1500 m
d Over 1500 m

"IMPORTANT REMINDER"

CARPOOLING GUIDELINES:

It is hikers responsibility to make their transportation arrangements. CARPOOLING GUIDELINES:

Carpooling requests should be made by comment with your RSVP. Please remember to reimburse your driver for gas. The suggested rate is $5.00 per passenger per hour of driving time on pavement; and $7.50 for logging roads...

Unless you have made one-way arrangement in advance with the driver, your return trip should be paid in advance, at the start of the trip. You should not expect a refund if you cancel your ride home.

Please put muddy hiking boots in a clean plastic bag and change into runners after the hike.

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