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Rules of Conduct

Calgary Outdoor Nuts (CONS) – Rules of Conduct

First off, no one likes rules including myself and I am probably one of the worst at following them. However, some basic rules are required to ensure that everyone makes it home safe from the events and has a fun time. Outdoor mountain activities involve an inherent level of danger.

These rules were last updated on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 and may require changes at any time to reflect new activities the group is doing. If anyone has issues will the rules or feels they are unfair, please contact one of the members in the leadership team immediately so the issues can be resolved.

Leadership Team Authority

Members and guests (Participants) will recognize the authority of the event organizer(s) and host(s) (Leadership Team) and follow any additional rules they set up for CONS' events. Events can be canceled or modified at the discretion of the Leadership Team (for lack of interest, inclement weather or having a personal conflict with the Event). CONS will attempt to replace a Leader on an event should they be unable to attend and inform those expecting to participate in the event in a timely manner. The Leadership Team has full authority to:

1) Determine the scope, nature and objective for an event, including who, what, where, when and how. A Leader’s decision regarding an event is final.

2) Remove or reject any person from participating if they are not in adequate physical condition to safely participate in the event. This is a safety issue and also helps assure the enjoyment of the other Participants.

3) Manage the group by adjusting the pace of the event to meet everyone's needs. Participants are expected to commit to the entire event and stay together on the event to/from as well as during the event.

4) Terminate the event if there is an emergency and/or injury or let someone help the injured person back to transportation or medical attention. The volunteer will be required to be familiar with the way back.

You are expected to follow the instructions of the Event Leader at all times.

Cancellation Policy

CONS' Cancellation Policy has been designed out of consideration for all Participants and Leaders, and to ensure that we avoid the following as often as possible:
1) "no shows" who prevent members on the waiting list from attending an Event.
2) Leaders and Participants being left to waste time waiting for those "no shows".
3) unnecessary last-minute drop-outs which result in people from the waiting list not being able to get onto the event.

Policy: To cancel out of an event after the RSVP cut-off, you must:

1) Cancel yourself from the event calendar and follow up with a phone/text to the Leader prior to the carpool/meeting time. If you don't, you may be recorded as a "no-show" at the Leader's discretion.

If you are going to be late, you must phone/text the Leader and advise them if and when you intend to show up. If you are uncertain as to where you're supposed to meet, make sure you ask the Leader for clarification prior to the day of the Event. You should make your arrangements at least 48 hours ahead of the carpool time.

If a member has three or more "no-shows" in a calendar year, their spot on future Events cannot be guaranteed. The Event Leader may, at their discretion, move that person from the sign up list to the bottom of the Event waiting list.

Event Participants are responsible for having a valid e-mail address and for checking their e-mail prior to an Event. Typically, an email will be sent out if there are important changes to the Event. We try to send out important changes at least 24 hours prior to the Event, but this cannot be guaranteed due to weather or trail conditions.

It is the responsibility of each Participant to be aware of their Events and abide by the cancellation policy. Details are always posted. Please read them.

You are responsible for knowing if you have been moved from the waiting list to the “Yes” list. You may be given a “no-show” if you are moved to the Event from the waiting list and do not attend or change your RSVP beforehand. Please remove yourself from the wait list as soon as possible.

Canceling out of a Paid Event. Before the cut-off date you can request a refund by e-mail to the event leader and you may receive a full refund, if the payment was made to CONS and CONS has not paid that money to a third-party involved in the Event (i.e. commercial guide, hotel, etc.). After the cut-off date you will only receive a refund if someone takes (and pays for) your spot on the Event.

Member Car Pooling and Park Passes

CONS events usually require carpooling from a designated site.

We leave carpooling rates to be determined by the Participants who are in a vehicle. The rate should be divided equally between all persons in the vehicle, including the driver. So, if there are four persons including the driver then the carpool rate should be divided equally by four. As a guideline, the carpooling rate should be no more than $0.25/kilometer for gas and vehicle wear and tear. That rate should be divided equally between all persons in the vehicle.

We expect that people will contribute to the day use of Park Passes as well. The amount to be contributed should be no more than $10 divided by the number of persons in the vehicle. park passes are mandatory as they cover the cost of rescue service if you were to get injured during an event.


Dogs are permitted on some Events. This is at the discretion of the Leaders and whether the area in which the Event occurs permits them. Please see the specific Event details to see if dogs are permitted and under what conditions. Your dog must be able to get along with other dogs which may be attending the Event and must not be aggressive towards people.

Hiking With Your Dog. All the Canadian Rocky Mountain national parks as well as the provincial parks in our vicinity (including the Kananaskis Country parks) allow dogs in the backcountry with the stipulation that they be physically restrained the entire time. This will keep the dogs from attracting bears and bringing them back to the group of people.

Carpooling With Your Dog. Dog owners must be able/willing to transport their own dog to the Event and in the case where a willing driver is not available, the dog and owner will be turned away.


Children are not permitted on any Events.

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Our new waiver July 28, 2016 1:31 PM Mike R.
How to Join CONS November 2, 2010 9:00 PM Trevor B.
Rules of Conduct November 11, 2010 8:02 AM Trevor B.
About Calgary Outdoor Nuts November 1, 2010 9:26 PM Trevor B.

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