What we're about

Club Tread Victoria is a hiking club that has been established in Victoria for over 30 years. We are a registered Society. We use Meetup to schedule our hikes and other events. Our day-hiking and walking events on the South Island run year round. In the winter months we also have snowshoeing and ski trips to Mt. Washington, and cross-country skiing closer to Victoria as weather permits. From April to October you can expect hiking, and cycling events in the Cowichan Valley, the Gulf Islands and the San Juan Islands along with weekend and multi-day trips further afield. 
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Membership
The club is open to new members.
You can become a guest member of Club Tread by joining on this Meetup site. A newcomer is permitted to join the Club and pay the annual fee after participating in at least one event. Newcomers also have the option to participate in up to 3 events without paying if they prefer to try more before joining. Once the membership fees are paid, they can participate in Paid-up Members only events.

PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME HIKES AND ACTIVITIES MAY BE LIMITED TO PAID UP MEMBERS OF CLUB TREAD. GUEST MEMBERS WHO HAVE ONLY SIGNED UP ON MEETUP ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THOSE ACTIVITIES.

To become a fully paid Club Tread member, after completing at least one event you can join here (or go to our website and click on "Join VCT")

Please note: After 12 months of event inactivity your name will be removed from the Victoria Club Tread Meetup group automatically.
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COVID-19 Policies
Club Tread is once again offering activities within the current COVID-19 guidelines. Trip leaders will continue to have discretion on size of groups.

The rules and guidelines in our standard Club Tread waiver apply and we ask you to respect the rules laid out in our documents. Let’s be safe and enjoy the outdoors.
Club Tread Documents
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Victoria Club Tread Day Hike Rating System
The following legend describes the criteria we use for rating our day hikes. We also have developed rating systems for cycle touring and walks. Other activities are not rated. Day hikes are rated using three factors, distance, elevation gain and trail conditions The trail conditions are for when the trail is in good condition, weather and other variable factors are not taken into account.
Rating Description
1 Boot: Easy hike. Suitable for most people. Typically: easy climbs (100m), easy grades, short distances, (less than 5 km), good trail conditions, 1 ­ 3 hours hiking.
2 Boot: Average hike. Suitable for most hikers. Typically: moderate climbs (up to 400m), moderate grades, moderate distances (up to 10 km), average trail conditions, 2 ­ 5 hours hiking.
3 Boot: Intermediate hike. Suitable for fitter hikers. Typically: harder climbs (up to 600m), steeper grades, longer distances (up to 15 km), rugged trail conditions.
*  4 Boot: Strenuous hike. For the more adventurous. May contain: steep, high climbs, long distances, or poor trail conditions.

Upcoming events (4+)

Mount Doug Hike

Mount Douglas Parking Lot

A normal pace hike - Start at the Blenkinsop Parking lot. Hike level is 3 - (3.5 in some sections) boot out of 5.
The start is a continuous incline. Will go up and over Little Mount Doug and up to the look out twice. Please bring water and a good pair of hiking shoes as it can get slippery on the dry gravel. We stop for a few breathers only and no real breaks.
NOTE: This isn't a beginner's hike, we don't stop frequently. There are other hikes that are rated at a lower level and have frequent stops and a good way to build up your hiking level.
Please cancel your RSVP if you sign up and then can't make it.

Lower Amigos and Braden Loop

Sooke Hills Wilderness Park parking lot

TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE, PARTICIPANTS MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED AT LEAST 2 WEEKS BEFORE THIS EVENT.

Distance 12-14 km with approximately 800m of total elevation gain
Approximately 5-5.5 hours hiking time (6-6.5 hours out)
Moderate pace
A good level of fitness is essential for this hike

Route: A mixture of well-established, lightly travelled routes and overgrown trails. Some routes are steep and may be slippery. Hands might be needed in a few places.
Poor conditions may require changes to our route and/or a shorter hike.

We will be departing the trailhead at at 9:00am sharp. Please arrive no later than 8:50am.

Hiking boots with ankle support and good tread are necessary for this hike. Hiking poles are strongly recommended. Bring a litre of water, snacks and a lunch. You might also want to check our document of “Essential Items For Your Day Pack”. Especially important at this time of year is rain gear, gloves, an extra layer of clothing, and a headlamp or flashlight. Weather conditions can change quickly, regardless of the forecast.

CLUB TREAD BOOT RATING
*3 Boot: Intermediate hike. Suitable for fitter hikers. Typically: harder climbs (up to 600m), steeper grades, longer distances (up to 15 km), rugged trail conditions.

If you have NOT done a 3-BOOT hike with me before, please contact me through the Meetup message function so we can discuss if this hike is suitable for you. Pre-screening will not be done on the day of the hike, and is for the safety and enjoyment of all participants.

During the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, Club Tread will be following the recommended physical distancing rules. Club Tread has enacted policies which you must read before you sign up for an event. https://www.clubtread.org/vct/documents.

Please be aware that this is a Club Tread hike and our rules apply. You can read our Application Form and Event Liability Waiver, which are also in the list of files under the “More” link and give a good idea of expectations for hikers and coordinators.

SORRY, NO DOGS ON THIS HIKE.

Club Tread Membership Meeting

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FOR PAID UP CLUB TREAD MEMBERS ONLY
Hi everyone. Time for a winter meeting of members. We will have short meeting to update everyone on topics such as vacancies on the Executive to be filled in 2023, Club insurance, some stats, and will answer member questions.

We will then enjoy presentations from Donna Fleming, Eva Gnech, and others on their aquatic and mountain adventures this summer. Please plan on attending and make sure you indicate you are going in the Meetup description so we can anticipate numbers. Zoom link below.

John Peebles, President Club Tread

Topic: Club Tread Zoom Meeting
Time: Dec 6,[masked]:00 PM Vancouver

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Dingle Way Trail Hike - Ireland - May or June or Sept 2023

Needs a location

Just putting a feeler out if there is any interest to do the Dingle Way Trail Hike.
Let's meet in December sometimes to touch base and hopefully get everyone out that is interesting in coming. People on the waiting list are invited as well. Maybe have some accommodations ideas? The Dingle Way link below is a good source I found.
Also interested in doing another hike over there but optional for others.
e.g.
Portuguese Camino from Porto to Santiago (10 days) I booked to do this one May/2020 but was cancelled because of covid.
PS: But hike in Scotland or Wales would be good too.

# The Dingle Way Walking Trail

The Dingle Way is one of over 30 Irish long-distance walking trails. Situated in the south-west of the Ireland, the walk completes a circuit of the Dingle Peninsula, starting and finishing in Tralee, the capital of Kerry. The trail is 179km long and takes an adult who is reasonably fit an average of 8-9 days to walk.
Link to more info below.
The Dingle Way Walking Trail | Homepage | Dingle Way

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