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+)

9:30 AM Seymour HIll/Mackenzie Creek.

Thetis Lake Regional Park - Main Parking Lot

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.

By signing up for this event, you agree that you have read the policy applicable and agree to it. You also acknowledge that you are bound by the Club Tread waiver you have already signed (online)

Link to new rules in place for COVID-19, please read before signing up!

https://www.clubtread.org/vct/documents

Meet at the main Thetis Lake parking lot (end of Six Mile Rd) at 9:20 AM. North side or upper side of parking area. This 2-Boot hike starts at 9:30 AM and takes approximately 2 hours at a reasonable pace. Please wear sturdy footwear. Bring poles if you like. Bring a full water bottle. Sorry, no dogs.

Please bring a current emergency contact number.

Current Policy:
Maximum of 10 hikers.

Mount Doug Hike - Sunny - 5 degrees -20% chance of rain

Mount Douglas Beach

Meet at Mount Doug Beach Parking Lot
Normal pace hike. Will do a couple of inclines and go to the look-out 2 or 3 times. May add an exploratory trail today. Please wear good tread hiking shoes/boots as will be muddy, slipping this time of the year. Hike is 3 (3.5 in some sections) out of 5. Waiver need to be signed. Need to have registered with Club Tread and RSVP to hike. Will not be allowed on hike if not registered with CT. No dogs.
Note: This isn't a beginners hike as we will go up and over and will be mostly non-stop except for short breathers here and there. Be prepared as hike may go up to 30 minutes longer than 2 hours.

Five Jewels (Sooke Hills)

Sooke Hills Wilderness Park parking lot

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

The famous Five Jewels hike shows off much of the best of the southeast Sooke Hills, including the 5 peaks: Sugarloaf, the Gem, Mike Hill, Crowsnest, and Corner Hill. We'll do the "old" route up Sugarloaf, from the south, and go down to the north. Then it's up the Gem, with great views back to Sugarloaf along the way. Then it's on to Mike, Crowsnest and finally to Corner Hill.

Details:
3+ boot (see description below)
DEPART trailhead at 8:45am sharp (please arrive NO LATER than 8:35am)
Distance 14km
Elevation 900m
6-6.5 hours hiking time (moderate pace)
Route: Hiking on a mix of rough and established trails with some steep and muddy/slippery sections. Some steep sections where hands will be needed.
Assisted by Mike Whitney

This challenging hike is "only" 14 km, but the accumulated elevation is around 900 metres. If conditions warrant, the hike can be cut short at any point, which is why this hike is so good for this time of year. A good level of fitness is essential for this hike.

This hike is not suitable for anyone with late afternoon plans. Regardless of the stated duration or weather forecast, come prepared to be out all day in rainy conditions. If the forecast changes for the worse, the hike will be modified. Please check the comments section before you head out in the morning.

If your plans change, please remove yourself from the list as soon as possible so someone else can take your place.

Hiking boots with ankle support and good tread are necessary for this hike. Hiking poles are strongly recommended.

BRING
Raingear
An extra layer (puffy, fleece, etc-it will be cold!)
Minimum 1 litre of water or hot drink
Lunch and snacks
10 essentials (a flashlight/headlamp and extra layers are essential at this time of year)

If you would like to carpool, please post a note in the comments section and include the area.

Sorry, NO DOGS.

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. (3+ boot is more strenuous, note the total elevation gain)

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. Prescreening will not be done on the day of the hike, and is for the safety and enjoyment of all participants. Your name may be removed from the list of attendees if I don't hear from you by 5pm the day before.

By signing up for this event, you acknowledge that you have read the policy below and agree to it. You also acknowledge that you are bound by the Club Tread waiver (online).

Link to rules in place for COVID-19 -- please read before signing up!
https://www.clubtread.org/vct/documents

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, an extra layer of clothing, and a headlamp or flashlight. Weather conditions can change quickly, regardless of the forecast.

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.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival

University Farquhar Auditorium

CA$25.00

Watch a selection of winning films from the 2022 film festival held in Banff. Epic journeys, monumental adventures, scenic locations, cultural exploration, personal stories, overcoming obstacles, passion and determination, fear and exhilaration, leading, exploring, climbing, hiking, kayaking, swimming, mountains, rivers, valleys, deserts and so much more to see!!

When: 7:00 pm Sunday January 29, 2023
Where: Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria

Tickets: Early bird tickets are $25 (plus a share of the $3 online purchase fee=$25.30)). I will buy a block of 10 seats for the first 10 people to sign up (covid vaccinated guests are welcome). Possibility of adding seats once the first lot are paid for. Once you have paid and your seat is confirmed you own the ticket. You have the option to find another person to buy your ticket from you or I can try to find you a replacement (no guarantees).

Ticket price includes entry to a prize draw.
The prize: a two-night stay for one room (up to six people) at Hišimy̓awiƛ, the Alpine Club's fabulous hut on 5040 Peak, Vancouver Island, with access to extensive summer alpine hiking and superb winter and spring skiing. The value of the prize is: $150 per night.
Booking: The prize two-night stay must be taken before December 31, 2023. Booking the dates of the prize two-night stay is up to the winner; the procedure for booking the prize stay will be provided to the winner.
The prize draw: Each ticket purchased during the Early-bird Special timeframe (i.e., before midnight on December 3rd, 2022) is eligible for the prize draw.
One winning ticket will be randomly drawn on January 29th at the screening event at the Farquhar Auditorium at UVic; the prize must be accepted in person on the night of the event. The prize has no monetary re-sale value.
Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival world tour website: https://www.banffcentre.ca/banffmountainfestival

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Past events (2,203)

Mount Doug Hike - 7 degrees 30% chance of rain

Mount Douglas Parking Lot

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