With any group activity some rules and norms are necessary! Our formally scheduled activities generally involve a leader and a “sweep” who follows at the end of the group. On most hikes the leader and the sweep keep in touch using hand held GRS radios.
You are welcome to participate in any of the great activities offered by the VOC. If you wish to participate in a club activity to “try it out” , you can do so by paying a $5 guest fee and signing a liability waiver. You may attend two activities as a guest, after that you are expected to join.
Leaders are volunteers who facilitate a VOC activity and are not trained outdoor activity program leaders. Many of our leaders are experienced outdoor recreationalists, but as a participant you are responsible for your own safety, equipment, food & water and navigation on any VOC activity.
It is the responsibility of each individual to keep up with the pace of the average participant on any given activity. VOC Leaders may refuse to allow anybody in their activity if, in their opinion, the participant is inadequately equipped or physically unfit for the planned activity.
Please bring everything to make your outdoor experience enjoyable and safe. In bear country consider carrying bear spray and know how to use it.
VOC also recommends that all members carry easily accessible emergency contact information for use in case of emergency.
At the meeting place please sign the sign-in sheet. Don’t let someone else do it on your behalf as this frequently results in mis-counts.
The leader will ask if anybody needs a ride to trailhead and will help set that up. The Leader will mention the suggested carpool gratuity (posted on individual schedule sheets and on the club website) and which everybody is encouraged to pay. For insurance and legal purposes please pay when you return to your point of departure.
VOC can’t guarantee that ride sharing will be available for everyone who shows up for an activity.
Please remain behind the leader and in front of the sweep. The leader will point out to the group who the sweep is.
No smoking or alcohol consumption during a club hike or bike ride! Liabilities may apply to those starting a wildfire, even if accidental.
If you’re unsure if you are strong enough for a particular activity, contact the leader to discuss. Some activities may be more leisurely and others require greater levels of fitness and– this will be indicated on the calendar, along with the leader’s email/phone is listed on calendar. Generally routes start out easier in the spring and get more challenging as the season proceeds.
You need to bring everything to make your outdoor experience enjoyable and safe . This includes food, water, hiking poles, extra snacks and water, GPS, compass, map, personal first aid kit, electrolyte tablets in hot weather, sunscreen, insect repellent, etc.
Bring sufficient clothing for mountain weather conditions. An alpine hike may leave Vernon in hot summer temperatures and encounter hail, rain or snow at the apex of the hike.
For hikes in remote areas consider bringing an “emergency” kit including space blankets, emergency snacks, headlamp, whistle, etc.
Above the ankle hiking boots are required for hikes and rambles. If they’re new “break them in” before setting out on a longer club event.
Always inform the leader or sweep when leaving the trail for a "nature call" or for any other reason. It is a good practice to leave your pack on the trail to remind everyone someone is temporarily “missing”. In bear country take your bear spray with you.
If for any reason you do get separated from the group, stay put; an individual is much easier to find if he or she refrains from wandering off.
Bring everything to make your outdoor experience enjoyable and safe. This may include food, water, extra snacks and water, spare bicycle tube and pump, GPS or map. Depending on the route and forecast weather bring appropriate clothing (rain gear when necessary), sunscreen, etc.
The focus of rides is enjoyment and camaraderie. They are geared for cyclists who have experience biking on public roads and/or gravel trails (as appropriate to the route of the day) and a moderate level of endurance. Each ride is described on the calendar and rated for level of difficulty and distance.
If a cyclist is unsure if they are strong enough for a particular ride they can contact the leader to discuss. Some rides may be more leisurely and some more focused on speed and exercise – this will be indicated on the calendar, along with the leader’s email/phone is listed on calendar. Generally routes start out easier in the spring and get more challenging as the season proceeds.
Cycling helmets are mandatory on club outings.
Eye protection is recommended, even on dull days. A bee in eye at speed hurts!
For their own & other road users’ safety, cyclists should observe all road regulations and cycle in single file when on a public road or highway.
Make sure your bike is well maintained and ready to ride!