Trip Rules & Regulations

When a person participates in an activity he or she relinquishes individual preferences for the good of the entire party and must act on the directions of the group coordinator, including acting as deputy coordinator if requested. 

While the Chinook Outdoor Club, its officers, and coordinators take reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of the group on hikes and other Club-sponsored activities, members are responsible for their own safety at all times. 

Members, friends, and visitors must be adequately equipped, provisioned and prepared for the type of outing. Adequate clothing must be worn and any necessary equipment provided by the participant. The coordinator has the right to refuse to take anyone not adequately equipped, provisioned and prepared for the outing.

Visitors on an outing must sign the COC waiver of liability before leaving the point of departure.

Persons under 18 years of age may participate only if accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult, or with the approval of the coordinator. 

The coordinator has the discretion to disclaim, in the presence of witnesses, responsibility for participants under circumstances where the participant refuses to comply with the reasonable directions of the coordinator.

Members and guests must not detach themselves from the main group without the consent of the coordinator.

Hikes and other activities are normally one-day trips, but overnight and multi-day trips are also arranged.

Outings are arranged for most weekends of the year, the venue and weather conditions dictating the type of activity. Adverse weather conditions can easily increase the difficulty of any outing, requiring changes in route, equipment or cancellation.

Trips are rated as to difficulty and length. The scheduled coordinator will provide information regarding possible hazards (i.e. snow, steep terrain, avalanche hazard) and equipment required to participate in the outing.

Participants are required to understand the trip rating system/description (included with the schedule) and to participate only in outings appropriate to their skill level.

Members and guests must register for activities by phoning the coordinator no later than 8:00 p.m. on the day prior to the activity or as directed in the schedule. This allows the coordinator to confirm the trip or outing arrangements, and to plan for the size and ability of the party.

Members and guests are responsible for their own transportation to and from the point of departure. Carpools are normally formed, but a member must be prepared to drive to the trailhead unless other arrangements have been made with the coordinator or another group member.

Mountain and backcountry weather is unpredictable. Severe storms can come up very quickly in all seasons. It is the participant’s responsibility to be properly prepared for all conditions that may arise.

For more information about safety, equipment and other topics in regard to our trips see our website sections Tips for Trips, Weather Avalanche and Mountain Conditions, Equipment and General Information about our Trips.