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Yarns from the Tarns ~ Comox District Mountaineering Club

WElcome to

"Yarns from the Tarns"

Spring/SUMMER 2019 Edition

Spring! The time of melting snow, running creeks, waterfalls, and muddy trails. Soon to be followed by our favorite hiking season, Summer!

CDMC Trips and Events

Our Meetup events calendar is filling up for spring and summer trips - thank you to our leaders for posting trips! Check out the CDMC events calendar on Meetup.

The CDMC-Timberwest Agreement for 2019 has been finalized and nearly all the Timberwest Trips have been posted to the events page. A reminder to our members that there is an additional $5 Timberwest Fee for these trips and a Timberwest 2019 waiver must be signed to participate.

Timberwest has agreed that our trip leaders may post additional trips for our members at any time when there is public access to the Comox Main. Please note: the $5 TW fee and waivers are not required for these trips.

WEBSITE UPDATE

Our webmaster is working hard to get the Member Resources area of the CDMC website ready for our members. Once complete, you will be able to find resources there for planning and leading trips as well as other CDMC documents. Stay tuned!

TICKS!

It's tick season out there!

The risk of getting a tick bite starts when the weather warms up in the spring, through until the fall. Ticks can also be active in the winter, if the winter is mild and there is not much snow. However, the greatest risk occurs during the spring and summer months.

Ticks can be infected with more than one type of bacteria that can cause human illness. Guarding against tick bites will protect you from more than just Lyme disease.

Here are some ways to protect yourself if you venture into wooded or forested areas within risk areas for ticks:

• Wear light coloured long-sleeved shirts and pants to spot ticks more easily.

• Tuck your shirt into your pants, and pull your socks over your pant legs.

• Use bug spray containing DEET or Icaridin on your skin and clothing (always follow the directions on the label).

• Do a full-body check for ticks after your outdoor activities.

• If you find an attached tick, remove it with tweezers immediately. Removing it within 24-36 hours can help prevent infection.

• Do a tick check on your outdoor gear and your pets as they could carry ticks inside your home.

get more info at www.canada.ca/LymeDisease

Love the CDMC Crest? Want one to sew on your backpack or favorite hiking shirt?

Contact cdmchiking@gmail.com to purchase yours today for $5.00!

Consider shopping local first wherever you live!

The Comox Valley offers two great options for local outdoor gear shopping. Valhalla Pure Outfitters in Courtenay and SOS Gear in Courtenay. Valhalla has supported the CDMC for several years with shopping events and gifts and prizes for our potluck events. SOS Gear is new to the Comox Valley, and is offering CDMC Members a 2019 discount card if you sign up before June 3. See the details here.

Fire Bans and Restrictions/Wildfire Safety Info

The recent dry spring and lack of heavy rains over the winter and spring have left our island forests and ecosystems drier than usual for this time of year.

Be especially aware of the dry conditions when enjoying outdoor activities this season. Make sure to keep yourself well-hydrated during all activities, and be cautious during the smoky season, especially if you suffer from any medical condition which may be exacerbated by the smoke.

Watch the websites BC WILDFIRE STATUS and BC FIRE BANS AND RESTRICTIONS for updates on wildfires and fire bans and restrictions.

You can also find the BC WILDFIRES MAP online to see information about the current status of wildfires in the province. Report wildfires to 1 800 663-5555 or *5555.

CDMC WORK PARTIES

Be a part of the CDMC Work Party Family!

CDMC work parties have been working in conjunction with BC Parks to maintain, upgrade, and rebuild trails in the park. Each year, CDMC members take time out from their busy life, family, and hiking schedule to contribute to work parties.

Hundreds of person hours have been volunteered and many kilometers of trail have been updated and maintained in just the past few years by CDMC members, as well as the work party at the Croteau Lake Group Campsite last fall.

We would love to see you out on the trails with us as we continue our commitment to BC Parks to help maintain our favorite playgrounds!

There are already some Meetup events booked for upcoming work parties - check out the events schedule and sign up today to help out!

April 28, 2019

Another successful finish for the CDMC Mixed Nuts! Big THANKS to our racers and volunteers for making this year's Snow to Surf event so much fun, and thank you to the members who came out to meet us at the finish line!

CDMC Mixed Nuts does it again!
  • Watch your inbox for Meetup notifications for more summer hikes and work parties to join.
  • Occupational First Aid and Wilderness First Aid courses will be posted in the fall for our members.
  • Navigation course will be offered this fall as well.
  • Website updates coming with new Member Resource pages available soon!

Do you have a story, poem, or outdoor or hiking related topic to add to the next newsletter? Have a great idea for a club event? Use the Feedback Form to let us know, or email comoxdistrictmountaineering@gmail.com. We'd love to hear from you!

Sea Otter Cove from Mt St Patrick

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