What is a family? Is it defined by your blood relations or by those you choose to spend your precious time with?
Most of us, perhaps already planned their family trips this 2020. It was all exciting planning to go with your loved ones to somewhere aesthetic and try out something exciting. However, the pandemic brought a lot of changes to the way our society interacts with each other, and for us to make the most out of it, we must transmute to the new normal of doing outdoor activities. For K8 Mountaineering Club of Alberta, hiking the heights of marvellous mountains is one of the greatest ways to have an exciting and enjoyable, yet safe-from-the-virus family outdoor activity.
The K8 who is actively engaged in mountaineering, organized a combined general assembly and family camping event for their members last July 9 to 12, 2020, at the Bighorn Dam, Clearwater County, Nordegg, Alberta. K8 members from Calgary, Banff, and Edmonton attended the three days event together with their families to refresh their love and passion for mountaineering as well as introduce its beauty and excitement to their loved ones through interactive discussions and activities.
The event would certainly not proceed without safety precautions for the attendees. Although it is difficult to perceive this time of the pandemic, the K8 group is consciously aware to ensure that no attendees experience CoVid-19 symptoms. Minimum health standards were also followed by providing the attendees with face masks, setting up four-hand sanitizing stations and encouraging physical distancing was easier to follow in the vastness of the campsite and the mountains.
Before braving the thrilling mountain climbs, the members first underwent a K8 Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC), facilitated by the K8 board of membership in reference to the international standards which standardizes each member's understanding of mountaineering. Orienting and teaching them of the do’s, don’ts, skills and techniques in climbing, the types of apparel to wear, and the types of equipment and gears from “starter-pack” to “pro-mountaineers” which were exhibited and demonstrated of proper use, teach the participants to become responsible mountaineer.
Safety of the members is of utmost priority of the K8 group, that is why they also taught them the proper use of Bear Spray in defending themselves against the wild animals which they may encounter in the trails.
Via Ferrata at Mt. Stelfox put the K8 members' knowledge and skills on mountaineering to the test. It is a good starter for beginners with a mix of the right amount of fun and thrill, challenging each climbers strength and stamina in scrambling the steep, rocky slope of Mt.
Stelfox while savouring the cold, fresh breeze and the breathtaking beauty of Abraham Lake, Mt. Michener and Clearwater County.
Successfully reaching the summit of Mt. Stelfox was such an achievement for the members of K8. More than the satisfaction of seeing the panoramic view at the top of the mountains is the indescribable feeling of fulfilment, knowing that we can overcome every mountain peak and every battle in our lives with full determination and perseverance with the help of our families and friends, and certainly with the guidance of our Creator who moves mountains.
Beyond doubt, the event was successful in promoting responsible mountaineering. It was not only informative and practical but also a great experience that the families and friends will always remember. The days during the family camp that filled with so much fun, childhood games, sumptuous food, nature appreciation, and inspiring stories of the members that surely connect them to the unquestionable importance of past experiences. It strengthened the bonds among families and friends, creating together memories that they will forever cherish.
K8 is looking forward to more exciting major climbs and activities planned by the newly elected officers who took their oath during the general assembly. K8 Mountaineering Club of Alberta opens its doors to anyone who wants to experience new adventures.
It is fascinating to know how a goal of K8 in overcoming every mountain can ignite a passion for nature, unlock potentials among its members and ultimately unite them as a family. Just like what Levi Ramos, the Executive Chairman of K8, has written, “This club is not just a group, organization, or society, but a family. Masonic Brotherhood of individuals with the same passion and fate when it comes to nature. Formed with members and a leader that will guide the whole in one common goal. Let the mountains unite us all!”
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