Intermediate Hike: Devon River Valley Trek The Trails - Sat, Mar 6 2021

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Intermediate Hike: Devon River Valley Trek The Trails (3/6/2021)

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. If you'd like to attend, we ask that you abide by our rules and procedures as a time/cost saving process (with an end result of keeping membership free and lower cost events).

The Basics:
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Event Type:Urban Hike
Event Location: Town of Devon Boat Launch
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Mar 6 2021  12:20 PM
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Mar 6 2021 11:00:00 AM
Event Duration:3 - 4 hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Mark G
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:1
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Itinerary:

**To register you must first add your name to the waiting list, and then answer the health and saftey questionnaire sent by the coordinator before being added to the event the day before the event start.
**Please read all details in red below and and event details, including all Covid-19 group precautions before signing up! All activities are being offered in full compliance with current provincial and federal COVID standards (links below for more information).
We will be hiking in staggered groups of four. At times we will be two abreast (box shape with 6 feet or more apart), and other times we will need to be distanced while in single file and step off the trail or pathway briefly to let others pass safely.

**We will be enforcing this distancing throughout the hike. Anyone who is not acting in accordance with Covid safety requirements will be warned once. If non- compliance continues, they will be asked to leave the activity!



We will meet at 12:20 PM at the boat launch (directions below).

There are around 14km of trails located in the North Saskatchewan River Valley around Devon, so we will go and check them out!

The event begins at the parking lot by the boat launch at Devon, on the south bank of the North Saskatchewan River.
The trails are accessed to the east of the parking lot, and begin by following the river bank for a short distance. Then it gets interesting....

I have classed this hike as "moderate to difficult" because there are a lot of steep sections where the trail rises and descends (including a tough section of switchbacks), which will prove challenging to many of us, but we will prevail!

We will pass by the golf course and campground below, before climbing back up again. There are even some "mini-hoodoos" to admire!
We will then follow a scenic ravine to its southern end, before turning back, and linking up with a lower route towards the river.
Having walked along the riverside, we will reach the water treatment plant.
From that point, we will climb again and reach the "tougher" sections for a second time.
Once we have covered this part, it will then be a relatively straightforward walk back to the cars.

Bring some snacks, as we'll need them!
Dogs are permitted on this event, but just a reminder (for dogs and humans alike) that this is a longer/tougher hike!

Please note that proper hiking footwear with good support and grip is essential, as some sections are steep and challenging, especially if underfoot conditions are wet and/or slippery.

Also please note that this is a group hike - therefore "superfast hikers" should be prepared to wait for the group as a whole throughout the whole hike.
If you're not prepared to do this, then this will not be the event for you.

Similarily - "less than superfast hikers" - please find the time to get some training hikes in before this one, so that you are not "caught cold" doing this one!

In summary, this is not an easy hike - there are lots of significant gradients throughout the whole hike and you will get a good workout! However, it is a very scenic area and well worth visiting.

***We are open to having dogs on the hike, however they must be leashed***

We are limiting the number of participants including the coordinator on our events at this time.

Look for Mark wearing (or holding) a blue EOC ball cap, or look up his profile picture on the volunteer page.

**There are important ways to protect yourself and others from Coronavirus. For all who choose to enjoy an EOC activity we require participants to follow all Federal and Provincial rules in regards to Covid- 19, and the 2 meters/ 6 feet of social distancing from all club members and the public while on the trails and in public spaces. ** Our activities are outdoors in uncrowded spaces where cross-contamination is considered lower risk, but strict precautions still need to be followed because there still is a risk of transmission with exposure time to an asymptomatic person.
Click this link here for more information from Alberta Health Services, and to learn more.

Additional requirements:

1. Create social space. Avoid greeting each other where there is the potential for skin-to- skin contact, such as hugs or handshakes or high- fives. . When in doubt, share a friendly wave and 'hello'. Blow your nose, cough, sneeze, or clear your airway at least 2 metres away from others. Don't use clothing to wipe. Wear a mask in public places to help limit the risk of spread to others if you will be within 2 metres of people other than members of your own household.
  • **The government has indicated that masks help, but the evidence is inconclusive while outside. Therefore, we are leaving it to the discretion of participants to choose whether you'd like to wear masks. Be aware that this is not a requirement so you must be comfortable with others potentially not wearing masks.

    2. Are you in a high- risk category? Consider self- isolating if you are in a category with an immunocompromised system. Consultations with respiratory therapists indicate that individuals who suffer from asthma should exercise the same level of care they would exercise with other viruses. Alberta's Chief Medical Officer has stated individuals over 60, or anybody with pre- existing medical conditions are at increased risk of complications from Coronvirus (COVID-19).

    3. Are you feeling unwell? If you have a cough or flu-like symptoms, you must stay home, and should consider getting yourself tested by calling 8-1-1. Also the Alberta government states if you have symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat or runny nose, you MUST self-isolate for 10 days after the onset of symptoms and until your symptoms have resolved (whichever is longer). *If you are in mandatory self-isolation you can not legally go outside for a walk through your neighbourhood or park.

    4. Your EOC event hosts are volunteers. Participants are responsible for assessing the current road conditions, current weather conditions, their current physical condition, current trail conditions, and are responsible for their own safety and well-being.

    5. Please no sharing of food and drinks; as well no carpooling.

    6. Further important considerations:

  • The province has encouraged outdoor activities with physical distancing. Studies have shown the benefits of outdoor activity for staying healthy. Therefore, we are offering organized activities to support your best health and well-being.
  • The province is permitting groups of up to 10 participants to gather with physical distancing. Therefore, we have capped all events to help reduce overall group size depending on the comfort level of the event coordinator.
  • The province requires that you be healthy to attend events. Therefore, the event coordinator as mandated by the Edmonton Outdoor Club will exercise their discretion to send a participant home if they display symptoms of illness.
  • The government continues to recommend six feet of physical distancing. Therefore, the lead will be enforcing this distancing throughout the hike. Anyone who is not acting in accordance with this requirement will be warned once. If non- compliance continues, they will be asked to leave the activity.
  • **Please respect each otherís space. We all have our own opinions on COVID-19 and need to understand that we may not agree but must respect each otherís space with the required social distancing of all people in public spaces.

    Self test and Covid-19 FAQs here: click for more FAQ information, testing, and links for Alberta Health Covid-19.



    (**Note we are not accepting cash donations at this time on our events. Please feel free to send donations to our Treasurer or event organizer electronically).


  • Required Items to Bring:

  • Your own food, water(don't share items)
    - Sturdy footwear with good traction is a must, *preferably with ice grips attached (highly encouraged!!)
    - Clothes for the weather
  • Recommended Items to Bring:
    Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
    - Mask, or scarf for when two meters distancing requirement isn't possible.

    How to Get There:
    Event Directions:Meet at 12:20 PM at the boat launch at Devon on the south bank of the North Saskatchewan River.
    To get to Devon, follow Hwy 60 south from Edmonton and take the first turn into Devon south of the bridge.
    Take the first left, then left again, and go down the hill to the river bank.
    We will meet at the boat launch area, towards its eastern side.


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    Notes:

    - We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in EOC events.
    - Please scroll through and read the entire online waiver when you sign up.
    - Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.

     
    Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
    Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

    Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
    Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!