Before you hit the trail you must be well prepared!
- Please refer to the map of the section of the trail you plan to walk.
- Check the weather forecasts before heading out.
- Think about nourishment and hydrate properly during your outing.
- Each hiker should notify the others of his health status (e.g. asthma, allergies, dizziness, etc.) and any other details that could affect his fitness level.
- Use extra caution on bridges, stairs, ladders and walkways that could be slippery or less stable.
The hiking time will vary depending on the distance, level of difficulty, the gradient and the skill level of the participants. Average speed usually ranges from 2 to 3 km / hr for elevation differentials of less than 250 meters. Calculate 20 minutes more when greater.
Calculate the time to your hike and estimate the sunset to be sure to finish before dark, and meal breaks will increase the duration of a hike. We suggest including a 25% safety factor: for example, a 3 hour hike could last up to 4 hours.
Stay in touch
For a pleasant hike everyone should walk at their own pace, however it is important that everyone in the group keeps in contact.A goodidea is foreach walkerto keep tabs on the personbehind himand that the groupgathersevery 30minutes, atany junction, confusingspots orpredetermined locations. Once the stragglers have caught up, give them time to catch their breath before moving on.
For a pleasant hike, consult theequipmentsectionfor tips.
For an outing with the kids, see the guide of organized walks with the children produced by Kino-Québec and the Department of Public Health Estrie