Scaling New Heights
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada.
I am hoping that by prime hiking season, this will be behind us. But they seem to be bracing us for the possibility of a longer haul.
If the authorities want us to practice social distancing... Of my three significant backcountry trips last year, I was the only one at the trailhead 3 out of 3 times, and I encountered other hikers very briefly only 1 out 3 times, all in a single group. I never had so much social distancing! There is a need for gas and food of course, but that could also be easily managed to avoid significant personal contact. I'm pretty sure that if I attempted Blackstone Gap -> Job Lake, which is on my list, I'd be unlikely to meet anyone.
On the other hand, if they want us to stay home, they could barricade vehicle access to trailheads and close not only parks, but also PLUZ and other crown lands. I hope we don't get to that.