When I began hiking in the Rockies many years ago, a friend told me about some standard guidelines. One was, hike at the pace of the slowest person in your group.

It goes without saying, really. Don’t leave anyone behind. Don’t race up the trail and then stop to make sure they’re okay, many switchbacks below. Stay together, be together, support one another. Enjoy the beauty together, face dangers together.

To me, this guideline makes sense in all kinds of endeavours, all kinds of situations.

Having people in our community, whether they’ve lived here 10 years or 10 weeks, sleeping on patches of grass where they can find them, dragging their meager belongings from spot to spot each night, having no relief from wildfire smoke, having no proper bathroom, no hot water, is not okay.