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Sunday March 29 1:00 p.m


Please read this message from our President which includes an update on a number of items that are of interest to all members.


Keep your calendar open for the Spring Lunch which will be held on Friday April 10, 2015 at the Calgary Elks Lodge and Golf Club.

Tickets are now on sale for this event and can be purchased on Monday City Walks and Wednesday Bus Outings or by contacting one of the Social Committee contacts whose phone numbers can be found on the Club Membership List. Payment is by cheque. See the attached notice for further information .


The 2014 Newsletter is now available on the website.


The response to the April 16th 'Group Trail Leader Training' Workshop has been very good. Presently, there are 18 participants registered for the training. There are still several spaces available and we encourage you to sign up now for this important pre-hiking season initiative. Training is open to all levels of hikers as there is a need across the board no matter which group you hike with.

Please conatct Bill Bullas, Hiking Director with your request to be added to the participant list, details as noted below:

When: Thursday April 16, 2015
Where: Crowfoot Library
             8665 Nose Hill Drive NW
Time: 2 pm to 4 pm

This is your opportunity to gain the 'Peace of Mind' knowing you can confidently lead a peer group of hikers when called upon to do so.

Thank you to the folks who have already resgistered, we look forward to your active participation.

Bill Bullas


The Hiking Committee is excited to present the 2015 Hiking Schedule. We look to your active support in ensuring another successful hiking season.

The 2015 Hiking Schedule was prepared by member volunteers in a collaborative manner including representation from both the Hill-walker and Flatlander segments. Your 2015 Hiking Committee is comprised of 14 volunteers, 12 of whom are assigned responsibility as bus hiking coordinators at various intervals throughout our upcoming hiking season.

The hikes for 2015 have been well vetted and agreed upon by all members of the hiking committee – the Flatlander segment was capably represented by Ruth M and Clifford B. Colin C was instrumental in devising a prototype hiking spreadsheet which helped to streamline the total planning process this year. The full impact of this system will be achieved next year and beyond.

Please remember that the hikes scheduled are dependent on weather and trail conditions and are subject to change. Full details of each week's hike will be available in the weekly Evite invitation and on the Club Hotline.


We are tryng something new for our April shoulder season outings. this year. Instead of doing walks in the City, we will start our summer bus outing season early and will schedule bus outings each Wednesday starting on April 1. Watch for the Evite and check the Club Hotline for details.


City walks continue year round and, like our other activities, are very popular.

Check the Club hot line or email each week for details of the location of the upcoming Monday walk.


Our golf program is available to all members who would like the opportunity to play with a variety of people in a friendly and non-competitive atmosphere. Our season begins Monday May 4th and will continue through the summer months until the end of August. We play every Monday except on Statutory holidays at Lakeview or Richmond Green Golf Courses. Please see our Golf page for additional information on our schedule,fees, golf contact and rules of play.


Hyperlinks to our growing repertoire of bespoke Summer SSOC maps are in the pages titled 'SSOC 'Maps'. To access this from the Menu System opposite follow the sequence which pops out sideways to the right:

Out-of-City Activities–>Hiking–>Trail Information->SSOC Maps

We urge all Members to come on outings armed with a downloaded and printed 'Map of the Day'. This is especially important when we are visiting a new or variant of a venue.

The Club makes every effort to look after Members and Guests on outings, but the bottom line is that each person is responsible for him or herself.

This is for anyone having difficulty in viewing and downloading a map:

You are asked to 'click on hyper link'. Hyperlinks are links which take you to a document held on the website one is in. Links take one to a document on a different website. Both take the form of underlined red text, as per the example below:

CG49 Jumpingpound Loop

Once the map is open and displayed you must download it. Different browsers have similar Download control icons. Sometimes you will see a 'Download' button; sometimes this is shown as a 'floppy disk' icon. Identify and click on it. The maps are often a megabite or two in size so the time taken to download can be several seconds or more, depending on the speed of your internet connection. If you have cable it takes only a few seconds, but not all of us are so lucky. Be patient and watch your downloading progress indicator.

A list of Lost and Found items is included in the bus books.

WEBSITE UPDATES: The website will be updated at the end of each month.

For over 30 years, the Second Sixties Outdoor Club, based in Calgary, Alberta has provided year round outdoor activities for seniors who share a love of the outdoors and enjoy opportunities to socialize with a group of like-minded individuals. Although originally formed for seniors the Club welcomes new members who are aged 50+, and has a significant number of members in the 50 to 65 age band, the ‘over-fifties'. The Club is unique in being an outdoor club for seniors that operates year-round.

In addition to Hiking, XC Skiing and Snowshoeing the Club offers City Walks, Golf and Social events. In the spring and summer months, members can take advantage of up to 3 outings per week; Hiking in Kananaskis Country and Banff, Kootenay and Yoho National Parks, City Walks and Golf, and, in the winter months, up to 2 outings per week; XC Skiing and Snowshoeing in Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park, and City Walks. Outings to Kananaskis Country and the National Parks are by chartered bus on Wednesdays departing from the northwest of Calgary (see Pickup & Parking).

All activities cater to a wide range of abilities and are conducted with the safety of participants as a prime consideration.

Below are thumbnails of a selection of photographs taken on our last two bus outings of the winter season to Mt. Shark and Canmore. Photos courtesy of Keith Dixon. Don't forget to double-click on th em with a Mac [or left-click, I think, with Windows] to bring up the large versions.

Snowshoers on the Watridge Lake trail with Mt Shark ahead

Heading back to the parking lot

Snowshoers enjoy the conditions on the Watridge Lake Trail

Ice shelf on creek Watridge Lake Trail

Hopeful hikers disembark at Quarry Lake

First robin of Spring

The B's catch up with the A group

Marianne leads the way along the Powerline

Club Members are encouraged to become involved in the organization of the Club by volunteering for tasks such as planning outings, volunteering to lead a group on an outing or joining the Board of Directors.

Take a look at our website activities pages and contact us if you feel that the Second Sixties Outdoor Club is for you. We welcome new members.

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