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LATEST NEWS

Thursday July 24 1:00 p.m.


ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT:
Hello Golfers
I would like to update you on our annual golf tournament. We will play again at Collicutt Siding golf club at Crossfield. We will play on Thursday September 11, 2014. Cost is $40. p.p. We have a maximum of 40 golfers. Please make out your cheque payable to Tony van Straaten. Tee time 9 a.m. and we play a modified shot gun, 9 holes. We have lunch and prizes. If anybody wants to donate a prize , that would be appreciated. Any questions please contact Tony van Straaten by phone.

Thank you, Tony van Straaten, golf director.

CITY WALKS:
City walks continue year round. Check the Club hot line or email each week for details of the location of the upcoming Monday walk.

WEDNESDAY OUTINGS:
The month of June brought better weather but snow at higher elevations and muddy trail conditions linger and has required rescheduling of some hikes. Remember that, while it may be raining in Calgary, the same may not be true in the mountains so it pays to still come out. This was true of our outing to Sandy McNabb where it was relatively dry compared to conditions in Calgary.

Outings in June have been very well attended with a full bus load plus car pooling for most trips. We have visited some old favourites such as Johnston Canyon and the Ink Pots and other destinations such as Castle Mountain Lookout which we haven`t visited for a while. A group of hikers walking down the road to the bus pickup at the end of the Castle Mountain hike were lucky enough to see a very large black bear munching away happily in the grass beside the road ! The flowers are also finally out for us to enjoy.

Although the weather is improving and snow is slowly disappearing in the mountains, it is likely that the proposed hiking schedule will continue to be altered. Remember to check the Evite invitation and Club Hotline on Fridays. Be prepared for wet, muddy conditions for the next few weeks and wear the appropriate footwear.

SSOC MAPS:
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.

HOW TO VIEW AND DOWNLOAD A MAP:
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.


PHOTOGRAPHS for 'LATEST NEWS':

Photos from recent outings are always gratefully received. Would-be contributors please note, however, that photographs should be submitted FULL SIZE, as from your cameras – and that before sallying forth, cameras should be set to record as JPG fine, full size. This is because significant upscaling of photos even in Photoshop results in reduced definition and sharpness. Furthermore, cropping and / or re-sizing is often required before 'saving for web'which accentuates loss of resolution. A further point to check is that your email does not send them at a reduced size, e,g., 'Small', Medium' or 'Large', so confounding your careful work. Please send at 'Original size, without date, time etc included in the image itself. This allows us to accord full justice to your works of art! It is further helpful if the camera is set to the correct date and time!

If you would like to see your photographs so included, credit will be given to the Photographers as appropriate.

LOST AND FOUND:
Nothing again this time!

President's Corner
Watch this space

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 from past summer outings of locations the Club has visited this summer - don't forget to double-click on them with a Mac [or left-click, I think, with Windows] to bring up the large versions.








View from Hummingbird Lookout









Another View from Hummingbird Lookout









Lake Minnewanka











Lunch at Minnewanka











Hikers at Fullerton Loop












Calypso Orchids
















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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