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Friday February 20 11:00 a.m

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT:

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

SPRING LUNCH APRIL 10, 2015:

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 .

A MESSAGE FROM THE HIKING DIRECTOR ABOUT THE 2015 HIKING SEASON:

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.

CITY WALKS:

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.

WEDNESDAY OUTINGS:

Wednesday outings resumed in January. The warm weather has presented the Winter Outings Coordinator with the weekly challenge of finding a location where snow conditions are good for both skiers and snowshoers. We have been able to visit favourites such as Peter Lougheed Provincial Park where both groups spent an enjoyable day with good conditions.

On January 28 we made our annual outing to Lake Louise to ski, snowshoe, walk and enjoy the ice sculptures. This outing marked a first for a winter Club outing with 83 members and guests attending the outing. It was a beautiful sunny day with blue skies and warm temperatures. Unfortunately we were met with wet, bare ground at the ice sculpture site. The ice sculptures had melted in the mild weather. Ski conditions were disappointing but snowshoeing was great and walkers had an ice-free trail at the Lake. It's hard to please everyone !!

Let's hope there's snow on the horizon in the near future.

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:
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 the January 28 outing to Lake Louise. Photos courtesy of Wendy Kraft, Janet Morgan and 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.







Happy walkers at Lake Louise










Skiers find thin ice at Lake Louise









Skiers enjoying the Ice Castle at Lake Louise










Lake Louise Ice Castle














Come a little closer Eve !














Mountain scene Lake Louise








Mountain snow under a blue sky Lake Louise










Taking a break from snowshoeing















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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