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Tuesday June 23 1:00 pm


The 2015 Newsletter is now available on the website.


The Club has embarked on a number of initiatives which are presented in the following message from the Liz DeLong, the Club President.

Please take time to read this message and the subsequent documents that provide further information on the initiatives introduced in Liz's message.

President's Message June 2015


Group Leaders and Bus Coordinators:

The Hiking Committee has developed a set of best practices for the Group Leaders and Bus Coordinators which are being piloted for the 2015 Hiking season. Members are asked to familiarize themselves with the proposed practices by reading the following documents.

Group Trail Leader Best Practices

Bus Coordinator Best Practices


The Club has negotiated a new insurance policy. A Summary of the coverage provided by this policy is presented in the following document.

SSOC Insurance Coverage Summary


It's that time of year again when ticks are hungry and looking for blood. A member returned from our April 8 outing with a tick on her jacket.

Members should be aware of the Tick Surveillance Program run by Alberta Health Services. Members finding ticks on themselves or their pets can submit them for analysis and this helps monitor whether any are the ones that can trigger Lyme disease. Any ticks found should be placed in a small container, such as a plastic pill container.

See the following links for information about the program. The first is about the program and the second is the list of AHS environmental health offices that the ticks can be taken to.

Health Alberta Lyme Disease Program

Environmental Health Offices Accepting Tick Samples


Our Summer Hiking Season kicked off on Wednesday May 6 with a trip to Jumping Pound Loop. The weather has cooperated for all outings so far and attendance has been excellent.

Check out the 2015 Hiking Schedule to see the location of upcoming outings. Remember that destinations may change so check the Evite invitation and Club Hot Line Message.


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 outings in May and June to Glenbow Ranch and Jumpingpound Loop. Photos courtesy of Keith Dixon. Don't forget to double-click on them with a Mac [or left-click, I think, with Windows] to bring up the large versions.

An optimistic early spring crocus

Hikers head out

Early Violets

Mountain View

Early Spring Butterfly

View over the Bow River to the Rockies

The Tiger Lilly Loop goes on forever

Many Red Disked Apline Butterfly

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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