Second Sixties Outdoor Club
line decor
line decor




Tuesday April 14 1:00 p.m


The 2015 Newsletter is now available on the website.


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of long time Club Member, Bill Koppe. He will be missed by all who knew him.

A copy of Bill's Obituary can be read by clicking this link.


The response to the April 16th 'Group Trail Leader Training' Workshop has been very good. We have reached our maximum particpant number of 40 participants.

Please contact Bill Bullas, Hiking Director, if you have questions.

Time and Location of training is:

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 esgistered, 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.


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


We are trying 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 first bus outing in April to the Kerry Wood Nature Centre in Red Deer. 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.

Icy Gaetz Lake

A pair of Canada Geese in flight above Gaetz Lake

Hikers about to cross the river

Wally leads the group on the trail

Hikers gather before the snow starts

Along the trail

Orvel shows the way

Immature Golden Eagle and Snowy Owl display Kerry Wood Centre

Ready to return

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.

     Web design by
     Web Foundations
     Photographs by
     Keith B Dixon
     Ileana A Nielsen


Problems with the web? Contact
© Second Sixties Outdoor Club