Sunday 2nd March 11:00 a.m.
The photograph of the Board Members is out of date. The next Board Meeting is scheduled for 7th April; a new photograph will be taken then, and posted shortly afterwards.
Julie Jones, whose knowledge of the inner workings of the website, founded on programming experience, far transcends that of your perspiring Webmaster has agreed to provide support, once again, when she has returned from her current lengthy trip 'down under'. Welcome Back, Julie – in eager [and relieved] anticipation!
This week's splendid photographs have been provided by Pauline Menard, to whom we are much indebted. Thanks very much, Pauline!
OUTING TO Banff – SPRAY RIVER LOOP – WEDNESDAY 26th FEBRUARY:
Once again perforce missed out on by your Webmaster, those of us journeying to Banff on Feb. 26 were treated with an outstanding day – clear blue skies, excellent snow and grooming, exquisite details of every mountain visible in bright sunlight. Conditions were initially quite cool, but warmed quickly in the bright sunshine to nearly 0°C. Advanced skiers reached the fallen bridge over the Spray, and the advanced snowshoers nearly got to the same point as well.
The Spray River Loop provides excellent skiing and a wide trail, for the most part giving snowshoers plenty of room. The views afforded, especially on the normal 'outgoing' west side of the loop are spectacular.
Most of us enjoyed refreshments in the Banff Springs Hotel after our efforts were through.
UPCOMING OUTING TO PLPP WEDNESDAY 5th MARCH:
Don Wilson writes: This week we wish to revisit our old mainstay Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Trails there are reported in excellent condition. and most have been regroomed after the Cookie race. It last snowed on the 24th, and more snow was expected on the 28th. Cool conditions are expected to preserve the snow through Tuesday, warming on Wednesday and Thursday. Current best forecast is for -15 to -9 on Wednesday, with some sun and flurries. Pocaterra currently has 57 cm of snow, so the lower altitude trails should be in good shape. See you on Wednesday!
The bus will depart at 8.00 AM from the Westside Calgary Chinese Alliance Church with a pick-up at the Crowfoot RT Station at 8:10 a.m. Arrival time back in Calgary should be about 5:00 p.m. The bus fee is $20.
We are recording your registration (on Evite or by phone) on a "first-come, first served basis". Please reply as soon as possible before noon on Monday and indicate the date and time of your reply. If you are registering guests, please indicate if they are members or not, and if you will require pickup at the LRT, you must indicate that too. You may still cancel before noon on Monday without incurring a "no-show" fee ($20). If you do cancel, please indicate the date and time with your notice of cancellation.
Those members (and guests) who cannot be accommodated on the bus will be informed on the club's phone message (403-259-0209) on Tuesday. Walk-ons will be accepted at the Church pick-up location after allowance for registered LRT pick-ups.
CITY WALK MONDAY March 3rd:
Due to cold temperatures, the city walk on Monday, March 3rd that was to have been from Heritage Park, along Glenmore Reservoir, has been re-scheduled to be at Market Mall. Meet at 10:00 a.m. inside the west entrance by Shoppers Drug Mart. Contact person is Lou DesLauriers.
SPRING LUNCHEON – SEMI AGM:
Click on this link to see– and to download – the poster for this popular – and important – event:
2014 Spring Meeting Poster
Hyperlinks to our growing repertoir 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–>Snow Season–>Winter Venues
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 hyperlink'. 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:
G12 Spray River 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'. This allows us to accord full justice to your works of art!
Please note that the deadline for receipt is by 12 noon on the Friday of the week during which the event or outing took place. This is because Friday is 'Website Update Preparation day'.
If you would like to see your photographs so included, credit will be given to the Photographers as appropriate.
LOST AND FOUND:
1. One pair of black thinsulate "Hot-tip" mitts left on the bus late January.
2. A purple Nalgene water bottle left Feb 19th after trip to Lake Louise.
Would owners please contact Peggy Wilson.
Watch this space – Arlene will be in evidence once she has contrived some Pearls of Wisdom to impart. We hope!
WEBSITE UPDATES: Time, effort and information permitting, in season the website will be updated each week – typically on Saturdays or Sundays.
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 at Banff by Pauline Menard – don't forget to double-click on them with a Mac [or left-click, I think, with Windows] to bring up the large versions.
Snow-shoers starting on the Spray River Loop …
Happy snow-shoers on the Spray River Loop
Views from the Spray River Loop – Scene 1 …
Catching snow-shoers – time to take a pic!
Spray River Loop – Scene 2 …
Skiers taking a break …
The frozen Spray River …
Crossing the Spray River for the return …
Subjects and Objects of Beauty!
The frozen Spray River – just before the Falls …
Awaiting the bus – admiring the frozen Falls
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.