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Thursday August 7 1:00 p.m.

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

The excellent weather in July contributed to a spectacular month of outings with record numbers of members and guests registered for our Wednesday trips. On two occasions in July, a second bus was contracted to transport everyone to the destination. The popularity of the outings seems to be continuing into August.

Outings to old favourites such as Ptarmigan Cirque and Pocaterra Ridge have been a big success. We have also ventured to Sparrowhawk Tarns, a new destination for the Club and one worth revisiting. The flowers this year have been spectacular. Flatlanders en route in the bus to Ross Lake in Yoho National park were rewarded with the sight of a black wolf running across the highway.

Please remember to check the Evite invitation and Club Hotline on Fridays for outings destinations. Changes are still being made to the published Hiking Schedule.

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.


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.

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 July outings to Highwood Pass and Sherbrooke Lake taken by Wendy Kraft and Pauline Menard respectively. Don't forget to double-click on them with a Mac [or left-click, I think, with Windows] to bring up the large versions.

Flowers at Highwood Pass

Hikers at Highwood Pass

Cathedral Mountain from Sherbrooke Lake Trail

Reflections in Sherbrooke Lake

Fall near Sherbrooke Lake

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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