Welcome to The Wanderers hiking group in the Portland area! We are about the journey as well as the destination. We are striving to meet the hikers that fall into the middle zone...those who enjoy moderate mileage with moderate altitude gain with the occasional challenge. A group that wants to explore and constantly include new hikes while doing our favorites on a regular basis. We believe..."everything in moderation"! Enjoying our time together is a priority. We are more social than meditative and more driven by our desire to be healthy and have fun in the process rather than any kind of competitiveness. Primarily our events are physical but sometimes I'll post a purely social event if I think folks will be interested.
This does not mean that our wanders are easy, however. Our outings will normally be in the 4-12 mile range and will both challenge you and energize you. We are explorers and adventurers. On the trail, we stop and regroup on a regular basis, so if you are fast, you will need to feel comfortable waiting for the "sweeper" occasionally. We go at a moderate pace 2-2.5miles an hour depending on terrain. YES, there will be altitude gain included in almost every hike. You will need to be comfortable and happy with walking uphill (huffing and puffing is okay - as long as you can keep moving). And you do need to be steady on your feet for the downhills. We stop briefly to keep the group together from time to time but we keep going with the exception of our lunch/snack break when we totally relax and enjoy the view from wherever we are. Untold goodies tend to emerge from backpacks - chocolate, wine, homemade brownies, succulent oranges ...you name it, you will probably see it...
I'm not a professional hiker or guide but I'm CRAZY about exploring the area trails. I mostly share those I know well and if I have not been on a trail for a while, I'll let you know it is "exploratory" so you will know what kind of adventure you have signed up for. I don't have specialized training in first aid so I need to hold everyone completely responsible for their own safety and well-being. What I do have is a love of people and the outdoors and a desire to be there - whenever possible.
Rose City Wanderers has become a wonderful community of positive, fun people who share a passion for the outdoors and enjoy sharing it.
Join us and check it out for a free six month trial period - eventually you may be asked to pay annual dues of $10. This fee covers the fee that the Meetup organization charges for such a great infrastructure. If that is too much for you, just let me know - we might have scholarships for the right candidates and after your first payment, you can mark "cancel dues" if you would prefer not to be charged again.
RCW feels like a family and if what you see here, resonates... please join us! We can't wait to wander with you.