Calgary, ABCanada T2V 0E1
June 30, 2012
Weekends best, anywhere in Banff, Kananaskis, or within daytripping distance. I've been out as far as Yoho and Cypress Hills.
I hike anything from 0-16 km and up to around 500m elevation gain, so most of my hikes are beginner level into low intermediate. I organize my groups to hike at the pace of the slowest, and I'm happy to stop for anyone who needs it, whether it's a rest break, gear adjustment, photo op, or a need to go water the bushes. I don't like speed demons who take off for the horizon and leave the slower hikers in the group behind - it's not sociable, you know? I like hikers who are well prepared, so please don't show up in cheap Walmart runners and half a bottle of water, and expect other hikers to provide for you. I do indicate what you need for the hike, so please plan accordingly. I don't carry a cell phone - I prefer to prevent or prepare for emergencies, than try to phone for a rescue in an area where there's no cell reception.
Yes I will.
I love to hike, cross-country ski, snowshoe. I think hiking is an exploration, not a race, so stopping to admire scenery, take pictures and look at cool stuff and critters is my idea of a good hike.
Loved my first hike with the group, people were very friendly, passengers were respectful of their drivers and considerate of their time (at least, my passengers were to me, and it seemed that others were as well). I think though, that for my next hike, I will be specifying that we will be hiking to the pace of the slowest in the group, as the speedier hikers just took off - not a major safety issue at Lake Agnes, but it could be in other locations. It's also not very fun or pleasant to be left behind if you need to go slower due to lower level of fitness or health issues. I want to ensure that everyone feels welcome and included in the hike.