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New Meetup: Charity Hike #1 - Snowshoeing for a good cause

From: Sven
Sent on: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 6:08 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Zurich Hike & Outdoor!

What: Charity Hike #1 - Snowshoeing for a good cause

When: Sunday, March 7,[masked]:45 AM

Where:
Z?rich HB
in front of Ticket counter, underneath Niki de Saint Phalle's angel (a.k.a. big weird-looking angel) hanging from the ceiling
Z?rich

Dear Friends,

You probably heard much about the earthquake in my home country Chile. This has been one of the strongest earthquake in the recorded history with a magnitude of 8.8 Richter Scale and duration of over 2.5 minutes. Even though - and fortunately - it was not the deadliest earthquake, it still caused an estimated loss of 10 to 30 billion dollars (with insurance accounted), accounting for about 10% to 15% of the Real Gross Domestic Product, which sets Chile back 4-5 years. Other sources say the damages are even higher.

That is why, as it is fresh news, I would like to start organizing several charity hikes to collect funds in order to donate them to whoever needs the most and receives the least. I will work together with personal contacts in Chile to identify where we can help the most with the money we donate. There are many other organisations for you to donate if you want (see http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2007/impact/ ) but the Meetup Hike & Outdoor will go specifically those who do not have access to funds otherwise.

The minimum contribution amount will be of one-time CHF 10 per person on either of the Charity Hikes that I will plan. Additional donations are much welcomed. Here is still a good article on solidarity on Chile: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/03/02/dorfman.chile.earthquake.unity/index.html?iref=allsearch

So here goes my first proposed charity hike of this year. As there is still snow left, we will make this a snowshoe hike on a marked terrain in Toggenburg, specifically in Hemberg going to the Salomonstempel and coming back on another path.
The hike is 7 km long, about 2.5 hours and about 175 meter of height...which makes a very comfortable snowshoe hike even for beginners. Further description on http://www.globaltrail.net/de/schneeschuhwanderung/hemberg_-_salomonstempel.html

Note that this hike is without guides, but I've been assured that the track is marked and there is no chances of avalanches as it is not steep enough.
I expect some snow falling on Saturday to have fresh powder on Sunday.

The train schedule is as follows (I know, this is a lot of connection, but it is the fastest way):

Z?rich HB ab 08:55 23/24 S-Bahn, Linie 5
Rapperswil an 09:31 3

Rapperswil ab 09:33 2 Regio
Uznach an 09:45 3

Uznach ab 09:47 1
Brunnadern-Neckertal an 10:06

Brunnadern-Neckertal, Bahnhof ab 10:10 BUS
St. Peterzell, Dorf an 10:17

St. Peterzell, Dorf ab 10:18 Bus
Hemberg, Post an 10:34

We will leave at 8:45 am the meeting location to go to the train. If you are running late, please go directly to the train and meet us there. Call me if you need to find us.

To take along:
- Winter cloth able to snowshoehike
- Steady Impermeable shoes
- Food / Snack / Water
- Sun/Wind/Snow Protection
- Snowshoes if you have

There is a Tee Hut on the road for us to warm up and eat our snacks.
We will rent some Snowshoes with poles in Hemberg for CHF 16. Please advice if you bring your own snowshoes. As there is a limit on the snowshoes rental place of 17 pairs (with a buffer), I will limit the size of this hike. Of course, if you have your own snowshoes, you are welcome to come along, but put your RSVP as "Maybe".

Important: the event's date is subject to be changed due to weather or other stronger forces. Please revisit this website the night before the event.

Hope to see you there!
Sven

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/Zurich-Hike-Outdoor/calendar/12769786/

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