What we're about

This is a group for anyone that loves to adventure outdoors and wants to do it with other people, even if they are complete strangers. If you like to hike, camp, raft, ski, board, travel and other activities this is a group for you. If you're only looking for happy hours, this isn't the group for you, but we DO do happy hours now and then to get the members of the group together in social settings to discuss future adventures - some good plans can be made over a beer or two. And all good adventures end with a drink!

It's better with someone else...

It's better with beer/drinks...

Come join us!

Please make sure to read the Waiver (General Release of Liability) - joining the group accepts the policy: https://www.meetup.com/Its-better-Outdoors/... (https://www.meetup.com/Its-better-Outdoors/pages/)

This is a real meetup group, this is NOT a business nor am I promoting a business and I do not promote businesses. If you see an event posted that means that I will be there to meet you, greet you, do the activity with you and have a drink with you during or afterwards.

Our motto: "We don't talk quietly, hike slowly, go to bed early or only have just one drink"

Upcoming events (5)

Ski/Board St Anton Austria for a week! FULL!

Hotel Nassereinerhof

THIS TRIP IS NOW FULL The Deal: $2100 per person, double occupancy includes: · Round trip air transportation between EWR and ZRH via Swiss Airlines (non-stop)* · Transfers between Zurich Airport and St. Anton via private coach. · 7 nights’ accommodations at the 3 Star Hotel Nassereinerhof · Welcome drink by the hotel manager on Sunday evening, day after arrival · Hot and cold Breakfast buffet daily · 4 course gourmet dinner for 5 evenings. (gives you two nights out on your own) · Use of hotel wellness center, including pool and jacuzzi · Special “After Ski Snack” chat changes from day to day at the hotel · Trip Insurance while ON trip (see below for details) · All local taxes. air taxes and fuel surcharges. *Baggage: You get 1 personal item, 1 carry on item and 50 pounds for a checked bag included. Checked bag can be 1 piece of luggage OR a ski bag & ski boot bag (2 = 1) or a snowboard bag & boot bag. You cannot check a suit case AND a ski bag or it will count as excess baggage. Excess Baggage fees are not included and can be pretty expensive. You would pay any excess fees on your own upon arrival at the airport. Lift Passes are extra but we get a group rate on them if we buy at least 10 (of any/mixed duration): Examples: 5 day lift ticket - $305 6 day lift ticket - $355 other options are available - to be announced Equipment rental is NOT included (maybe rent in the US and bring it?) Deposits: $200 due when you sign up (if you RSVP YES, I will follow up with you) this is payable to me via paypal or venmo. use [masked] and send to 'friends/family' $350 due by July 18 - make check payable to "Holidaze Ski Tours" and mail it to me (I will send my address in an email to the YESes) $500 due by Sept 14 - make check payable to Holidaze Ski Tours and mail to Gary Balance due by November 12 - make check payable to Holidaze Ski Tours and mail to Gary ALL PAYMENTS ARE FULLY REFUNDABLE UP TO OCTOBER 12 for any reason; Penalties will apply after Oct 14; substitutions can be made at any point (someone takes your spot) free of charge UP TO November 12. After Nov 12, substitutions can be made for $100 fee see Trip insurance section for more options All payments made to Holidaze can be made with a check or credit card - however, credit card payments will incur a 3.5% fee. The initial deposit of $200 payable to Gary cannot be done with a credit card. Land Only: if you choose to buy your own flights, or are already in Europe, etc, you may deduct $510 off of the stated price. HOWEVER, you are considered a PPPI (participants perusing personal itineraries) and are responsible for either being at the Zurich airport in time to catch the shuttle to our hotel in St Anton (we do not wait for you) OR meeting us at the hotel in St Anton. Flight details: Jan 18 EWR - ZRH - 10pm - 11:20am (arrives Jan 19) Jan 26 ZRH - EWR - 5:15pm - 9:25pm TRIP INSURANCE! VERY IMPORTANT! As part of the quoted price you have the following coverage included: $ 750. for Travel Delay ($150. maximum per day) $ 1,500. for Baggage and Travel Documents. $ 400. for Baggage Delay. $ 50,000. for Medical Expense. $250,000. for Emergency Medical Transportation. Plus More ** BUT THIS ONLY COVERS YOU DURING THE TRIP this does not cover you for anything before we leave I HIGHLY recommend that you consider additional trip insurance Many good travel credit cards offer this for no additional fee - but this is not always as good as official trip insurance - be sure to check with your provider for specific coverages Holidaze uses Travel Insured International - to get full coverage for this trip (from now until departure) the additional cost is $124 You are welcome to seek out your own coverage as well see more insurance info here: https://www.meetup.com/Its-better-Outdoors/pages/26638204/Trip_Insurance_for_St_Anton_-_complete_detail/ Read the full tour agreement here: https://www.meetup.com/Its-better-Outdoors/pages/26638030/Complete_Tour_Agreement_for_St_Anton_trip/ Here's a cool video of St Anton so you have an idea of what it's like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCkO56itJjg here's a link to the hotel: https://www.nassereinerhof.at/en here's the Holidaze website: http://www.holidaze.com/

Ski/Board Bus trip to Sugarbush VT - FULL!

the ski bum

TRIP IS FULL Read the descriptions carefully...(Price is per person): $429 - Double Room (2 twin beds, you each get your own bed) $429 - Double Room (1 Queen bed, sharing the bed) $399 - Triple Room (1 Queen bed, 2 twin bunk beds) $369 - Quad Room (1 Queen bed, 2 twin bunk beds) $100 deposit due immediately, Bal Due Jan 4 use [masked] with either paypal or venmo Includes: RT bus transportation, 2 nights lodging at the White Horse Inn, breakfast each morning and 2 all-day lift tickets. ($120 less for anyone with their own lift tickets - such as the IKON pass, or non-skiers) We'll meet at the bus in the parking lot of The Ski Bum in Glen Mills at 11:00am, departing at 11:30, drive to a 2nd pickup location at Buckman's in Montgomeryville (around 12:30pm), then drive up to The White Horse Inn just off of Sugarbush Mountain Vermont. We'll have a full day of skiing on Sunday before catching the bus to return home around 4pm* and should get back to the parking lots around midnight (depends on traffic etc) Sunday night. Alcohol is allowed on the bus, but coolers will probably not fit in the seating area (depends on how full the bus is - will update before the day we leave). It's an 8 hour drive so be prepared. White Horse Inn is located on German Flats Road, 5 minutes from Sugarbush / Glen Ellen Base area and 10 minutes from Sugarbush / Lincoln Peak Base Area. A full breakfast is included with your stay. Rooms are cozy with private bath and the bedding varies greatly. The White Horse Inn has a license to serve Vermont beers and wines in the common areas of the property: The Fireplace Room, Dining Room and Fayston Game Room/Bar. The bar is open 2PM-10PM. Vermont law prohibits guests from bringing their own alcoholic beverages into these areas. Sugarbush is a classic Vermont ski resort. Located by quaint towns, Sugarbush excels in great snow and varying terrain. In addition to the natural snow that Sugarbush gets, the snowmaking system is continually being improved. One of the biggest improvements is the addition of a lift connecting Sugarbushes two mountains. Because of the improved lifts the capacity for moving people has dramatically increased which takes out lift line and gives skiers and riders much more vertical on Sugarbush’s 115 trails and glades. Skiers and riders have long been in love with Mt. Ellen’s lofty 4135’ summit and its 2650’ vertical drop. Now, thanks to the addition of the resort’s new Green Mountain Express, a Poma high-speed detachable quad, when this season begins you’ll have the fastest access in Sugarbush history to those great heights and superb terrain. full posting on Banchi's site here: https://banchi.com/content/sugarbush-open-bus-program-february-8-10-2019 and be sure to check out their other trips as well (although I'm only leading this one): https://www.banchi.com/ski-bus-packages Rental Gear: discount may be available - TBA Note: sorry, there's no hot tub, but there is a bar on site and a nice big cozy fireplace and great room more about the inn: http://www.whitehorseinn-vermont.com/

Full Moon Night Hike through Wissahickon - One Way Hike!

SEPTA Wissahickon Transportation Center

THIS IS A ONE WAY HIKE - WE WILL NOT BE HIKING BACK TO WHERE WE START FROM (see transportation options at the end of the post) HOPEFULLY WE'LL BE HIKING IN SNOW - so that means this is still on if it snows. BUT WE'LL POSTPONE UNTIL MONDAY IF IT IS TOO CLOUDY OR IF IT RAINS. will send contact info the afternoon of the event We'll walk and hike 6.2 miles from the entrance of Wissahickon Park on Ridge Ave right by the SEPTA Wissahickon Transportation Center to the Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange (bar) in Mt Airy via walking paths, forbidden drive and the Cresheim trail (runs from Valley Green Inn to Mt Airy) The main idea about doing this on the full moon is that we should, assuming minimal cloud cover, be able to hike the whole thing by just the light of the moon. Yes, we will have to bring headlamps and flashlights and can use them if needed but we will try to do as much as we can without them. IF YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THIS IDEA, DO NOT COME. The first ~4 miles of this will be fairly flat and easy, some small hills, minimal rocks to walk on and some gravel paths, however, there is a stretch, about 1.5 miles after Valley Green Inn, that we will be walking through woods, trees, narrow paths, over some rocky terrain and may even be a stream crossing (or at least a stop at). IF YOU'RE NOT COMFORTABLE DOING THIS AT NIGHT, DO NOT COME. While the hike isn't too physically challenging, it's going to be 6.2 miles so we'll need to walk at a good pace - it's meant to be social but at the same time, if people walk slow we'll be in the woods forever (and it'll cut into our drinking time). If you're a slow walker, please consider that before signing up. I would like to finish this hike in a little over 2 hours so that means 3 miles an hour...I'll be encouraging those at the back of the pack if needed ;) FYI - officially the full moon is the 19th but the moon rise is earlier on the 17TH so I chose to hike this night so the moon should be up by the time we start hiking. Plus most people are off Monday so we can stay out for drinks a little later than usual. Make sure you're on time, we'll be hiking just after 6:30 - just after a short intro and info session about the hike and review of what to expect. Hike transportation options: THIS IS A ONE WAY HIKE Drive yourself: Drive to and park at the Wissahickon Transportation Center on Ridge Ave (I've added a picture of the parking lot) To return to the WTC from the end of the hike, the best option is to uber/lyft back. If you split it with others it shouldn’t cost too much. You may also consider a car shuttle (2 cars meet in Mt Airy at/near The Grain Exchange, ppl ride in one car to WTC, hike back to Grain Exchange, then take the car that was left back to car 1 at WTC) - make sure to coordinate how long/late you want to stay at the bar Public Transportation: From center city you can take the 38 bus to Wissahickon Transportation Center (takes some time) Or You can take the Manayunk/Norristown Regional Rail to the WTC (this is a better option time wise but costs a little more) and of course you can Uber/Lyft over Back to center city - I would take the Chestnut Hill West Regional Rail line from the Allen Street station Or Uber/Lyft - splitting it with others makes it fairly cheap The bus is $2.50 each way The train is about 6.75 each way Besides parking near the Wissahickon Transportation Center you can park at the Manayunk Movie theater and walk over, or there may be some other lots nearby (you'll have to research that)

Game of Thrones Watch night - Season 7 Episodes 5-7

Misconduct Tavern

Are you ready for Game of Thrones Season 8? Let's help you get ready with some drinks and refreshers before the Quizzo (on April 3) and the latest and final season airs (probably mid to late April) We'll have the private downstairs room at Misconduct Tavern just for our group to watch Season 7 Episodes 5, 6 and 7 we've also got specials: $4 seasonal beer cans (TBA) $5 other beers (TBA) $5 house wines $7 specialty cocktails (TBA) appetizer specials (TBA) "Leave one wolf alive and the sheep are never safe. When people ask you what happened here, tell them the North remembers. Tell them winter came for House Frey." "I don't plan on knitting by the fire while men fight for me. I might be small, Lord Glover. And I might be a girl. But I am every bit as much a Northerner as you. And I don't need your permission to defend the North." Missandei: You stand in the presence of Daenerys Stormborn, of House Targaryen, rightful heir to the Iron Throne, rightful Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains. Davos: This is Jon Snow. He's King in the North. "I want Cersei to know it was me." "There is only one war that matters. The Great War. And it is here."

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Happy Hour! Brauhaus Schmitz!

Brauhaus Schmitz

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