What we're about
Our purpose is to have frequent, casual, energetic hiking events that fit easily into busy lives. We usually hike 5 to 10 km within 1.5 to 2 hours, so our pace is generally pretty quick. We stick (mostly) to established, well-groomed trails so we can keep the pace lively. We climb and descend hills because it's fun. We breathe hard and sweat profusely because we're having a good time.
There will usually be 3-4 evening hikes per week, somewhere between Rouge Park in Scarborough and Greenwood in Ajax (occasionally a little further away). One of those weeknight hikes will be a more casual pace, so is better suited to beginners or newcomers, and one may be a bit longer and faster for the real keeners. We'll often have weekend hikes that are a little longer (sometimes MUCH longer).
Our events are usually limited to about 16 hikers to keep things manageable for the event host, but we may raise that number occasionally. In addition, frequent hikers that have a member title (F, FA, FAS, or FAST) are always allowed to hike, even if they're wait-listed, because they can help watch over the group.
About those member titles... it takes 4 hikes to get your first letter, and it takes 10 hikes to get to FAST. Updating these titles is a manual task, usually done at least weekly, so please be patient (but feel free to remind Bill if it seems like he's forgotten).
That's about it! If you have questions, want to suggest a hike, or volunteer to be an event host, let Bill know.
"I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in." - John Muir