What we're about

How many times have you seen hiking clubs where if you're not a super fast uber- hiker they don't want you going on any harder hikes or scrambles. They believe that if you are slower you should only stick to the easier stuff. Boring!! This is a club for those of us who still wish to do all styles of hiking from easy walks to scrambles. We just don't feel the need to make a "mad dash" for a summit or to finish a trail in record time. Hiking and being in the outdoors is meant to be an enjoyable activity for all of us. Slow and Steady is about hiking at a consistent, manageable pace -- which may vary from slow to moderate depending on the organizer -- and finishing the hike or scrambling to a summit together. If this is more your style and wish to meet like minded hikers please consider joining our club. We will be doing all kinds of summer and winter activities such as day hikes, scrambles, backpacking trips, XC skiing, snowshoe trips, downhill ski trips and any other outdoor related activity. Remember slow and steady wins the race. Lets all enjoy the great outdoors together. Just in a more relaxed pace.

Upcoming events (4+)

Warspite Tarn and Ridge (OT4)

Esso

This hike begins at the Black Prince parking lot. We follow a trail for about 1km and then bushwhack up a steep treed slope to Warspite Tarn. From the Tarn we will ascend either the West or East ridge until we exit the trees. The choice will depend on which looks more interesting. Depending on the snow conditions, we may take a shortcut back to the parking lot.
I do not expect to be following an established trail for much of the route, so come prepared for deep snow and bushwhacking. (Photo Credit – Bob Spirko)

Micro-spikes and snowshoes are required.

🌲 Distance: 6 km
🌲 Elevation gain: 600 meters
🌲 Time: 6 hours + driving
🌲 Max Group Size: 10 (No children, No Pets, No guests)
🌲 Difficulty: - OT4 routes may have sustained steep hill climbs usually on grassy or wooded slopes. Streambed hikes may encounter long stretches of loose boulders to navigate. Bushwhacking, more difficult stream crossings, or some mild exposure to heights may be encountered. Boots with good ankle support and more aggressive tread are best for these trips. Hiking poles can be a definite asset for maintaining balance. Example: Kent Ridge

🌲 Meeting Location: Esso/Tims at Stoney Nakoda Casino. From there we will convoy 50 min to the trailhead on the Smith-Dorrian

🌲 Descriptive Links:
http://bobspirko.ca/Snowshoe/WarspiteTarn/WarspiteTarn.html
Weather: https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Mount-Warspite/forecasts/2000
Route: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/map/map-january-17-2022-1-26-am-2ad9e5e

🌲 If you have not been fully vaccinated for COVID, DO NOT SIGN UP for this hike. If you experience any COVID symptoms after being accepted, please cancel from the hike.

🌲 There is a waitlist. If we have not hiked together before, please answer the question regarding your hiking experience. The waitlist for this event is not first come, first serve, but based on ability to fit into the group to make the hike enjoyable for everyone.

🌲 Pace for this event will be based on keeping the group together. We will be stopping for breaks - photos, delayering, relayering & bathroom breaks. We will not be in a rush.

🌲 Required gear:
- hiking boots
- micro-spikes
- snowshoes
- water
- lunch / snacks
- hat / gloves
- technical clothing (no cotton, no jeans)
- rain coat & hood
- personal first aid kit, toilet kit

🌲 Suggested gear:
- bear spray
- gaiters
- hand and foot warmers
- light pad to sit on
- trekking poles
- sunscreen, hat, sunglasses

🌲 If you wish to carpool, you are welcome to use to comment section to make arrangements.

🌲 If you have not already done so, please read the Slow and Steady Code of Conduct here: https://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/CODE_OF_CONDUCT/

🌲 WAIVER: You must sign our club waiver before you are allowed to go on this trip and you shall arrive prepared with an emergency name and phone number to be recorded on the waiver. Organizer will have a group waiver for you to sign at the trailhead. You are required to read the Slow and Steady Hiker Club Waiver: https://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/OUR_NEW_WAIVER/

🌲 Disclaimer: You are fully aware that your hosts are volunteers and not trained guides and you assume all responsibility for your own safety and well-being. All participants are responsible for assessing the current road conditions, current weather conditions, your current physical condition, current trail conditions and current avalanche conditions for the trip and you are responsible for your safety and well-being. You are fully prepared with proper gear and you're physically fit to do this hike with the group.

Evening Urban Walk – Fish Creek Park Votiers Flats and beyond...

Votier’s Flats - Fish Creek Provincial Park

What we'll do
This is an invitation to Slow and Steady members to join us on
5-7 km Thursday evening Fish Creek Walk. The walk will start at 6:00 to facilitate members after work transportation. We will wait up to 5 minutes at the meet up location in case you get stuck in traffic.

Please note that we all walk at different paces, however we strive to stay together and enjoy each others company. We will walk at a slow to medium pace, and will stop for the occasional "Kodak" moment. We will observe all AHS COVID19 Guidelines and be respectful of each other.

Summary:
Event host will pick the route/meetup location each week dependent on weather and trail conditions so please watch the posting!
Typically, we'll walk towards Bebo Grove and Shannon Terrace.

Distance: approx. 5-8 km on asphalt or dirt trails
Fish Creek trail system info: https://www.albertaparks.ca/media/2478344/fcpp_single_track_trail_map.pdf

Elevation Gain: minimal

Pace: Relaxed beginner/Intermediate level

What to bring:
- good walking / trekking shoes are a must
- city ice spikes are important to have in winter
- Headlamp
- appropriate layers for the temperature, and snacks if you wish

It is a requirement to read the following trip posting very carefully and to make the proper and responsible preparations for it. Failure to do so will result in participant not allowed on this trip. If the organizer deems it necessary to obtain additional information from you, please provide it, otherwise, you will be placed on the waiting list. As a potential participant, you must check this trip posting for additional directions from the organizer, including up to trip cancellation.

Waiver:As per the new policy for waivers, the waiver form will be signed at the trailhead. You must sign it before you will be allowed to go on this event. https://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/OUR_NEW_WAIVER/ (https://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/OUR_NEW_WAIVER/%20) You will also be asked for the name and phone number of an emergency contact. Please come prepared with this information.

Disclaimer: You are fully aware that organizers are not professional guides and you assume all responsibility for your safety and well-being. You are fully prepared with proper gear and you're physically fit to do this event with the group.

Your participation in this event means you have read the waiver and by signing up for this event you have accepted the waiver. If you have stated "no" in your profile you will not be accepted to participate. You are fully aware that organizers are not professional guides and you assume all responsibility for your safety and well-being.

Edworthy Park Urban Walk

Angels Cappuccino and Ice Cream Cafe

COVID 19 GUIDELINES (FOR EVERYONE’S SAFETY)
1. GROUPS WILL BE KEPT SMALL. (10 MAX)
2. DO NOT SHOW UP SICK - YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED AT EVENT.
3. MAINTAIN A DISTANCE OF 2M FROM OTHERS THROUGHOUT EVENT.
4. DOUBLE VACCINATION REQUIRED - I will be scanning QR code’s to confirm

PLEASE RESPECT THESE GUIDELINES

Edworthy Park: NW Parking lot off Bowness Road - 4105 Montgomery View NW, Calgary. I will be near Angel’s Cappuccino & Ice Cream Hut. We have a few different routes we can take from Edworthy Park depending on conditions. No guests.
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It is a requirement to read the following trip posting very carefully and to make the proper and responsible preparations for it. Failure to do so will result in participant not allowed on this trip. If the organizer deems it necessary to obtain additional information from you, please provide it, otherwise, you will be placed on the waiting list. As a potential participant, you must check this trip posting for additional directions from the organizer, including up to trip cancellation.

Trip Description:
Distance: Total distance approximately about 6-8 km, about 1.5 - 2 hrs - depending on how everyone is feeling.

Elevation Gain: Minimal to Moderate

Event Pace: The pace for this hike will be easy/moderate.

Required Gear: , 1-2 L of Water, Hiking boots (or appropriate running/walking shoes), ice trekkers, headlamp. Wear and bring appropriate layers for the temperatures and weather.
Suggested Gear: Personal first aid kit, snack.

Waiver: Please review in person. You must review it before you will be allowed to go on this event. You will be asked to sign at the meetup spot. https://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/OUR_NEW_WAIVER/ (https://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/OUR_NEW_WAIVER/%20)

You will also be asked for the name and phone number of an emergency contact. Please come prepared with this information.

Disclaimer: You are fully aware that organizers are not professional guides and you assume all responsibility for your safety and well-being. You are fully prepared with proper gear and you're physically fit to do this event with the group.

Your participation in this event means you have read the waiver and by signing up for this event you have accepted the waiver. If you have stated "no" in your profile you will not be accepted to participate. You are fully aware that organizers are not professional guides and you assume all responsibility for your safety and well-being

Weaselhead Flats (HEADLAMP/FLASHLIGHT MANDATORY)

South Glenmore Parking Area West

Get mid-week exercise by hiking at night, and experience the outdoors differently. This will be a combination of both marked and off-trail pathways.

DOUBLE VACCINATION & HEADLAMP MANDATORY

As you never know what Calgary's weather will be like, be prepared to bring microspikes and/or snowshoes if conditions warrant. Bring a HEADLAMP or other light source in case overcast skies block out the moon - but the goal is to hike via moonlight only if possible.

REQUIRED GEAR: WATERPROOF hiking boots, headlamp/flashlight, layered clothing, hiking poles, gloves, hat, extra socks, personal medications (if needed). Bring ample water and snacks.
EXTRA GEAR IF CONDITIONS WARRANT: Gaiters, microspikes, snowshoes, etc.

DISTANCE: Approx. 6-8 km's

ELEVATION GAIN: Approx. 50-m

PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: This hike has minimal technical difficulty, but requires a basic level of stamina.

PACE: STEADY - NOT SLOW, NO RACERS
We will hike together and stay together as a group; please do not sign up for this hike if you aren’t interested in hiking as a group.

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