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+)See all
- Powderface North Ridge (Snowshoe Maybe) T3Elbow Falls Parking Lot, Kananaskis, AB
RSVPs open Thursday Dec 7, 7pm
Let's get out and hike (maybe snowshoe) Powderface Ridge North. We'll meet at the Elbow Falls Parking Lot and then walk down the road to the Powderface Creek trailhead. From there we'll follow the Powderface Creek Trail until we start ascending the ridge. It's a gentle ascent through forest and meadow with some steep sections. Expect 16K and about 619m elevation. The views from the ridge are lovely. We don't know how much snow is expected over the next couple days but we'd encourage you to bring your snowshoes and we'll assess when we get to the trailhead.
Is this hike for me? You are a strong intermediate hiker who likes to stay with the group.
Read the trail description before you sign up. https://bobspirko.ca/Hiking/Kananaskis/PowderfaceRidge/PowderfaceNorth.html
Weather forecast: https://www.yr.no/en/forecast/daily-table/2-6112542/Canada/Alberta/Powder%20Face%20Ridge
🌲 NOTE We offer intermediate/moderate hiking experiences to new and seasoned club members. If you want to join this hike, sign up as soon as the RSVPs open as we take people in the order they sign up (subject to their experience and skillset). Those that do not answer all the RSVP questions will remain on the waitlist. If you are on the attending list and need to drop out, do so at least 24 hours before the hike to allow those on the waitlist an opportunity to join. This hike is also weather dependent. Check the event posting up to the morning of the hike in case of cancellations.
🕘 Arrival time 8:30 am, ready to hike at 8:45
🥾 Distance: Approx. 16k Distance
🗻 Cumulative Elevation gain: about 600m
💪🏽 Physical difficulty: T3, expect some steep sections.
🥾 Pace: RELAXED and STEADY - this is not a fast hike but we do have distance to cover. We hike at a steady relaxed pace. We break for delayering, lunch, snacks etcetera. We stay together as a group and we are out for the whole day.
🌲 Meeting Location: Elbow Falls Parking Lot https://maps.app.goo.gl/iPG4DADbRW4vY7PHA
🚶🏻♀️Attendees: Minimum 4, Maximum 10 No children or guests. Friendly, on-leash dogs are welcome. Please message the organizer first if you plan to bring your dog.
Please check in up to AND including the morning of the trip, that the hike has not been cancelled due to wildlife/trail/other issues.
Must bring GEAR: BEARSPRAY, microspikes, snowshoes and sufficient water for a day out hike, lunch/snacks, , STURDY HIKING BOOTS, hiking poles highly recommended, backpack, appropriate layers for the season plus be prepared for cold weather (warmer coat, hat, mitts, rain gear) personal-sized first aid kit, personal medications (if needed), (NO BEAR BELLS !!). Drivers A Kananaskis Park PASS is required for this hike
SUGGESTED GEAR: camera, “bathroom” kit, hand sanitizer, lightweight pad to sit on, change of socks/footwear for during or after the hike, bag to put boots in for the drive home.
CARPOOL: No carpooling is being arranged. Use the comment section to offer or request a ride. Suggested gas fee is $15
Trail rating system: https://www.meetup.com/slow-and-steady-hikers/messages/boards/thread/53768849
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/messages/boards/thread/53768842
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.
- Nakiska Ski DayNakiska Mountain Resort, Kananaskis, AB
Starting in December 2023, I plan to run my Nakiska ski days every week or two from December to March.
I ski mainly blue runs off the silver chair, but we can divide into groups as needed or all ski together.
The start date is tentative. We will start our ski days when the silver chair is open. Currently, the silver and bronze chairs are still closed.
Participants can drive themselves to Nakiska, or carpool from Petro Canada at hwy 1 and 22. Gas fee will range between $15-$20 based on current gas prices. Drivers need a Kananaskis park pass.
We usually ski from 10am-2pm, with a break for lunch about 12:30pm.
All Slow and Steady policies apply and the Waiver must be signed before each event. If you are unwilling to do so, please don't sign up.
If you cannot attend, please take your name off the list by 6pm the night before. No shows without a good reason will be marked on your account. It's very frustrating for the group to be waiting for someone who doesn't show up.
As per the new policy for waivers, I will bring the group waiver form with me to the Meet-up location and the trailhead. You must sign it before you will be allowed to go on this event. You will also be asked for the name and phone number of an emergency contact. Please come prepared with this information.
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. You are fully prepared with proper gear and you're physically fit to do this hike with the group
- Urban Walk – Okotoks - Local PathwaysRiverside Soccer Fields Parking Lot , Okotoks, AB
What we'll do
This is an invitation to Slow and Steady members to join me on Tuesday evenings for a 5-8 km urban walk exploring the Okotoks Trail system. The riverside trails are beautiful and deer are frequently sighted during our evening walks. The walks start at 6:00 pm. We will wait up to 5 minutes at the meet up location in case of traffic. Please call me at 780-237-5933 if you are lost or have a last minute cancellation. Please do not send a meetup message - I don't get notifications off wifi.
Attendance can be at the organizer's discretion.
Please note that we all walk at different paces, however we strive to stay together and enjoy each others company. If you wish to walk very quickly this walk may not be for you. We love to stop for "Kodak" moments periodically as the ever changing weather/seasons provide memorable moments.
Event host will pick the route each week dependent on weather and trail conditions. In the past we have taken different routes (i.e. walked the River trails; through town; around the dog park and Drake Landing pond etc.....) Occasionally ice cream may be part of our evening.
Distance: approx. 5-8 km on asphalt or dirt trails
Elevation Gain: minimal
Physical Difficulty: Good walking / trekking shoes are recommended. Street shoes (i.e. flats / any boot with a heel) will not be acceptable.
• What to bring
You must have water with you
Appropriate footwear, appropriate layers for the temperature, and snacks if you wish
• Important to know
CODE OF CONDUCT: By signing up for this hike, you agree to abide by the rules and regulations outlined in the Code of Conduct. https://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/19453923/CODE_OF_CONDUCT/
WAIVER: You must sign our club waiver before you are allowed to go on this trip. You will need to provide an emergency name and phone number
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.
- Jack Rabbit and Weaselhead /T224 Street Southwest & 90 Avenue Southwest, Calgary, AB
NOTE: Debbie T is no longer able to host this event. I am allowing it to continue for the regular walkers. To attend please be in full agreement with our waiver and code of conduct.
We will meet at parking lot 24 Street and 90 Avenue next to splash park. We will stay with the slowest hiker and if you are speed demons not willing to stay with the group please do not sign up.
This is not a stroll and we are going at a moderate pace.
Lots of ups and downs with a 200-meter elevation gain.
MANDATORY HEADLAMPS AND CRAMPONS ( WINTER ONLY )
LOTS OF HILLS WITH UPS AND DOWNS BE PREPARED.
This is NOT a stroll walk.
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.
Time: 1.5-2 hours and be back at the parking lot
Weather note: Generally, the hike will go ahead in light rain or shine. If the dirt trails are too muddy or slippery, we will walk along the pathway.
Who can attend: Members only.
——Don’t forget to bring “Bear Spray”——
Dress appropriately for the weather
WAIVER: You are required to read the Slow and Steady Hiker Club
You are coming at your own risk.
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, and current trail 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.