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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 (5+)

Yamnuska East Ridge Raven's End T3 VERY SLOW suitable for Slow Moderate Hikers

Details PLEASE READ ALL DESCRIPTION BEFORE SIGNING UP!!! Thank you Sue and Shannon for Co-Hosting! This hike will be limited to a total of 13 hikers. You MUST be willing to accept that we will be going SLOW to Very Slow. How Do I Know This Hike Is For Me? Are you a slow moderate hiker and are worried about your ability to keep up? Are you capable but slow and REALLY want to do a more challenging hike? I'm your event host. I will go slow (especially uphill - LOL). I will keep us all in a group. I have done Sofa to Summit Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter and have completed the Intermediate Series ..... and I have worked hard and sweated harder through all of it. I entirely understand slow and steady. I hike it. I have completed this trail four times but somehow skipped it last year. It is a bit of a grind in parts but hey... it is downhill all the way back to the car! It is also a busy hike and that is why we are leaving early. Good news is that it is only about an hour from Calgary. The views are breathtaking. We will only be going to the east ridge of the mountain and not through the keyhole. Many photo ops! The hike is ~ 7.5 km return with a total elevation gain of ~ 540 m. We WILL need microspikes. You will not be allowed to join us if you do not have the proper style (not brand) of microspikes. Please text me if you are unsure. I usually have at least one extra pair. Please note that the hike and route can change at the discretion of the organizers if we feel the weather or trail conditions are concerning Research: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/canada/alberta/ravens-end-via-yamnuska-ascent-trail?ref=sidebar-static-map http://www.playoutsideguide.com/2018/03/hiking-mount-yamnuska-bow-valley.html https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Mount-Yamnuska/forecasts/2240 Please meet at the Shouldice Park n Ride...the parking lot well behind the Shouldice Arena at 0830 sharp. Gas share will be $15 if you require a ride. We will guesstimate a return by 4:30 pm. There is NO guarantee on return time. Please DO NOT make plans for the day/early evening. Please be on time. You can text me at[masked] if you have any concerns about location. Please identify yourself in the text. :) There will be NO hiking ahead and speed demons are not welcome. The enjoyment of hiking is enjoying being in the moment. What Must you Bring?- - microspikes (kahtoolas or hillsounds) - Appropriately layered clothing (NO COTTON) - hat and gloves - lunch AND snacks - at least 2 litres of water -Always have a rain/wind coat in your pack - weather in the mountains is unpredictable Suggestions of What to Bring: - Poles if you want them - I use mine every hike - gaiters - mini first aid kit - thermos with warm drink - Bear spray (NO bells) WAIVER: 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 http://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/OUR_NEW_WAIVER/

Easter Egg Hike - Johnston Canyon/Inkpots - T2 - Relaxed Pace

Dalhousie CTrain Station

Let’s have some Easter Fun! Wear your Easter Bunny ears (available at any dollar store) or any other Easter themed costume! Bring some wrapped Easter eggs (or other Easter candy) to hand out to all of the other hikers (big and small) on the trail. It will be a great way to interact with some of the tourists and other local hikers and show them just how much fun our hiking club is! The smiles on the other hikers faces will make your day! It is a requirement to read the following trip posting very carefully and to make the proper and responsible preparations for it. As a potential participant, you must check this trip posting for additional directions from the organizer, including trip cancellation. Your hosts are volunteers and not trained guides. Car-pooling will be arranged by the organizer: • to be more sustainable by having fewer cars on the highway • to ensure people that do not have transportation have the opportunity to join • to share the gas expense • to meet new people who share our love of the outdoors • and last but not least, to keep your organizer sane by not having to figure out who will be meeting us where through all of the cancellations, changes, etc.! The organizer will arrange the carpooling on the day of the meet-up to ensure we can meet these goals. The only meet-up point is the Dalhousie C-Train Station. If you do not plan on joining the carpool, please do not RSVP to this event as we do not have a meet-up point at the trailhead. The only exceptions will be for participants that live outside of Calgary. The journey is as important as the destination. We will stop periodically for rest stops and to enjoy the views. This may not be the right hike for you if you want to race to the destination or if you don’t want to stay with the group. Trip Description: https://www.hikebiketravel.com/47896/the-ink-pots-hike-via-johnston-canyon/ Distance: 12 kms Elevation Gain: 335 m Physical Difficulty: T2 hikes have moderate slopes and generally solid trail tread. These trails are often purpose-built with erosion control features and switchbacks up hillsides. Some short rough sections or easy stream hopping may be encountered. Light hiking boots with ankle support are a good choice. Pace: Relaxed. It is expected that everyone stays together in a group for safety. If you are not willing to stay with the group, this hike may not be the right hike for you. Remember - the journey is as important as the destination! Required Gear: Appropriate footwear (hiking boots or hiking shoes), microspikes, appropriate layers for the temperature (plus additional layers for when we stop), warm hat and two pairs gloves/mittens), personal-sized first aid kit, personal medications (if needed), water (at least 2 litres unless you need more) and lunch/snacks. Please bring a change of socks/footwear for after the hike and a plastic bag for dirty/wet hiking boots or shoes and microspikes (keep your driver's car clean). IMPORTANT: A word about mandatory microspikes - recommended brands are Kahtoola Microspikes, Hillsound Trail Crampons (these are available for rental at the UofC Outdoor Centre) or something similar. If you are unsure, send a photo to the organizer prior to the hike to see if what you have is acceptable. If you show up without appropriate microspikes, you will not be allowed on the hike. Suggested Gas Fee Contribution: $20.00 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 to be recorded on the waiver. The organizer will have a group waiver for you to sign at the meetup location and/or the trailhead. You are required to read the Slow and Steady Hiker Club Waiver prior to arriving: http://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 (if applicable) 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.

Canyon Creek Ice Caves OT5/S5

Dalhousie LRT

Photo Credit Randy F !!!!!Climbing helmets and Head lamp required for scrambles and caving!!!! Canyon Creek Ice Cave Trail is a 14 km moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rocky View County, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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. A waiting list has automatically been created to determine this trip’s suitability for you as a potential participant. If the organizer deems it necessary to obtain additional information from you, please provide it, otherwise, you will remain 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. Your hosts are volunteers and not trained guides. As a participant, it is up to you to check current road conditions, current trail reports, current weather reports for the trip, and you are responsible for your own safety and well-being. Trip Description: This hike involves a 5.9 hike down a closed off service road to the base of a mountain with steep scramble like approach .It is only about 1km. up the steep part.Total round trip is about 14km.There are 494 M of passageways and the inside temp. is a contant -5C year round. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/canada/alberta/canyon-creek-ice-cave-trail Elevation Gain: 300M Distance 14Km round trip Physical Difficulty: OT5/S5 Moderate hike Pace: steady moderate pace (will stop for photo) This trip is not for beginner hikers, you must have experience and confidence with steep elevation gain, loose rock. Expect up to 14km and 300m elevation gain. This trip will be done at a steady moderate pace. No speed demons and no super slow hikers please! Suggested Gas Fee Contribution: $10 per person Required Gear: Microspikes,rock helmet (can rent from MEC or UC), Personal first aid kit, hiking boots,wind/water resistant jacket, warm and layered clothing, mitts/gloves, headlamp with extra batteries, lunch, snacks and at least 2 liters of water. (Bring a bag for your dirty boots afterwards as not to soil the driver's vehicle.) Suggested Gear: Hiking poles, gaiters, camera 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. 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. https://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/10950922/OUR_NEW_WAIVER/

Hell's Ridge (OT4)

Shawnessy Co-op Wine Spirits Beer

Details Our Meetup spot is the parking lot next to the Co-op Wine & Spirits in Shaughnessy (conveniently next to McDonald's and the Co-op Gas Bar for last minute fill-ups). This hike will likely involve some bushwhacking on both the ascent and descent - plan is to do it as a loop south to north. We expect the trail to be pretty over grown and much of the navigation will be by GPS. There will be a long ridgeline walk with great views of the region. 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 a participant not being allowed on this trip. As a potential participant, you must check this trip posting for additional directions from the organizer, including up to the morning of the trip. REQUIRED GEAR: MICROSPIKES, layered clothing (strong possibility of wind on the long ridgeline), waterproof hiking boots, gaiters, hiking poles, first aid kit, gloves, hat, extra wool socks, personal medications (if needed). Bring ample water, a lunch and snacks. IT'S MUD SEASON - BRING TRAVEL SHOES FOR THE CAR and a plastic bag for dirty/wet hiking boots (keep your driver's car clean). Suggested Gas Contribution: $20.00 DISTANCE: Approx.11-km ELEVATION GAIN: Approx. 650-m PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: OT4 - Strong Beginner/Intermediate PACE: STEADY - 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. We will be following the Canada Topographic trail map. Please check these websites for more info and photos. http://www.trailpeak.com/trail-Hells-Ridge-near-Kananaskis-AB-11684 http://bobspirko.ca/OtherScrambles/KananaskisSouth/HellsRidge/HellsRidge.html 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. http://bit.ly/SnS_Waiver 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. 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 event with the group.

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