• Nihahi Creek Waterfalls - Beginner, SLOW
    Pace - VERY SLOW. Level - Beginner Distance: 12+km, Elevation Gain: ~240m Let's go see the falls one more time before the winter gate closes. We will microspike/snowshoe (depending on how much snow) around Forget Me Not Pond & then park in the Little Elbow parking lot & head west to the falls. A bite to eat and drinks in Bragg Creek after for those who wish. Trailhead location from west edge of Calgary: https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/51.0887028,-114.2767478/Forgetmenot+Pond/@50.9011494,-114.8633332,9.79z/data=!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x5370fbec27854b2f:0x8d0f386324f859c9!2m2!1d-114.8473246!2d50.7977335 Attendance for this event is at the discretion of the organizer. The waitlist for this event is NOT first come, first serve. If I have not hiked with you before and you have rated yourself in your profile as moderate/intermediate or above, you will remain on the waitlist unless you message me with a reason why you want to attend a BEGINNER hike and that you are willing to SLOW down. PACE = "SLOWEST" hiker. We will be stopping for plenty of breaks - rest, water, lots of photos, delayering, fixing equipment, bathroom or just to look at something interesting. There is no running or scooting ahead of the group. And no trying to get the group to move faster. We are out to enjoy nature and do not want to race through it. For everyone’s safety, we hike as a group. If you are ahead of me and I cannot see you, you MUST slow down. If you come to a fork in the road, you MUST stop. If you are unable to RESPECT these "guidelines", your future attendance on events I organize will be denied. THIS TRIP WILL BE WEATHER DEPENDENT. PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE THE MORNING OF THE TRIP TO MAKE SURE THE TRIP HAS NOT BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS. Absolute musts for this hike are BEARSPRAY and MICROSPIKES/ SNOWSHOES. Please do not put me in the position of having to turn you away from the hike if you do not have them. Time: We should be home for dinner, but we cannot guarantee a return time for you. No dogs, no children. If you have not already done so, please read the Slow and Steady Code of Conduct here: http://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/CODE_OF_CONDUCT/ Required Gear: Absolutely NO cotton clothing. Water (2 litres or more), lunch/snacks, bearspray, microspikes, snowshoes, boots, backpack, appropriate layers for the temperature plus additional layers for when we stop, hat, mitts, toque, bag for dirty boots if you are a passenger, personal-sized first aid kit, personal medications (if needed), (NO BEAR BELLS). Suggested Gear: hiking poles, bandanna, camera/small binoculars, outdoor “bathroom” kit (toilet paper, plastic bag to carry out used T.P., hand sanitizer, etc.), lightweight pad to sit on, change of socks/footwear for after the hike. Be Bear Smart! Bears can be up at any time of year, so be prepared with your bear spray. http://www.albertaparks.ca/kananaskis-country/advisories-public-safety/wildlife/be-bear-smart.aspx Suggested Gas Fee contribution: $20.00 per person. Carpools - I do not arrange carpools. But, if you can offer a ride, please make a comment as to what part of Calgary you are coming from. If you wish to have a ride, please look for those offering a ride and message them or post a comment that you would like a ride, have gas money and where you are located in Calgary. 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: 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 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.

    Forget-Me-Not Pond

    Hwy 66 · Kananaskas, AB

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  • Ben's Hill (OT3)
    Ben's Hill is a little flat topped hill just to the east of Prairie Mountain. Expect approximately 6km return and 440m gain. This trip is suitable for hikers of Intermediate level and higher. There is mountain bike trails all the way to the top, but depending on how much snow there is in spots, we may be breaking trail and/or routefinding! Required and Suggested Gear: microspikes, backpack with lunch, snacks and water, extra warm layers, gloves etc. Poles if you use them. A sense of humour is also required! Carpooling Gas Contribution: $15 Dogs - This is a dog friendly hike, but please only bring your dog if it is friendly and social with people and other animals, is physically conditioned to do this level of hike and is well trained and under control! 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.

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    Starbucks at Chapters

    16061 Macleod Trail S.E. · Calgary, AB

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  • Tuesday Evening Urban Walk / Nose Hill 1
    I feel the need to get some mid week exercise so urban hikes are the plan. Since the two Paul's have Wednesday evening covered,Tuesday is the day. So lets explore Calgary and vicinity. Hike 1 is Nose Hill Park. Let's meet at the John Laurie Blvd. and Brisebois Dr. NW Parking lot We'll walk for about 2 hours at a Slow and Steady pace. All abilities are welcome. The more we walk the stronger hikers we become. Waivers: As per the new policy for waivers, I will bring the group waiver form with me to both the Calgary Meetup 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

    Needs a location

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  • Fish Creek Park Evening Walk
    Location-To reach the meetup location follow Bow Bottom Trail to Fish Creek Park. Turn right into the area where the Ranch Restaurant is located and park in the 1st parking lot. We will spend 1 1/2 - 2 hours walking through the park. We will travel at a moderate pace with all levels of hikers welcome. What to bring - Headlamp/flashlight. Members Only Dogs Welcome WAIVER:You must sign our club waiver at the meet up location before you are allowed to go on this trip please be prepared with an emergency name and phone number to be recorded on the waiver. You are required to read the Slow and Steady Hiker Club Waiver: 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 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.

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    Bow valley ranch fish creek park

    15979 Bow Bottom Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2J 6T5 · Calgary

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  • Urban Walk – Okotoks - Local Pathways
    What we'll do This is an open invitation to Slow and Steady members to join us 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 in the fall/winter. 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. 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. Summary: 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.....) 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. Pace: Relaxed • 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.

    Okotoks Public Library (Parking Lot)

    7 Riverside Drive · Okotoks, AB

  • Cascade Ponds to Lower Bankhead, Banff - Beginner, SLOW
    Pace - VERY SLOW. Level - Beginner Distance: 6-8km, Elevation Gain: <100m We will microspike/snowshoe (depending on how much snow) from the Cascade Ponds to the Bankhead Area and check out the remains of an old coal mining town. May be some bushwacking involved. A bite to eat and drinks in Banff after for those who wish. A national park pass will be required for this event. Trailhead location from west edge of Calgary: https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/51.0886638,-114.2753372/51.2117713,-115.5340173/@51.0674458,-115.3116764,9.29z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0 Attendance for this event is at the discretion of the organizer. The waitlist for this event is NOT first come, first serve. If I have not hiked with you before and you have rated yourself in your profile as moderate/intermediate or above, you will remain on the waitlist unless you message me with a reason why you want to attend a BEGINNER hike and that you are willing to SLOW down. PACE = "SLOWEST" hiker. We will be stopping for plenty of breaks - rest, water, lots of photos, delayering, fixing equipment, bathroom or just to look at something interesting. There is no running or scooting ahead of the group. And no trying to get the group to move faster. We are out to enjoy nature and do not want to race through it. For everyone’s safety, we hike as a group. If you are ahead of me and I cannot see you, you MUST slow down. If you come to a fork in the road, you MUST stop. If you are unable to RESPECT these "guidelines", your future attendance on events I organize will be denied. THIS TRIP WILL BE WEATHER DEPENDENT. PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE THE MORNING OF THE TRIP TO MAKE SURE THE TRIP HAS NOT BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS. Absolute musts for this hike are BEARSPRAY and MICROSPIKES/ SNOWSHOES. Please do not put me in the position of having to turn you away from the hike if you do not have them. Time: We should be home for dinner, but we cannot guarantee a return time for you. No dogs, no children. If you have not already done so, please read the Slow and Steady Code of Conduct here: http://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/CODE_OF_CONDUCT/ Required Gear: Absolutely NO cotton clothing. Water (2 litres or more), lunch/snacks, bearspray, microspikes, snowshoes, boots, backpack, appropriate layers for the temperature plus additional layers for when we stop, hat, mitts, toque, bag for dirty boots if you are a passenger, personal-sized first aid kit, personal medications (if needed), (NO BEAR BELLS). Suggested Gear: hiking poles, bandanna, camera/small binoculars, outdoor “bathroom” kit (toilet paper, plastic bag to carry out used T.P., hand sanitizer, etc.), lightweight pad to sit on, change of socks/footwear for after the hike. Be Bear Smart! Bears can be up at any time of year, so be prepared with your bear spray. http://www.albertaparks.ca/kananaskis-country/advisories-public-safety/wildlife/be-bear-smart.aspx Suggested Gas Fee contribution: $25.00 per person plus a small contribution fee towards the cost of the driver's national park pass. Carpools - I do not arrange carpools. But, if you can offer a ride, please make a comment as to what part of Calgary you are coming from. If you wish to have a ride, please look for those offering a ride and message them or post a comment that you would like a ride, have gas money and where you are located in Calgary. 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: 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 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.

    Cascade Ponds Parking Lot

    Lake Minewanka Scenic Drive · Banff, AB

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  • Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area - Moderate Pace
    • What we'll do The forecast looks great for Tuesday (at least as of today it does)! Let's go for a walk in the Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area. The plan is to make a loop of the Aspen, Paradise and Fescue trails - a total of 8 or 9 kms and 5 hills. We will be hiking at a moderate pace so you must be in good physical shape. Only sign-up if this hike is within your fitness ability and you are able to hike at a moderate pace without frequent stops even while going uphill. Please arrive at the parking lot early enough to allow time to get ready, register your car at the kiosk, sign the Slow and Steady Release and use the washroom facilities (up the hill from the parking lot). We'll leave the parking lot promptly at 9:30 am. Please note that the conservation area does not allow dogs. If you have not been here before, gps may or may not lead you to the correct location. Directions are as follows: - From Macleod Trail or Deerfoot Trail, take Hwy 22X (Marquis of Lorne Trail from Deerfoot). - Head West on Hwy 22X, just past Calgary city limits. - You will see the blue "Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area" sign on the highway, take the next left (turning south) at 160 St. SW. - The conservation area is located at the end of this street.

    Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area

    South of Hwy 22x on 160 St SW · Calgary, AB

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  • Volcano Peak (OT5) very steep bushwhacking!
    This event was canceled.
  • Weaselhead – T2/OT2
    I'd like to do a weekday hike through the weaselhead. Beautiful trails, creeks, and wildlife. We'll start on the paved paths, but stay on the dirt trails as much as possible. May go on some rougher/smaller trails, some would describe as "off-trail". You should be comfortable with branches, mud, puddles, snow, icy sections, and have a positive attitude. Exact route will be decided closer to the date. We will be hiking at a slow to moderate pace to enjoy the scenery. Everyone is expected to stay together as a group. If you are not willing to do that, please choose another hike. We will stop occasionally for water, changing layers, or photos, but not every five minutes. The trails may be dry, wet, muddy, icy, or all of the above. Trip Description: Weaselhead Distance: 5-7 km Elevation gain: varies, mostly flat, one steep, paved, hill to go down at the beginning and back up at the end. Physical Difficulty: T2 hikes have moderate slopes and generally solid trail head. 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. No dogs or children. Required Gear: Appropriate footwear (hiking boots), microspikes, appropriate layers for the temperature (no cotton clothing), warm hat and gloves/mittens, sunscreen, personal-sized first aid kit, personal medications (if needed), water (approx. 2 litres), and snacks. Recommended gear: Hiking poles, sit-upon, gaiters if muddy. A word about mandatory microspikes - recommended brands are Kahtoola Microspikes or Hillsound Trail Crampons (these are available for rental at the UofC Outdoor Centre). There is packed ice on this trail, so microspikes are mandatory. 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. Meet in the Weaselhead parking lot at 9:30am. I will have a blue Honda Pilot with the trunk open.

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    Weaselhead Natural Area

    Parking lot on corner of 37th St and 66 Ave SW · Calgary, AB

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  • The Three P's - Strong Beginner HIke (distance) - T2 Winter Conditions
    PLEASE READ ALL DESCRIPTION BEFORE SIGNING UP!!! This hike will be limited to me and 10 interested attendees - unless I am fortunate enough to find a co-host..... If you are signed up to go on the hike and for whatever reason can't make it, please let me know as far in advance as you can, as it allows people on the wait-list to then attend the hike. How Do I Know This Hike Is For Me? Are you a strong beginner hiker and are worried about your ability to keep up? Have you never ever been on a Slow and Steady hike? Do you walk really slow but REALLY REALLY want to hike? I'm your event host. Take a look at my profile. I will go slow. 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 May 26th with a summit of Mt. Burke..... and I have worked hard and sweated harder through all of it. I entirely understand slow and steady. I hike it. This hike is scenic with some great Kodak moments. We start out walking 2.8 km on Powderface Trail we go north on Prairie Link Trail for 2.9 km. then intersect with Prairie Creek Trail which will take us another 5.7km back to where we started. This hike will take us through open meadows, aspen forest, along a creek, and along interesting canyon walls. Toward the halfway point of the Prairie Creek section you rise to a high point above Prairie Creek which has a great view. Although not particularly strenuous, this hike a good workout, with continuously rolling terrain. The total elevation gain is noted as anywhere between[masked] metres. This trail rolls up and down small inclines the entire way, so it is a workout. We will meet at the Starbucks in Chapters at Shawnessy at 9:00 am and it will take ~ 45 min to 1 hour to get to the trailhead. Gas share will be $10 if you require a ride. We will guesstimate a return to Shawnessy by 4-4:30 pm. Please do not make late afternoon plans if you are signing up for this hike- hiking in the snow takes longer than clear trail. 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) there will be snow and may be ice - Appropriately layered clothing (NO COTTON) - Winter hat and gloves - Bear spray (no bells) - lunch or snacks - at least 1.5 litres of water -Always have a rain 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 - snowshoes in case of deep snow (I will be bringing mine in case the trail needs packing down) 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/

    Starbucks at Chapters

    16061 Macleod Trail S.E. · Calgary, AB

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