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I started this group after a difficult time in my life and it is the best thing I ever did for myself. I find being out in the fresh air and socializing with like minded people while enjoying nature very therapeutic. While enjoying nature and people we all get fit as well.

There are a lot of people out there who would like to get active but find there is no regular postings on the calendar. That is my aim. We all have different abilities, likes and dislikes not to mention available time differences.

This group calendar is well established now. We have biking on Mondays but we do not bike in strong winds or rain. Tuesdays we have easy to moderate hikes although you do need to be fit to participate. To help you get into shape we have on Tuesday and Thursday evenings a 1 hour walk all year long. On Fridays we have Kayaking/canoeing for experienced paddlers or Ted taking you out on intermediate and difficult hikes which can be quite lengthy. These hikes are meant for VERY FIT individuals only. EXPECT TO BE SENT HOME IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED FOR YOUR OUTING. It is very important to read and understand the day's outing. All outings are described and it is mentioned what is required for the trip. FOR YOUR SAFETY AND OTHERS PLEASE READ ALL THE INFORMATION POSTED ON ANY SCHEDULED EVENT!!!

Now the fun part is when your fitness level has improved from the evening walks then you can enjoy a 2 hour + walk or hike on a Saturday which requires more effort to improve your stamina. Tuesday a 4-6 hour or more easy to moderate hike or an endurance walk of 17-27kms. The list goes on so check the calendar. So much to do and so little time so the sooner you start, the faster you get fit to enjoy some really beautiful scenic places!!!!

We have 2 events on Fridays, kayaking/canoeing or hiking. You need to know how to kayak/canoe, have enough experience to join us and to be able to transport your own kayak/canoe. Kayaks/canoes can be rented from Western Canoe/Kayak on Salton in Abbotsford. They are very good and will outfit you with everything you need and are very reasonable. Again, read all about the event so you know and understand what is needed and what we are doing.

***********The other event on a Friday is hiking and Ted would be your leader. These hikes are intermediate to difficult and can be quite lengthy if it is an easier hike. Make sure you read Ted's very detailed information and understand the requirements. A FULL FACIAL PHOTO IS REQUIRED ON TED'S HIKES DUE TO THE DIFFICULTY AND LENGTH OF THE POSTED HIKES. IF AN EMERGENCY ARISES DUE TO AN ACCIDENT OR A LOST HIKER IT IS A REQUIREMENT TO HELP THE SEARCH AND RESCUE CREW TO IDENTIFY YOU. EXPECT TO BE TAKEN OFF THE LIST OR REFUSED TO PARTICIPATE UPON ARRIVAL IF YOU HAVE COME UNPREPARED OR DO NOT HAVE THE REQUIRED PHOTO.***************

There is bowling on the first Friday of every month. Once in awhile we will throw in a movie night.

Check out the photos and you can see all the great places that you can walk/hike, bike or kayak/canoe to. The majority of the walks/hikes and other events are around the Abbotsford/Chiilliwack/Maple Ridge area. We also have snowshoeing in the winter and in the summer there are amazing hiking trails on Mt. Baker. There are many hikes in Vancouver as well.

Lets get moving, enjoy each other's company and make new friends as well as appreciate where we live!

******It's very important to know your own level, We try to stress for your own safety the needs for each posted event. To really enjoy your walk/hike MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A GOOD PAIR OF SOLID AND COMFORTABLE FITTING SHOES OR HIKING BOOTS AND POLES ARE AN ASSET FOR HILLS OR LONG WALKS/HIKES. THEY ARE VERY HELPFUL IN SUPPORTING YOUR WEIGHT AS WELL AS YOUR BALANCE.********

Check the internet to see what is required for a "day trip". Bare necessities such as bandaids, hand sanitizer, bell for warning animals when we are on the trail, compass, whistle etc.....Lunch/drink/snack and common sense. TO HAVE FUN AND ENJOY PLEASE BE PREPARED!! Check online for the "10 essentials".

*****Please note that the organizers are not liable for your personal safety. The organizers are only there to arrange a meetup for your pleasure and enjoyment. We do not claim to be professional hikers and we do not have any medical training, basic first aid only. By attending the hikes or walks you are stating that you take full responsibility for yourself but it's a good call to look out for each other. You should also be aware of your own level of fitness and health. Common sense is a big plus. WE ARE VOLUNTEERS ONLY WHO POST AND LEAD OUTDOOR ACTIVITES FOR YOUR PLEASURE.*****

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McKee Peak

Mckee Peak Trail

Difficulty - Easy / Intermediate Time - 3 hours Round-Trip - 8 km +/- Elevation Gain - 350 meters +/- Sorry no dogs ""NOTE" I will be keeping the "going list" to a smaller group as these trails are shared with the mountain bikers and for safety sake it is not a good mix having such a large group. RAIN OR SHINE Short notice; who would like to join me and check out the trails and get in some exercise. Be sure to bring a walking pole (recommended but not manditory) if you like to use one, as the trails can be sippery when wet or during extended dry periods especially on the wooden bridges and hills. This hike will take us on some pretty cool trails that feature caves, rock wall formations, waterfalls (seasonal), views to Mt. Baker / Cheam Range and the Fraser Valley. No disappointments. I will be hosting these outings on a regular basis just to keep us fit for our longer regular hiking days on Tuesdays and Fridays. These are intended to give you a good cardio workout on a regular basis. It is much more fun to do these workouts with others and will also keep the motivation alive. Its so easy to say "forget it" when its just you going. I will be alternating the meetup location with the Abby Grind ( 2 hours to the top and back) These will be short notice meetups that you can decide on participating in on the morning of the event. Park near the end of Harvest Dr. and be mindful that this is a residential neighborhood so do not block driveways. See the map inset above for directions. Teds cel # -[masked] ------------------------ Please note that the organizers are not liable for your personal safety. The organizers are only there to arrange a meetup for your pleasure and enjoyment. We do not claim to be professional hikers and we do not have any medical training. By attending the hikes or walks you are stating that you take full responsibility for yourself and it's a good call to look out for each other, especially the one behind as he/she may be the last person. You should also be aware of your own level of fitness and health before you RSVP. Common sense is a big plus.

1 HOUR EVENING WALK - DISCOVERY TRAIL - EAST - ROTARY STADIUM

Abbotsford Rotary Stadium

Bruce's cell -[masked] It is now time for our late Fall to early Spring evening walks. Bring a flashlight to see your footing. This will be a 6 month span twice a week :-( It is fun and the time goes fast when you are with friends and it keeps you healthy and strong for the more difficult walks come Spring. Park in the Rotary Stadium area, check the map. Meet at the "metal artwork" near the track on the platform just outside. We will walk towards Gladwin Road, cross the road at the lights and continue to Horn Road and back. There is a slight hill on the return. Wear proper clothing for the weather and comfortable shoes/runners. During the winter months watch out for frost & ice. Sometimes walking on the sidewalks is a better plan rather than going down any hills. Enjoy and stay healthy!!

Falls Lake etc. - Coquihalla - Snowshoeing

Falls Lake Coquihalla

Falls Lake and beyond 10 kms 4 - 5 hours easy / moderate snowshoeing The Falls Lake Trail is a short hike of less than 10 km, through an interior forest setting to a beautiful alpine lake. The trail was rebuilt about 10 years ago when improvements were made to recreational opportunities along the Coquihalla corridor. In the winter months the road to the parking lot will be closed to traffic. We will start our trek from the parking area along the Coquihalla Highway and hike up to the trail head. This will add about 2 km to our total distance traveled. Once at the lake we will venture around and over the area taking in some spectacular views of Yak and Zoa Peaks which surround us. If we want to vary our return a little, at the lake shore you will see what looks like an overgrown road. Following this up to a high point we will come out onto a road which is the same one we took up from our parking area to the trail head into Falls Lake. We can expect to be covering about 10 km in total. Elevation is minimal depending on how far the group decides to explore beyond the lake towards Zoa Peak. Directions: Take the Falls Lake exit from the Coquihalla Highway and drive a short distance to an unsigned trail head. There is a large open space on your right and across the road you will see a set of steps indicating the start of the trail. Please note that the organizers are not liable for your personal safety. The organizers are only there to arrange a meetup for your pleasure and enjoyment. We do not claim to be professionals and we do not have any medical training. By attending any of the hikes or events you are stating that you take full responsibility for yourself but it's a good call to look out for each other. You should also be aware of your own level of fitness and health. Common sense is a big plus. Carpooling We will meet at King Connector (S.E. corner free parking) at McCallum Rd and Hway 1 for carpooling. We will leave at 08:00 sharp so please be a bit early rather than later. Those meeting at Colossus will leave there at 07:30 should there be a driver available at that location. If you would like to be a volunteer driver please indicate below when you sign in for this meet-up. Drivers will require winter driving tires with either M+S or Snowflake to travel on the Coquihalla Highway. This trip will work out to $20.00 per rider from King Connector in Abbey. As drivers become available, I will increase the number of participants. Ted's cell #[masked]

KAYAK!!!

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Abby Grind

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