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Re: [Feet-First-Hiking-Adventures] Important Message - Feet First Hiking is Changing

From: Bella H.
Sent on: Monday, August 7, 2017 12:46 PM
Thanks for your well thought out message Stephen - totally understand 
where you are coming from and also look forward to the "new" feet first 
nature discovery group" in September :)

Look forward to catching up in the spring/summer.

P.S. I went for a hike to the Kitekite Falls in Piha on Sunday - lovely 
small group of 7 with lots of laughter - very relaxed and we did stop a 
few times to view wood pigeons, rata and kauri trees :)  Very peaceful


On[masked]:12, Stephen F. wrote:
> Hello All.
> This is an important message .
> As you may have noticed I've been  having a long break from being
> involved as your organiser and that's mainly due to this very wet
> winter and the extra responsibilities I feel I need to do more of
> running winter hikes etc . Some have got hurt, and we've had a few
> close misses with other members not having the gear for winter tracks
> in Auckland .
> So, as titled, I'm making some changes to the way I spend my weekends
> and the time spent being an organiser of two Meet Up Groups . This
> main one, Feet First Guided Hikes and my other one started in May,
> Nature Discovery Walks.
> The new changes affect both groups starting in September,  I'm the
> organiser of, and thankfully after 7 years being on Meet Up as an
> Organiser, you may know of the time it takes and what it all involves
> if in your day to day work you are a manager, supervisor, or in my
> case, self employed.
> Meet Up is amazing and I love it, however over the years, what I love
> doing outdoors with groups has changed, and I'm no longer a younger
> man wanting exercise as my main reason to go into nature in the
> weekends and have to support a lot of people reasons to be there, that
> aren't mine  anymore . Especially big groups and having to be the
> policeman around what people have read about the Event organised and
> whether you, or others have come prepared for winter walking and the
> cold, the rain, the mud etc . That's no longer fun, and that's one of
> the reasons I've stepped away from being an active organiser on Feet
> First,. these last few months .
> I started my other Meet Up group Nature Discovery Walks  earlier this
> year to focus on my emerging desire to expand more of my interest in
> discovering nature like birds, tree identification and other plants .
> I realise , people like yourself originally joined Feet First for
> hiking only, so I started Nature Discovery , however, trying to chase
> two pigs around in the same piece of bush, or a Saturday I have free,
> isn't working, and I am now wanting to be choosing a simpler approach
> for the coming busy summer period so I can be available again , with
> the focus of visiting familiar places with the reasons I love being
> outdoors, like these nature discovery walks and as such there will be
> a name change to bring this group up to date with these long standing
> interests, other than fast or even medium hikes through the bush just
> for exercise.
> Other factors are being self employed and I've got extra work on
> nights and I only have my weekends free now to juggle my very happy
> personal life and other social interests, so I'm going to be making
> changes starting in September , for Spring and Summer ...So I can only
> have one Meet Up Group, with a focus on combining both into one and as
> such I will be closing this one , and making yet unannounced big
> changes to Feet First, you may enjoy the new aspects of that Group,
> which will feature the things I love doing while walking outdoors.
> Like changes to the Labour Party and its new slogan, Let's Do It, I'm
> sure you are also looking for more positive reasons to get me
> organising new events for you and the others that follow my interests
> other than going quickly as a hiker only from A to B in the quickest
> amount of time.
> If you are one of the 3000 in this group, join me on Feet First in
> September ,as you'll see changes here  soon too. Smaller group sizes
> are just one aspect I'm looking forward to.
> Meanwhile, keep active, keep interested in nature, and keep in touch
> with me on Feet First when new changes there will be happening
> starting in September.
> There are many other new hiking and walking groups on here now, and so
> I do feel what I offer as your leader, guide, organiser, has merit,
> and with a new perspective, plus the added social benefits of Meet Up,
> there is some very good reasons to stay .
> Thanks for your support on here, this year ,and here's to more outdoor
> slower  walking and learning more about trees and nature soon together
> .
> See you soon .
> Kind regards
> Stephen F .
> Mob[masked].
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