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On weekends, we'll be skiing and boarding in winter; hiking, biking and roller blading in summer. On weeknights, indoor climbing, hill running or maybe a dinner, plus other events. Travel ideas include skiing in Europe or out West, hiking to Machu Picchu or the Dolomites, or a weekend nearby to kayak in the Thousand Islands.

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Hiking in colour at the Deux-Criques in Mauricie (20 km, 750 m elev.) + dinner

Tim Horton's across from Namur Metro

No traffic snarls at the U.S. border for this hike... we'll be in our home province of Quebec so let's enjoy the spectacular early-Fall colours and fresh air! Another bonus, we'll take the time saved at the border and meet at a reasonable 7:30am. In 1970, La Mauricie National Park became the 23rd park in the Canadian National Parks network. It covers 536 sq. km and protects a representative sample of the Canadian Shield, the central part of the Precambrian region of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence. La Mauricie National Park occupies the southern margin of the Canadian Shield and links this land mass with the lowlands of the St. Lawrence Valley. The park lies on a plateau sloping slightly from West to East, broken up by hills and valleys that create areas of rugged landscape. Generally speaking, the level of the land increases from East to West, rising from 150 m to slightly over 500 m. The glaciation receded approximately 10,000 years ago. The departure of the glacier ice resulted in the formation of more than 150 lakes of varying sizes and characteristics. Small lakes in bogs, with dark acid water, are generally situated in higher altitudes, and the large, deep clearwater lakes follow the valley bottoms. They are all interconnected by a network of brooks or small cascading rivers that ultimately flow into the Matawin and Saint-Maurice rivers. We will be hiking the park’s most beautiful and demanding trails. We’ll have to ford a brook and we will also get to see the Ruisseau du Fou falls. And, once we reach one of the lookouts, we will enjoy some breathtaking views. Our hike is shown by the orange loop in the map available for download below. However we will start the hike from the parking lot, 1.6 km to the southeast. Ascent: Total elevation gain is around 750 m, making this a moderate hike. If you have not recently hiked more than 16 km, this hike is not for you. Click here (https://www.pc.gc.ca/fr/pn-np/qc/mauricie/visit/cartes-maps/rando-hiking#Mekinac) for a copy of the trail map and the option to print it or save it to your phone. Below is the route from Montreal to the meeting point, near where we will park the cars and start the hike. Drivers, please access the directions after clicking on the link. There may be no cell service at the trailhead, so a printed copy of the directions may be necessary. The drive will take about 2 hours. Click here (https://goo.gl/maps/BtpuD) for the driving directions to the meeting point / welcome area / bathrooms (but not the trailhead). During the hike we shall determine which hikers want to do an extra loop and/or some trail running and we'll add this to the menu. Afterwards we will have a tasty dinner together in Trois Rivieres, which is partway back to Montreal. Reminder: The long-range forecast for our hike is 18C, sunshine and the start of brilliant colours!! IMPORTANT DETAILS: 1. You are responsible for: • Your backpack containing 2 liters of water, a tasty lunch, snacks and energy bars. Please do not underestimate your need for water. • Extra dry clothing due to the possibility of changing weather. • Sunscreen, bug spray, first aid kit and maybe sunglasses and a hat. We will be leaving the Tim Horton's at 7:30am to give us enough time to complete the hike before sundown. Please arrive by 7:20am. 2. Drivers: Riders will write you asking for a ride. Please comment once your car is full: "I am driving and X, Y & Z are my riders." 3. Passengers requesting a ride must email drivers directly to secure a spot. Please do it through direct email (click on the driver's name and you will see his/her profile details page; under his/her name you will find 'send email', send the driver your message directly). Please do not ask for rides in the comments to avoid comments congestion. Once you get a lift confirmed, the driver will comment appropriately. People without any driving arrangement on Friday at 6pm will be removed from the Going list without notice. 4. Ride sharing: Meet at the Tim Horton's across from the Namur metro stop by 7:20am. There is plenty of free parking all around, We will leave no later than 7:30am. Please do not be late or you may be hiking on Mount-Royal alone. Drivers, please email your cell No. to your riders and to me. 5. Cost sharing: $20/rider as a contribution to drivers. We always try to have three riders per car (plus the driver) but sometimes there may only be two, or sometimes four; the contribution remains the same, $20/rider. 6. Waiting list: I will manage the waiting list manually. 7. If you are on the Going list and your plans change and you cannot join us, then you MUST change your RSVP to No before 4pm on Friday. This will give somebody on the Waitlist enough time to arrange to join the group. 8. When you RSVP you will be asked two questions. Please answer them both. If you do not see the questions when you RSVP, please message me directly.

Cycling The Costa Brava (Spain), another incredible SPACY European adventure

The Costa Brava ("Wild Coast" or "Rough Coast") is a coastal region of Catalonia in northeastern Spain, consisting of the comarques (counties) of Alt Empordà, Baix Empordà and Selva in the province of Girona. Costa Brava stretches from the town of Blanes, 60 km (37 mi) northeast of Barcelona, to the French border. We have created a custom cycling route that is unparalleled with others found on the Internet. We will be overnighting in the most vibrant, the most exciting, the most lively and the most entertaining of all of northeast Spain's seaside towns. Our route will average 70 kms per day (10 km per day less than last year), giving us lots of time to ride from each overnight stop to the next, and still give us more time to explore each town, either on bike or on foot. We will be cycling for seven days (one more day than last year), our first cycling day will be Saturday 28 September, and we'll end in Barcelona on the following Friday afternoon. Both Friday night hotel stays are included in this cycling adventure: eight nights are prepaid. The exact itinerary will be emailed to each participant. Some of us will fly in a few days early to explore the area and/or stay a few days longer after the cycling week. I will also plan some optional excursions before and after our cycling tour. There are inexpensive, nonstop flights to Barcelona, around $800. Temperatures expected will be highs of 24 C during the day. Instead of organizing an info session for this European adventure, I will allow up to 16 people to RSVP to this event. At the end of March, we will meet, discuss details, and finalize the members who will be joining the cycling group. We will be a maximum of 10 riders. If you are already certain that you want to be a part of this exciting trip, you can send me a $600 deposit at any time (to the same email address as in the past). The final fee has yet to be determined, however it will be along the lines of last year ($1,400) plus the extra day. Also, Spain is more expensive than Italy.

Hiking to the top of NH + much more: Mount Washington weekend! (18 km, 1,300 m)

Please read all these details before RSVP'ing... This hike is not for the faint of heart! Mount Washington is the highest mountain in the east and its summit has the dubious distinction (until recently) of being the windiest place anywhere on Earth! Even though our hike up to its windy summit is taking place in October, there may be snow or ice on top, so microspikes are mandatory on this hike. The Lion Head Trail is a variation of the Tuckerman Ravine route that avoids climbing the actual ravine by climbing the Lion Head, a knob on the ravine's north rim which offers excellent views. We will follow the Tuckerman Ravine Trail from the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center (625 m elevation) -- we follow the trail around the left side of the visitor center to find the trailhead-- for 3.7 km until we reach the well signed junction with the Lion Head Trail (1,165 m) on our right side. We take this trail up Lion Head and along Tuckerman Ravine's north rim before ascending a gentle slope rejoining the Tuckerman Ravine trail in 2.6 km. From here we follow the Tuckerman Ravine Trail 0.6 km north to the summit (1,915 m). Once the logistics, explained below, have been decided, I will confirm the reservations for our rooms at our inn. (Our "usual" inn, the Nereledge Inn B&B, has closed its doors!) Friday: See comments for the directions from the Lionel-Groulx metro to the Inn (approx. 3 hr 30 min + border crossing). Saturday: See comments for directions from our Inn to the trailhead (approx. 25 minutes). We will organize ourselves Saturday morning to arrive at the trailhead by 9am, so we can complete the hike before sundown. Headlamps are mandatory, just in case. There's more!... After we have returned to our Inn for showers and a rest in the Inn's lobby, on Saturday evening we can visit the outlet stores nearby to see if there are any deals in the outdoor gear and sportswear stores. Afterwards we'll celebrate our hike/climb to the very top of Eastern USA with a dinner in town. And after that we'll go out for drinks, live music and dancing on the tables at one of the bars in North Conway. And there's still more!... Sunday: After another fantastic breakfast at our inn, we'll head out for another day of hiking in NH! There are plenty of hikes to choose from, all of them are too far for a day hike from Montreal, so we'll take advantage of our weekend in NH and select one together: I will prepare/create two hikes in advance, an easy four-hour hike and a moderate five-hour hike. Depending on the weather, on how difficult the climb to the top of Mount Washington was, on how late we go to bed, we can select the best hike for us over breakfast Sunday and then check out and drive straight to the trailhead. LOGISTICS: This weekend adventure is being organized seven weeks in advance to allow everybody an opportunity to clear their calendar and attend. In addition, I cannot hold the reservations due to a severe cancellation policy. The deal we had in the past years is gone and prices at all other inns are a little higher! But cheer up, here is what I found: Two queen beds in a room, for two people: $210 each (higher p.p. fee than last year). Two queen beds in a room, with two single beds in a loft, if three people: $160 each (same p.p. fee as last year). The same room, two queen beds in a room, with two single beds in a loft, if four people: $120 each (lower p.p. fee than last year). These fees pay for the room for two nights, the added taxes, breakfast included. Also, unlike last year, every room has its own private bathroom. This is the plan which I will follow for everybody's benefit: I am limiting the hike to 16 hikers as Saturday's hike is a difficult, steep and steady climb from the trailhead to the summit. I will initially, temporarily allow 24 hikers to RSVP, please answer all the questions when RSVP'ing. (Drivers will have priority for getting onto this weekend adventure.) Question which you must answer: Can you leave Friday at 2pm, or only at 7pm? Explanation... Perhaps we will have two or three cars leaving at 2pm, or perhaps one at 2pm and three cars at 7pm. This is to be determined in the next week. The earlier car(s) will have time for dinner after arriving at our destination, In North Conway, NH. Another question which you must answer: Do you prefer two hikers in your room ($210 each), three hikers ($160 each), or four hikers ($120 each)? If you do not answer the questions, you will be staying in Montreal. Once I have all of the above information from you, I will ask for payment so I can confirm the rooms on everybody's behalf. Once you transfer the deposit to me, you will be confirmed on the hike. Explanation: the rooms must be reserved, confirmed and guaranteed with my credit card in advance. I will take care of this task on your behalf. This is to be determined this week. IMPORTANT DETAILS: 1. You are responsible for: • Passport and/or U.S. visa; U.S. cash may be necessary, most places take credit cards • Your backpack with containers for 3 liters of water, a tasty lunch, snacks and energy bars. Please do not underestimate your need for water. • Extra dry clothing due to the likelihood of changing weather and back-to-back hikes. • Sunscreen, a headlamp with extra batteries, first aid kit and maybe sunglasses and a hat. We will be leaving the Lionel-Groulx station at 2pm or 7pm (or both, TBD). 2. Drivers and riders: Due to the logistics, I will assign riders to drivers. 3. Ride sharing: Meet at the Lionel-Groulx by 2pm or 7pm (TBD). There is plenty of free parking all around, Drivers, please email your cell No. to your riders and to me. 4. Cost sharing: $40/rider as a contribution to drivers. We always try to have three riders per car (plus the driver) but sometimes there may only be two, or sometimes four; the contribution remains the same, $40/rider. 5. Waiting list: There will be no waiting list: The first 16 hikers to forward me their payment are confirmed on the hike. We may be 10, 12... or 16 hikers. 6. If you are on the Going list and your plans change and you cannot join us, then you MUST find somebody to take your place, I cannot refund your money. 7. When you RSVP you will be asked three questions. Please answer them all. If you do not see the questions, send me a message with your answers to the questions: 1. What was your biggest hike in the past three months? 2. Can you drive and take riders? 3. Can you leave Friday at 2pm, or only at 7pm? 4. Do you prefer two hikers in your room ($210 each), three hikers ($160 each), or four hikers ($120 each)?

Gourmet hiking weekend: Hike Mont Megantic + dine on gourmet meals + hike again

Please read all these details before RSVP'ing... This planned hiking weekend is unique and one-of-a-kind: We will hike Mont-Megantic on Saturday and another as-yet-to-be-determined mountain on Sunday. All meals are paid for and included in this weekend of fun: Friday evening gourmet dinner prepared by chef Gabriel and any sous-chefs that want to help. Saturday's breakfast cooked hot in our private chalet. Saturday's lunch prepared and packed for our mid-hike meal. Another gourmet dinner on Saturday evening prepared by chef Gabriel. Then the same routine for Sunday's breakfast and Sunday's mid-hike lunch. Even though our hike is taking place in early November, there may be snow or ice on top, so microspikes are mandatory on this hike. Once the logistics, explained below, have been decided, I will confirm the reservations for our rooms at our AirBnb chalet. Friday: See comments next week for the directions from the Lionel-Groulx metro to the AirBnb (approx. 2 hr 30 min). Saturday: See comments for directions from our AirBnb to the trailhead (approx. 20 minutes). We will organize ourselves Saturday morning to arrive at the trailhead by 9:30am, so we can complete the hike before sundown. Headlamps are mandatory, just in case. There's more!... After we have returned to our AirBnb for showers and a rest, another gourmet meal! Will the chalet have a hot-tub? This is the plan! And there's still more!... Sunday: After another fantastic breakfast at our AirBnb, we'll head out for another day of hiking nearby! There are plenty of hikes to choose from, many of them are far for a day hike from Montreal, so we'll take advantage of our weekend east and select one together: I will prepare/create two hikes in advance, an easy four-hour hike and a moderate five-hour hike. Depending on the weather, etc., we can select the best hike for us over breakfast Sunday and then drive straight to the trailhead. LOGISTICS: This weekend adventure is being organized seven weeks in advance to allow everybody an opportunity to clear their calendar and attend. In addition, I cannot hold reservations, we must RSVP and pay this week! Included: Two nights in a large chalet and all six meals prepared. Fees: Between $150 - $200 (depending on how many RSVPs we receive and if there are any couples who can share a bed). This is the plan which I will follow for everybody's benefit: I am limiting the hike to between 9 and 15 hikers. I will initially, temporarily allow 24 hikers to RSVP, please answer all the questions when RSVP'ing. (Drivers will have priority for getting onto this weekend's gourmet hiking adventure.) Question which you must answer: Can you leave Friday at 2pm, or only at 6pm? Explanation... Perhaps we will have two or three cars leaving at 2pm, or perhaps one at 2pm and three cars at 6pm. This is to be determined in the next week. Friday's dinner will be served at 8:30pm. Another question which you must answer: Are you part of a couple who can share a Queen bed? If you do not answer the questions, you will be staying in Montreal. Once I have all of the above information from you, I will ask for payment so I can confirm the rooms on everybody's behalf. Once you transfer the deposit to me, you will be confirmed on the hike. Explanation: the rooms must be reserved, confirmed and paid in advance. I will take care of this task on your behalf. This is to be determined this week. IMPORTANT DETAILS: 1. You are responsible for: • No passport required! • Your backpack. • Extra dry clothing due to the likelihood of changing weather and back-to-back hikes. • Sunscreen, a headlamp with extra batteries, first aid kit and maybe sunglasses and a hat. We will be leaving the Lionel-Groulx station at 2pm or 6pm (or both, TBD). 2. Drivers and riders: Due to the logistics, I will assign riders to drivers. 3. Ride sharing: Meet at the Lionel-Groulx metro by 2pm or 6pm. There is plenty of free parking all around, Drivers, please email your cell No. to your riders and to me. 4. Cost sharing: $25/rider as a contribution to drivers. We always try to have three riders per car (plus the driver) but sometimes there may only be two, or sometimes four; the contribution remains the same, $25/rider. 5. Waiting list: There will be no waiting list: The first 9 hikers to forward me their payment are confirmed on the hike. We may be 9, 10, 11 or up to 15 hikers. 6. If you are on the Going list and your plans change and you cannot join us, then you MUST find somebody to take your place, I cannot refund your money. 7. When you RSVP you will be asked four questions. If you do not see the questions, send me a message with your answers to the questions: 1. What was your biggest hike in the past three months? 2. Can you drive and take riders? 3. Can you leave Friday at 2pm, or only at 6pm? 4. Are you part of a couple who can share a Queen bed?

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