What we're about

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RESEARCH:

"Results suggest that accessible natural areas may be vital for mental health in our rapidly urbanizing world. Participants who went on a 90-min walk through a natural environment reported lower levels of rumination and showed reduced neural activity in an area of the brain linked to risk for mental illness compared with those who walked through an urban environment (http://www.pnas.org/content/112/28/8567)"

We are a relaxed "No Attitude" group of LGBTQ Hikers, Bikers & Friends who enjoy being outdoors year-round, whether hiking, snow-shoeing, or at blended events: Hike & Bike, Jazz & Walk (Montreal Jazz Festival), Art Walk & others.

Group is made up of all the letters of LGBTQ, all levels of hikers and bikers - from beginner to very advance, and of all ages from 20s to 80s.

There is "no fee to join group", but for some of the national parks and trails we visit, there may be entrance fees and those will be posted on the event listing.

We try to keep events to a manageable size for hiking or snowshoeing, but also a size that tries to encourage community en route. For that reason, some of the events may get filled up and have a waitlist - but as spots open up, waitlisted members will be automatically added.

Profile Photo: Please include a photo of yourself to facilitate group events. As a courtesy to other group members; including LGBTQ Families who are part of this group, all membership requests with nude or inappropriate photos as profile photo will be declined automatically by the filters.

MEDICINE & Hiking:

"Scottish GPs to begin prescribing rambling and birdwatching. Shetlanders with chronic and debilitating illnesses could be given ‘nature prescriptions’. NHS Shetland is not suggesting that nature prescriptions will replace conventional medicines. “There are millions of different ways of doing medicine but we very much try to involve people in their own health, and people really like being empowered (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/oct/05/scottish-gps-nhs-begin-prescribing-rambling-birdwatching)”

Attempt at French Translation:

Nous aimons la randonnée et sommes membres de randonnée d'autres groupes gays, mais n'avons pas pu trouver un à Montréal ou des Laurentides, alors j'ai commencé à celui-ci. Ceci est un groupe de randonnée discret, et les randonneurs de tous les niveaux sont les bienvenus.

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Group's Twitter Account with the Gay Hikers Daily News Paper:

https://twitter.com/gay_hikers (https://twitter.com/gay_hikers)

Group's Free "Gay Hikers" Mobile App:

"Now with 10,000 +Downloads on Google Play Apps , itunes, amazon and other major app stores."

A free "Gay Hikers" Mobile App to help you and your LGBTQ family find hiking trails , and other hiking resources/information near you that was developed jointly by volunteers from our group and NYC's Gay Men's Hiking Group is now available on most of the major app stores; including:

Apple iTunes Apps (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gay-hikers/id995643591?mt=8)

Google Play Apps (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appmakr.gayhikers)

Amazon Apps (http://www.amazon.com/Live-and-Let-Gay-Hikers/dp/B00XNZY7NU)

The Montreal – Laurentides Gay Hikers & Friends (“Gikers”) Group Organizers are volunteers, not professional guides and we do not have any type of certified training. Organizers are going on hike and/or other outdoor/recreational activities and inviting others to join.

Participation in any event with the group is at your own and your guests' risk. Hiking safety is your responsibility. Make sure that you and any guest you may bring are in good physical condition to participate and you have all the required equipment.

RESPONSIBILITY WAIVER:

By requesting to become a member, accessing the group's site or mobile app, and/or attending any of the events myself, and any guests that I may bring,

I, and any guests that i may bring to the events, fully understand that outdoors and other events/activities of the group may be dangerous and, by becoming member, I acknowledge and accept all the possible risks of injury, loss, or damage to me and any of my guests arising directly or as a consequence of any Montreal – Laurentides Gay Hikers & Friends (“Gikers”) Group activity.

I, and any guest that I may bring to the events, hereby release the Montreal-Laurentides Gay Hikers & Friends Group (“Gikers”) and all the activity/event organizers from all responsibility for any injury, loss, or damage to myself or any of my guests and release the said Group and organizers from any and all claims including any claims which may be made in my name, or in the name of any of my guests, by my or their heirs, successors, administrators, and executors of my will.

I, and any guest that I may bring to the events, hereby understands, agrees, and accepts that the Gikers: Montreal-Laurentides Gay Hikers & Bikers Group (“Gikers’) reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any event sponsored by Gikers, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. Gikers may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by Gikers including but not limited to digital or print: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, apps, tweets, social media, and others. By participating in a Gikers event, you are agreeing to release, defend, hold harmless and indemnify Gikers, its organizers, leadership team, its affiliates and all its members from any and all claims involving the use of your picture or likeness. Any person or organization not given written, signed and verifiable approval by Gikers organizers - may not use, copy, alter or modify any Gikers photographs, graphics, videography or other, similar reproductions or recordings at any time.

If you do not agree to any of the above, please do not request approval to join the group and/or remove yourself from the group immediately.

Merci!

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