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I recently retired and moved to Port Angeles from Redmond, WA. Looking for other folks interested in brisk walking/hiking. My focus is on working up a lather and getting the heart rate up.

My pace for urban walks or hikes is a maintained 3.5+ mph with limited, if any, breaks. Minimum distance is 6 miles. For mountain hikes, the pace depends on the elevation gain. We'll probably move somewhere in the 2.5-3 mph range.

Volkswalks are my exception to the above quickened pace. Not sure what Volkswalking is? Check out the national website at: http://www.ava.org/   Volkswalks will be at a social pace, around 2.5 mph. Maps and directions will be provided should you like to walk at a slower pace.

If you'd like to get a feel for some of the other walks/hikes I've hosted, please check out the Past Meetups under The Seattle Hiking Group.

I've been here a couple of weeks so I only have a few routes put together. My goal is to host 2 Volkswalks a month, 1 or 2 urban hikes or walks during the week, and one actual hike on the weekend. If I'm hosting an event I'll be there rain or shine...there's no bad weather, just bad gear. The only time I'll cancel a hike or walk is if there's lightning in the forecast. While my focus is on getting a workout, SAFETY is Goal 1. Some of my weekday hikes will start at 530pm to give those folks that work an opportunity to join us. Again, I walk/hike in the rain or sunshine, light or dark, throughout the year.

I am not a professional guide nor did I work in the medical field. PLEASE know your limitations and what you feel comfortable with. That being said, if you're re-habbing an injury, looking for a leisurely pace, want to take a bunch of pictures, or get your pet out for a walk, the urban and mountain hikes/walks are not for you. Sorry, I don't allow pets as they distract and slow down the group.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE...read the description of the event I'm hosting in its entirety. I will put the distance and type of event in the heading. I will let you know of the difficulty and whether or not any equipment is recommended...headlamps, poles, micro spikes, etc.

I realize this may come across as a little harsh. I'd rather folks not be surprised and instead know what their signing up for.

Hope to see you on the trail or in town,

Your Organizer,
Mike Z

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