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is becoming acquainted with environment, no matter where one happens to be. Man does not suddenly become aware or infused with wonder; it is something we are born with. No child need be told its secret; he keeps it until the influence of gadgetry and the indifference of teen-age satiation extinguish its intuitive joy."

- Sigurd Olson, Former council member, The Wilderness Society
From the Wilderness Society website (http://wilderness.org/article/famous-quotes)

Discover wilderness as a way to connect to nature, to others and to yourself.

The purpose of this meetup is to build a community of learners that want to explore wilderness. As we go out together, we will share our knowledge and to learn from each other. As our skills and experience grow, so will our opportunities for greater wilderness experiences.

• Every outdoor event posted will have an educational objective in addition to the actual activity.

• Outings will be progressive. That means some outings will be the building blocks (certification) for more difficult outings.

• We will strive seek the "awe" in the wilderness experience.

• We will be open to new challenges and new places beyond what we are already familiar with while understanding that going a little farther, a little higher, a little steeper, leads to greater rewards.

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<Lecture> Winter Hiking Basics

Santa Fe Public Library (Main Branch)

Please consider taking this class before signing up for future winter hikes and snowshoeing outings. Hiking is a great way to connect with the outdoors. So why not extend your hiking through the winter months as well? Certainly, the winter months present challenges the summer does not: snow and moisture, cold temperatures and shorter days. With proper planning and preparation, these challenges can be mitigated so that your trek in the snow can be rewarding and enjoyable. Your instructor, Bernard Tibbetts, will discuss selecting the appropriate gear for winter hiking and snowshoeing (YES, LOTS OF TALK ABOUT SNOWSHOES), how to stay safe and how to select and evaluate good winter routes. Topics covered: * Special layering considerations for Nordic activities. * Should you invest in a winter pack? * What to add to the 10 essentials for winter hiking. * Matching snowshoe features, functions and size to fit your needs. * How much should you pay for snowshoes? $60.00? $300.00? Is there really a difference? * Are your favorite summer hiking routes good routes for winter hiking? * Yaktrax vs Kahtoola. Which is better? * Trekking vs snowshoeing: two different approaches to winter hiking. Bernard Tibbetts, a native of the southwest, is an experienced hiker, leader and outdoor educator. He is certified in Wilderness First Responder and CPR.

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