What we’re about
Join us for a walk on Tuesday and Saturday mornings! Check calendar for times and locations.
To keep things interesting I will plan hikes in a number of parks in St Louis and St Charles. We will also do walks in various urban areas. I'll try and plan some of the events around other activities that are taking place in our area. After the walks, we usually meet at a restaurant nearby or have a picnic to socialize for a while.
All hikers/walkers should be at least 18 years old. Due to some past experiences, dogs are not allowed.
OUR WALKS/HIKES ARE USUALLY BETWEEN 3 AND 4 MILES AND WHILE WE ARE NOT POWER WALKERS, WE USUALLY WALK AT A QUICK PACE. YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO WALK 3 1/2 MILES IN ABOUT 80 TO 90 MINUTES.
If you have any ideas send me an email and let us know.
What to bring:
I have been leading walks since 2008 and so far, there have not been any medium or major accidents or medical emergencies. When I first started leading, I had a clipboard, and everyone had to write down their name and emergence information before the walk started and I would tear up the paper when the walk was over. After a while I stopped doing this. I know a lot of you don’t like to carry things on the walk, but I would like everyone to start carrying the following information:
Name and address
The name and phone number of your emergency contact person
You can put it in you pocket, or a fanny pack or a wrist pouch. This well help should we have a medical emergency on the walk.
- WATER – THIS IS IMPORTANT ALL YEAR LONG AND ESPECIALLY IN THE WARMER MONTHS. WE WILL USUALLY BE OUT FOR AT LEAST 1 ½ HOURS AND THAT IS TOO LONG TO GO WITHOUT REPLENISHING THE LIQUIDS THAT YOU WILL BE BURNING WHILE WALKING. – AVOID DRINKING CAFFEINATED BEVERAGES BEFORE WALKING. THE ARE A LOT OF GOOD ARTICLES ABOUT “effects of caffeine and exercise” ON THE INTERNET OR ASK YOU DOCTOR.
- Dress in layers (not sure what the weather will do). The top couple of layers should be easily unbuttoned or unzipped to allow easy ventilation. Wear a hat.
- I recommend broken in hiking shoes over Tennis shoes. A lot of the trails are over loose gravel and dirt and the treads on the hiking boots work much better.
- Snacks – EAT LIGHTLY BEFORE THE WALK AND BRING A POWER BAR OR SNACK TO MUNCH ON DURING THE WALK.
If the weather is bad, I'll try to cancel the event at least 2 hours before it starts. If you would like my cell phone number send me an email.
Meetup Donation: Meetup charges me $89 every six months to have the Walking site. If you would like to donate $1 at some of the walks, it will be appreciated.