Hiking Club to offer program on Canadian hiking

Karen Schickedanz

SaddleBrooke resident Phil McNamee, an experienced hiker and backpacker, will lead hiking club members and guests on a trek through Gros Morne National Park in Canada via a slide show and lecture during the club’s program on Wednesday, November 19. The program will begin at 3:00 p.m. in the HOA 1 Activity Center, followed by a social hour in the Agave Lounge in the SaddleBrooke Clubhouse.

Phil, who lives part-time in London, Ontario, has led about 45 backpacking trips and particularly enjoys hiking in wild places like Gros Morne, a world heritage site located on the west side of Newfoundland Island off Canada’s east coast.

“Hiking in Gros Morne is a true wilderness experience as there are no marked trails—-just a suggested route through the mountains,” he said. “I have a strong belief that we need more nature in our lives and many of the problems in our society are due to a nature-deficiency that we have today. By hiking and backpacking in nature we bring balance back to our lives.”

Because of the busy holiday season there will be no Hiking Club program or social in December. The January 21 program will feature a breathtaking hiking trip in Peru taken by two club members earlier this year. Programs are open to all SaddleBrooke and SaddleBrooke Ranch residents, whether they are members of the Hiking Club or not.

For more information about programs contact Karen Schickedanz at 818-7817, [email protected]. For more information about the Hiking Club in general, contact club President Larry Allen at 825-7864.