SO! Subgroups

Seniors Outdoors! Subgroups

Seniors Outdoors! Social (SOS)

This active group maintains a separate schedule of activities that are open to any member of the club, whether single or not (SOS Schedule). In addition to hikes and other outdoor events, the group organizes numerous social events. These can include: happy hour or dinner at a local restaurant, dinners or potlucks at members’ homes, trips to a local theater to see a movie, and more.

Contact the SOS Coordinator for more information.

Hiking

The Wednesday Wanderers group meets every Wednesday throughout the year, weather permitting, to enjoy an easy to moderate hike, usually in Durango or nearby. Wednesday Wanderer outings can be found in the SO! Outing schedule, and are identified by “WW Hike” in the title.

Contact the Wednesday Wanderers Coordinator for more information.

The Wednesday Easy Hikers group, identified as “WEH” in the outing titles,  also meets most Wednesdays except during the winter when individuals may join the Wednesday Wanderers to walk the river trail. The Wednesday Easy Hikers walk the paths a little slower and sometimes take an easier route than the Wednesday Wanderers. It is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with others at a pace that works for you.

Contact the Wednesday Easy Hikers Coordinator for more information.

Bicycling

Monday Road Bike Rides

Ride details:  Monday morning social bicycle ride from Rec Center’s southwest lot north to CR 203 to Trimble Crossing (PJ’s) where we’ll stop for food, coffee, and conversation. From PJ’s we’ll take CR 250 back to Rec Center. The emphasis is on health and camaraderie (no one gets dropped) and usually takes about 2 hours with the PJ’s stop. Helmets required and cell phones requested. Start time varies, 9 or 10 am, depending on the season, see calendar for current times.

Contact John Martin, email: mudpatch22@gmail.com to with your name and cell number to get on the email list. Text John Martin: 970 749-4056 for time change, route change or cancellations due to weather, etc. If 40 degrees or colder or raining at start time the ride is cancelled.

During the pandemic SO! outings are limited to members with completed vaccinations.

Thursday Road Bike Rides

Ride Details: Thursday morning social bicycle ride from the Rec Center’s southwest lot north to CR 203 to US 550 to Baker’s Bridge, returning south on CR 250 with a stop at Bread at the end for food, coffee, and conversation. The emphasis is on health and camaraderie (no one gets dropped) and usually takes about 2½ to 3 hours with the Bread stop. Helmets required, and cell phones requested. Start time varies, 9 or 10 am, depending on the season, see calendar for current times.

First time riders RSVP to ThursdayBikers@seniorsoutdoors.org with your name and cell number to get on the email list. Text Rick Boebel: 504 399-0644, Pat Lyons: 970 759-6933, Daniel Saum: 760 803-3202 or Rodger Steeper: 303 247-6019 for time change, route change or cancellations due to weather, etc. If 40 degrees or colder or raining at start time the ride is cancelled.

During the pandemic SO! outings are limited to members with completed vaccinations.

Skiing

SO! Downhill Ski Group.  Meet other SO! skiers and ski with a group at your level on various days throughout the ski season.  Skiers and boarders of all abilities are welcome.  Check Purgatory’s web site for its opening date.

Contact Bruce Rodman at Mtnman16@gmail.com to be placed on the SO! Downhill Ski Group distribution list.  Please provide:

Self-description of your skier abilities, e.g. intermediate

Land line phone number if available.

Cell phone number if you carry a cell phone on the mountain.

If you are looking for ski companions of similar abilities, then you may email everyone on the distribution list that you are organizing a ski group on days and start times of your choice.  Each group will meet at the base of Lift 1 (the Six Pack lift.)  Some will coordinate to car pool from Animas City Park.  If Covid restrictions permit, the groups usually meet during the noon hour for lunch at Dante’s when it is open.  You could also use the distribution list to arrange trips to other ski areas such as Wolf Creek or Telluride.  For more information, contact SO! Downhill Ski Group Coordinator Bruce Rodman at 970-385-7899 or Mtnman16@gmail.com.

Specific ski groups that meet on a designated schedule may be announced.  Check back here.

All group coordinators: please submit changes to mail@seniorsoutdoors.org.

Snowshoeing

WEH Thursday Snowshoers

 The summer hikers group known as Wednesday Easy Hikers will be snowshoeing on Thursdays this winter.  Those who prefer to hike may also want to join the Wednesday Wanderers for their winter hikes on the Animas Trail on Wednesdays.  On Thursdays, the Easy Hiker group will be snowshoeing on the easier trails in the Haviland Lake or Overend Park area. We will not be in steep enough terrain to warrant avalanche concerns.  When possible the group may return by the original or a slightly more challenging route for those who choose to go the Extra Mile.

Friendly dogs and hikers welcome.  No need for RSVP or sign-ups or email notification.  Just show up and join the group

We normally meet at ACP, but you may text Ted if you wish to meet at the trailhead.

For more information contact Ted Keller, preferably by text message, at  970-759-7207

SO! outings are limited to fully vaccinated SO! members only.


Friday Snowshoers

We are resuming the tradition of weekly snowshoe outing with some changes.

  • First, the snowshoes outings this year will generally be on Friday rather than Saturday.
  • Second, while the outings may be moderate or hard, the pace will be moderate.
  • And third, the participants will have to sign up and join the group in order to get the weekly emails that will announce what snowshoe outing we will be doing each week. Plans will vary according to current weather and snowpack conditions.

Specific details for these Snowshoe outings (leader, destination, description, 4WD, etc.) will be e-mailed about 2-3 days in advance to the group members.  There is no limit on participants;  if appropriate we may divide into multiple groups.    Carpool will be from $3 to $10, depending on destination. Dogs are OK if well-behaved.

This is a backcountry winter outing. While we will strive to avoid avalanche danger, all participants should educate themselves about avalanche risks, conditions, and safety. 

To sign up for this snowshoe subgroup, send an email to clagow@rmi.net.