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Miscellaneous Hikes / Bruce Trail Caledon Section End-to-End October 2010
« Last post by DaveC on October 12, 2010, 06:35:26 PM »
Just completed the Bruce Trail Caledon Section End-to-End.  70kms of trail with a mix of forest, fields, and roadwork, including highlights such as Cheltenham Badlands, Devil's Pulpit, Forks of the Credit, Glen Haffy Conservation Area, and Hockley Valley.  Coincidentally, while hiking through Glen Haffy I bumped into GHTC member Norm Sailian going the opposite direction on his own solo hike.  Hope you enjoyed the rest of your day Norm!

There were numerous challenging climbs and drops...

...but the views of the fall colours were more than worth the discomfort.  I forgot my camera at home for Day 2, so missed getting pics of some of the best stuff, but I still caught some of the fall splendour.

Oh, and caught this pic of the bit of Guelph Lake that extends south of 124 on my drive out early morning...

Guests / Re: Help am new
« Last post by DaveC on August 21, 2010, 12:36:13 PM »
Welcome to the Guelph Hiking Trail Club, Nancy!

If you are looking for the closest club trails to Rockwood, the Radial Line Trail runs by just south of you.  Look for a stile on the west side of Guelph Line just south of SR 30, for a marked trail heading east from 5th Line just north of SR 30, or for a stile on the east side of 5th Line a little south of SR 30 and Blue Springs Creek. 

I encourage you to come out and join other hikers on a club hike.  The hike leaders are experienced with the areas, and the collective knowledge of the group is always impressive.  If you are wondering what that flower is, or that bird is, or what type of rock that is and how it formed...whatever it is, there always seems to be someone there who knows.  There is one this Monday night, meeting at the corner of Serena Lane and Victoria Road in the south east corner of Guelph.  Here is a link to a map and directions in case you interested...,+Guelph,+Ontario&daddr=Rockwood,+ON+N0B&hl=en&geocode=FdrQlwIdR8E4-ym9VJcgQYMriDEeRiRNCtKhrA%3BFTaSmQIdwxg5-ymbVCcT9p4riDEbVAcRSkMPfA&mra=ls&sll=43.614889,-80.137496&sspn=0.018176,0.045276&ie=UTF8&z=12
We are meeting there a little before 6:30pm and it should take between 20 and 25 minutes to drive there from Rockwood.

Try not to worry about how long it has been since you'e hiked regularly.  Just make sure that you bring plenty of water and that you have good footwear on, and you will be surprised how quickly your feet, legs and lungs respond if you just stick at it.  For more detail on upcoming club hikes be sure to refer to your newsletter which has a full schedule of hikes, and for more detail on the trails, you can order a copy of the club handbook with maps of the entire trail system from Limehouse through to Hespeler.

Finally, you are invited to join us at the upcoming New Members Night.  On Wednesday, October 6 we will be meeting at the Zehrs Community Room at the corner of Imperial and Paisley Roads in Guelph.  This night will provide an opportunity for GHTC members to welcome new and prospective members.  There will be presentations on how to prepare for a hike and how to find interesting hiking locations in your area.  There will also be club information and a question and answer session.

If you have any other questions, feel free to send me an email at  Again, welcome to the GHTC!

Dave Culham
Membership, GHTC
Guests / Help am new
« Last post by nncyboo on August 21, 2010, 09:39:53 AM »
 Hi am new to the club. I enjoy hiking and biking but unfortunately I got away from it. Now I'm so out of shape, but I would love to start hiking again. I live in Rockwood, just moved there last October. I love the area, it's beautiful. But I'm looking for some trails in and around the area. :o
Thanks Nancy
Announcements / Upcoming E2E August 27, 2010 Not Published in Newsletter
« Last post by DaveC on August 15, 2010, 10:06:08 AM »
This is notice that a hike that was not published in the July newsletter has been added to the schedule.  This has been discussed informally in various places but is now an official GHTC hike.

Friday, August 27, 2010
Radial Line Trail, LINK, and Speed River Trail One Day End-to-End
Approximately 57km

     A single day End-to-End of the entire Radial Line Trail, the Link, and the Speed River Trail.  Approximately 57km of trail with several kms of moderate climbing, but these are not escarpment climbs, and the vast majority of the trail is fairly flat.  This will be the last chance to get out to several sections of trail until next year due to upcoming closures for hunting seasons.  We will travel the trail from east to west, beginning in Limehouse and ending in Hespeler.  There will be several volunteers along the trail for water refills, first aid, dropouts, etc.  Carpooling arrangements from Guelph.  You will require PLENTY of water, repellent, sunscreen.  This hike requires coordination of volunteers and you must register with hike leader a minimum of 24hrs in advance.  Weather dependent.  Warning...this is a long day, and is not a hike for rookies.

Contact:  Dave Culham  519-716-8273

Miscellaneous Hikes / Mountsberg - July 3, 2010
« Last post by DaveC on July 07, 2010, 04:10:42 PM »
Donald Hughes and Susan Bard led a group of us on a hike around the Mountberg Conservation Area.  These pics were supplied by Terry O'Sullivan.  Thanks! 

Radial Line Trail / First Kids Hike - May 16, 2010 - Smith Side Loop
« Last post by DaveC on May 25, 2010, 07:52:43 PM »
The club's first Kids Hike went over well.  Kathy reported that we had 16 kids, and that the vast majority of them were between 5 and 8.  We had 5 leaders and 11 other adults for a total of 32 hikers.  Kathy also mentioned receiving an email from one attendee that gave some very positive feedback on their experience.  When asked to give their email addresses if they wished to be contacted for another Kids Event, there were 8 non-members that submitted their addresses.

Getting sorted out before we got going...


We're off...

Riding on Mom, by far the youngest hiker on the day...

Peter looked like the Pied Piper at times, and the kids really appreciated his handing out of slices of apples along the way.

We stopped for a minute at the lookout...

In what my kids call 'The Tunnel' for the last leg back...

Kathy debriefed the kids at the end, asking what they saw, what they smelled, and what they heard along the hike, and then they devoured the cookies!

Miscellaneous Hikes / Starkey Hill - Spring 2010
« Last post by DaveC on May 25, 2010, 07:23:53 PM »
Starkey Hill was one of the first hikes I discovered after moving to Guelph, and will always be one of my favourites.  In my opinion its one of the best places to see Trilliums.

Could one of the field naturalists let me know what type of mushroom this is?  I see it all over the place this time of year, and I love its colours.

I sat here for ten minutes watching the pollen collection.  This one was working her butt off.  Can you see the pollen collecting on the brushes of its legs?

It finally took off on me, so I finished the rest of the circuit.

Radial Line Trail / Re: Parts of Sects 3 and 4 - January 20, 2010
« Last post by Pat on May 01, 2010, 02:08:34 PM »
Nice to see you in the forum, Jim! 
Radial Line Trail / Re: Parts of Sects 3 and 4 - January 20, 2010
« Last post by jhoare on April 29, 2010, 07:44:53 PM »
Nice pics!
I am the one who maintains this section and have just discovered this forum. Nice to see you found this section in good condition. Yes, I know the part of section 4 that needs some work and hope to assist the new person looking after it now.
Jim Hoare
Guests / Just A Helper
« Last post by Jeanne on April 21, 2010, 06:45:27 AM »
Hi, everyone.

I'm afraid I'm don't hike any more, although in my (much) younger days I really enjoyed it.  But time does take its toll.   :(

I'm here because Pat thought I might be able to help with things like using the Gallery for some of the beautiful photos you folks take on your forays.  Not much help yet - this setup is very different from what I've worked with in the past but I'm always ready to tackle a new challenge.   :D

PS:  Although I'm not a resident of Guelph, Pat and I have been friends for many years.  I live in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in New York State in the U.S.
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