Winter Walk Day 2012

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across the details For Winter Walk Day 2012 – Wednesday, February 8. In 2011, more than 100,000 Albertans reported participating in this program, intended to encourage Albertans to head outside to exercise, even in wintry weather. This year’s sponsors / promoters (which include Safe Healthy Active People Everywhere (SHAPE), the Alberta Motor Association, Alberta Health Services and the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation) were hoping for more than 120,000 particpants.

In Calgary, those taking part in Winter Walk Day enjoyed sunshine, blue sky and temperatures just a bit below freezing. Options included walking on your own or taking part as a group – through a community association or club, your school or your workplace. I headed out on my own, with camera and GPSr in hand. Over the course of about 90 minutes, I covered just 5 km (3 miles), but I found 4 geocaches and took lots of photos. Here are a few of my favourite pictures:

South Glenmore Park

If not so exposed to passing traffic on 90th Avenue, this dead (but still standing) tree would make a good spot to hide a micro cache. There are already plenty of hidey-holes, thanks to past bird activity. After circling the tree skeleton a few times, I decided to "take a photo, leave no cache" so as to avoid any risk of accidently interfering with future nesting possibilities.

Old staircase

I came across this old staircase while searching for a geocache in the Calgary Parks 100 series. It was well-placed, just a short distance off the stairs.

Frozen shore of Glenmore Reservoir

I'm always surprised at just how much driftwood lines the shores of Glenmore Reservoir. I'm not sure whether it's from trees that were drowned when the valley was flooded by the Glenmore Dam, whether its trees washed downstream when upper reaches of the Elbow River have flooded, or - in some cases - whether they were downed by beavers. Regardless, the various stumps, logs and root balls offer some good photo material.

As far as the geocaches are concerned, one was part of the Calgary Parks 100 series, which I blogged about recently; it had the best natural camo that I’ve seen in a long time – a very pleasant surprise! Two of the geocaches were puzzle caches I solved earlier in the week and the containers were very well done and quite well placed. And the fourth was a nice large container, easily spotted without having to trample the nearby vegetation. I picked up a travel bug to move along and even traded swag at one cache. All-in-all it was a very enjoyable, late morning walk.

Participants in the 2012 Winter Walk Day are encouraged to report their participation level (i.e. minutes walked) online at SHAPE (safe healthy active people everywhere). I’ll be their website over the next few days, to see just how many Albertans took part this year. And I look forward to at least a few more winter walks before spring 2012 arrives!

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  1. Feb 15 – just received an email from SHAPE reporting that 113, 736 people took part in Winter Walk Day 2012…a little below the target participation rate, but more than last year! On average, participants walked just under half an hour apiece.

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