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Public Calendar For Prospective Members of Women Outdoors Western Massachusetts

Welcome!  Please CONTACT US with any questions about events.

Tusi and Nira

Nira at niraharper@gmail.com   &    Tusi at ritachild@hotmail.com

October through December 2020

Covid-19 procedures for Women Outdoors members: Outdoor activities are limited to up to 6 women, and all are required to wear a mask and keep a 6 foot distance. Here are the Covid 19 restrictions from national Women Outdoors. https://www.womenoutdoors.org/sys/website/?pageId=1726407.  When you reply to an event, you assume the risk as stated here: https://www.womenoutdoors.org/sys/website/?pageId=1726390.

Activity Leaders: We ask that you accept the first 6 women who reply to your event.

Wednesday Hikes.  Noor and/or Nira will lead short hikes every Wednesday in October and November around 1:30 pm.  Details will be sent over the listserve. 

Sat. Oct. 3. Lithia Springs/Black Rock Hike.  10:30 am. Fairly strenuous; guessing about 5 miles with some good climbing. Estimate 2.5 hours. Would like to keep a moderate pace. Parking on 116, sign says "Hiker Parking" (GPS can put in 502 Amherst Rd.) that is the house next to the parking lot.  Dogs welcome.  Contact

Sun. Oct. 4. Meditative Hike with Poetry. I will lead a walk around Mt. Holyoke College. We will share creative writing preferably your own-poetry and short writing pieces or writing that means a lot to you. We will meet at 1:00 pm at the parking lot on Morgan St. South Hadley. From rt. 116 pass the college and take a left on Morgan. The parking area is on the right. After for those interested we can share food on the green or outside one of their outdoor dining restaurants. 

Sat. Oct. 10.  Hike at Mt Holyoke, Hadley. 10:00 am.

Sat. Oct 17. Hike Goat Peak (part of Mt Tom State Reservation). Time TBD

Sun. Oct. 18. Book Group.  We'll be discussing God Help the Child by Toni Morrison. 

Sat. Oct 24 - Petticoat Hill Hike, Williamsburg. Time

Sun. Oct. 25. Annual WO Pumpkin Carving. 11 – 3 pm.  (Rain will cancel.)  No potluck this year.  40 Kenneth Rd, Easthampton.  Bring lunch, a warm drink (we’re outside), a lawn chair, pumpkin(s), carving tools, a candle or LED light for group pumpkin light-up photo, and a design (optional). This is always a lot of fun and autumn spirit!!!  

Sat. Oct. 31.  Walk at Mineral Hills.  Nira will lead a short walk to the quarry at Mineral Hills in Florence.  Meet at 2:00 pm. 

Fri. Nov. 6. Crafts Night. We’ll gather over Zoom to socialize while we each work on an art or craft project of our own choosing. 

Sat. Nov. 7. Arcadia Hike.  We’ll meet at 1:00 at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton for a one hour walk on the beautiful trails. 

Sun. Nov. 8.  Hike at Mt. Tom. Time and trail to be determined. 

Sat. Nov 14 - Fitzgerald Lake Hike. Time TBD,

Sat. Nov. 14. Movie Discussion. One week ahead, I'll post a movie to view, then we can discuss it over Zoom a 7:00 pm.

Sun. Nov. 15.  Book Group.  Read one or both of these for the discussion.  Note that one is especially long - start early! Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (nonfiction; 2016; 582 pages). How to Be an Anti-Racist (nonfiction; 2019; 305 pages).  Time and host to be determined.   

Sat. Nov 21 - Hike the M&M Trail on Mt Tom, Easthampton.

Sun. Nov. 22.  Hike Pony Mountain at Chapel Falls.  Meet at 1:00 pm at the Chapel Falls Trustees on Ashfield Road.  This is a short, easy hike with great views. If anyone wants more hiking, you can hike the path near the falls. 

Sat. Nov 28. Ashley Reservoir Hike, Holyoke. Time TBD,

Sat. Dec 5. Hike/Walk TBD. 

Sat. Dec 12. Hike/Walk TBD.

Sun. Dec. 13.  X-Country Ski.  We'll ski at Notchview if there's snow.  If no snow, we'll do a hike.

Sat. Dec 19. Hike/Walk TBD. Deb at jwanddf@juno.com or 240-593-6237.


All Women Outdoors trips are cooperative trips led by volunteers.  While members are concerned for safety, our experience levels differ and mistakes may be made.  There may also be equipment failure, unexpected dangers, or conditions beyond our control (such as weather).  There is also an inherent level of risk in many of the activities that cannot be eliminated.  Women Outdoors and its coordinators don’t train, screen or certify any of the leaders or supervise the trips.  All trips are offered in the common adventurer spirit – where each participant is responsible for her own skills level and safety.  Please be sure to verify all of the information above as well as the organizer’s experience and trip plans to your own satisfaction so you can make an informed decision about whether the trip is right and safe for you.  Remember that in choosing to participate you are agreeing to assume responsibility for all risks associated with the activity.  Women Outdoors trips have an excellent safety record.  We ask that you take care to keep it this way!


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