The Sitka chapter of Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) will host a senior hiking club event at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16. This event is open to seniors age 60 and older of all skill and fitness levels, and participants should meet at Swan Lake Senior Center where the group will decide where it will hike. Usually the group picks moderate level hikes.
These senior hiking events usually happen on the second Wednesday each month, but in January it will take place on the third Wednesday. SAIL provides transportation to the trailhead and back, a snack, water and trekking poles.
Sitka ORCA (Outdoor Recreation and Community Access) Program Coordinator Nick Ponzetti usually participates in the walks and carries bear spray, a first-aid kit and provides trail knowledge. Members of the Sitka Conservation Society also join the hikes to provide trail knowledge. There is a $5 activity fee, but scholarships are available to keep cost from preventing people from participating.
In addition to the monthly senior hiking club events, SAIL also offers the SOAR (Senior Outdoor Activities and Recreation) program which offers a variety of indoor and outdoor activities for those age 60 or older. The ORCA program provides a variety of activities for disabled residents. To learn more, contact Nick Ponzetti at 747-6859.