Some of our Most Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How fast do you walk?
  2. What if I want to walk faster/slower?
  3. How many people attend the walks?
  4. How old are the people who attend the walks?
  5. I'm under 18 years old.  Can I still come along?
  6. How do I get to the walk?
  7. How can I stay informed of upcoming walks?
  8. What's the difference between 'easy', 'medium' and 'hard' graded walks?
  9. How much does it cost to join?
  10. If I join, am I required to come to each walk?
  11. What about insurance?
  12. How often/when do you meet?
  13. How long do the walks take?
  14. What do I need to bring along with me to the walk?
  15. How do I know what the weather will be like?
  16. I'm a smoker.  Can I smoke on the walks?
  17. Can women/transgender people attend?
  18. I'm not gay or bisexual.  Can I still come along?
  19. I don't know anyone in the group and my friends won't come along!  Now what?
  20. I have health/medical problems.  Can I still come along?
  21. I want to lead a walk.  How do I go about it?
  22. Do you have other events outside of the monthly walks?
  23. I'm not out. Is it safe to come along?
  24. My question hasn't been answered here.  How do I get an answer?

 

How fast do you walk?

Relax! The Adelaide Happy Wanderers enjoy getting out of the city and experiencing nature.  For that reason alone, we take the time to enjoy the environment.  For the most part, we take a casual stroll and avoid power-walking at all costs!  While walking is one of the greatest and easiest forms of fitness, we are primarily a social group so like to have enough breath to chat while we stroll!

What if I want to walk faster/slower?

The people who come along to our walks vary in age and fitness levels.  The walk is a group activity and walkers are to stay with the group. The leader will set the pace and will wait periodically for slow walkers to catch up. Those who want to walk at a quicker pace are more than welcome to do so - just make sure you know the correct path to take!  All we ask is that faster walkers take a break at relevant points and wait for the others to catch up!  If you prefer to stroll, then you'll be with the bulk of the group. Nonetheless, you won't be left behind.  We take a count of how many walkers we have each time and make sure all are present before continuing too far ahead!

How many people attend the walks?

The number of people who attend varies from month to month, depending on weather, difficulty, time of year, etc.  Our numbers normally vary between 10 - 40 people.  Naturally, the harder the walk, the fewer people come along.  Likewise, the better the weather, the more people attend. Average attendance is about fifteen people.

How old are the people who attend the walks?

Our members range in age from eighteen to their sixties and older.  There's no hard and fast rule about how old our members are.  The group is made up of those who love to walk for fitness and for fun.

I'm under 18 years old.  Can I still come along?

If you are under 18 years of age, you will need to get permission from your parent or guardian to attend a walk.  We are strictly a social group, however those under 18 years of age are still under the legal responsibility of their parent or guardian, consequently requiring their approval.

How do I get to the walk?

The Adelaide Happy Wanderers meet at Al Fresco Cafe, 260 Rundle Street, Adelaide for each walk, unless otherwise notified. Over a cup of coffee, we distribute maps and organise the drivers. Anyone with a car is invited to be one of our drivers for the day.  Alternatively, you can hitch a ride with one of our other members. We carpool as much as possible to avoid taking too many cars.  Passengers are asked to chip in a few dollars for their driver to help cover petrol costs.

How can I stay informed of upcoming walks?

To stay up to date with what's happening, including any last minute changes to our walking program, you have several options.  You can view this website or join our emailing list which will send you a reminder and full details of the next walk.  Alternatively, you can look at our upcoming programme and contact the leader of the walk in question for more information.

What's the difference between 'easy', 'medium' and 'hard' graded walks?

Our gradings help you to know what to expect from the walk. They are a guide only however and some walks may vary or be changed at the last minute.  The leader of each walk is responsible for grading the trek, so if you are unsure, it is recommended that you contact the leader for more information. As a general rule however:

  • EASY: Flat landscape.  Suitable for all levels of fitness.
  • MEDIUM: Some slopes or uneven land.  Some parts of the walk may be challenging, but most of it should be relatively easy for those with a medium level of fitness.
  • HARD: Work those glutes!  This calorie-burning hike includes steep inclines and/or undulating land for much of the walk!

How much does it cost to join?

Membership for one financial year is $15. This covers public liability insurance and membership of Walking SA costs. Please note that first time walkers are covered as guests and are not required to pay.

As we car pool to our walk locations, you will also be expected to chip in a couple of dollars for your driver to help cover petrol (unless, of course, you are one of the drivers!).

If I join, am I required to come to each walk?

Absolutely not!  Members come along to whichever walks they want.  Some only come to 'easy' graded walks while others come to every walk.  The choice is yours.

What about insurance?

Membership includes public liability insurance and “Walking SA” affiliation.

How often/when do you meet?

The Adelaide Happy Wanderers hold a walk on the first Sunday of each month.  Occasionally, additional events are staged including overnight / full-weekend hikes, social dinners, etc. These extra events usually incur an additional cost to members.

How long do the walks take?

The Adelaide Happy Wanderers meet at Al Fresco Cafe, 260 Rundle Street, Adelaide for each walk, departing the cafe at 9.30am.  The walks are usually between 5 - 10km and take up to 5 hours to complete (including breaks).  You can normally expect to be returned to the city mid-late afternoon (between 2 - 5 pm).  Please plan for a full day activity. Full-weekend events normally include overnight accommodation and two full days of activity. Please check with the event leader for actual times.

What do I need to bring along with me to the walk?

First and foremost, you should dress for the weather.  Bring sunscreen, a hat and clothing suitable to the climate of the day (including sneakers or decent walking shoes).  It is your responsibility to check the weather report for the day of the walk.  You will also need to bring water to sip on (and/or other drinks to keep yourself hydrated), lunch and morning tea.  Some walks take us to areas where a cafe or tuck shop will be available to buy your lunch, however most walks will require you to bring your own food. If unsure, check with the leader of the walk.  Most walkers carry a backpack so they can hold their food, water and other necessities.  If you smoke, please bring a portable ashtray to dispose of your cigarette butts safely.  All rubbish must be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way, so you will need to either carry your rubbish home or use any bins provided in the area.

How do I know what the weather will be like?

It is your responsibility to check the weather forecast for the day so that you can dress appropriately and bring adequate supplies.  Check the weather report on the television or radio, or visit the South Australian weather forecast on the website of the Bureau of Meteorology.

I'm a smoker. Can I smoke on the walks?

Smoking is an individual choice however fire bans and other local restrictions may determine whether or not you can smoke. It is your responsibility to find out any restrictions in place for the area we will be walking in. If you smoke, please bring a portable ashtray to dispose of your cigarette butts safely. 

Can women/transgender people attend?

The Adelaide Happy Wanderers is a predominantly gay male walking group, however everyone is welcome to join our activities. Most female participants prefer the women-only walking group.

I'm not gay or bisexual.  Can I still come along?

The Adelaide Happy Wanderers is a gay walking group, incorporating bisexual and transgender people.  Those who are supporters of our community are welcome to attend however!  We've had mothers and straight friends of members attend walks with us.  We don't ask about your sexuality when you arrive - we're just pleased you've decided to spend the day with us!

I don't know anyone in the group and my friends won't come along!  Now what?

Fear not!  You are never alone.  The Adelaide Happy Wanderers is a social group and we pride ourselves on our friendliness!  Our newest members would be happy to confirm that we make everyone feel welcome.  We introduce ourselves and chat to each other and won't leave anyone standing on the outside.  Within minutes of arriving you should start feeling a part of a group and by the end of the walk, you should be eager for the next one!

I have health/medical problems.  Can I still come along?

Joining a walking group is like undertaking any form of exercise.  While we encourage members to go at their own pace, you should consult your doctor or medical practitioner before undertaking any form of exercise.  If you have not exercised in a while, then you should start with an 'easy' graded walk and speak to the walk leader to get as much information as possible about the terrain we'll be covering. You must take responsibility for yourself and stay within your own limitations. 

I want to lead a walk.  How do I go about it?

Did we tell you how much we love you?  We are always looking for leaders!  Our programme for the year is usually organised in November of the preceding year, however things change and we are always looking for people to step in to lead a walk should a designated leader cancel.  If you've never lead a walk before but have an interest in taking on the challenge, then our experienced leaders will work one-on-one with you to find and select a walking trail, test it out, grade it and promote it.  The safety of all members is also of utmost importance to us so the more we train you up as a leader, then the easier it is for our core group of leaders.  We give you as much support as you need to train you up!  Contact David for more information.

Do you have other events outside of the monthly walks?

We're a social group, so do you really need to ask?  Aside from our annual Christmas dinner, planning sessions and weekend getaways, our social events are held randomly throughout the year, depending on interest and what's happening around town.  Keep an eye on our website or join our emailing list to find out what's happening!

I'm not out. Is it safe to come along?

Not all of our members our 'out' to their families or friends.  Although we are a gay social group, we don't wave a banner or scream our sexuality to the world.  To the general public, we're just a bunch of people hiking through the countryside like so many other walking groups.  We make no guarantee of discretion (because everyone is welcome, including drag queens!!!) but your membership or attendance is kept as confidential as practical and for the most part, no one outside of the group would know that we're a gay social group unless they were a part of our community anyway.  If your still unsure, we invite you to chat to our club's leader, David.  Contact him at ahw@ahw.org.au

My question hasn't been answered here.  How do I get an answer?

Still got a question?  Don't be afraid to ask it because your question is probably the same as many others who haven't asked it!  We invite you to chat to our club's coordinator by email : ahw@ahw.org.au