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Autumn hike 2019

Suomeksi täällä: http://www.soopa.fi/syysvaellus-2019/

Welcome to Oulu University Scout Troop SOOPA Autumn Hike 2019! This year we will be heading to Lemmenjoki Nationalpark – Sevettijärvi – Neiden, Norway. The hike begins on August 17th in the morning and returns to Oulu August 24th. Lemmenjoki Nationalpark is an easy and diverse environment that is well suited for beginners. The areas of Sevettijärvi and Näätämö are more difficult so they are recommended for experienced hikers.

Can I take part of the SOOPA hike? What it is like to hike in autumn time? What kind of people are other hikers?

Answers to questions above and many other about autumn hike including gear list you will find from this page. If you have not hiked a lot before, you are  first timer in group hike or SOOPA hike then it is absolutely necessary for you to read carefully that page!

Hiking with SOOPA differs from hiking alone or pairs significantly. SOOPA hikes are group hikes that means that group must work together and group dynamics shape the spirit of the hike. People participating our hikes are adults, usually future, present or past students of universities of Finland and exchange students from all over the world.

However student status is not the qualification for the hike nor missing student status restriction to take part to the hike. The most important aspects are cheerful and brave attitude, curious mind, adequate fitness and health and a will to take part of the group.

Our hikers have mutual interest in hiking and experiencing the nature. According our experience even people that did not know each other before the hike have made the group work perfectly and found new friends from the hike.

Hiking areas

Lemmenjoki national park is a well marked area with free cabins, diverse environments and historical landmarks such as an old gold panning area, and historical sami settlements. Suggested area for inexperienced hikers

Sevettijärvi and Nääntämö are harder to traverse. It’s main attraction are it’s many lakes, deep forests and a couple of open-topped fjells

Hammastunturi wilderness area is also slightly more difficult, but has the best options for climbing fjells. A few cabins exist in the area.

Bus schedule

We will travel to the hiking area by bus. Bus will start early in the morning in Saturday 17th August. Pick-up schedule and places are the following: 1) 7:30 a.m. Linnanmaa parking area at Biologintie (Uni. campus, behind the main building). 2) 8 a.m. Tuira (Merikoskenkatu) and 3) 8:15 a.m. the Central Bus Station in the city centre (we are going to wait for the morning train InterCity 273, 23:13 Helsinki – 08:12 Oulu). Bus leaves Oulu 8:30 a.m. and will be in Hemavan about 6:30 p.m. and in Norway about  8-10 p.m.

We will return back to Oulu on Saturday evening 1th of September about 8:30pm. When we return to Oulu, you can be dropped off at the same places.

The departure and arrival times will be arranged according to the arrival/departure times of the trains from southern Finland.

The exact schedule for the hike will be announced later in the instructions sent to the hikers after the sign-up period has ended.

Before returning back home we will have sauna and after-hike meal, which are included in the price. Please note that you should take along towels, swimming suit, shampoo and fresh clothes in a separate bag for the after-hike sauna. Those things can be left on the bus during the hike so you do not have to carry them with you for a week.

Signing up

Sign up for the hike with this online form. The last day for registration is 28th of July 2018 before midnight. This is also when all the payments for the hike are due. If you wish to sign up after this an extra fee of 15 euros will be added, and you have to contact the hike organizers about your participation. Late sign ups are only possible if there are places free in the bus, and proper group for you can be found.

SOOPA has the right to deny the hike from a person who is seen as dangerous to himself or the group. This might occur due to some of following reasons: poor fitness, lack of hiking experience, or a pre-existing health condition. In such a case, all payments will be reimbursed.

If SOOPA must cancel the hike for some reason, i.e. lack of participants, all payments will be reimbursed, including the membership fee if you do not plan to attend any other SOOPA events.

SOOPA hikes are member only so all hikers must pay SOOPA membership free.

All SOOPA’s events are alcohol-free.

Price and payment

The price for the hike is 90 euros. The price includes transportation from Oulu to the hiking area and back, sauna and a buffet lunch on the way back, and a map of the hiking area. The price does not include any insurance. Everyone needs to get one individually. The participants must also pay SOOPA’s member or supporting member fee for the year 2019 to take part in the hike. Please follow the instructions for becoming a SOOPA member and paying the membership fee:http://www.soopa.fi/in-english/soopa-in-english/

All payments have to be made to SOOPA’s bank account:

IBAN: FI72 574136 20057718

SWIFT/BIC: OKOYFIHH

Reference number: 11565

Sum: 90 euros + SOOPA’s member or supporting member fee for the year 2019

The payments for the hike have to be paid to SOOPA’s bank account by 23rd of July at the latest, so we recommend that you can pay it right after signing up. Those who have not paid the participation fee for the hike or SOOPA’s membership fee by the deadline will not be considered as participating on the hike. If they still want to join the hike, they must follow the instructions for late sign-up. If it is not possible for you to pay to SOOPA’s bank account then ask your finnish friend use her bank account to pay on behalf of you. In that case ask your friend to enter your name to the message field.

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Easter hike to Abisko National park 13.4 – 20.4.2019

Suomeksi teksti löytyy täältä.

Come and join SOOPA’s (University of Oulu Scout Troop) Easter Hike to Abisko national park in Northern Sweden! Abisko is located by wonderful Abiskojokk river that flows to beautiful Torniolake’s southern beach. Mountains topped by snow and birch forested hills decorate the area.  Bus trip to the hike starts from Oulu on Saturday morning, April 13th, and we will return back to Oulu on Saturday night, April 20th.

You are welcome to join the hike even if you are not a Scout. Previous trekking experience is not necessary (though highly recommended) but some level of skiing skills are required, as Abisko is a more demanding hiking area than the average. The group sizes during the hike will be about six people.

Even though it’s spring time, Easter hikes can be challenging so suitable gear for arctic weather conditions are needed. Especially first-time hikers should take their time to prepare themselves and check their equipment carefully. During the hike we will mostly be sleeping in tents so you should be prepared with appropriate gear. This gear list for winter hike gives you an overview of the most important items.

It is not necessary to own all the group gear mentioned in the list because the group members can agree together on how to get the equipment needed. Tents suitable for winter camping can be borrowed from SOOPA without charge, and SOOPA also has winter hiking skis and boots, that you can rent. For further information about the rental gear, take contact to the store-keeper of SOOPA, Astrid Olejarz astrid.olejarz[at]gmx.de.

There will be an info event about the practical arrangements of the hike on Tuesday 5.3 at 5 pm at Kolo. It’s worth going to, especially for the first-timers. In this event one will also get useful advice on what to do before the hike and on the hike itself. You can also ask the organizers and other experienced hikers all the mind bugging questions about the hike that you can come up with. You should also read through general guidelines for SOOPA’s hikes, especially if you haven’t been on one of our hikes before.

A pre-trip meeting will be held also with your hiking group. The meeting time and location will be announced later by email to all participants. It is an opportunity for you to get to know your fellow group members before the hike, and think about the route you want to take. Moreover, the groups can check that they have all the needed group gear, and assign cooking groups for the hike. If the group does not agree on the above-mentioned things in the pre-meeting, it is the group leader’s responsibility to make sure their arrangements are done. If you cannot make it to the meeting, please contact your group and group leader to get all the necessary information.

The price for the hike is 99 euros. In addition, you must pay the SOOPA membership fee  (EUR 7-8 depending on the member type). Please follow the instructions for becoming a SOOPA member and paying the membership fee. Hike fees have to be paid by the deadline of the sign up!

IBAN: FI72 574136 20057718
SWIFT/BIC: OKOYFIHH
Reference number: 11594
Sum: 99 euros + SOOPA’s member fee for the year 2019

Deadline for sign up and payment is Tuesday 19.3!

The price includes transportation, a hiking map, as well as a sauna and a dinner at the end of the hike. Hiking food and stove fuels are not included in the price. The price does not include any insurance, thus everyone is responsible for that individually.

Sign up to the hike by filling in the sign up form. The deadline for the sign up is Tuesday 19.3.  There is room for the 45 fastest to sign up! If there is space left in the bus after the last sign up date, you can still post-register by contacting the trek organizers (soopa.vaeltaa (at) gmail.com). However, we will charge an extra 15 euros fee in case of late sign up, which must be paid upon registration to the hike.

SOOPA events are drug-free. SOOPA is not an official tour operator.

Welcome to the Easter Hike!

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Kaamosvaellus 2019 (29.12. – 5.1.)

(in english below)

Hei kaikki vaeltamisesta kiinnostuneet!

Soopan kaamosvaelluksen aika on taas käsillä ja tänä vuonna kohteenamme on Urho Kekkosen kansallispuisto. Lähdemme noin viikon kestävälle vaellukselle Oulusta aamulla 29.12.2018, jonka jälkeen otamme suunnan kohti Lappia ja sen autiotupien täplittämää erämaa-aluetta.

Mikäli olet ensikertalainen tai sinulla on vasta vähän vaelluskokemusta, ei se haittaa. Vaellus toteutetaan perinteisesti 4-6 hengen ryhmissä (jaetaan myöhemmin), joissa jokaisessa on myös kokeneempia vaeltajia, joten kokemus varmasti karttuu.

Vaellus kustantaa 75€, sekä SOOPAn jäsenyyden (http://www.soopa.fi/ohjeita-jarjestajille/raha-asiat/). Varusteita, kuten suksia, on mahdollista vuokrata SOOPAlta ilmoittamalla 12.12. mennessä varastonhoitajalle. Tietoa mukaan tarvittavista varusteista löydät osoitteesta http://www.soopa.fi/ohjeet/kaamosvaellus/

Ilmoittautuminen 30.11. mennessä, tästä:

https://goo.gl/forms/MXCyZGFWPOJCvp9I3

Lisää tietoa löytyy osoitteesta http://www.soopa.fi/ohjeet/kaamosvaellus/

Kysymyksiä voi osoittaa juhani.hopkins@gmail.com tai facebook-ryhmään: www.facebook.com/groups/soopan.epavirallinen.keskustelu/ tai viestinä https://www.facebook.com/SoopaRy/


 

Hi to everyone itching for a cold winter hike!

It’s time for the traditional SOOPA Winter hike, this year aiming for vast snows of the Urho Kekkonen National Park wilderness area! We’ll leave in the morning 29th of December 2018 and head towards Lapland by bus.

If you haven’t hiked with SOOPA before, don’t worry! The hike will be in groups of 4-6(to be split later), so everyone will find a great team.

The hike costs 75€, in addition to membership in SOOPA (http://www.soopa.fi/in-english/soopa-in-english/). Equipment, such as skis, can be rented from SOOPA till 12th of December by sending a mail to the equipment master. More information about the gear list you can find  http://www.soopa.fi/in-english/gear-list-for-winter-hike/

Register by 30th of November, here:

https://goo.gl/forms/MXCyZGFWPOJCvp9I3

More info can be found at: http://www.soopa.fi/in-english/soopas-hikes-and-other-events/

Questions can be sent to  juhani.hopkins@gmail.com or at www.facebook.com/groups/soopan.epavirallinen.keskustelu or by messaging https://www.facebook.com/SoopaRy/

-Kaamosvaellustiimi/Winter hike team

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Autumn hike 2018: Lomsdal-Visten, Børgefjell and Vindelfjällen, 25.8.-1.9.

SOOPA’s (University of Oulu Scout Troop) traditional Autumn Hike this year will be heading to a totally new area in Norway. That area is also the southmost area that SOOPA has explored in Norway. This time we are heading to National parks of Lomsdal-Visten and Børgefjell. Those parks are right next to each other. the first is in the coast with fjords and the other next to border of Sweden. On the bus travel we will also pass the familiar (from other SOOPA hikes) area of Vindelfjällen. You can also leave the bus earlier and go to hike Vindelfjällen if you like.

Bus will be leaving Oulu early in the morning in 25th August and we will return in the evening of 1st September. So we will have 6 full days of hiking. Sign-up at no later than Monday the 23th of July 11:50pm Friday the 3th of August 11:50pm (sign-up time continued)

Can I take part of the SOOPA hike? What it is like to hike in autumn time? What kind of people are other hikers?

Answers to questions above and many other about autumn hike including gear list you will find from this page. If you have not hiked a lot before, you are  first timer in group hike or SOOPA hike then it is absolutely necessary for you to read carefully that page!

Hiking with SOOPA differs from hiking alone or pairs significantly. SOOPA hikes are group hikes that means that group must work together and group dynamics shape the spirit of the hike. People participating our hikes are adults, usually future, present or past students of universities of Finland and exchange students from all over the world.

However student status is not the qualification for the hike nor missing student status restriction to take part to the hike. The most important aspects are cheerful and brave attitude, curious mind, adequate fitness and health and a will to take part of the group.

Our hikers have mutual interest in hiking and experiencing the nature. According our experience even people that did not know each other before the hike have made the group work perfectly and found new friends from the hike.

Hiking areas

Lomsdal-Visten national park has a reputation as the Sarek of Norway (Sarek in Sweden is the largest protected wilderness area in Europe and known for a rugged terrain and area without tracks or huts). Lomsdal-Visten has the challenging landscape with high altitude differences and difficult river crossings, few trails and only few cabins. You have to carry with you all you need, calculate good time and be prepared for really inexhaustible weather. Area is characterized by heavy rain and frequent weather changes. Surrounding areas of Lomsdal-Visten are easier to hike and are suitable for first timers also. From Lomsdal-Visten you can find mountains, fjords, streams, caves and birds. You will find more info from this leaflet and you can see map here.

Børgefjell a paradise for trout fishing. Remote, rugged and wild are three words that perhaps characterize Børgefjell best. Eastern part of the park have fjells of dark granite. Most of the characteristics above about Lomsdal-Visten are valid for also to Børgefjell. It is maybe not that rainy and it is easier to hike than Lomsdal-Visten. You will find more info from this leaflet and you can see map here.

Vindelfjällen is the largest nature reserve in Sweden. Its diverse terrain offers something for every hiker: high mountains, wet swamps, forests and treeless plateau. The most popular hiking route Kungsleden starts from Hemavan. That is easy place to start hiking with marked track and several huts (you need to pay for sleeping there). Vindelfjällen is good are for first time hikers because of marked paths, bridges over streams and huts. You will find more info from this leaflet and you can see map here.

Hike Schedule

SOOPA is organizing autumn hike with following steps:
1. Pre-info about target and hike date
2. Sign-up time starts. Autumn hike is published in email lists and facebook. Sign-up form is now open
3. Sign-up time ends 23th July Friday the 3th of August 11:50pm
4. Group forming. After that groups and hike instructions are sent to hikers
5. Hikers meeting where hikers meet with their own group and also SOOPA organizers will be there. In that meeting groups will agree about their routes and other mutual issues. Hikers meeting is in Sunday 5th August 12th August in SOOPA kolo (locate F1 door from outside Oulu University and press SOOPA door bell)
6. Groups organize themselves, hikers buy last missing gears, organizers copy maps to hikers
7. Hiking bus starts 25th of August
8. Six days of hike
9. Return day 1st September. We will stop to have a dinner and bath (includes in to hike price)

 

Bus schedule

We will travel to the hiking area by bus. Bus will start early in the morning in Saturday 25th August. Pick-up schedule and places are the following: 1) 7:30 a.m. Linnanmaa parking area near T2 door (Uni. campus). 2) 8 a.m. Tuira (Merikoskenkatu) and 3) 8:15 a.m. the Central Bus Station in the city centre (we are going to wait morning train InterCity 273, 23:13 Helsinki – 08:12 Oulu). Bus leaves Oulu 8:30 a.m. and will be in Hemavan about 6:30 p.m. and in Norway about  8-10 p.m.

We will return back to Oulu on Saturday evening 1th of September about 8:30pm. When we return to Oulu, you can be dropped off at the same places.
The departure and arrival times will be arranged according to the arrival/departure times of the trains from southern Finland.
The exact schedule for the hike will be announced later in the instructions sent to the hikers after the sign-up period has ended.

Before returning back home we will have sauna and after-hike meal, which are included in the price. Please note that you should take along towels, swimming suit, shampoo and fresh clothes in a separate bag for the after-hike sauna. Those things can be left on the bus during the hike so you do not have to carry them with you for a week.

 

Signing up

Sign up for the hike with this online form. The last day for registration is 23th of July 2018 Friday the 3th of August 11:50pm before midnight. This is also when all the payments for the hike are due. If you sign up after this it will cost 15 euros extra and you should also send email to the hike organizers about your participation. Sign up after is only possible if there are places free in the bus and proper group for you can be found.

SOOPA has the right to deny the hike from a person who is seen as dangerous to himself or the group. This might occur due to some of following reasons: poor fitness level, lack of hiking skills or health condition. In such a case, all payments will be reimbursed to that person.

If SOOPA must cancel the hike for some reason, all payments will be reimbursed, and you can also ask the membership fee back if you do not plan to attend any other SOOPA events

SOOPA hikes are member only so all hikers must pay SOOPA membership free.

All SOOPA’s events are alcohol-free.

 

Price and payment

The price for the hike is 95 euros. The price includes transportation from Oulu to the hiking area and back, sauna and a buffet lunch on the way back, and a map of the hiking area. The price does not include any insurance. Everyone needs to get one individually. The participants must also pay SOOPA’s member or supporting member fee for the year 2018 to take part in the hike. Please follow the instructions for becoming a SOOPA member and paying the membership fee.

All payments have to be made to SOOPA’s bank account:

IBAN: FI72 574136 20057718
SWIFT/BIC: OKOYFIHH
Reference number: 11565
Sum: 95 euros + SOOPA’s member or supporting member fee for the year 2018

The payments for the hike have to be paid to SOOPA’s bank account by 23rd of July at the latest, so we recommend that you can pay it right after signing up. Those who have not paid the participation fee for the hike or SOOPA’s membership fee by the deadline will not be considered as participating on the hike. If they still want to join the hike, they must follow the instructions for late sign-up. If it is not possible for you to pay to SOOPA’s bank acocunt then ask your finnish friend use her bank account to pay on behalf of you. In that case ask your friend to enter your name to the message field.

Contact information

If you have more questions about the hike
contact soopa.vaeltaa(at)gmail.com

Welcome to the Autumn hike!
SOOPA Autumn Hike committee

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Easter Hike 2018: Finnmark in Norway and Lappland in Finland 31.3.-7.4.

During the 2013 Autumn Hike we discovered a new area for hiking – Stabbursdalen National Park in the Arctic Finnmark of Norway. Now we intend to go back there and see how it looks in wintertime and experience unforgettable adventures and the awesome nature! The Stabbursdalen National Park has rugged hills, great views to the Porsanger fjord, rocky terrains and deep river valleys. The special attraction there is the world’s northernmost pine forest. Alternatively you can get off the bus in Finnish Lapland and hike in the regions of Paistunturit, Muotkatunturit, Kevo Strict Nature Reserve and Kárašjohka. The bus for the Easter Hike will leave from Oulu on Saturday morning the 31st of March and we will return back Saturday evening the 7th of April. The total price for the hike is 90 euros including transportation, maps of the area, the after-hike meal and sauna. You are welcome to join the hike even if you are not a Scout or have no previous hiking experience – provided you are able and know how to ski. If you have not taken part in SOOPA hikes before or you have questions about this hike then there is a special meeting just for you in Wednesday 28.2. 5pm at Kolo (look at Kolo location in the map in right —>).

Registration form is here, sign-up at no later than Monday the 19th of March 11pm.

Hiking with SOOPA

On the annual Easter Hike the participants are divided in to groups of 4-6 people. Each group will contain experienced hikers who are happy to advice beginners. The groups hike independently and each group is free to choose their own hiking area and route according to their wishes. The possible hiking areas are the Stabbursdalen and Kárašjohka regions in Norway and the vast Muotka- and Paistunturi wilderness areas as well as the famous Kevo Strict Nature Reserve. There is something for everybody in these regions, whether you are a beginner or an experienced wilderness adventurer. A typical hike includes 50-100 kilometres of skiing. On the Easter Hike the hikers typically spend their nights in tents. The Lappland region also contains a few wilderness huts, so it is possible to enjoy a little warming fire and the unique atmosphere of the wilderness huts during the hike. On the other hand, the harsh wildernesses of Stabbursdalen provides challenges for the experienced hikers.

General guidelines and testing your fitness

Before leaving for the Easter Hike you should read through our general guidelines for SOOPA’s hikes, especially if you haven’t been on a hike before. The guidelines may also give useful ideas for more experienced hikers to make the hikes even more pleasant.

Hiking requires at least moderate physical fitness. If you don’t have any clue of your fitness level, you can test your fitness for the hike by doing a fitness test (there are plenty online, for example google: ’walking test’). Testing your fitness is not necessary, but hiking with the group will be much more pleasant when the members have about the same capability and attitude for hiking. If you do a test, mark down the name and result of the test and submit the information in the ”Physical Fitness” section of the registration form.

There will be an info event about the practical arrangements of the hike on Wednesday 28.2. at 5 pm at Kolo (look Kolo location in the map in right —>). In this event you can also get useful advice on what to do before the hike and during the hike. In this event you can ask the organizers and experienced hikers all the mind-bugging questions about the hike that you can think of.

Groups, food and gear

When arranging the groups, we will do our best to take into account the fitness level of the hikers as well as their personal wishes. There will also be some more experienced hikers in each group. Each group will also have a group leader who is usually a more experienced hiker. The most important tasks of the group leader is to make sure the group has got all the necessary gear they need and inform SOOPA if there are any problems before the hike. Every group member is responsible that communication in the group works.
Food will be prepared in small cooking groups, usually consisting of 2 people. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be needed for each hiking day, and the cooking groups can decide themselves what they would like to take. Read more about hiking food.
The Easter Hike can be challenging so it is important to have suitable gear for arctic weather conditions. Especially first-time hikers should take time to get prepared and check their equipment with care – especially the sleeping bag and the mattress must be suitable for sleeping in a tent. The gear list for a winter hike gives an overview of the most important equipment, both personal and group gear. It is not necessary to own all the group gear mentioned in the list because the group members can agree upon how to get the equipment needed. Tents suitable for camping can be borrowed from SOOPA free of charge. There are also other places where you can ask to borrow hiking gear such as www.kuinoma.fi or emailing other SOOPA members: soopa(at)lists.oulu.fi. For some rentable gear such as skis, boots or down jackets you can ask the SOOPA storage-keeper: venla.vuolanto (a) student.oulu.fi.
It is important to be active in the planning phase! Your group needs to know what you want to do, the gear you have and the overall situation concerning the hike. How else are you going to solve any of the problems you might come across?

Pre-trip meeting for the hikers

A pre-trip meeting will be held before the hike for all the participants. It is an opportunity for you to get to know your fellow group members before the hike, and plan about the route you want to take. Moreover, the groups can check that they have all the needed group gear, and assign cooking groups for the hike. The meeting is also an excellent place for new hikers to get more information about the hiking area as well as learn some basics about the gear and safety on hikes. There will be experienced hikers who are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

If the group does not resolve the afore-mentioned things in the pre-meeting, it is the group leader’s responsibility to make sure all the needed arrangements are made before departure. If you cannot make it to the meeting, please contact your group and group leader to get all the necessary information. The meeting time will be announced by email to registered hikers.

Schedule for the trip

We will travel to the hiking area by bus. Pick-up places are the following: 1) The Central Bus Station in the city center, 2) Tuira (Merikoskenkatu) or 3) Linnanmaa (Uni. campus). When we return to Oulu, you can be dropped off at the same places. We will depart from Oulu early in the morning of Saturday 31nd of March and be back in Oulu on Saturday evening 7th of April. The departure and arrival times will be arranged according to the arrival/departure times of the trains from southern Finland. The exact schedule for the hike will be announced later in the instructions sent to the hikers after the sign-up period has ended.

Before returning back home we will have sauna and after-hike meal, which are included in the price. Please note that you should take along towels, shampoo and fresh clothes in a separate bag for the after-hike sauna. Those things can be left on the bus during the hike so you do not have to carry them with you for a week.

Signing up

Sign up for the hike with online form. The last day for registration is 19th of March 2018, before midnight. This is also when all the payments for the hike are due. If you sign up after this it will cost 15 euros extra and you should also send email to the hike organizers about your participation. The first 49 hikers to sign up will be automatically selected on the hike. Preference is given to SOOPA members that are currently studying at the University, but usually there has been room for everybody.

SOOPA has the right to deny the hike from a person who is seen as dangerous to himself or the group. This might occur due to some of following reasons: poor fitness level, lack of skiing skills or health condition. In such a case, all payments will be reimbursed to that person.

All SOOPA’s events are alcohol-free.

Price and payment

The price for the hike is 90 euros. The price includes transportation from Oulu to and from the hiking area, sauna and a fancy meal on the way back, as well as a map of the hiking area. The price does not include any insurance, thus everyone is responsible for themselves. The participants must also pay SOOPA’s membership or supporting membership fee for the year 2018 to take part in the hike. Please follow the instructions for becoming a SOOPA member and paying the membership fee.

All payments have to be made to SOOPA’s bank account:

IBAN: FI72 574136 20057718
SWIFT/BIC: OKOYFIHH
Reference number: 11594
Sum: 90 euros
Remember to also pay SOOPA’s membership or supporting membership fee for the year 2018.

The payments for the hike have to be paid to SOOPA’s bank account by no later than the 12nd of March, so it is highly recommend that you can pay right after signing up for the hike. Those who have not paid the participation fee for the hike or SOOPA’s membership fee by the deadline will not be considered as participating on the hike. If they still want to join the hike, they must follow the instructions for late sign-up (which results in extra 15 euros fee).

If SOOPA must cancel the hike for some reason, all payments will be returned. You may also inquire for the the membership fee to be returned, if you do not intend to take part in any other SOOPA events during this year.

If you get ill before the hike, you may ask about the reimbursement of the payments with a written message from the persons in charge of the hike (soopa.vaeltaa(at)gmail.com) and they will forward your message to SOOPA board, who will make the decision.

 

Contact information

If you have further questions about the hike, please contact soopa.vaeltaa(at)gmail.com

Welcome to the Easter Hike!

With warm regards,

Easter Hike committee

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Winter Hike 2018

This year we head to northwestern Finland on 1.-7.1.2018. The cost of the hike is 85€ which includes transportation from Oulu and a concluding sauna and dinner

If you haven´t been on a soopa hike before, or have questions about winter hiking there´ll be an information event on 14.11 17pm at the soopa kolo. The event is open without registering for hike, so if you are interested at all, feel free to come!

Link to registration:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfik4GbnsvA2xb3ZEU-H5zpDRM9Y24Kv8mOW6sevwV-Iu3jQA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Registration is open until 3.12.

What’s the hike like?

SOOPA’s hikes are approx. week long, and usually headed to the fjälls of Lapland. We’ll be using skis for the hike. The weather is probably going to be cold, averaging about -15 ℃ but both ~0 ℃ and -30 ℃ are possible. Ice in the area will generally carry a person, but caution is adviced especially at high-flow spots. Hikes will generally be between 50-100 km, meaning ~15 km daily. Rest days and day trips are also possible.<\a>

General guidelines and testing your fitness

Before leaving for Autumn Hike you should read through general guidelines for SOOPA’s hikes, especially if you haven’t been on a hike before.

Hiking requies at least moderate physical fitness. If you don’t have any clue of your fitness level, you can test your fitness for the hike by doing a fitness test (there are plenty online, for example google ’walking test’). Testing your fitness is not necessary, but hiking with the group will be much more pleasant when the members have about the same capability and attitude for hiking. If you do a test, mark down the name and result of the test and submit the information in the ”Physical Fitness” section of the registration form.

At least some skiing ability is necessary to participate on the hike! If you have never used skis before, we strongly suggest you either find a way to practice before going, or reconsider your participation.

Groups, food and gear

People who have signed up for the hike will divided into groups of about 4 to 6 people for the hike. When arranging the groups, we will do our best to take into account the fitness level of the hikers as well as their personal wishes. There will also be some more experienced hikers in each group. Each group will also have a group leader who is usually a more experienced hiker. The most important tasks of the group leader is to make sure the group has got all the necessary group gear and inform SOOPA if there are any obstacles before the hike. Nevertheless, everyone in the group are expected to actively participate, in order to make sure everyone has the gear they need and that other preparations go smoothly.

Food will be prepared in small cooking groups, usually consisting of 2 people. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be needed for each hiking day, and the cooking groups can decide themselves what they would like to take. Read more about hiking food.

Autumn hikes can be challenging so it is important to have suitable gear for arctic weather conditions. Especially first-time hikers should take their time to prepare themselves and check their equipment carefully – especially the rain gear. The gear list for Winter hike gives you an overview of the most important equipment, both personal and group gear. It is not necessary to own all the group gear mentioned in the list because the group members can agree together on how to get the equipment needed. During the hike we will be sleeping open cabins, but each group will have tents in case of emergencies. Tents suitable for camping can be borrowed from SOOPA without charge. Skis can be rented for a fee There are also other places where you can ask to borrow hiking gear such as www.kuinoma.fi or emailing other SOOPA members, soopa(at)lists.oulu.fi. You can also try our Facebook group, SOOPAn virallinen epävirallisen keskustelun kanava!

It is important to be active in the planning phase! Your group needs to know your wishes, the gear you have and overall situation concerning the hike. How else are you going to solve any of the problems you might come across?

Price and payment

The price for the hike is 85 euros. The price includes transportation from Oulu to the hiking area and back, sauna and a buffet lunch on the way back, and a map of the hiking area. The price does not include any insurance, thus everyone is responsible for that individually. The participants must also pay SOOPA’s member or supporting member fee for the year 2018to take part in the hike. Please follow the instructions for becoming a SOOPA member and paying the membership fee.

All payments have to be made to SOOPA’s bank account:

IBAN: FI72 574136 20057718
SWIFT/BIC: OKOYFIHH
Reference number: 11565
Sum: 85 euros + SOOPA’s member or supporting member fee for the year 2018

The payments for the hike have to be paid to SOOPA’s bank account by 21st of July at the latest, so we recommend that you can pay it right after signing up. Those who have not paid the participation fee for the hike or SOOPA’s membership fee by the deadline will not be considered as participating on the hike. If they still want to join the hike, they must follow the instructions for late sign-up.

If SOOPA must cancel the hike for some reason, all payments will be reimbursed, and you can also ask the membership fee back if you do not plan to attend any other SOOPA events.

If you get ill before the hike, you can ask about the reimbursement of the payments with a written message from the people in charge of the hike (soopa.vaeltaa(at)gmail.com) and they will forward your message to SOOPA board.

The last day for signing up is 3.12.2017, this is also when all the payments for the hike are due. The first 50 hikers to sign up will get on the hike.

You can try to get on the hike after the sign-up period has ended by contacting the people in charge of the hike (soopa.vaeltaa(at)gmail.com). If the late sign-up is possible (that is, a group is able to take you in, there’s space in the bus etc.), we will charge an extra 15 euros fee for each late sign-up.

SOOPA has the right to deny access to the hike from a person who is seen as dangerous to himself or the group. This might occur due to, for example, fitness level, skill level or health condition. In such a case, all the payments will be reimbursed to the person.

All SOOPA’s events are alcohol-free.

Contact information

If you have more questions about the hike
contact soopa.vaeltaa(at)gmail.com
or ask via Facebook in our FB group.

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Late Summer Hike 2017: Kebnekaise and surrounding areas

SOOPA’s (University of Oulu Scout Troop) traditional Autumn Late Summer Hike will this year be heading to Kebnekaise and surrounding areas in Sweden. We are leaving for the hike on Wednesday morning, August 16th, and will return to Oulu on Wednesday evening, August 23rd. You are welcome to join the hike even if you are not a Scout or have no previous hiking experience.

SOOPA’s Autumn Hike is a week-long trip in the arctic hills of Lapland. We will divide into small groups and walk about 50 to 100 km during the hike, depending on the wishes of the group. Some days can also be set aside for short day trips with light backpacks, and you might then climb to the summit of a nearby arctic hill. The weather can be anything from +20 °C with a full sunshine to -5 °C with heavy sleet rain, with or without wind. Likewise, the terrain can be anything, ranging from rocky mountains to boggy valleys and anything in between. In the lower valleys there will be trees as well. Whatever the weather and terrain may be, great views and company can almost be guaranteed.

The last day for signing up for the hike is Sunday 21st of July 2016.

 

General guidelines and testing your fitness

Before leaving for Autumn Hike you should read through general guidelines for SOOPA’s hikes, especially if you haven’t been on a hike before.

Hiking requies at least moderate physical fitness. If you don’t have any clue of your fitness level, you can test your fitness for the hike by doing a fitness test (there are plenty online, for example google ’walking test’). Testing your fitness is not necessary, but hiking with the group will be much more pleasant when the members have about the same capability and attitude for hiking. If you do a test, mark down the name and result of the test and submit the information in the ”Physical Fitness” section of the registration form.

Groups, food and gear

People who have signed up for the hike will divided into groups of about 4 to 6 people for the hike. When arranging the groups, we will do our best to take into account the fitness level of the hikers as well as their personal wishes. There will also be some more experienced hikers in each group. Each group will also have a group leader who is usually a more experienced hiker. The most important tasks of the group leader is to make sure the group has got all the necessary group gear and inform SOOPA if there are any obstacles before the hike. Nevertheless, everyone in the group are expected to actively participate, in order to make sure everyone has the gear they need and that other preparations go smoothly.

Food will be prepared in small cooking groups, usually consisting of 2 people. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be needed for each hiking day, and the cooking groups can decide themselves what they would like to take. Read more about hiking food.

Autumn hikes can be challenging so it is important to have suitable gear for arctic weather conditions. Especially first-time hikers should take their time to prepare themselves and check their equipment carefully – especially the rain gear. The gear list for Autumn Hike gives you an overview of the most important equipment, both personal and group gear. It is not necessary to own all the group gear mentioned in the list because the group members can agree together on how to get the equipment needed. During the hike we will be sleeping in tents. Tents suitable for camping can be borrowed from SOOPA without charge. There are also other places where you can ask to borrow hiking gear such as www.kuinoma.fi or emailing other SOOPA members, soopa(at)lists.oulu.fi. You can also try our Facebook group, SOOPAn virallinen epävirallisen keskustelun kanava!

It is important to be active in the planning phase! Your group needs to know your wishes, the gear you have and overall situation concerning the hike. How else are you going to solve any of the problems you might come across?

Schedule for the trip

We will most likely travel to the hiking area by bus. Pick-up places are at the central bus station in the city center, in Tuira (Merikoskenkatu) or at Linnanmaa (bus station in front of door T2). When we return to Oulu, you can be dropped off at the above mentioned places. We will depart from Oulu, Linnanmaa at 8:30 on Wednesday 16th of August, and from the bus station at 9:00. Make sure you are there in time, because the loading does take some time! We will be back in Oulu on Wednesday evening 23rd of August, so that we will reach the bus station at 21:00 at the latest.

Before returning back home we will have sauna and lunch which are included in the price. Please note that you should take along towels, shampoo and fresh clothes in a separate bag for the after-hike sauna. Those things can stay on the bus during the hike so you do not have to carry them for a week.

Price and payment

The price for the hike is 85 euros. The price includes transportation from Oulu to the hiking area and back, sauna and a buffet lunch on the way back, and a map of the hiking area. The price does not include any insurance, thus everyone is responsible for that individually. The participants must also pay SOOPA’s member or supporting member fee for the year 2016 to take part in the hike. Please follow the instructions for becoming a SOOPA member and paying the membership fee.

All payments have to be made to SOOPA’s bank account:

IBAN: FI72 574136 20057718
SWIFT/BIC: OKOYFIHH
Reference number: 11565
Sum: 85 euros + SOOPA’s member or supporting member fee for the year 2016

The payments for the hike have to be paid to SOOPA’s bank account by 21st of July at the latest, so we recommend that you can pay it right after signing up. Those who have not paid the participation fee for the hike or SOOPA’s membership fee by the deadline will not be considered as participating on the hike. If they still want to join the hike, they must follow the instructions for late sign-up.

If SOOPA must cancel the hike for some reason, all payments will be reimbursed, and you can also ask the membership fee back if you do not plan to attend any other SOOPA events.

If you get ill before the hike, you can ask about the reimbursement of the payments with a written message from the people in charge of the hike (soopa.vaeltaa(at)gmail.com) and they will forward your message to SOOPA board.

Signing up

Sign up for the hike with online form.

The last day for signing up is Friday 21st of July, before midnight. This is also when all the payments for the hike are due. The first 50 hikers to sign up will get on the hike.

You can try to get on the hike after the sign-up period has ended by contacting the people in charge of the hike (soopa.vaeltaa(at)gmail.com). If the late sign-up is possible (that is, a group is able to take you in, there’s space in the bus etc.), we will charge an extra 15 euros fee for each late sign-up.

SOOPA has the right to deny access to the hike from a person who is seen as dangerous to himself or the group. This might occur due to, for example, fitness level or health condition. In such a case, all the payments will be reimbursed to the person.

All SOOPA’s events are alcohol-free.

Contact information

If you have more questions about the hike
contact soopa.vaeltaa(at)gmail.com
or ask via Facebook in our FB group.

Welcome to the Late Summer Hike!
-Yntti, Mikko and others

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Loppukesän Vaellus 2017: Kebnekaise ja lähialueet

SOOPA kutsuu sinut mukaan perinteiselle syysvaellukselleen Loppukesän Vaellukselleen, joka suuntautuu tänä vuonna Kebnekaisen ympäristöön Ruotsiin. Vaellukselle lähdetään Oulusta keskiviikkoaamuna 16.8. ja paluu Ouluun on keskiviikkoiltana 23.8. Viimeinen ilmoittautumispäivä vaellukselle on perjantai 21.7.2017.

Millaista vaelluksella on?

SOOPAn vaellukset ovat noin viikon mittaisia vaelluksia tunturimaisemissa. Sulan maan aikana maastot voivat vaihdella helposta tunturivarvikosta erittäin hankalakulkuiseen rakkakivikkoon tai vetiseen suohon ja eteen tulee todennäköisesti myös purojen ja jokien ylityksiä. Säät voivat vaihdella laidasta laitaan: viikon aikana ehtii hyvin olla tuulta, tyyntä, auringonpaistetta, räntäsadetta ja varsinkin öisin lämpötila voi laskea nollan alapuolelle. Vaelluksella liikutaan jalan ja ryhmästä riippuen matkaa kertyy viikossa noin 50 kilometristä reiluun sataan kilometriin. Osa vaelluspäivistä voi olla kevyempiä lepopäiviä ja jonakin päivänä voi käydä vaikkapa päiväretkellä. Arkistossa voi tutustua SOOPAn joihinkin aikaisempien syysvaellusten reissukuvauksiin.

Alueella sijaitsee Ruotsin korkein mäki, Kebnekaise (n. 2100 m, huipulla olevan jäätikön paksuudesta riippuen). Kebnekaisen suunnalla kulkiessa todennäköisesti kohtaa muita retkeilijöitä, mutta lähiympäristössä kyllä riittää näkemisen arvoista maastoa muuallakin. Ilmastonmuutoksen nopeudesta riippuen alueella olevat pienet jäätiköt saattavat olla vielä nähtävissä vaelluksen ajankohtana, mutta jos et tiedä mitä olet tekemässä, älä mene jäätikölle seikkailemaan. Railoon tippuminen on noloa ja siinä voi teloa itsensä sairaala- tai hautakuntoon. Sen sijaan valokuvien ottaminen turvallisen välimatkan päästä on ok.

Voinko osallistua SOOPAn syysvaellukselle?

Voit lähteä mukaan vaellukselle, vaikka et olisi aiemmin ollut mukana SOOPAn toiminnassa tai partiossa. Aiempi vaelluskokemuskaan ei ole välttämätöntä ja moni onkin aloittanut vaellusharrastuksensa SOOPAn reissuilla. Varsinkin ensimmäistä kertaa vastaavalle vaellukselle tai SOOPAn reissulle mukaan lähtevien kannattaa tutustua yleisiin retkiohjeisiin ennen lähtöä. Ohjeisiin on koottu muun muassa vinkkejä ryhmässä vaeltamisesta, pakkaamisesta ja varusteista sekä tietoa mahdollisista ongelmatilanteista vaelluksella ja niiden ratkaisemisesta. Myös kokeneemmille vaeltajille ohjeistus saattaa antaa uusia ideoita miellyttävämmän vaelluksen toteuttamiseen.

Vaellus vaatii kohtuullista fyysistä kuntoa. Jos sinulla ei ole minkäänlaista käsitystä omasta kuntotasostasi, voit tehdä jonkin kuntotestin arvioidaksesi kuntoasi vaellusta varten. Kunnon testaaminen ei ole välttämätöntä, mutta ryhmäsi vaelluksesta tulee huomattavasti mielekkäämpi, kun se koostuu henkilöistä, joiden kuntotaso on suunnilleen sama. Sopivia kuntotestejä voit katsella esimerkiksi sivulta yths.fi. Jos suoritat jonkin kuntotestin, kirjaa testin nimi ja tulos ilmoittautumislomakkeen Fyysinen kunto -kohtaan.

Ryhmät, varusteet ja vaellusruoka

Vaelluksen ajaksi jakaudutaan pieniin, noin 2-6 hengen ryhmiin, jotka liikkuvat maastossa itsenäisesti. Vaellukselle ilmoittautuneet jaetaan ryhmiin pääasiassa kuntotason mukaan ja jokaiseen ryhmään sijoitetaan myös yksi tai useampi kokeneempi vaeltaja. Osallistujien muut vaellukseen liittyvät toiveet otetaan huomioon ryhmäjaossa mahdollisuuksien mukaan. Jokaiselle ryhmälle nimetään lisäksi ryhmänjohtaja, joka on yleensä aiemmin SOOPAn vaelluksilla mukana ollut tai muuten kokeneempi vaeltaja. Ryhmänjohtajan tehtävänä on pääasiassa hoitaa ryhmän ja vaelluksen järjestäjien välinen yhteydenpito ennen vaellusta sekä varmistaa ennen lähtöä, että ryhmällä on kaikki tarvittavat ryhmäkohtaiset varusteet. Erityisen tärkeää on ilmoittaa vaelluksen järjestäjille suunniteltu reitti. Kaikki ovat kuitenkin osaltaan vastuussa vaelluksen ja siihen liittyvän viestinnän onnistumisesta!

Vaelluksella tarkoitukseen ja vaihteleviin sääoloihin soveltuvat varusteet ovat tärkeät – etenkään riittävän sadevarustuksen tärkeyttä ei voi painottaa liikaa! Katso ohjeellinen varustelista syysvaellukselle. Listassa mainittujen ryhmäkohtaisten varusteiden omistaminen ei ole välttämätöntä, sillä ryhmät muodostetaan siten, ettei yhteisiä varusteita jää puuttumaan. Myös jos henkilökohtaisia varusteita puuttuu, niitä voi kysellä lainaan kavereilta ja vaikka SOOPAn Facebook-ryhmässä. Vaelluksella yövytään teltoissa ja tätä varten SOOPAlla on kymmenkunta vaellustelttaa, joita lainataan vaellusryhmille ilmaiseksi. Elokuun lopulla voi olla jo pakkasöitä, joten makuupussin ja -alustojen tulee olla riittävän lämpimät teltassa yöpymiseen.

Vaellusryhmä huolehtii vaelluksen aikaisen ruokahuoltonsa itse. Yleensä vaellusryhmä jakautuu pienempiin ruokaryhmiin, jotka sopivat vaellusruoasta itsenäisesti.

Vaellukselle lähtö ja aikataulu

Matkaan lähdetään todennäköisesti tilausajobussilla. Lähtöpäivänä keskiviikkoaamuna 16.8. bussin kyytiin pääsee Oulun linja-autoasemalta, Tuirasta Merikoskenkadulta (pysäkki etelään) sekä Linnanmaalta T2-oven edustan bussipysäkiltä. Linnanmaalta lähdetään 8:30, linja-autoasemalta 9:00. Olethan ajoissa paikalla! Varusteiden lastaukseen menee aina hieman aikaa. Paluupäivänä 23.8. Ouluun saavutaan illasta siten, että viimeistään 21:00 olemme takaisin linja-autoasemalla. Bussista voi jäädä pois samoissa paikoissa kuin lähtöpäivänä. Jos olet yhtään epävarma jatkoyhteyksistäsi, olethan aktiivisesti yhteydessä järjestäjiin!

Vaelluksen paluupäivälle ennen pitkää kotimatkaa on varattu sauna ja lounasruokailu, jotka kuuluvat vaelluksen hintaan. Peseytymisvälineet ja vaihtovaatteet voi jättää vaelluksen ajaksi bussiin.

Vaelluksen hinta ja maksut

Vaelluksen hinta on 85 euroa. Hintaan kuuluvat kartat, bussimatkat sekä sauna ja ruokailu vaelluksen päätteeksi. Mitään vakuutusta ei sisälly hintaan, joten jokaisen lähtijän tulee huolehtia siitä itse. SOOPAn jäsen- tai kannatusjäsenmaksu vuodelle 2017 tulee olla maksettuna vaellukselle osallistuttaessa. Jäsenmaksu vuodelle 2017 on 7-8 euroa jäsentyypistä riippuen. Katso SOOPAan liittyminen sekä jäsenmaksun maksuohjeet.

Kaikki vaellukseen liittyvät maksut maksetaan SOOPA ry:n pankkitilille.

IBAN: FI72 574136 20057718
Viite: 11565
Summa: 85 euroa + SOOPAn jäsen- tai kannatusjäsenmaksu vuodelle 2017

Vaellus ja jäsen-/kannatusjäsenmaksut tulee olla maksettuna viimeistään viimeisenä ilmoittautumispäivänä 21.7. Ilmoittautumistasi ei oteta huomioon, jos et ole maksanut maksuja ajoissa.

Mikäli vaellus joudutaan perumaan osallistujien vähäisyyden takia, palautetaan jo maksetut osallistumismaksut sekä halutessasi myös SOOPAn jäsen-/kannatusjäsenmaksu, ellet ole osallistunut / osallistumassa muuhun toimintaan kuluvan vuoden aikana. Jos vaellukselle on lähdössä vain vähän osallistujia (alle 30), voidaan vaelluksen hintaa joutua korottamaan 15 eurolla. Vaellukselle ilmoittautumisen yhteydeydessä kysytään, onko tämä ok itse kullekin, ja mahdollinen päätös korottamisesta tehdään nämä valinnat huomioiden. Jos vaelluksen hintaa joudutaan korottamaan, etkä halua maksaa korotettua hintaa vaelluksesta, palautetaan vaellukseen liittyvät maksusi samalla tavalla, kuin jos vaellus olisi peruttu.

Jos joudut perumaan vaellukselle osallistumisesi sairastumisen vuoksi, voit jättää kirjallisen pyynnön vaellus- ja jäsenmaksun palautuksesta vaelluksen järjestäjille (soopa.vaeltaa(at)gmail.com), jotka välittävät sen SOOPAn hallitukselle.

Ilmoittautuminen

Vaellukselle ilmoittaudutaan sähköisellä ilmoittautumislomakkeella.

Viimeinen ilmoittautumispäivä on sunnuntai 21.7. klo 23:59. Mukaan mahtuu noin 50 nopeinta ilmoittautujaa.

Jos bussissa on tilaa, viimeisen ilmoittautumispäivän jälkeen voi vielä jälki-ilmoittautua ottamalla yhteyttä vaelluksen järjestäjiin (soopa.vaeltaa(at)gmail.com). Jälki-ilmoittautumisesta peritään 15 euron lisämaksu, joka tulee maksaa ilmoittautumisen yhteydessä.

SOOPAlla on oikeus evätä henkilön osallistuminen vaellukselle, mikäli katsotaan, että henkilö on vaaraksi itselleen ja/tai muulle ryhmälle. Tällaisia tekijöitä voivat olla esimerkiksi riittämätön kuntotaso, terveydentila tai hankaluudet yhteyden saamisessa. Eväystilanteen sattuessa vaelluksen maksut palautetaan henkilölle.

SOOPAn tapahtumat ovat päihteettömiä.

Vaelluksen järjestäjien yhteystiedot

Lisätietoja vaellukseen liittyvistä asioista saat ottamalla yhteyttä vaelluksen järjestäjiin:
soopa.vaeltaa(at)gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/groups/soopan.epavirallinen.keskustelu/

Tervetuloa mukaan vaellukselle,
terveisin Yntti, Mikko & kumppanit

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Tervetuloa SOOPAan! / Welcome to SOOPA 15.9. 17:00

Hei tulevat soopalaiset (ja vanhat tutut)!  (In English below)

Torstaina 15.9. klo 17 lähtien pidetään Tervetuloa SOOPAan -ilta. Illanvieton tarkoituksena on antaa uusille naamoille (ikään, opiskeluvuoteen ja -alaan katsomatta) mahdollisuus tulla tutustumaan SOOPAn toimintaan rennossa ja vastaanottavassa ilmapiirissä. Paikalle saapuu useita SOOPA-aktiiveja, joilta voi kysellä kaikenlaista. Ilta aloitetaan pienellä infopläjäyksellä, jonka jälkeen siirrytään pihalle mm. pystyttelemään telttoja ja grillaamaan.

Sinun ei tarvitse olla ennestään partiolainen tai tietää yhtään mitään partiosta voidaksesi osallistua – suuri osa soopalaisista ei kuulu Suomen Partiolaisiin tai ole koskaan aiemmin harrastanut aktiivista lippukuntatoimintaa. Ei sillä, kokeneet partiolaiset toivotetaan yhtä sydämellisesti tervetulleiksi joukkoon kirjavaan! Joukkiosta löytyy sekä puheliaita ilopillereitä että hiljaisia tarkkailijoita, täällä voi olla juuri niin hiljaa tai niin äänessä kuin mieli tekee. Meille kaikille yhteistä on kiinnostus mielekkääseen yhdessäoloon ja luontokokemuksiin.

SOOPAn toiminta on päihteetöntä.

Eli:

– To 15.9. klo 17:00

– Paikkana SOOPAn kolo, eli TE317-319. Helpoiten pääset paikalle Geokatu-käytävältä – oikean portaikon (eka portaikko Telluksesta päin) kohdalla on lappunen ”Tervetuloa SOOPAn kololle”!

– Etenkin uudet naamat, tervetuloa!

– Tuuli, pj
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Hi everyone!
Are you interested in getting to know SOOPA and our activities? Welcome to SOOPA’s kolo (TE317-319) at 5 pm on 15.9.

There will be many active SOOPA members that can answer your questions, tell stories etc. We’ll tell you a little about SOOPA and then go out to pitch up some tents and barbeque. You don’t have to be a scout or know anything about scouting to be able to participate! If you’re interested in outdoor activities, this might be the right place for you.

SOOPA activities are alcohol-free.

Geokatu corridor is the best place to get to the Kolo, there will be a sing on the correct doorway, saying ”Tervetuloa SOOPAn kololle”.

Welcome to join us!
– Tuuli, chairman

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Autumn Hike 2016: Abisko, Vadvetjåkka and Narvik 20.-27.8.

SOOPA’s Autumn Hike to Sweden and Norway 20th Aug – 27th Aug 2016

SOOPA’s (University of Oulu Scout Troop) traditional Autumn Hike will this year be heading to Abisko and Vadvetjåkka nationalparks in Sweden as well as to Narvik in Norway. On the hike, we are looking forward to landscapes with autumn colours, sweetness of wild berries, and of course – great company and unforgettable experiences. (Perhaps some rain, too.)

SOOPA’s Autumn Hike is a week-long trip in the arctic hills of Lapland. We will divide into small groups and walk about 50 to 100 km during the hike, depending on the wishes of the group. Some days can also be set aside for short day trips with light backpacks, and you might then climb to the summit of a nearby arctic hill.

We are leaving for the hike on Saturday morning, August 20th, and will return to Oulu on Saturday evening, August 27th. You are welcome to join the hike even if you are not a Scout or have no previous hiking experience.

The last day for signing up for the hike is Sunday 3th of July 2016.

General guidelines and testing your fitness

Before leaving for Autumn Hike you should read through general guidelines for SOOPA’s hikes, especially if you haven’t been on a hike before. The guidelines may also give useful ideas for more experienced hikers to make the hikes even more pleasant.

Hiking requies at least moderate physical fitness. If you don’t have any clue of your fitness level, you can test your fitness for the hike by doing a fitness test (there are plenty online, for example google ’walking test’). Testing your fitness is not necessary, but hiking with the group will be much more pleasant when the members have about the same capability and attitude for hiking. If you do a test, mark down the name and result of the test and submit the information in the ”Physical Fitness” section of the registration form.

Groups, food and gear

People who have signed up for the hike will divided into groups of about six people for the hike. When arranging the groups, we will do our best to take into account the fitness level of the hikers as well as their personal wishes. There will also be some more experienced hikers in each group. Each group will also have a group leader who is usually a more experienced hiker. The most important tasks of the group leader is to make sure the group has got all the necessary group gear and inform SOOPA if there are any obstacles before the hike.

Food will be prepared in small cooking groups, usually consisting of 2 people. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be needed for each hiking day, and the cooking groups can decide themselves what they would like to take. Read more about hiking food.

Autumn hikes can be challenging so it is important to have suitable gear for arctic weather conditions. Especially first-time hikers should take their time to prepare themselves and check their equipment carefully – especially the rain gear. The gear list for Autumn Hike gives you an overview of the most important equipment, both personal and group gear. It is not necessary to own all the group gear mentioned in the list because the group members can agree together on how to get the equipment needed. During the hike we will be sleeping in tents. Tents suitable for camping can be borrowed from SOOPA without charge. There are also other places where you can ask to borrow hiking gear such as www.kuinoma.fi or emailing other SOOPA members, soopa(at)lists.oulu.fi.

It is important to be active in the planning phase! Your group needs to know your wishes, the gear you have and overall situation concerning the hike. How else are you going to solve any of the problems you might come across?

Pre-trip meeting for the hikers

A pre-trip meeting will be held before the hike for all the participants, if someone asks for it (it’s hard to set a good time for everyone at summertime). It is an opportunity for you to get to know your fellow group members before the hike, and think about the route you want to take. Moreover, the groups can check that they have all the needed group gear, and assign cooking groups for the hike. The meeting is also an excellent place for new hikers to get more information about the hiking area as well as some basics about the gear and safety on hikes. There will be experienced hikers who are happy to answer any questions you may have.

If the group does not agree on the above-mentioned things in the pre-meeting, it is the group leader’s responsibility to make sure their arrangements are done. If you cannot make it to the meeting, please contact your group and group leader to get all the necessary information.

Schedule for the trip

We will most likely travel to the hiking area by bus. Pick-up places are at the central bus station in the city center, in Tuira (Merikoskenkatu) or at Linnanmaa (bus station in front of door T2). When we return to Oulu, you can be dropped off at the above mentioned places. We will depart from Oulu early in the morning of Thursday 20th of August and be back in Oulu on Saturday evening 27th of August. The departure and arrival times will be arranged according to the arrival/departure times of the trains from southern Finland. The exact schedule for the hike will be announced later in the instructions sent to the hikers after the sign-up period has ended.

Before returning back home we will have sauna and lunch which are included in the price. Please note that you should take along towels, shampoo and fresh clothes in a separate bag for the after-hike sauna. Those things can stay on the bus during the hike so you do not have to carry them for a week.

Price and payment

The price for the hike is 85 euros. The price includes transportation from Oulu to the hiking area and back, sauna and a buffet lunch on the way back, and a map of the hiking area. The price does not include any insurance, thus everyone is responsible for that individually. The participants must also pay SOOPA’s member or supporting member fee for the year 2016 to take part in the hike. Please follow the instructions for becoming a SOOPA member and paying the membership fee.

All payments have to be made to SOOPA’s bank account:

IBAN: FI72 574136 20057718
SWIFT/BIC: OKOYFIHH
Reference number: 11565
Sum: 85 euros + SOOPA’s member or supporting member fee for the year 2016

The payments for the hike have to be paid to SOOPA’s bank account by 3rd of July at the latest, so we recommend that you can pay it right after signing up. Those who have not paid the participation fee for the hike or SOOPA’s membership fee by the deadline will not be considered as participating on the hike. If they still want to join the hike, they must follow the instructions for late sign-up.

If SOOPA must cancel the hike for some reason, all payments will be reimbursed, and you can also ask the membership fee back if you do not plan to attend any other SOOPA events.

If you get ill before the hike, you can ask about the reimbursement of the payments with a written message from the persons in charge of the hike (soopa.vaeltaa(at)gmail.com) and they will forward your message to SOOPA board.

Signing up

Sign up for the hike with online form.

The last day for signing up is Sunday 3th of July 2016, before midnight. This is also when all the payments for the hike are due.

The first 50 hikers to sign up will get on the hike. Preference is given to SOOPA members that are currently studying at the university but usually there has been room for everybody.

If there is still space left on the bus, you can try to get on the hike after the sign-up period has ended by contacting the persons in charge of the hike (soopa.vaeltaa(at)gmail.com). However, we will charge an extra 15 euros fee in case of late sign-up.

SOOPA has the right to deny access to the hike from a person who is seen as dangerous to himself or the group. This might occur due to, for example, fitness level or health condition. In such a case, all the payments will be reimbursed to the person.

All SOOPA’s events are alcohol-free.

Contact information

If you have more questions about the hike, please contact
soopa.vaeltaa(at)gmail.com

Welcome to the Autumn Hike!
Tuuli, Panu and the other members of the Autumn Hike committee