Lambda Hiking Club was started about 20 years ago by Randy Burks, who loved outdoor activities and wanted to provide an alternative to the bar scene for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally people to meet and socialize.
They have since hosted monthly hikes through the warm months as well as an annual campout and hike, most recently at Bear Lake.
Their hikes are mostly easy to moderately strenuous and are open to anyone of any age who is reasonably fit. Most hikes are around three hours long and each hike is described on the group’s web site, gayhike.org, giving how taxing it is, what to expect to find on the way and how much water to bring and gear to wear.
The group hasn’t yet announced their first hike, which generally happens in late April, as spring in Utah can wildly go from snow to heat in a fortnight.
The group is a great way to meet new people in the context of a fun, healthy outdoor activity.
David Vickery joined the group 15 years ago and still hikes with them.
“I became involved when I was first coming out. I’ve always loved to hike and the club seemed like a good way to meet other gay people with similar interests,” Vickery said. “I was right — I made several good friends and even became club president for a couple of years.”
Lambda Hiking Club meets for hikes about once a month. You can find out when and where at gayhike.org.