Hi @douglasgolden - I am a huge proponent of Meetup.com. I've joined a couple hiking and backpacking groups in my area (Chicagoland).

Meetup groups can be a great place to meet like-minded people and, in our group, I've gotten to know a few people and will be joining some of their group outings later in the Fall. I'd start there.

Good luck

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