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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it ok to bring my dog? It's up to each leader on whether to allow dogs. If dogs are allowed, the owner should observe all location specific requirements regarding leashes and cleaning up waste. The pet should be under control of the owner at all times and not annoy other participants, especially those who might be frightened by animals. That being said, many leaders allow dogs and many of us enjoy having a well socialized dog accompany us on a hike.

Is there a fee to join this group or to participate in an activity? We do not charge a fee to join or to participate in any activity. A leader may require a deposit to cover reservations, equipment rentals or fees charged by unaffiliated outfitters. Most of our trips do not incur costs. If there are any charges involved with an activity they will be explicitly spelled out in the description . Some activities may include a lunch or refreshment stop. In most times if this is the case, it will be announced in the description.

Are Children allowed?. It is the leader's decision on whether to allow children. We try to schedule family events that are especially suited to youngsters. Some activities may not be suitable for Children. If there is a doubt just check with the leader. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Will I be pressured to join the AMC? We hope you will join the AMC in order to enjoy the benefits of membership but there will be no "hard sell."

There were more people on the hike than Meetup RSVPs. A question was raised about what sometimes seems to be inconsistencies and changes in group size numbers. We try to minimize this but it will sometimes happen because the activities are also listed on our website. People will contact and sign-up with the event organizer by using contact information from the website. These RSVPs may not get directly reflected in the Meetup total.

How do I control emails from the group? With Meetup you have control over which emails you receive. To select which emails you want to receive 'Log-in', select the 'members' tab, then 'my profile'. From there you can edit your 'email settings'.

You can also exercise control over greeting and emails from other members. 'Log in', select 'account' then the 'membership and communications' tab on the left. You can then block greetings and/or emails from being posted against your profile. The only exception is communications from the group organizers which will be very rare. You can also exercise finer control over an individual member. To block a member from sending you email, just click on their Meetup profile page, then onto the 'Block' link beneath their 'send email' link

For people familiar with Meetup this is old news but members new to the service may find it useful.

Should I Hike in Winter? Winter can be a great time to hike.

With the onset of winter, however, comes the need to take some precautions to remain comfortable and safe. The first need to to dress for cold weather conditions. This means dressing in layers so that you can remove an outer layer as you heat up or add a layer as you cool off. Avoid cotton. Wear headgear as significant heat loss occurs through the head. Foot and hand gear is especially important. The extremities are the first to get cold, and once cold can take a long time to warm up. Freezing hands and feet will make you miserable and can be dangerous.

Hikers must also pay attention to hydration and nutritional needs. You will burn a lot of calories and water loss is significant in the winter. Also, have some form of traction device available. When hiking in the winter, often you'll encounter icy conditions. Without a traction device hiking can be dangerous, especially with steep ascents and descents.

You may learn more by reading Dress for Success (In Winter) by Luke Smithson & Chapter Winter Activity Chair Lennie Steinmetz. Hope to see you on the trail this winter season and let us stay safe.

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Frequently Asked Questions January 29, 2011 10:54 AM RichW
About Appalachian Mountain Club Delaware Valley Chapter January 22, 2015 1:05 PM RichW

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