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Stuff to know about our Waiting List

Brian Patrick H.
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Group Organizer
Alameda, CA
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So you find yourself on the Wait-Listed for the hike. It could be worse - you could be waiting for an organ transplant.

The following is a compilation of all the knowledge we've compiled from all the Wait Lists from all the hikes thus far. Hopefully, it answers any questions you have. If not, may I suggest alcohol (unless you're awaiting a liver transplant).

cool Trustees tend to be very conscientious about changing their RSVPs when they change their plans, so you will cycle upward. Eventually. In the meantime, thanks for honoring the Waiting List by holding off on plans to attend until you've moved past the velvet rope into one of the 33 slots allotted for the hike. Our group size is exactly where we want it.

cool The Circle of Trust & Beer uses an AUTOMATED Waiting List -- when one person opts out of the hike, the next person on the Waiting List automatically moves up and receives an email that (s)he has replied YES to the hike. As such, it's important that each of you on the Waiting List changes your RSVP to NO as soon as you've made alternative plans. Keep in mind that you could automatically advance right up until the morning of the hike - and that anybody occupying one of the 33 hiking slots who misses the hike will be considered a no-show. Two no-shows in a six-month period gets you bounced.

cool Some of you may belong to Meetup Groups that use a FIRST RESPONDER Waiting List, whereby everyone of the Waiting List is sent an email when somebody opts out of the hike - and the first to RSVP "Yes" moves up. We don't use that, simply because we don't think it's fair that someone who's been waiting an hour could leapfrog someone who's been waiting a week. Our system presumes that everyone still remaining on the Waiting List intends to go on the hike.

cool For a week or so after posting the hike, there's usually very little movement. That changes in the week before the hike, and really picks up steam in the days leading up to the hike. It's not unusual (or common) for those buried in the 20th-something position to get into the hike - not only because of cancellations from confirmed hikers, but cancellations on the Waiting List above them, as well.

cool If you're using the Meetup app, the Waiting List appears in alphabetical order. You have to view the online version (­) to see the correct order.


Brian Higgins
Founder, Circle of Trust & Beer Hiking Club

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