We are all about adventure, whether that be a remote, multi-day hike to an awe-inspiring camping spot on the top of a mountain, supping micro-brewery ales in some cool small bar, or pretty much anything in-between!
Our events are about an enjoyable mix of active pursuits - mostly outdoor, followed by a quality ale or two in a nearby pub, or maybe dinner, a picnic, or it might just be grabbing a 6-pack from your kayak’s dry sack or your overnight backpack!
All in all, we get groups of likeminded, sociable, outdoor adventurers together, to discover new places of beauty, get active and fit and push your boundaries, and try things you love or have always fancied having a go at.
While always having a fun and ‘all-comers welcome’ attitude, we like to mix up the levels of effort and skills sometimes - and we’re not talking about the beer drinking! So you can expect shorter distance events that may not need much or any skill levels or experience, but we are also keen to organise tough stuff for those with good fitness levels and experience, or prepared to put the training in to achieve the levels needed for upcoming activities.
Here’s just some of the diverse events we’ve held and others we have planned – and we’re all ears for your suggestions too! –
Hiking: from an afternoon suburban stroll to multi-day, mountainous treks at altitude, carrying 70L packs
Bikes: mountainbiking, road cycling, and touring – Southern Highlands, Kangaroo Valley, Awaba – Central Coast, Sydney to Gong…
Climbing: Indoor courses and curry, Blue Mountains outdoor rock climbing course
Extreme sports film festivals
White stuff: Cross-country skiing in the Snowies, snowboarding, snow shoeing
Canyoning in the Blueys – we go there a lot ;-)
Pressing wild flowers and writing poetry….NOT!
Music & beer festivals
We’re a bunch of green thinkers too, so there may be environmental volunteering weekends on offer, we always take everything with us and leave the bush pristine, and we car pool as much as we can, but we don’t knit our own muesli!
Camping: from glamping from your car to multi-day, minimalist, 2-minute noodles for brekkie, and tents the shape and size of coffins!
Canoeing: one-dayers and weekends camping under the stars
Weekends away and road trips, to anywhere with some mud or altitude or a brewery/winery, or preferably all three!
We like to organise events that run smoothly, with the key information available early on, and as little fuss as possible re who's coming, where we're staying, how much things cost, who's sharing transport, and so on. People lead busy lives and plans change - we're all human, but we're finding that around half of the members who sign up online for events are actually turning up. We also have some regular serial offenders who sign up for all sorts of things but rarely or never turn up, or keep changing their rsvp from Yes to No close to the day. This has a real impact on both us organisers, and also the members who do intend to turn up on the day, for all the reasons mentioned above.
So we ask you to please consider really carefully if you are highly confident that you can make our events before rsvp’ing Yes. Something you might try is if you fancy one of our events, but aren't too sure just yet, export the meetup calendar event to your computer/phone calendar, and set a reminder alert for, say, 2 weeks before, so you can decide nearer the time. And there's nothing wrong with just deciding nearer to the time of the event, rather than saying Yes way early on when you aren't really sure, and then switching to No, and letting us down, at a later date because it's not possible to go. The only time you'll need to decide early on, is on the rare occasion when we may have limits on how many members we can take, or we may need to book tuition or accom. early on.
So we have reluctantly decided to trial a ‘3 strikes’ rule which will find anyone not turning up to three events, having rsvp’d Yes, losing their membership to Blood Sweat & Beers, and we really don’t want this to happen. :-(
So, for the small minority of those who could be better organised with their rsvps, please do the right thing people and we can all enjoy smoother-running events.
Thanks a bunch,
Jez & Muz
Something boring to read so us organisers don't go to jail if you roll off a mountain or something:
By RSVPing 'Yes' to any events of our group is on the acknowledgement and acceptance of the following Public Waiver. You are answering "Yes" to the question, "Do you understand that you are responsible for your own safety for this meetup?" when you reserve your attendance for the meetup events.
Acknowledgement and Waiver of Blood Sweat & Beers! Meetup Group advises all intending and actual participants in any of the activities of the group that any or all of those activities may be considered “adventure sport” require appropriate physical fitness, competence and equipment and may involve an element of risk. Participants in any activity of the group do so voluntarily and in the knowledge of the fitness, competence and the equipment required and fully understanding and accepting the risks involved. All participants acknowledge that they take part in such activities at their own risk and will hold none of the Group, the leader(s), others involved in organising or assisting with the activity or any of the other participants in an activity responsible for any death, injury or loss that may result to them or to others through participation in the activity whether due to negligence, misadventure, accident or otherwise. Those inviting visitors on activities or deliberately or otherwise providing details of Group activities to others indemnify the Group and agree that in doing so they have made the terms of this Acknowledgement and Waiver clear and that those participating in an activity as a consequence do so in full acceptance of this Acknowledgement and Waiver. The Group, its leaders, those assisting in organising and those participating in an activity may, to the fullest extent permitted by the law, rely on this Acknowledgement and Waiver as a bar or limitation to any claim for death, injury or loss that may result from such activity.<br> You must read the public waiver section before you RSVP any of the meetup events. When RSVPed" Yes" to any events, you warrant that all of the information you have provided is both complete and correct and you agree to the terms of this Acknowledgement and Waiver and indemnify the Group, its leaders , those assisting in organising and those participating in an activity for any death, injury or loss that may result to them or to others through participation in the activity.