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Buffalo Hiking Club Message Board › Suggestions for leading an event on Buffalo Hiking Club Meetup

Suggestions for leading an event on Buffalo Hiking Club Meetup

Gary
WNYTrails
Group Organizer
Buffalo, NY
Post #: 190
Pick something YOU want to do. That way, even if no one else joins in you’ll be doing something you would have done anyway.

Pick a date, place, and specific route. You can always make adjustments in response to comments by people who want to participate.

Once you have suggested a specific hike with date and time, let me know by email and I'll put you on the hike as event organizer so you can make all necessary changes, including participation limits.

Don’t worry about a time conflict with one of my hikes. Another option gives more people more opportunities to participate.

Know the rules for the recreational asset you will be using. For example, scheduling a camping trip to Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area would be a problem for all involved because camping is not allowed in ZVMUA.

Limit participation to 20 or less for hikes on State Forest Lands, otherwise you will need to get a DEC Temporary Use Permit BEFORE you post the hike. For all other locations, limit participants to 12 to be certain you don't run afoul of group limits and insurance requirements (or contact the administrators of the asset and get verified permission for a larger group.)

Larger groups can be used when participating with an organization that has the necessary insurance and organizational permits, like the Finger Lakes Trail Conference, Foothills Trail Club, or ADK Club, but you have to coordinate the hike through them as well as posting on the Buffalo Hiking Club.

Consider repeating a hike or trip someone has already done. If you feel the need to distinguish yourself, go in the opposite direction or at a different time of the year.

But the most important factor is your willingness to lead. That doesn't mean you have to ignore the suggestions or requests of others. But it does mean you have to be willing to make decisions both before and during the event.
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