Chattanooga Hiking Meetup Requirements for Trip Leaders
Trip Leaders must be responsible, knowledgeable, dependable, excellent communicators, and trustworthy.
To be considered for trip leadership, you must have attended hikes and other events with Chattanooga Hiking Meetup to "see how things work."
At least one of the existing Trip Leaders must recommend you for trip leadership.
Experience with group leadership or event planning is desired but not required.
Trip Leaders, like all members of Chattanooga Hiking Meetup, must be familiar with and abide by our Code of Conduct.
It goes without saying that you must have Internet access at home to be able to monitor event RSVPs and email attendees.
Trip Leaders must display a recent, accurate photo of themselves in their account area on the Meetup site.
Attend the infrequent Trip Leader meetings.
Prior to an Event
It is strongly recommended that you have hiked a route prior to leading that hike.
Work with the Organizer or an Assistant Organizer to post your event on the Meetup site. You will be given "event host" privileges on the site, which means you'll be able to email attendees, change the event's description, and cancel the event if necessary.
We share many parks and natural areas with hunters. Be sure to check state or federal websites for schedules for hunting seasons which might close trails to hikers.
Clear, frequent communication with event attendees is critical if you're leading something more than a regular local hike. The organizer will email event reminders to the "yes" and wait list folks, especially if the event has a long wait list. We typically don't email event reminders for local hikes unless something has changed about the event. Proper spelling and grammar in emails and on the site is required.
Monitor the discussions and questions that may appear under "Talk about this meetup" on your event page and respond quickly to questions. Post any information that would be beneficial to more than one person on the event page under "Talk about this meetup" or in the event description itself.
Monitor weather forecasts on a frequent basis leading up to an event. It is your call as a Trip Leader if an event needs to be cancelled due to bad weather, but be sure to cancel it at least two hours ahead of the event so that members have time to receive the cancellation email.
If you have to cancel an event for whatever reason, you must cancel it on the meetup site and send an email notice to attendees. Also let the Organizer know by email. If you're away from a computer, you must call or text the Organizer or an Assistant Organizer to have them cancel the event on the site, and you must get confirmation from that person that they are able to cancel the event.
Be sure to have contact info for at least one other responsible person going to your event just in case you are running late and need to let them know.
Carry with you, or store in your mobile phone, contact information for the ranger's office for the park you will be hiking.
If you're leading an event that requires a fee such as overnight stays or event tickets, work with the Organizer to set up and monitor payments. Be aware of refund policies for your event in case you get questions.
During an Event
Show up at the meeting place a few minutes early, with directions and map of the hike.
Chattanooga Hiking Meetup is an outdoor adventure and eco-volunteer club that plans hiking, backpacking, camping, paddling, and biking events throughout the year ranging from easy to strenuous, local to regional. The aim of the group is to explore the natural beauty of the region and to develop a social network for people with like interests.
In addition to our regular hikes and other outdoor adventures, we also plan social events and organize community volunteer projects such as park cleanup and trail building!