Colorado Backpackers (and Campers) Meetup Group Pages
Hello Backpackers and Campers:
Below is just one of our trip videos (we have over 112 of them) to give you and idea what our trips are like:
- All participants must sign the "Terms of Understanding" for each trip when required. The "Terms of Understanding" serves 3 purposes supporting the safety of each trip: a) each member acknowledges their own liability, b) the organizer has a headcount with trip participant names, c) the organizer of the trip has a point of contact for each trip participant in case of emergency.
- Each member is responsible to be aware of and ensure they meet the posted experience level required for each trip and ensure they have the proper gear and clothing. Also, each member is responsible to verify any pet or minimum age restrictions. For safety reasons, the organizer of each trip may restrict trip attendance if they feel participants are not properly prepared. Please contact the organizer of each trip in advance to resolve any questions or concerns.
- No one is left behind. The organizer of each trip will assign front and rear leaders. The front leader will always be the first hiker and the rear leader will always be the final hiker of the group at all times. Please notify the rear leader if you need to step off the trail for a rest or nature break and the rear leader will wait for you. If you choose to hike ahead of or behind the group, please be aware that you take on the added risk of getting lost and/or injured without group knowledge or support. In either case, each member must notify the front and/or rear leaders if they plan to hike ahead of or behind the group so the trip organizer knows not to include you in the rest break headcounts.
- The group will stop at all trail intersections and wait for all hikers in the group to arrive before continuing. At each trail intersection or rest break, the group will wait and not continue on untill all hikers in the group have arrived and have had time to rest. The trip organizer will take a headcount at each rest stop.
- Please be considerate and arrive on time for car pooling or at the trailhead. It is at the discretion of each trip organizer whether or not to wait for late arrivals.
- Each posted trip should include trail location, description and difficulty level; driving distance; hiking distance; elevation gain; highest elevation; water availability.
RSVP. Please RSVP whether you plan to attend one of our functions or not. Apparently Meetup keeps track of these and if there's no activity over a certain period of time they can make you inactive (a "No" RSVP counts as activity)! If you RSVP "Yes" please make sure you are planning to attend the trip and will be at the designated meeting point by the time indicated. 10 people waiting for an hour for one person to show up doesn't exactly start the trip off an a positive note!
Note: There is limited space available on our trips and many of our trips fill up within a few days of being posted. The demand exceeds the capacity most of the time. We post our trips as far in advance as possible so that people can plan their busy schedules around them.
It is important that you plan to attend a trip that you sign up for as this takes a spot away from someone else. Cancelling during the week of the trip usually results in that space going unused because it takes more than just a few days of advance planning for someone to attend a weekend (or longer) trip with us. We understand that situations sometimes happen at the last minute which prevents you from attending a trip, and we kept that in mind when we established our RSVP Policy.
Our RSVP Policy:
If you are not able to attend a trip that you signed up for, you must change your "Yes" RSVP at least 2 weeks prior to the trip. For example, if the weekend trip is scheduled for a Friday (the 20th) you must change your RSVP two Friday's prior to that date (the 6th).
Each member will be allowed 1 exception per year to this policy (this allows for those unexpected, last minute situations). If you change your RSVP to a "No" within 2 weeks of a trip during a particular year, you'll get a friendly reminder that we don't like you to do that. (other considerations maybe taken as if a person the waiting list can take your spot)
If you do it a 2nd time there will be restrictions placed on your RSVP abilities and you'll only be allowed to RSVP "Yes" for a trip the day before the trip (assuming there is a spot available) and any other trips you RSVP'd for will be changed to a "No" (you can sign up for them again, 1 day prior to the trip).
"No Shows" are subject to immediate RSVP restrictions as these create totally unnecessary problems for the group that's expecting you to show up. – The Group organizer and the trip organizer will discuss the action to be taken.
Trip Rating Chart
Purely a subjective rating, taking into account scenery encountered along the trail
A rating determined by the factors listed below, with possible subjective judgment
5 More than 8 miles one way distance and/or more than 3500 feet of elevation gain
4 More than 6 miles one way distance and/or more than 2500 feet of elevation gain
3 3-6 miles one way distance and/or 1000-2000 feet of elevation gain
2 1-2 miles one way distance and/or 0-1000 feet of elevation gain
1 A short stroll along a paved trail from a parking lot, pullout, etc.
Purely a subjective - taking into account the solitude encountered along the trail
5 Not another soul
4 Very few people
3 Several groups
2 Heavily used
1 It's a zoo!
We welcome backpackers from all experience levels. Few things are more satisfying than getting a newcomer out on the trail while providing them with helpful hints on trail etiquette, gear, etc. And chances are you'll find another member with similar experience. Just remember to choose a trip which is within your experience level. Because we plan mostly weekend trips, the time frame dictates a generally easy to moderate hike. But from time to time there are strenuous trips planned. Also keep in mind that an "easy" rated hike with 40 lbs. on your back is going to be more difficult than the same hike with just a day pack. We never want to have a situation where a backpackers safety is in jeopardy. So know your limits!
AND HAVE FUN...