If you found this group from the CBS website, there are some errors in the reporting. Charles Fleming has nothing to do with this group and he does not lead any hikes.
WHAT WE DO:
This is a free group that meets a few times a month to explore all the hidden stairways in LA. The group is about getting a workout/exercise while using the hidden staircases in the LA area. The walks are not guided tours!
Free to join and do our walks.
You will have to be approved for membership. People are rejected for membership because they do not include a current picture that themselves, that clearly shows their face!
No Flakes Zone:
If you're a flake- no show or late cancels to events, please find another group. There is a strict no show and late cancel policy for The Hidden Stairs of LA.
NO PIC = NO MEMBERSHIP
A recognizable photo is required for membership. Not pics of your pets, or far away pics. But, a pic where we can recognize you. No exceptions. Updated May 27, 2013.
Location, location, location:
The stairs are located mostly in northeast LA, in neighborhoods like Echo Park, Silver Lake, Hollywood, Los Feliz, Highland Park, Mt. Washington.
Please be willing to commute to these areas. There will be limited stairwalks on the westside-Santa Monica and Palisades area.
There are two types of walks:
Beginner/slower paced walks-Usually labeled as Welcome to The Group. Most of these walks will be from Fleming's book and will be at a slower pace.
Advanced- Longer walks, 8 or more miles, with lots of stair cases and a fast workout type pace.
Pace of Walks: The pace of each walk is stated for every walk. You are responsible for keeping pace with the group. If you aren't able to keep pace on the walks you are on your own to get back to the starting point.
The faster workout type pace walks are still walks. We do not run.
Routes are designed to go up the stairs as much as possible, not to repeat any staircases or backtrack along the route-when possible.
Staircase counts- As long as we do not cross a street/alleyway, it is considered one staircase.
RSVPing to Events
The Hidden Stairs of LA is a group that is free to join and go on our walks. I only ask members Don't be a Flake. If you RSVP yes, please show up to the event. Don't no show to events. Don't make it a habit of RSVP Yes, then changing your RSVP later.
I limit the number of participants to each event because some of the streets and staircases are narrow and make for slow walks. So, please only attend events that you have RSVP Yes for.
RSVP will open 7-10 days before the walk. This makes it fair for all members.
Many of our events have a long waitlist. People who regularly show up to events will have priority on the waitlist. If you show a pattern of no showing or canceling at the last minute, your RSVP will be removed or you will not get moved up from the waitlist.
When you cancel with less than 24 hours before an event, you prevent other members from attending that event. Please RSVP only when you're 100% sure you can attend an event. Please do not "save your place in line." This is unfair to other members.
If you make canceling at the last minute a pattern and if there is a waitlist for that event, your RSVP will be moved to the waitlist.
Newcomers-If you no show to the first event you signed up for, you will be removed from the group. Sorry, but too many newcomers have signed up and no showed. Thus preventing another member from attending.
3 Strikes policy-3 strikes and you're out No Show policy. If you no show for three events without notifying the host of the event, you will be removed from the group.
I understand things happen. If you contact the Org, AO or event host of the walk about why you no showed, within a couple days after the event, it will not be considered a no show. Otherwise if you no show for three events without notifying the host of the event, you will be removed from the group.
For your safety on any Meetup group: Meetup is a public site that anybody with internet access can find.
Do not post any personal information-phone number, email addy, or home address on the Meetup site. Or the personal info for another member.
When you RSVP, just RSVP yes or no, without a comment containing personal information such as; Out of town or On vacation for two weeks. There is no reason to say you're on vacation for two weeks or you're out of town. This is for your own safety.