Want to go hiking near DC and not wake up at the crack of dawn? This group is for you. We'll be doing some great hikes in the DC area once or twice a month. My goal is to do hikes no more than 2 hours away (and as often as possible closer to 1 hour or less) with trail-head meetup times no earlier than 10 am, so that we can all enjoy the outdoors without losing too much shut-eye. I'll be starting with some classics from 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Washington, DC and a few similar books with no repeats, so we'll all get to know the different parks and landscapes in the DC-area. I'll also try to suggest an optional post-hike meetup for dinner, drinks, or snacks each time.
1) I'm over 45 or under 25 - can I still join?
Since the purpose of this group is social as well as exercise, this group was designed for people from age 25 to 45 who live in or near DC. If you are over 45, I'd recommend joining another meetup group. However, if you still want to join, let me know and I will approve your membership.
2) What fitness level do I need to have to join this group?
Please use your discretion when signing up for meetup events considering your fitness and experience. The mileage and approximate hiking times will be included to the extent possible on each event. This meetup is not recommended for first time hikers unless you get regular exercise. If you are concerned that you are not fit enough to hike the whole itinerary, you should not join that particular hike. Events will vary, but probably be at least 4+ hours of hiking each time.
3) Can I come even if the meetup event is full? What is your cancellation policy? Can I bring a friend even if the hike is full?
The event is intended for those who reply "YES" only, or for those who make separate arrangements with me personally (by private message on the meetup site).
I will take attendance, so please change your reply if you cannot make it, preferably at least 12 hours in advance. I may drop people from the meetup for repeated no shows without cancelling in advance and without an explanation. There is a waitlist for additional people who are interested.
If you have RSVPed "YES" and the hike is still full, you may still bring one guest if you let me know in advance.
4) Will we hike even if it rains/snows/etc?
Before each hike, I will be monitoring the weather conditions . Please monitor your email before you head out. If there is a very strong chance of rain or snow or the trail conditions are likely to be hazardous, I may postpone the hike. Alternatively, if any experienced hikers want to come regardless of the weather conditions, I may be willing to lead a small group. However, I will not penalize anyone for not showing up in bad weather.
5) Can I bring my dog?
No. The hikes in this meetup are not intended for dogs. That is for the comfort of all hikers and to facilitate social events after the hikes.