Now that fall has come and is going, and colder temperatures are here, it's time to figure out some fun stuff to do over the winter, and perhaps even into the spring and summer and fall of 2010.
I've been receiving emails from several members with good ideas for events. Some are for happy hour events, just to hang out and meet people and be social. I've had emails about winter camping ideas and ideas for cabin trips. People have emailed me asking about the possibility of evening or day hikes, some in conjunction with dinner or happy hour.
Ideas abound, but the problem is that I can't possibly plan all these events myself. We need event/trip planners!
Meetup has added a new feature to the website: the Suggest a Meetup
link. I'm stealing a great idea and some instructions from Betsy, an organizer of another group. Here's the new plan for ANYONE who would like to post an idea for an event. And please post away! If you build it, they will come. It's great to post an event and then watch as people sign up to join you on your outing.
When you are ready to post and host an event...
Post the name of the venue, the street address, the venue phone #
Website address for the venue/event if applicable
Information about the event that you are planning- kind of a sales pitch about why others would want to attend
Dress code if necessary
Expected outdoor conditions, if applicable
Level of fitness or experience required, if applicable
Parking information or carpool organizing instructions
Whether or not a planning meeting will be held, and pertinent information for the planning meeting
Please supply this information via the Suggest a Meetup
link please, being certain that you have ALL of the details. Make sure your email feature is turned on so that people can contact you with questions.
Remember, our group isn't just about backpacking. It's about meeting other backpackers and building true friendships, exchanging ideas, planning outings, and just hanging out and enjoying the company of others who share our passion. We know that we're a different breed, and that's half the reason we don't call ourselves "campers". We don't always have to go backpacking to be hanging out with other backpackers, so feel free to submit any idea that would appeal to backpackers, and that isn't a sales pitch or some sort of marketing ploy.If you suggest the event, you are agreeing to host it!