THIS IS NOT AN EVENT - it is a repeating announcement that we need volunteers to organize and lead events. Please RSVP "yes" here only if you are interested in leading or organizing an event for this group. There is no minimum commitment although we do ask that you consider leading at least (6) events per year.
We need event leaders for:
- Climbing, Ice & Rock & Mountaineering of all types.
- Hiking, Backpacking & Camping
- Snow sports: skiing, snow boarding, cross country skiing & Back Country Sking.
- Monthly socials & Events around the wilderness topic.
- Just about any other outdoor or outdoor related event you can think of that would be interesting to this group type.
Remember: This is a 100% volunteer run social group so if no one volunteers the events can't happen.
Limitations: Since we don't charge dues we don't have money to buy insurance coverage so we don't organize any high risk sports like para-sailing, skydiving, base jumping.
Qualifications: You should have enough prior experience with the event type that you want to organize that you can safely organizing others in that event format. ( example: You organizing a top rope climbing Meetup. You should know how to setup the anchor system and the rope based on AMGA guidelines.) Also be able to comment or express You concern when something doesn't look correct or proper.
Some events are easy like a local walk in a state park and really don't require much to be a organizer except a couple minute to create the Meetup.
For any wilderness trips: you should know the geographical area you are going to be exploring from either prior experience or because you have done your research about it (talked to other people that know the area including US forest service personnel or park rangers that work the area, read descriptions, bought maps, etc.) Even if you know the area, you need to get updates on road and weather conditions and update your trip plans accordingly. While first aid training is not required it is preferred if you have first aid training. Groups are always safer in the event of a accident. But groups still need organization to be effective in self rescue. Be prepared to carry basic survival and first aid supplies. The ten essentials. Set up a contact plan with someone who will report your group missing if you don't check in by a certain time.
Not all events require complex skills or high levels of fitness. Leading casual hike's Local or not. Forest Park, around the city, visiting parks away in another state or even hikes on well known trails like in the White Mountains can be fun, safe, and not too physically challenging. Perfect for new leaders and people with moderate fitness levels. Events can be more social like outdoor movies & slide show's or hike's with picnics. You don't have to be young or a tri-athelon star - you get to set the event that fits your physical level and tell people what to expect. You pick the time and date and group size that fits your schedule. Don't worry about finding other folks, there is always somebody who has time to join you and we have a big membership. Being the organizer there is many rewards and even leadership skills that can be learned along the way.
So if you are interested - please RSVP "yes" with a comment about what you would like to organize and a little about yourself and what your prior experience is that relates to the trip or event you are thinking about doing.
Meet - Mountaineers Organizer