If you are looking for some adventure and variety in your life, want to challenge yourself, conquer your fears or just try things you've never done before... then you've come to the right place! This group is for people in New Yory City that like to stay fit, be active and have fun at the same time. Events range from hiking, camping, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, ziplining, obstacle course mud runs, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, skydiving, hang gliding, mountain biking, trail running and every other outdoor activity I can think of. I also didn't forget I'm born and raised in NYC, so we'll also have urban and social activities planned for the group too. This includes running, parkour, urban exploring, dodgeball, flag football and a wide variety of other activities.
Going on trips with like-minded friends is always more fun, and you'll find them here. You'll find we are a friendly, outgoing and quirky bunch who like to challenge ourselves and have a good time while doing it. Group sizes tend to be smaller here compared to other meetups, but you get to know people better as a result. Its easier to talk to people in a smaller group, the comraderie, conversation and the jokes are just better! lol
We do our best to keep our calendar busy with random and fun trips. Click Here to check out our calendar. These would include all day outings, weekend road trips, vacations and other cross posted events with other meetup groups. There is no required membership cost and the annual $10 fee is completely voluntary. Any contribution is used to help plan and organize trips, maintain and spruce up the website. Any cost for an event is clearly stated in the description and would also include sharing the cost of gas and tolls for transportation.
Profile Picture: When you apply for membership, please remember to post a picture of yourself so that we can recognize you at an event. This is for safety purposes and its just common sense. If you are here to meet new people and go on hikes and adventures, then we have to be able to recognize you! This picture does not have to be a passport type photo. We just can't recognize a cartoon character or sunset from a crowd and people feel a lot more comfortable meeting someone that they know is a real person. I do reject about 40% of people that apply for membership because of this rule, so please don't take it personal. You can re-apply anytime. Your application will be rejected if this requirement is not met.
Guest Policy: Unless otherwise specified in the event, guests are usually not allowed on events. If you wish to bring guests please have them join the group and RSVP just like any other member. I can only make an exception if I know the guest personally. Our events are geared towards small groups and when events accumulate waiting lists, its just not fair to group members who would wish to attend if spots were open. This policy is to help prevent any future "No-Shows", which is one of the few policies we are strict about.
RSVP Etiquette: Please do not RSVP “Yes” if you mean “Maybe”. Please allow members with solid plans to join. If your plans change and you can't make an event, please change your RSVP with enough time so others can attend. If you have a repeated history of "No-Shows", I will just remove the RSVP until I get a call or text to confirm attendance. Its just common courtesy, since people need a few days to make plans. Just to emphasize, we run small group trips that are usually under 20 people, so its not fair to others who would like to come.
There are no hard rules in this group. However, we ask members to be responsible with their RSVPs and especially in their conduct during actual events. We take pride in building a network of solid fun-loving friends with a common love for the outdoors and adventure... and we hope to keep it that way!
Harassment Policy: We follow one golden rule here, treat others with respect and you will get the same in return. This applies to everybody no matter where you are from. We are a very outgoing, friendly and welcoming group that likes to have fun on our adventures. However, we do enforce a harassment policy if things do get out of hand. (If you have to ask, then you haven't been around meetup long enough) This will involve deletion from the group and permanent banning from ever re-joining or attending events. Yes, I do enforce this rule on occasion and you have to be a real piece of work for me to go that far.
WE ARE NOT PAID PROFESSIONAL GUIDES AND LEADERS.
RISK AND LIABILITY
As a participating member, you certify that you are responsible for having appropriate skills, physical conditioning, equipment and supplies to participate in events that you chose to attend.
Activities can involve certain risks, hazards and dangers that can cause or lead to injury, property damage, illness, mental or emotional trauma, paralysis, disability or death to participant or others. Some, but not all of these risks, hazards and dangers include: hazardous and unpredictable ground, water or weather conditions; misjudgments made by Organizers, Assistant Organizer, leaders, co-leaders, participants or others; travel in remote areas that can cause potential delays or difficulties with transportation, evacuation and medical care; equipment that can fail or malfunction; the potential that the participant or others (e.g. co-participant, driver, medical and rescue personnel) may act carelessly or recklessly.
Participation in activities is strictly voluntary and members assume all risks in connection with activities; per Meetup.com's Terms of Service Agreements, organizers and hike/trip leaders are released from any and all forms of liability related to events. Additionally, participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
The NYC Hiking and Outdoor Adventure Group allows outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to participate with one another in recreational events with like minded people.
This group is not a guide service nor should event organizers be regarded as guides. We are all outdoor enthusiasts and regular people like yourself.