February 26, 2014 · 9:00 AM
- You want to post a meetup but don't know where to start?
We welcome all members to post events large or small, hiking and social, any day of the week. Copy this outline and customize your Meetup. Once you have saved your event, you can go back and edit and add photos, and basic HTML, but please wait to email/publish until after you have proof read the whole event. Take care on the location if you copy it from the online maps-they are sometimes inaccurate.
- Keep the standard information paragraphs about what to bring/wear, safety, along with anything else you would like to post.
- The more details about your itinerary, the better, but remember that AMC/GMC information is copyrighted and we need to give them credit with posting the following: Copyright © the Appalachian Mountain Club. All rights reserved.
- Utilize the questions. At least get the phone and text information. I encourage you to phone/text your hikers to get to know them and make sure they will be attending. Ask if they can help you with trail support, someone to count on to Lead, Scout, or be the Sweep at the end of the group.
- Carpooling is always advised and a great way to get to know your fellow members. Some my favorite memories are in the car ride to or from a hike.
- Use the waiting lists and specify how difficult your hike is. Got a popular hike with enough hikers for two ability groups? Great! Keep the group size down (min 3-4- hikers) and assign groups for example as: (A book-pace or better, B easy-paced.) What is experienced? The ability to hike in a group, come prepared, read a map, know your ability and limitations, and know when its time to turn around. No one should hike solo!
- All members are welcome on our hikes, but we watch out for each other and don't want anyone to get hurt or sign up for a hike that is too hard for them to hike.
- If the event is only suitable for the advanced/ extreme/endurance class, It is understandable to make the event waiting list only to be approved/ reviewed by the organizer.
- Dress up your page with photos. Upload your own or access our photo files by "adding an image" We have 5 years of photographs to help make your event more attractive and give a visual of what the trail is like.
AMC Booktime or variation example (casual/conversational pace), (Trail runner)
Meetup time: be aware of sunrise and sunset times. Remember that that your group has to drive home. Figure out your turn around/descend time frame that you want to get your group moving so they finish at a reasonable hour.
Click for weather forecast
Our goal is to start together as a group, hike together and finish together as a group. A group can be as small as 3-4 people, but no one should hike alone. Adhere to the HikeSafe guidelines. Anyone could need help and it does happen!
ALL CANCELLATIONS OR CHANGES TO RSVP'S SHOULD BE MADE BY 6 PM THE NIGHT BEFORE THE HIKE. We rely of the RSVP's to get a true headcount and the hikers rely on the leaders to communicate.
Hiker Responsibility Code
You are responsible for yourself, so be prepared:
1. With knowledge and gear. Become self reliant by learning about the terrain, conditions, local weather and your equipment before you start.
2. To leave your plans. Tell someone where you are going, the trails you are hiking, when you will return and your emergency plans.
3. To stay together. When you start as a group, hike as a group, end as a group. Pace your hike to the slowest person.
4. To turn back. Weather changes quickly in the mountains. Fatigue and unexpected conditions can also affect your hike. Know your limitations and when to postpone your hike. The mountains will be there another day.
5. For emergencies. Even if you are headed out for just an hour, an injury, severe weather or a wrong turn could become life threatening. Don’t assume you will be rescued; know how to rescue yourself
# Be knowledgeable of what to prepare for.
# Contact the event organizer about any concerns and event challenges.
# Every participant needs to come fully prepared.
# Disclose any medical conditions before the event.
# pack to survive the event and for "what if".
- Your response/signing up for a hike certifies that you have read, understand, and agree with our Disclaimer. Participation in an event is certifying that you are fit and able to accomplish an event. All hikers will hike at their own pace. By attending events, you and your guests agree to the terms above. Any unqualified participant can be denied participation in the group.
Hike soon and hike safe!