We practice Leave No Trace ethics on the trail. Do NOT leave your trash. Pack it in, pack it out.
1. Most hikes move at a moderate to brisk pace.
2. Dress appropriately, to include appropriate footwear (preferably boots, and waterproof ones are a good idea too!) and clothing (synthetics have advantages over denim -- jeans are not recommended!), hiking socks, layers in the winter, headgear, etc.
3. Bring plenty of water. Count on needing at least two liters for most events.
4. Bring energy snacks to munch on – many of our hikes can take several hours.
5. If you RSVP as a YES and find that you cannot make it, please change your RSVP to NO so that another may take your place. Please do this in a timely manner so that the next person has time to plan for the event.
6. No Guests unless otherwise stated in the event description. If you have a friend who wants to come, have them join the group and RSVP on their own if there is still an available slot. Bear in mind they need to be an experienced hiker as well.
7. We limit the number of hikers on our events for several reasons (less impact on nature, less noise, easier to keep everyone together, less hassle with carpooling, etc.), so if you are not one of the Yes RSVP folks you’ll have to get on another event or join the waiting list and hope that you are able to go if someone else drops out. It is not acceptable to just show up for a hike if you are not a Yes RSVP.
8. This is a hiking group, and while Meetup is used by many as a way to increase their social circle, creepy or childish behavior will not be tolerated on this group.
9. Gossip should be left at home. We all come here to relax and have fun. Camaraderie and civil behavior are expected!
10. No smoking.
11. We love dogs as they can make a hike even more enjoyable although some places we visit do not allow dogs (usually those places with the word "preserve" in the name). Please check with the event leader if you have questions about a particular event.
12. Be on time to the event or carpool location. If you're cutting it close, please call. Maybe the event leader will take pity on you…
13. Be sure to fully read the event description. Most everything you need to know is covered there. If you have any questions, send the event leader an email.
14. Plan on the event taking the vast majority of the day. Between the drive from the carpool site to the trailhead, the actual hike itself, and usually a meal afterwards, the events usually take many hours. We do not set an end time on the hikes as they are usually all day affairs (depending on where we go).
15. Cell phones are fine for emergencies. Please put your phone on silent and resist the urge to text. All of us can go a few hours without a cell phone fix. If Daniel Boone, Benton MacKaye, and John Muir could do it, so can we.
16. To stay a member of this group, you must log onto the group site at least once a quarter.
17. Two "no shows" and you will be removed from the group.
18. It is common courtesy to offer your carpool driver some recompense for their gas expenses.
There are also some unwritten rules as well, like the infamous Russian rule, or Rule 19.
I know some of the rules above come across as harsh, but I want folks to understand the expectations so that you can make an informed decision about joining this group. Being prepared helps with enjoying the hikes to their fullest.