Please read this general information carefully to be sure this is a good fit for you as we are looking for active, committed members. This group's original aim is for hikers, backpackers, and snowshoers who do moderate to strenuous rated trails and want to get out often and build lifelong friendships with similarly motivated people. However, we also do some shorter outings including walking, kayaking, biking, and the occasional social event such as holiday potlucks or going to museum exhibits.
Activities are typically small group = 2-8 people and are rated easy to strenuous. We are searching for a responsible person who would like to be the easier/shorter outing coordinator and/or people who want to post their own activities and invite other members to join them!!! **Remember that while we are quite conservative about safety, every outdoor activity involves some potential risk. You attend these outings at your own risk and responsibility. We are not professional guides nor are most of us first responder qualified.**
Activities Calendar see our calendar on toolbar. It is a great way to get an idea of our activities. Organizers write up all the details about the activity on the calendar page for member reference, but we can't always guarantee our return time or that the information is accurate as many destinations are brand new to all of us. Please remember to check the info page before sending the organizer an e-mail. Many of us work so it's much appreciated if you carefully read the event details before sending questions. It's often hard for us to call individual members so e-mail and the event page get out the most info to everyone with the least amount of time since organizing often involves lots of hours. Note the rating of the activity and choose one that is appropriate for your fitness and experience level. It is important that you only sign up if you are committed to going to that activity as it is described.
Guests: Some activities will be listed as men welcome. If it does not say that, assume that any guest you bring should be an adult female. Check the message board for outings with kids planned by other members with children as we do not, in general, hike with children. Please do not randomly show up with children in tow without first checking if it is okay.
Message Board/Ideas/Assistant Organizer Role/Posting to Calendar: Feel free to use the message board, idea function, or calendar for inviting people to join you on an activity. Several women have connected through this group and now go out together as they have schedules that match well, etc. You can also be an event or assistant organizer and post your events to the calendar. I believe that anyone can add an event to the calendar as that is how I set it up, but if you have difficulties, let me know. Be sure to then choose "e-mail to members" to get the word out about your plan. The calendar is user friendly. You do not have to be responsible for the others if you invite others to join you. Clearly state your expectations.
Summer schedule: Several of us are particularly interested in finding others who can go midweek to popular destinations thereby avoiding the crowds. That's why we ask about your schedule.
Dogs: Members need to be ok with dogs on the trail. Many of us bring dogs - assuming it's an area where dogs are permitted, of course. Bring a leash - some places they are required. Bring an extra water bottle for your dog as many trails are ones we haven't hiked before so we can't guarantee there will be water. Be able to control your dog. None of us want your dog eating our food, drinking our dogs' water, jumping on us, etc. Thanks!
Meeting times and costs: BE SURE you know how to get to the meeting place - contact the organizer at least two days before if you are unsure/get a phone number in case - we can't always check e-mail at the last minute or check it at the meeting spot, and we usually won't have member phone numbers - particularly new members. We will only wait 10 minutes after the scheduled time unless you call to say you are lost. (If the meeting place is someone's house, it will not show up until you RSVP "yes"). We save costs by carpooling from the meeting spot. We typically do not go out to eat so you must bring adequate food and drinks with you. We might go out to eat if we go far from home, but we will usually state that in the description. However, some flexibility is required :D. If we do a multiday cabin or car camping activity, we will organize a potluck for meals. Costs for weekend or any special activities will be clearly listed and estimated to the best of our ability.
At the meeting place: We will check to be sure everyone has adequate supplies such as clothing for the weather, food, drinks, etc. as this is a safety issue for all. Please: no jeans or cotton - particularly not for winter activities. You will soon get cold and miserable. Bring layers. We will also decide if the group wants to split into faster, medium, slower partners and decide when the faster groups will check in with the slower groups. If we discuss this ahead of time, there won't be any resentments. Some of us need to take potty, drink, and food breaks more often than others. It's good to figure this out before we leave and plan accordingly.
Usual Costs: gas sharing + a $1 donation to meet up costs ($12 a month for this site) each month OR pay the $5 annual dues (better deal). Be prepared with extra money just in case we decide to stop somewhere for coffee, etc. In the winter, we will contribute $3 per outing towards a sno-park permit for some vehicles as those cost $20 per day - more if it's a groomed trail. If we manage to break even or even have a surplus (hasn't happened yet) with the site cost, we can pay for sno-parks and advance reservation fees with that money; then reduce the cost to members. If every member paid the dues, we would definitely have that money. I also look for sponsors to help me at least break even.
Calendar: You may RSVP way ahead, but the RSVP time usually is cut off at least 24 hours before the activity because we want to plan for everyone who's coming - arranging drivers, etc. Please do not RSVP unless you can COMMIT to following through with attending - it's better to sign up late than to cancel at the last minute.
Attendance policies: If you RSVP yes a lot but never attend an actual event, your RSVP will start being removed from any full meetups based on your attendance record. If you drop out at the last minute consistently (2+ times in a row) for overnight events or are a regular "no show" or change your RSVP to "no" just before an event (5+ times) for day outings, we reserve the right to drop you from the group or at least not allow you to RSVP for any weekend events or full activities. We no longer accept special requests for changes to an event location, time, planned activity etc. because this has caused way too much drama and stress. If you do not want to go on the activity exactly as it is described, please do not sign up for it. You are always free to post your own idea for an alternative.
Waitlist: To date no-one on the wait list has been left behind. If you put yourself on the wait list, please actually plan to go as it's unlikely you won't be able to attend. We usually have enough cars or people who drop out that everyone can go who wants to. Wildnerness areas limit group size to 12, but to date we have never had that big of a group!
Overnight Activities: Please respond promptly to e-mail messages relating to planning details as there is so much to do for these. If the activity is not full, you will have up to one week before the event to answer before we change your RSVP to a "no" - sooner if the activity is one that requires a deposit as you will be dropped if you don't pay by the deadline. If we go to member cabins, the standard contribution to the owner is $25 for two night activities. It is your responsibility to be sure your e-mail account is a functioning one or to check back for updates on the event yourself.
Cancellations/Changes From Our End: We rarely cancel an activity, but we will if there is a severe storm or if something unexpected happens to our schedule. Many activities are scheduled way in advance so check back to the website for updated information or if you forget some details. Rain does not usually cancel any day activities but might affect an evening, overnight, or backpacking trip. Please be flexible about the destination as sometimes we may have to change it based on the conditions.
Removal From Group: We reserve the right to remove you if there are two or more incidents in which you failed to follow the policies listed here/be adequately prepared for an activity causing the rest of us to have to scramble around. We all forget things sometimes, but never bringing food or water for yourself or dog, regularly ditching at the last minute when you're the driver, etc. (examples) is unfair to the group. You will receive a message from us with a reminder about the policy the first and second time. If the behavior/issue continues, you may be removed with consensus of the organziers and possibly not allowed to rejoin the group. It is even possible to be banned from meetup as a whole if your behavior is unsafe. A group only works if all members take responsibility.
Preparedness: Always bring emergency supplies if we are going out into the wilderness: medical supplies, flashlight/headlamp, extra clothing, food, adequate water for you and your dog, leash for the dog, money for the carpool and website or sno-park contribution, raingear. We do NOT want to have to cut short the day because someone is unprepared. Read the description of the activity carefully to be sure you are able to take part. Note the section about what to bring. Remember: bring poles for snowshoe activities as those who don't invariably have trouble keeping up/don't enjoy the outing. Also: NO jeans or cotton - particularly in the winter.
Important: We do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of creed, sexual orientation, or ethnicity! If you are not ok with that, please do not join this group! While the majority of this group are heterosexual married women, there are some members who are lesbian. If that bothers you, this is not the group for you! This group is not about hooking up. It is about finding friends who share our passion for the outdoors.
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