Take-a-Hike offers limitless opportunities for outdoor recreation, in Arizona and beyond. These guidelines are intended to insure that every participant has an enjoyable experience on our trips:
1. Member Safety – When leading a hike, organizers should make sure that all participants return to the starting point safely. If some hikers are moving much slower than the rest of the group, a more experienced hiker should stay back and make sure they are OK.
2. Trail Etiquette – Take-a-Hike is an environmentally responsible club. Make sure you pack everything out that you bring in, including food and trash. When two groups of hikers pass each other in opposite directions, remember that the group going uphill has the right-of-way.
3. Carpool – Most of our events involve carpooling to a trailhead or campsite. The cost of gas should be split among all of the carpool participants in a vehicle. Drivers should make sure everyone you drove has a ride back.
4. Meeting Location – Our weekly meetings are normally held every Wednesday night at 7:00 pm, at Old Chicago on the corner of Alma School and the US 60. We are going to try something new and have one floating meeting the first Wednesday of each month, at different locations throughout the valley. The organizers will post the location on the Calendar.
5. Email Etiquette – After announcing a trip, start a thread on the message board for discussions. Only use the mailing list for the original trip announcement. When first setting up the trip, check off the box so that responses go to you, rather than the group as a whole.
6. Supplies – This varies by trip, but it is recommended that you bring a flashlight or headlamp, pocketknife, sunblock, and emergency poncho. And always make sure you have enough water! If you have any questions about what to bring on a trip, ask the Organizer.
7. Hike Difficulty – Organizers should let members know what to expect on a hike. Include length, elevation gain, and overall difficulty level (Easy, Moderate, or Difficult). Also, describe any special skills that hikers should have, such as rock-climbing or route-finding.
8. Dogs – Many of our events allow you to bring your dog. Just make sure you clean up after your dog and they get along with people and other dogs. Ask your organizer if it is a dog-friendly event.
See you on the trail!
The Take-A-Hike Club Organizers