What is Proper Footwear for day hikes?
A shoe or boot designed for non-technical day-hiking is best. Something with a Vibram or lug sole for traction. A solid sneaker, cross-trainer, or running shoe will usually work. Flip flops, loafers, pumps, high heels (you'd be amazed) won't.
What is Rock Scrambling?
It's anytime you have to use your hands as well as feet to help you up or down, but not so difficult that protection (ropes , harness, etc.) should be used. So one man's scramble may be another woman's hike, or something like that. If you liked to climb on things when you were young (jungle bars, trees), you'll probably love scrambling.
What happens if I can't keep up?
Excellent question. See:
What if the group is too slow for me and I want to go ahead?
Generally, we ask fast partipants not to go ahead of the leader, or at least not so far that you can't be seen. Sometimes we can split the group into a faster and slower segment. However, if this does not work, feel free to depart the group and head out on your own if you have the skills and confidence to do so. ALL WE ASK IS THAT YOU TELL THE LEADER YOU ARE LEAVING THE GROUP (so we don't wonder what has happened to you.)
Are cell phones permitted?
Certainly bring your cell phone, it might help you (or us) get out of a jam (but don't count on it to get reception.) However, if you need to make or receive a call for other reasons, wait till the group stops, move out of earshot, and keep it short. Those who chat on their cell within earshot of others will be shot. Also, keep in mind that when you are talking on the cell phone (out of earshot) the group may leave w/o you and you will be on your own. This has happened. If you are stepping away to make a brief call, tell someone, preferably the leader.
Can I bring my dog?
Rock scrambling is pretty much anytime you have to use your hands as well as feet to help you up or down, but not so hairy that protection (ropes , harness, etc.) should be used. So one man's scramble may be another woman's hike, or something like that. If you liked to climb on things when you were young (jungle bars, trees), you'll probably love scrambling.
Proper Footwear: A shoe or boot designed for non-technical day-hiking is best. Something with a Vibram or lug sole for traction. A solid sneaker, cross-trainer, or running shoe will work. Flip flops, loafers, pumps, high heels (you'd be amazed) won't.
Pace This is very difficult to define, since "slow", "moderate" and "fast" are relative. I would call the pace for this hike "moderate", but it may seem like fast to some and slow to others. Also, I like to make a reasonable number of stops to enjoy the views and surroundings and socialize. If some want to go faster, they always have the option of checking out and taking off on their own--just let me know. Sometimes we can split the group.
The other side of that problem is the person who is in way over his or her head....we can't just shoot them. See:
How Strenuous is "strenuous? Again, a subjective rating. We are planning at least 2000 ft of elevation over 8 or so miles (plus maybe some road walking.) The terrain is pretty rocky in places and the rock scrambling on the face takes extra energy. So unless you are in superb physical condition, you'll be pretty tired by the end. Attitude here is really important. If you are the kind of person who likes a bit of challenge and can soldier on, focusing on how good that first beer is going to taste when it's over, you'll do fine. But if you are quickly unhappy with physical discomfort (and like to dwell on it and let others know how you feel), well, this is not the hike for you.
Will you modify if very hot? Yes, despite that last paragraph, I'm neither a masochisst nor a sadist. If it's very hot, we'll shorten the hike.
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