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The Road Not Taken Group Policies
The organizer reserves the right to remove any member that violates The Road Not Taken Policies listed below.
1. Membership Requirements
Members should be at least 18 years old, physically fit, and have an interest in outdoor activities.
*The Road Not Taken is not a singles group. If people meet, fall in love, and live happily ever after as a result of participating in one of our events that would be incredibly wonderful but it is not the purpose of The Road Not Taken.*
2. Safety and Release of Liability Waiver
SAFETY IS THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY OF THE ROAD NOT TAKEN.
Members who endanger themselves or others will be immediately removed from the group.
Event participants are required to sign a Release from Liability Waiver prior to participating in an event.
Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parent(s) or legal guardian(s). Only the Parents or Legal Guardians of guests under 18 will be permitted to sign the Liability of Release Waiver. Before RSVPing YES for a guest under the age of 18 please first discuss the guest's abilities with the organizer.
The outings organized by The Road Not Taken involve varying degrees of danger. Members should be:
- Mentally and physically prepared
- Equipped with the appropriate gear
- Aware of the risks involved in outdoor activities and conduct themselves accordingly
Members should never stray from the group during an event without first alerting the event organizer(s). During events we stay together as a group. Should a member need to leave an event early (which is not recommended), they will be required to sign out of the event. The Road Not Taken and it's event organizers are not responsible for members who sign out early.
Though every effort is made to keep events safe and incident free, The Road Not Taken and it's event organizer(s) are not responsible for member safety; members are responsible for their own safety.
3. Medical History
Medical conditions such as allergies, asthma, or diabetes should be communicated to the leader prior to attneding an outing. Likewise, any pre-existing conditions (e.g. knee or back pain) should be communicated to the organizer. Medical information will always be kept confidential.
Members are encouraged to receive physician approval prior to participating in an event.
4. Event Cancellations
The Organizer may modify or cancel an outing due to inclement weather, unfavorable trail conditions, or any other condition that might compromise the safety of the group.
Event cancellations will be announced via e-mail and meetup.com 3 to 48 hours prior to an event. Please be sure to always check your e-mail and/or meetup.com prior to departing for an event to confirm it is still on.
5. RSVP Policy
*Outings are open to members and their guests only.*
I. "YES" RSVPs
- Members must RSVP "YES" to participate in an event.
- Please only RSVP "YES" for events you are sure you can attend. If, after RSVPing YES, your schedule changes please update your RSVP immediately.
- If you have RSVP'd "YES" but find you need to change your RSVP close to the event please be sure to change it no less than 2 hours prior to the event (emergencies exluded).
II. Wait List
- If an upcoming event is full but you would like to attend please RSVP as "WAIT LIST”. You will then be put on the waiting list, and if space opens up, be notified via e-mail that a space is available. All members on the waiting list will receive the same e-mail at the same time and therefore be given equal opportunity to obtain the spot.
III. Members in Good Standing
In a nutshell: to be a member in good standing with The Road Not Taken you must attend the Meetup events for which you RSVP YES.
When is a member NOT in good standing?
- A member is not in good standing when they are a "no show" for an outing. A "no show” occurs when a member RSVP'd YES for an outing but did not show up for the outing.
- NON WAIT LIST EVENTS
: After 1 "No Show" members will receive an e-mail reminding them of the RSVP Policy. After 2 "No Shows" members will be removed from The Road Not Taken.
- WAIT LIST EVENTS
: After 1 "No Show" to a wait listed event members will be removed from The Road Not Taken (emergencies excluded).
6. Inappropriate and/or Abusive Behavior
Inappropriate and/or abusive e-mails, messages, greetings, or event behavior will not be tolerated and result in immediate removal from the group. If any TRNT member has received abusive and/or inappropriate treatment from another TRNT member please alert the organizer immediately.
7. Hike Rating System
AS PER THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB RATING SYSTEM
Ratings will be listed as Pace_Terrain_Mileage (e.g. a 7 mile hike covering terrain rated as C hiked at a pace of 3 will be listed as 3C7).
Hike ratings are a general guide only. It is the individual member's responsibility to be prepared for seasonal conditions (cold, heat, rain, wind, etc). Prior to RSVPing to The Road Not Taken events members are encouraged to discuss their capabilities with the organizer.
1. Leisurely (nature walk)
2. Slow Moderate (easy, comfortable pace)
3. Moderate (steady, firm pace)
5. Extremely Fast
A. Solid Pavement/Sidewalk
B. Soft Ground/Sand/Carriage Trail
C. Hiking Trails/Gently Rolling Hills
D. Steep Hills/Scrambles Possible
E. Rough Terrain/Exposure and/or Thick Brush Possible
F. Extremely Difficult Terrain/Possible Sustained Exposure
Mileage will be estimated to the nearest whole mile.
The majority of our hikes will be done at a pace of 3 and will cover B-C-D terrain.
8. Supplement to AMC Hike Rating System: Easy/Beginner, Moderate/Intermediate, and Strenuous/Advanced Day Hikes
The trails are generally flat, with elevation gains (climbs) up to 300 feet, and cover shorter distances (5 miles or less). Easy hikes typically take 1-3 hours to complete. A great example of an easy/beginner hike is the 5 mile loop around Merrill Creek Reservoir.
The trails may be rocky, with elevation gains (climbs) of 300 to 1,000 feet, and cover longer distances (5 to 8 miles). Moderate hikes typically take 3-5 hours to complete. The Sterling Forest Lookout hike is a great example of a moderate/intermediate hike
The trails are rocky and may include scrambles (where hikers use their hands and feet to climb a portion of rock), with elevation gains (steep climbs) of 1,000 to 2,000 feet, and cover long distances (8-14 miles). Strenuous hikes typically take anywhere from 5-7 hours to complete. The Mounts Minsi and Tammany Two Peaks in One Day hike is a great example of a strenuous/advanced hike.
9. Paddle Ratings
The majority of our paddles will be rated as Flatwater or Class I. Exceptions may occur for special events such as Whitewater Rafting on the Lehigh (Class II to III).
From the Appalachian Mountain Club Delaware Valley Chapter Paddler's Dictionary:
Generally, any water that does not have current and drop sufficient to produce waves. River trips rated class 1 are often called flatwater, even though they may have small waves. The D&R Canal is an excellent example of flatwater. Though it has a slight current it is quite easy to paddle against it.
Fast moving water with riffles and small waves. Few obstructions, all obvious and easily missed with little training. Risk to swimmers is slight; self-rescue is easy. Local examples: All flatwater; most of the Delaware. Waves may be up to a foot high.
10. Hiking Essentials
Please remember that hiking, like all outdoor activities, involves a certain element of risk. Except in the case of 'exploratory' hikes which will not be scouted (and will therefore be clearly designated as 'exploratory' in the event description), I will never lead you on a hike I have not first scouted myself. Scouting the hikes enables me to provide very accurate descriptions of the terrain and also enables me to detect any trail conditions that might prove hazardous to the group (i.e. difficult stream crossings, heavily overgrown trails, or tricky rock scrambles).
Please always feel free to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.
Members should wear a good pair of sturdy shoes with knobby treads and good ankle support. Sneakers are not recommended for hiking. Sandals, clogs, and platform shoes are not permitted.
Be sure to bring at least 2 liters of water in a leak-proof, non-glass container. Experts recommend sipping a few ounces of water every 15 minutes or so while out on the trail.
A combination of carbohydrates and protein is best (e.g. energy bars, trail mix). Fruit is also recommended.
It's always best to be prepared for unexpected conditions. Bring a small backpack; dress in layers; always pack a lightweight rain jacket; in cooler weather gloves and a hat.
Pack the Essentials
- High energy food
- Sunscreen, sun glasses, lip balm, and hat
- A map and compass
- A headlamp
- A basic first aid kit
- Bug repellent
- Lightweight rain gear
- Extra socks
11. TICKS: AVOID THE ENEMY
(From Backpacker Magazine - June 2006)
by: Christie Aschwanden
To protect yourself from ticks-and reduce your risk of contracting Lyme disease-follow these steps.
- Steer clear of marshy areas, and minimize your contact with high grass, brush, and woody shrubs.
- Wear long pants and tuck them into your socks to prevent ticks from crawling up your legs. Tick researchers wind duct tape around the sock-pant junction to keep ticks out.
- Wear long sleeves and tuck your shirt into your pants to keep ticks off of your torso.
- Wear light-colored clothing so you can spot ticks more easily.
- Spread deet on your skin, or spray the insecticide permethrin on your clothing.
- At least once a day, do a tick check. Think little-nymphs, which spread Lyme disease far more than adults, are usually smaller than a tiny freckle.
Copyright The Road Not Taken Hiking and Adventures, 2008-2009-2010
About the Organizer
My name is Donna and I am from NJ originally and currently call Eastern PA home. I hold degrees in ceramic engineering and environmental science. I started this meetup to share my love of the outdoors with others. I try to hit the river or hiking trail every weekend and also love to run, bike, dragon boat, cross country ski, ice skate, and snowshoe.
I organize this meetup on a voluntary basis only
. I will never charge a fee to be a member of The Road Not Taken. There may be times where there is a fee to participate in a particular activity (e.g. equipment rentals or admission fees) but you will never be charged for the time I spend organizing or leading events.
It's important to me that members of The Road Not Taken greatly enjoy themselves and I will always welcome feedback and recommendations for events.
In addition to the events I’ve organized and led for The Road Not Taken, I've led hikes and paddles for the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Appalachian Mountain Club Delaware Valley Chapter. I am a certified Wilderness First Responder and am also certified in CPR. Additionally, I completed Outdoor Leadership training for the Appalachian Mountain Club, Mountain leadership School, Swift Water Rescue, WW Raft Guide Training, and am also a Class III white water paddling and backpacking leader for the Appalachian Mountain Club and a member of the AMC DV leadership committee.
Safety is my number one priority and should be equally important to every member of The Road Not Taken.
SOME USEFUL LINKS
10 Hiking Essentials http://www.nynjtc.org...
Leave No Trace http://www.lnt.org/...
Health Concerns of Hiking http://www.nynjtc.org...
Health Benefits of Hiking http://www.nynjtc.org...
Appalachian Mountain Club http://www.outdoors.o...
Sierra Club http://www.sierraclub...
AMC DV Paddling: http://www.paddlenow....