1. Group Overview:
This is a hiking group for young adults (20's-30's) who want to meet other young adults who like hiking, camping and the great outdoors. We do lots of local hiking, and plan some hikes and camping trips in the region. If you're interested in organizing or have an idea you're welcome to post a suggestion.
Please understand that the organizers of this group are not professional guides, but only volunteers. Organizers will try to do anything they can to help out, but ultimately your safety is your responsibility. Hiking is a lot of fun, but there are some dangers, so having proper gear (athletic shoes, etc.) is a good idea. The lengths of hikes will be given, so please choose hikes that are appropriate for your fitness level.
2. Attendance policies: we are a group in motion and our events are limited to a specific number of people. Therefore, we have imposed the following policies
A. 2 strikes for no-shows on day hikes. If you are a no-show twice without acknowledging to the organizer that you couldn't make it, you will be permanently removed from the group (you don't need a good excuse, just acknowledge that you weren't there).
B. Showing up for a hike when you're on the wait list or bringing a guest when you haven't signed up with a guest also counts as a no-show. 2 strikes and you're out.
C. 1 strike for no-shows on overnight trips. We organizers invest a lot of time and money into overnight trips. No shows cost us money, and often prevent other people from going on the trip who would have actually attended.
3. Why we only allow a specific number of people per event: We get this question a lot so here are the reasons.
A. People tend to walk at different paces. This is especially true for longer and more difficult hikes. Allowing more people causes the group to fragment, making it difficult for organizers to keep everyone together.
B. Larger groups can pose safety hazards. Fragmented groups (see item A) are at risk for getting lost. Furthermore, organizers try to keep the group informed of how to approach trail hazards when we encounter them (poisonous snakes, treacherous water crossings, etc). Anyone not near the organizer will not receive these safety updates.
C. Many places we hike are off the beaten path and therefore have limited parking. Carpooling is suggested when the parking area is extremely small, but sometimes carpooling isn't practical for everyone.
D. We have a lot of fun people in our group, and smaller hiking groups allow us to get to know each other better.
E. Some hikes have other complications such as complete darkness during night hikes, shuttling cars for longer hikes, or limited resources such as berries for berry picking. Smaller groups make these complications more manageable.
F. On rare occasions we put together special events that often require intense planning on behalf of the organizers and involve multiple complications. These are usually restricted to small groups to address items listed above, and priority is given to our most active members.
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