December News Letter

From: Greg W.
Sent on: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 7:46 AM
Good Morning Denver Trail Heads,

December is here and like most of you, I have been busy trimming trees, decorating the house and buying gifts. I hope all of you are having a great holiday season. I hope you have been getting out and enjoying the great events the group has been putting together.

New Assistant Organizer

We have a new assistant organizer. If you have not already met Becky, she has been organizing trips for many years and now we have the benefit of having her organize for us. She has done several snowshoe events in the past weeks and now plans to concentrate on cross country skiing. Read more about her on the About page.

Snowshoe Info

Snowshoeing is really getting into full swing. If you still need information on snowshoe rentals, go to Snowshoe Rental Info.

Though I often say, "snowshoeing is just hiking on snow", there are always things to keep in mind to help make your snowshoe experience a good one. Be prepared for winter hiking and snowshoeing. Make sure you have snowshoes or traction devices. Some people like adjustable poles, others not so much. Do what is right for you. Always dress in layers. You tend to warm up and cool off quickly when out in cold weather. On really cold days or when the weather is unpredictable (which seems to be always), a scarf, gaiters and goggles are all nice to have. Take extra stuff to the trailhead and decide when you get there if you need it.

Event Fees

I get asked about our fees and why we charge anything. For weekend events, we are now charging $2 and for weekday evening events $1. There are several reasons for the charge but mainly to try and cut down on members joining events without checking into them. Besides, $2 to have someone do the planning so you just have to show up is pretty minimal. You spend way more on food, gas or a single beer after the hike then that. Some hiking groups charge close to $100 a year.

The money goes toward maintaining the group. We not only pay for the website, but also help purchase maps, permits and passes for the organizers. Some of the money also goes toward picnics and other events you will see in the Spring and later next year. Hiking is mostly free, but planning and organizing is not.

We are looking for sponsors and have a few in the works. If you now of anyone that would like to sponsor our group, please let me know.

Maybes

Looks like you can't be a Maybe anymore. I never liked the Maybe option and it appears Meetup agrees with me. They took it away. We understand it is hard to commit sometimes and that DTH events fill up quickly. Please be aware of other members. If you sign up with a Yes and are not sure, change your RSVP as soon as you know. If you are still a Yes 24 hours before the event, we expect you to be there. If you don't show up.....

Event Information and Descriptions

If you are looking for information regarding Denver Trail Heads events you can always find it in the Files section.

Here are the links to a couple of the docs.

Event Descriptions

Event Limits

Please come join us for an upcoming event. I know many people join the group with good intentions, but then get nervous about coming out. Everyone is welcome and you will find our members are very very friendly. Most people join events alone, but leave with new friends.

Seasons Greetings!

Greg Walters
Organizer - Denver Trail Heads

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