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No shows -- some background

From: PeterM
Sent on: Friday, October 19, 2012 5:02 PM


Some people took offense at Keith's email about no-shows.  Perhaps you don't have some critical context.

Most hike leaders didn't care a bit about no-shows until there was a rule change in the Sandias.  Now, there is a hard limit of 10 people in a group hiking in the Sandias, on pain of  insanely big fines, per policy of the landowners, the Sandia Pueblo.

So "overbooking" a hike isn't really practical.  I also don't like the idea of having people show up as "stand bys", because it inconveniences them and may tempt people to exceed the 10 person limit.

So Keith's essentially correct in the facts:  if you're a "no show", you're denying someone a spot.  If you cancel at the last minute, there's no chance someone can take your spot, practically.

Therefore, it's a reasonable policy to remove habitual no-shows from events, at the discretion of the leader of that event.

I think the BEST solution is, if you don't like the fact that the hikes are full, that you volunteer to lead some hikes yourself.  You're guaranteed a spot!




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