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CAROLINA BERG WANDERERS
A True Outdoor Enthusiasts' Club
The Carolina Berg Wanderers is a club in the Charlotte area for people who enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, paddling, backpacking, photography, camping, and much more.
(The unique name is rooted in the origin of the club, which followed from a 1975 group trip to the Alps; "Berg" is German for "mountain" - hence the Carolina Berg Wanderers were born!)
Our Mission Statement
The mission of the Carolina Berg Wanderers is to provide opportunities for the recreational and social pursuits of its members in active outdoor experiences, such as hiking, camping, paddling, bicycling, and other related activities, and for the mutual enjoyment, friendships, and skill-building that come from sharing these pursuits.
Is there a fee to join this Group or participate in activities?
We welcome folks to join this Meetup group as Guests - without charge - for a three-month trial period. During that Guest time, you can go on outings and get acquainted with some of the members. (At the end of this Guest period - or at any time during - you can join as a paid Member.) Your Guest status is valid through the end of the third month following your initial guest month, after which it will expire, and your access will end.
There is a $10 annual fee to join the Carolina Berg Wanderers and become a Member. Membership fees are per household; we encourage you to include your whole family in the fun. The fees are collected annually to pay the club costs of maintaining the website, paying for a meeting room, Christmas party decorations, and other miscellaneous club expenses. The Berg membership year is the same as the calendar year, January through December. New members may join any time of the year at the same rate. (Dues paid after September 1 will cover the next year's membership, as well.)
The real reason to join is because you then become a full member of a community of outdoor enthusiasts with a history dating back to a Central Piedmont Community College Class trip to the Bavarian Alps in 1975. That's right, over 38 years! We must be doing something right.
We are a close community of friends, and we believe that it's something you will want to be part of. We welcome you to participate in our outings so you also see that the Carolina Berg Wanderers is more than just a social outdoor group, it's an idea that is worth perpetuating, and you can help ensure that it does.
How to become a Berg Member or Renew a Membership
Contact our Membership person at BergMember@gmail.com. Also see our Carolina Berg Wanderers Membership Form. Basically, send him/her a check with your MeetUp number (or see the form for e-pay options), and you're good for the year!
What happens if I choose not to become a paying member?
Your Guest status is valid through the end of the third month following your initial guest month, after which it will expire, and your site/calendar access will end.
Is there an age limit for this group?
There is no age limit - we have 30-s up through Seniors. We are all here because we just like the outdoors.
Is this a "dating" service?
We are not a singles group. We have mostly singles, but many couples, as well. Anybody can meet anybody and have people to do outdoor activities with.
The Carolina Berg Wanderers does not discriminate against any person based on ethnicity, gender, orientation, religion, or similar.
Participants in carpools are requested to offer gas money for the driver. The total trip fuel cost should be split evenly among the riders and driver. If there are three or more riders, as a courtesy, the riders may offer to pay the total fuel cost.
May I bring my children to group events (e.g., hiking)?
Members are generally encouraged to bring their children. However, ALWAYS get permission from the Event Organizer - not all events are appropriate for children. Parents should use good judgment as to whether their child is capable of participating, and whether other members will enjoy the company of your child. If there are any questions, please contact the organizer of the event. Factors to consider include the age of the child, the length (time and distance) of the event, and the level of difficulty of the event.
May I bring my dog to group events (e.g., hiking)?
In general, yes, dogs are OK. Again, though, ALWAYS get permission from the Event Organizer - not all events are appropriate for dogs, even great ones like yours. Please remember that for NC State Parks, dogs MUST be on a leash < 6 feet long; Park Rangers have been known to write tickets for violation of this rule. Some parks do not permit dogs. Also, as with children, members should use good judgment whether their dog will be capable of participating, and whether other members will be comfortable around your pet. If there are any questions, please contact the organizer of the event.
PROFILES AND GROUP MEMBERSHIP
What should I include on my profile?
Do not include any personal information (i.e. phone number or e-mail addresses) Our pages are not private, thus, your profile information will be visible to everyone, including programs designed to capture e-mail addresses for evil spammers. You can always receive e-mail via the Meetup message system, if you choose to activate it (strongly recommended). You do not need to list your last name, but it is VERY helpful if you use at least a last initial (or other qualifier) so that we can tell the difference between Bill S and Bill T and Bill from Belmont. If you wish to change your "name", click on Account (on the right upper corner) and you can edit your name at any time. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED
We kindly request that you fill out each profile question completely to help us get to know you. Pictures help other members know who you are, but are NOT REQUIRED. Even a distant photo shot is helpful; as a matter of fact, if it's taken in your favorite setting, it can tell interesting things about you! We discourage using aliases (such as Rivergirl or Trail Dude or anything but your real name) because it makes it REALLY difficult to recognize you at events (or to service and maintain your profiles).
Are there guidelines for the Message Board?
The message board is intended to be used as a resource for the hiking and outdoor community. If you are looking for outing partners, to borrow a canoe or kayak or camping gear, provide information useful to the group, post it! Remember, all will see....
We request that the message board be kept COMMERCIAL FREE. If in any doubt, just ask!
QUESTIONS RELATED TO GROUP EVENTS
When does the Group meet?
Meetings are occasional, occurring as a mix of social events, programs, and travelogues. Please see the calendar. In addition, they are generally announced in advance. But Events are scheduled all the time! We try to schedule events on a weekly basis. We are always looking for Berg members willing to contribute their time leading events!
Where are the Meetings held?
In the summer months (June-September), outings are traditionally scheduled at a local city/county Park for a potluck/picnic meeting. October-May (except for December and our popular Christmas Party), we may meet any where in the area. Meeting information - including summer Park locations - is posted on the Calendar and in Messages. Always check and confirm!
What events have been done?
Hiking, biking (road and mountain), canoeing and kayaking, whitewater rafting, skiing, snowshoeing, backpacking, car camping, and MORE!
I want to go to an event, but the event is "full." What now?
Since RSVP lists change on a regular basis, please check back frequently, as a spot may "open up." Also, depending on the event, the RSVP limit may be increased and you will have no problem signing up. You may also e-mail the organizer to be placed on the "waiting list", or RSVP "no" and place a comment indicating that you are still interested in participating.
Why do events have RSVP limits?
RSVP limits are not meant to restrict participation, but certain events can only accommodate a limited number of participants.
How do events get on the Calendar?
The majority of the events on the calendar are initiated, planned, and led by individual members. A few, such as the Christmas Party, are planned by a Board sponsored committee. Some are hybrid, such as the group campouts in the spring, summer and fall. Only The Organizer, Assistant Organizers, and Event Organizers are granted privileges under Meetup to post calendar entries. Event Organizer designation is controlled by the Outings Organizer. We provide instruction in Meetup and other aspects of event planning that several Event Organizers have been through. If you are interested, contact The Outings Director.
DISCLAIMER AND LIABILITY WAIVER
Outdoor activities (including hiking, camping, rafting, kayaking, swimming, biking, and others) are understood to involve inherent risks. It is your responsibility as a Guest, a Member, or a guest of a Member, to observe all appropriate safety measures during any and all activities concerning the group. By participating in this voluntary group, you expressly waive any and all claims that may arise from any of the activities planned, to include travel to and from and during the trip, and to understand the organizer, assistants, and the Club do not assume liability for personal injuries, death, or destruction or loss of personal property. By participating in the group, you expressly waive any and all such claims against each and every other member in the group, including without limitation any and all claims against the group organizer or assistant organizers.
Event Posting Procedure Guide
Guidelines for Event Organizers
Guidelines for Event Participants
Useful Links for Outdoor Enthusiasts
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