Hi and welcome to the Ottawa Backpacking Meetup,
We are an informal group of people with a common interest in outdoor activities: from day outings like hiking, cycling, paddling, xc skiing and snowshoeing to multi-day trips like backpacking and canoe camping. All skill levels are welcome.
Have an idea for a day trip, weekend trip or multi-day adventure? Anyone can post a day trip by suggesting an event from the main page, though you should have experience with the meetup group and the meetup group should have experience with you before you should post more risky outings (i.e. paddling, scrambling, rock climbing, caving, etc.) or multi-day adventures - but you can still start a thread about it on the discussion board.
Hope to see you all out and about,
The Leadership Team
********************DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY*******************
All events and activities posted on the Ottawa Backpacking Meetup are entirely at your own risk. There is the risk of getting lost, life impacting illness, injury and even death in the activities posted.
The website is simply a means of bringing people with similar interests together, and the Hosts are simply looking for people with whom they can share activities they particularly enjoy.
Organizers and Hosts are volunteers, not professionals. The Ottawa Backpacking Meetup does not check or review their experience, their training, nor their backgrounds. Event Hosts only have their own personal experience and training to draw upon with respect to the events they post.
Please see the following link with respect to risk and safety in the backpacking meetup:
********************NOTE TO TRIP COORDINATORS*******************
(i.e. if you post events or participate in the organization of the meetup ):
1) You don't have to be an organizer on this site to post a trip. However, if you are added to the organizer list you'll have access to a few more features on this site, like the ability to email everyone who has RSVPed for your trip. If you would like to be added as an event organizer or participate in the leadership team let us know.
2) When posting an event schedule it for the time people should start collecting at the car pooling location. Then post in the event description the departure time from this location (10-15 minutes later) and the time you expect to arrive at the event location. I would also recommend posting a google maps link with the directions from the car-pooling location to where the event will be taking place in the event description.
3) Provide people with some idea of the difficulty and duration of the event so that people know whether it is something of which they are capable and for which they have sufficient time. A 15km hike on predominantly flat terrain is very different from a 15km hike up to the top of a peak and back. If the event requires special gear this should also be included in the description.
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