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Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the content comes from a thread in the message board. Some of it is pieced to together so it may seem a little disjointed.


How do I know if I am in good enough shape for this?

Our hiking pace in the past has been 2-3 miles/hour. If you can walk 6 miles in two hours then you should be able to keep up. Keep in mind the terrain in the mountains will it more difficult. Our hikes are usually between 6 and 10 miles in length. Our group consists of hikers of varying ability so you should have no problem finding someone slow/fast enough to hike with.

More from Sarah:

I've read several comments and have received several private emails from members who are afraid they are not in good enough shape to keep up with the group. Unfortunately, it's keeping some of you from joining us. Please let me assure you that we have a MIX of abilities and frankly, some of us (uh, that would be me) can be really strong and feel great on some hikes, and have our arthritis act up on other hikes. Also, some of us like to stop frequently to take pictures, a deep breath or just a look around. Others like to get in a good workout. On every single hike I've been on with this group, we've had some of both. So don't let your perceived abilities stop you from joining us.

And another thing - yes, we accept and encourage all ages and abilities. But be honest with yourself and assess your skill level correctly. If you've never hiked before, don't choose a moderate or strenuous hike with more mileage than you're comfortable with. Start with an easy hike of moderate distance. Once you choose a hike to go on, search Google for a trail description and/or email me or an Assistant Organizer for more information. This is to protect YOU - because if you don't evaluate yourself honestly, you may be in for a very long and painful day.

What do I need to bring before I come?

You should try to bring the following:
1. Daypack
2. Water 2 liters? possibly more in summer.
3. Food
4. bug spray
5. suntan lotion
6. Flashlight
7. Extra layer of clothing (fleece, sweatshirt, etc)
8. Sunglasses, Hat, etc, etc.

Good stuff to bring for after the hike (as suggested by BogeysMom):
1. Sandals for the ride home instead of muddy boots
2. Clean shirt for the ride home
3. Ice chest to keep in the car
4. Libation to put in the ice chest for the after-hike toast

Who is the leader here? Who leads the hikes?

One more thing - we are a group. That means that if you want to control your own pace, choose your own route, pick where to eat and when to turn around, you either need to volunteer as hike leader and post a hike to your liking (fast paced, slow paced, etc) or go by yourself. When you join a group, you must be willing to make concessions to the group.

WAIT - another last thing: Once again, I want to stress these are LEADER-LESS hikes! I organize the WEB SITE, with the help of a few Assistants. We are not guides and we don't lead the hikes. Anyone can post a hike and anyone can go on a hike. I don't know of anyone in the group who is wilderness-certified and most of us don't know basic first aid or have map skills. You are responsible for your own safety.

Can I bring my dog?

Members who want to bring their dog read the hike description to see if dogs are allowed in the location we are going to. If dogs are allowed ensure to obey all relevant rules governing dogs set out by the location (leashes, etc.) Since we usually carpool to the trailhead from a specified location, if you bring your dog you will probably have to drive your own vehicle.

Note to hike posters: While you are researching and posting info about the hike, see if you can also find and post this info so it will save those of us with dogs the time and trouble of doing it separately. With that being said, dog owners should take no information in the hike description as though the hike poster did not know. In this case you may do everything you can to find out if dogs are allowed or assume that they are not.

Where do you have your meetings and where do you meet to start the hikes?

Our hiking group doesn't really have meetings outside of the hikes. On the day of the hike, we meet at a predetermined location somewhere in the greater Sacramento area and carpool to the trailhead. The meet up location will be listed on the event description.

Ok, all this sounds great. Will it cost me anything? recently imposed a group fees the group organizer is required to pay. To cover this, donations will be accepted but never solicited on all of the hikes that we do. The group organizer would be the person to give the donation to.

From time to time we may have hikes with fees that are generally discussed and agreed upon ahead of time in order to celebrate a major accomplishment such as what we are doing with the TRT hikes throughout the summer of 2007. Other times we may go into a national or state park that has fees that are spread throughout the members on the hike (i.e. per car fee).

Also, if you are car pooling with someone else please pay your driver $2.50 per hour of drive time. Relaxing on the drive home after the hike is worth its weight in gold so this is quite the bargain if you think about it.

Do I need to RSVP? How important is it I change my RSVP if I can't come?

If you RSVP you're coming and you change your mind, PLEASE PLEASE PRETTY PLEASE change your RSVP! We wait for you at the park and ride so it would help us out if we knew you weren't coming. Also, if you don't want to come on a particular hike, just let us know by RSVPing NO. When you don't say anything, we think you don't love us. Er, I mean we think you aren't an active member.

Okay - I guess I need to say this agan (and again, and again) - if you sign up for a hike and can't make it, EVEN AT THE LAST MINUTE, Change Your RSVP!. I can not stress this enough. Because we hike in designated Wilderness areas we are frequently limited to 12 hikers. If you reserve a slot, please come! If you choose not to come - tell me! I post my cell phone on the event info page; you have my email by clicking on my name on the information bar to your left; you can just change your RSVP on the event page. I just talked to a member on our last hike, and she told me she checked in every night waiting for a cancellation. She grabbed a vacated slot, but it turns out that FOUR reserved slots were no-shows! That's not just annoying, it's unfair.

What if I have questions?

Unless it is a question about the group web pages PLEASE do NOT direct your questions to Sarah (BogeysMom) or the other organizers UNTIL you have looked in and/or posted a question on the message board.

If you have questions about a particular hike:

Please take time to read the hike description on the web site. I believe it will answer your questions.

The Assistant Organizers and I go to a lot of trouble to post as much information about each hike as possible. It is very important that you research as much as possible to determine if any particular hike is appropriate for you, and only you would know - after all, I have no idea of your fitness level, your hiking experience, your ability to read a trail map if you get lost, etc.

A little housekeeping: if you have a question about a hike and post it in your RSVP, please look under the Event for the answer. If you ask the question in the Message Board, look for your answer there. I know, it's kind of an obvious thing, but ...

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Organizer Guidelines May 1, 2011 5:31 PM former member
Things to Keep in Mind July 5, 2011 2:20 PM Alan
Member Policies August 27, 2008 11:59 PM former member
Videos March 14, 2007 2:01 PM former member
Hike Planning Tips October 4, 2006 11:27 PM former member
Frequently Asked Questions May 10, 2007 10:27 PM former member
books May 5, 2007 11:09 PM former member
Websites January 5, 2007 10:10 PM former member
magazines August 14, 2006 2:34 PM Tod
Commonly used resources August 10, 2006 3:45 PM former member
About The Sacramento Hiking Meetup Group July 5, 2011 4:07 PM Alan

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