HIKING CAN BE DANGEROUS. HIKE AT YOUR OWN RISK.
IMPORTANT TRAIL & SAFETY INFORMATION!
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BASIC FIRST AID & FIRST AID KIT | Hydration | Sun Protection
Trail Etiquette | Leave No Trace Principles
The Twelve Essentials for Backcountry Survival (CAMRA)
Dogs on the Trail | Snakes on the Trail
Bugs, Flowers, and Snakes...Oh, My!
Parks and Preserves: Local, State and National
Arizona's Highs & Lows: Peaks & Canyons
YOU GOT QUESTIONS?... WE GOT ANSWERS!!
The HHH Mission Statement:
The Hiking Hikers Hiking (“3H”) is an outdoor activities group, that seeks, through its members and member volunteers, to provide a supportive, nurturing environment for people to enjoy and explore the outdoors; increase awareness of and protect beautiful wild places; and promote physical conditioning and encourage personal growth.
The 3H encourages its members, comprised of singles, committed couples and married couples from the early twenties to the late sixties and beyond, to be well-prepared for each event attended by taking personal responsibility for their own safety and educating themselves on the skills and knowledge needed to be safe in the many places near and far that this group visits.
Education, common sense, respect for others and the willingness to help, by all of us, provides a fun, safe, and positive experience for everyone.
3H Organizers & Members
3H RSVP & ATTENDANCE POLICY
Lots of people are telling us that they cannot get on our events, because they are full. But often people drop out close to the event, or don’t show up at all. This prevents others from getting on that event.
Here’s what we can all do to help others.
Signing up for a hike and just not showing up is NOT okay. It’s respectful to those on the waiting list to change your RSVP to “Not Going” as soon as you know.
Signing up for a hike and bailing out the day before, night before, or day of the hike is NOT okay. Your “Yes” RSVP is a commitment to attend that event. It is not a “Maybe”.
If you can’t make it, change your RSVP to “no” a week before the hike. Changing your RSVP early is respectful of other members on the waiting list for that hike. Emergencies and other necessary plan changes do happen. But they are the exception, and are unusual.
Bringing a friend? Include them in your RSVP as a “plus one” so that the count is accurate.
JUST SHOWING UP:
Please don’t just show up without being a “Yes” on the RSVP list. Wilderness areas only allow 15 people in a group, the Event Host needs to know how many and who will be there, and large groups tear up the land more, are noisier, carpooling and other logistics get more tricky, etc.
We thank you for your help in being considerate of others to make 3H events the best they can be for everyone.
Is this a Singles Group?
NO, this is NOT
a Singles Group. However, our membership does consist of Married Couples, Committed Couples and Families as well as Singles. Our group thrives on the diversity of its members!
Is this a Club?
Nope, not a club. There are no officers, leaders, or dues. Organizers and assistants are here solely to facilitate group hikes and maintain the Calendar. All group members are encouraged to participate on all levels: join a hike; lead a hike; schedule a hike or event.
Who is responsible for My Safety?
You are responsible for your personal safety and well-being. You should read the event description, match your ability to the trail, and arrive at the trailhead or event prepared with the appropriate equipment and supplies. You should do your best to ensure your safety on the trail.
Is there a membership fee?
Nope. Membership in this fabulous group is FREE. Lucky you! However, Meetup charges the Organizer a monthly service fee to host the 3H website. To help offset the costs associated with site maintenance, Ramada rentals and other group-associated purchases (2-way radios, hiking books, maps), a dollar donation
from 3H members is greatly appreciated. The donation is collected on weekend hikes only but we will accept donations any time you wish to help with the costs of the group.
How easy or difficult are the Hikes?
Hikes are rated as Easy, Moderate, Moderately-Difficult, or Difficult. An Easy hike consists of a level trail with little or no elevation or grade change, whereas a Difficult hike covers varied terrain with significant elevation and grade increases. READ THE TRAIL DESCRIPTIONS!
Assess your abilities and match them to the trail accordingly.
Hey! READ THE TRAIL DESCRIPTIONS!
Why are there RSVP limits on some hikes?
The number of RSVPs allowed for any given hike are determined by a number of factors, such as...
The HIKE FACILITATOR:
The Event Host or hike facilitator may prefer smaller, more manageable groups. Can you remember the names of all the 3H members on your last hike? Are you willing to wait in the parking lot until the 50th 3H hiker comes off the trail? Please RESPECT the difficulty of this sometimes monumental task.
The HIKE LOCATION:
According to rules established by the Parks Service and the BLM, a limit of 15 hikers per group is imposed and enforced in Wilderness Areas in an effort to reduce trail impacts. These limits help to preserve the trails and the environment for the ensured enjoyment of everyone in future years. Please RESPECT these limits!
The DIFFICULTY OF THE HIKE:
Trying to keep track of a group of 20 or more hikers of varying skill levels on a trail is difficult at best. Imagine trying to keep track of that many hikers over a 10+ mile stretch or while scrambling up a goat trail. Has anyone seen So-and-So?
What is my obligation to the Group?
Volunteer to organize or lead a hike or activity!
Although we do have an organizer and several assistant organizers, it is virtually impossible for the few to accommodate the needs of the masses. Unfortunately, not every hike posted will meet the individual requirements of each member pertaining to days off work, temperature, location, or skill level.
However, if there is a trail that you have conquered or would like to explore, let us know and we'd be happy to post it on the calendar. All you have to do is MEET & GREET
the other members. If every member were to volunteer to organize, facilitate or host their favorite hike, there would be something on the calendar every day of the week for a year or more!
Definition of MEET & GREET:
(Works best on well-defined trails) Basically, you are the "go to" person representing questions pertaining to the hike, representing the HHH at the trailhead, waiting until the posted time before you depart. You assume no responsibility for any hikers, but watch out for one another as a courtesy. Also you are to be sure all members who left the trailhead with you return to the trailhead before leaving.
What is the point of the Member Profile?
The Member Profile tells us what your skill level is, who you are, and where you have hiked. A picture helps us identify you as a group member at the carpool location or trailhead.
What are the Rules of this Group?
The rules for this group are as follows:
You are expected to comply with the rules imposed and enforced by the local municipalities and parks service where we hike. You are expected to respect the RSVP policies, respect your fellow hikers and respect the environment we use for our pleasure.
What if I can't finish the hike?
leave the trail without letting someone know! Tell the Lead Hiker or another member on the hike that you need to leave. If necessary, someone will escort you back to the trailhead.
SUGGESTIONS FOR A BETTER HIKING EXPERIENCE:
How can I ebb the tide of e-mail messages from Meetup?
- Get sufficient REST the night before a longer hike.
- Hydrate BEFORE the hike.
- Maintain hydration DURING and AFTER the hike.
- FUEL your body properly BEFORE the hike.
- REFUEL during the hike.
- STRETCH occasionally.
Go to your Meetup Account and change the e-mail settings in the Memberships & Communications section. Or see the Too Many E-Mail Messages
page for instructions on establishing filters for various e-mail providers.
Are ORANGE PEELS Biodegradable?
Well, okay, they are biodegradable. However
, even seemingly harmless organic material such as orange peels and apple cores take FOREVER (read: years) to breakdown in dry desert regions. If you want to take the time to smash the peel from your orange into a million tiny fragments, grab a rock and have at it! Otherwise, PACK OUT ALL ORANGE PEELS AND OTHER RUBBISH! See Leave No Trace: The Seven Principles!
Happy trails to you!
NOTE: To other Hiking or Backpacking groups:
Someone once said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So, if you would like to copy portions of this page, you may do so as long as you acknowledge as much and link back to this page including the text below. (Nods to the PMRG
Portions of this page were copied from the HIKING HIKERS HIKING GROUP ABOUT US page.