Hiking Etiquette

Here are a few things to remember when you're out there hiking with us. Whether it's your first hike or your hundredth, it's important to be mindful and considerate toward your fellow hikers and your surroundings. Remember, you joined this meetup to hike WITH us. This is a social group, and together, we can have a great time!

Stay together on hikes.
As an Organizer, I feel it's my job to make sure nobody gets left behind. If a hiker falls behind and loses contact with the group, that hiker can more easily become lost or injured. If we can't see him, we can't help him. As an Organizer, I take steps to try to prevent that from happening. But the same can happen to those who venture out ahead. Do you know our planned route? Many trails have multiple paths leading to the same place. If we take one route and you take another, you run the same risks as those listed above. You came out to hike with us, so hike WITH us.

Know your limits.
We do our best to give accurate descriptions of the hikes we post. If you are a beginning hiker, a hike's elevation and distance may not mean much to you. Likewise, difficulty ratings are subjective, and a hike that is Easy to one person may be Moderate to another. Err on the side of caution. You're much better off going on a hike that's too easy for you than a hike that's too hard for you. As you go on more hikes with us, you'll become more familiar with our ratings and our descriptions, and you'll learn your limits. Ultimately, it's up to you to keep yourself safe out there. You're an adult. Hike within your abilities.

Keep yourself safe.
When we hit the trail, many of us are strangers. As an Organizer, I may not know your hiking ability, fitness level, or comfort level. It is for this reason that we give as much information as we can in our event descriptions. It's up to you to read the event description and decide for yourself what you can handle. I can't tell you how fast you can hike. Only you know that. I can't tell you what you can safely climb. Only you know that. The only way for me to know with certainty if you feel you're in danger, injured, or otherwise having a tough time, is for you to tell me. Please do so. Whatever bad time you think the group will have if you speak up, it's far better than the bad time the group will have if you get injured, or worse. We're not guides, we're not rangers, we're not medics. But we are human beings, and we are willing to help if given the chance.

Respect your Organizer(s).

This is a volunteer position. We organize hikes because we have a love of the outdoors and we want to share it with you. There are benefits to sticking with us. If you signed up to go on a particular hike, then go on THAT hike. Don't leave part way through a hike to explore on your own. Don't speed off ahead and leave the group behind. If you want to do a different hike than the one for which you RSVP'd, do it on your own time.

Leave no trace.
This group has little tolerance for littering. Cigarette butts do not biodegrade. In fact, biodegradation is such a painfully slow process that essentially anything dropped on the ground is litter; even apple cores and orange peels. You were able to find room in your pack to bring it in; you can find space to bring it out. If an Organizer spots you littering, we will politely ask you to clean it up. If you don't, you will be removed from the group.

Your RSVP is your commitment.
We ask for RSVP's so that we may plan the group's hikes properly. If you RSVP "Yes," we'll be looking for you. We expect you to show up, and to be on time. If your plans change, please take the time to update your RSVP. Many of our hikes have limits on the number of people who can attend. If you RSVP "Yes" and don't show up, you have prevented someone from attending who actually would have shown up. That's not cool. Likewise, if you RSVP "No," or don't RSVP at all, and show up anyway, it puts an unexpected burden on the group and is also not cool. The Organizer may very well ask you to leave.

These are all simple, common sense things.
You RSVP'd to take a specific hike with us in a beautiful place. SHOW UP, hike the SPECIFIED hike WITH us, and help KEEP it beautiful.

Oh, and be nice to each other. Attitude is the number one determining factor in your enjoyment of a hike. A proper attitude can turn a disaster in to an adventure; a poor attitude can turn an easy hike in to a death march. It's up to you.

Table of Contents

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How to become an Organizer September 8, 2010 11:45 AM former member
Hiking Etiquette May 17, 2010 9:36 PM Wasatch Hiking & O.
Frequently Asked Questions July 25, 2011 8:41 PM Wasatch Hiking & O.
About Wasatch Hiking & Outdoors Group July 25, 2011 8:39 PM Wasatch Hiking & O.

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