What is WNG?
We're an all-volunteer gay men's outdoor group, organized to enjoy well-planned, safe, non-competitive activities. These include both day and overnight trips all over the Southeast, and sometimes longer treks to exotic places. Some wilderness-related events - like museum visits, backpacking clinics, or our quarterly potlucks - are right in town. Check our Calendar of Events for more examples.
We aren't a nudist or sex club. The fellowship is sincere and down-to-earth, friendships form naturally, and relationships do sometimes develop - just as in any other large social group. As a participant, the only expectation is to participate "in a spirit of good will, mutual respect, and discretion."
How “out” do members need to be?
Not very. Because we know gay men can't always afford to be open about their sexuality, we respect individual comfort zones and needs for privacy. Hugs are sometimes exchanged at events when people say hello or goodbye, but we don't announce that we're a gay group, and members tend to be very discreet. We're actually hard to distinguish from any other group of people enthusiastically involved in an outdoor activity.
How old are the members?
Our bylaws state, "Membership in WNG is open to all gay and bi-sexual men at least eighteen (18) years of age...” The membership is comprised of guys in all age groups, with the exception that we rarely have teenage members (teenagers are encouraged to join). A 20 or 30 year age difference in members attending trips is common. As long as you share a love for the outdoors, age doesn’t really matter.
Do guys on trips already know each other or together?
No. We aren't an exclusive clique at all. All trips are posted on the WNG Calendar and open to any member. With a group as large as WNG, you will almost always meet new people on trips. On a typical hike or overnight, maybe half of the group will be old friends or recent acquaintances and half will be new members or first-time visitors. We almost always have a few couples as well as a number of single guys.
How big are the groups?
Group size varies greatly depending on the event and can range from a few to 50+ people. An average trip may have a dozen people. A few trips have size limits because of space available in campsites, cabins, rafts, etc. A few trips, like Spring Fling, Len Foote and Sapelo Island, attract and accommodate very large groups.
How difficult are the activities?
They vary from things practically anyone could do to things you'd need to be rather fit to do. Generally our outings are low-stress and moderate in difficulty. Reading the description of the event will tell you a lot about how demanding it might be. Always check with the trip leader if you are unsure of the difficultly level. Whenever possible, trip leaders are eager to accommodate participants with physical limitations.
What if I’ve never done any of this stuff before?
Not a problem. If you're willing to give it a try, we'll help you. We like to introduce beginners to day-hiking, car camping, canoeing, backpacking, whitewater rafting - and even caving, rock climbing, or whatever we think of next. You needn't have any experience or gear. We'll show you what you need to know, loan you equipment or tell you where you can rent it. Usually someone else will have what you need anyway.
How can I find out whether this is a group I’d like to join?
We allow prospective members to attend one trip, without obligation, prior to joining. Ask about any trip posted on the calendar, and you'll be put in touch with the trip leader who'll gladly give you details. If it sounds good, sign up as a visitor and go, alone or bring a friend. If you like it, you're expected to join before going on a second trip. Another good option that will acquaint you with many other visitors and members is to attend one of our quarterly potluck/membership meetings, the location is announced in the calendar quarterly. The food and the fellowship are outstanding, as you might expect.
What are the costs and benefits of membership?
For dues of $20 a year you get access to many varied events - most of them on weekends, some during the week. You can post activities to the calendar, sign up for trips and send and receive e-mail messages via Meetup.com.
You're eligible (and encouraged) to offer wilderness-related activities of your choosing and post it on the calendar. Leading a trip is really the best way to become part of the network and get the most out of WNG, and co-leading with a more experienced member is a great way to start. We're also eager to have you volunteer in other ways - perhaps to help set up for potlucks, to take a shift at the WNG booth at Pride each summer, to serve on the Executive Committee, or to hold an office. We have a normal turnover of volunteers, and we continue to need new people and ideas.
How do I join?
Simply go to http://www.meetup.com... and click “Join Us”. We hope you'll soon be discovering that WNG is a great way to enjoy wilderness experiences with a fine group of guys. You may also join in person at any of our quarterly potluck/membership meetings.
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