What we're about
May 25 2022 update:
Calling for volunteers to lead.
I have a number life issues that will keep me from posting events for next few months (or very very few).
If you want to volunteer - it will be fun for you-- to go wherever you want, when you want--meet new people as well as give members an opportunity to get out during the summer. Post a walk in the park or a hike, or lunch - whatever you want to do. You will not be restricted to intermediate hikes. We ALL need to get out over the summer in any way possible :)
Please message me if interested. NOTE: due to a meetup gliche, I do not get notified when I have meetup message. I will check meetup messages once a week.
message me again if I do not respond. if you have my email from the email I sent out may 25 2022, then use that. thank you!!
Welcome! This is both a Basic Information Welcome Page with Guidelines.
Here are pictures of some past hikes in google photos link. It may not open for everyone, but gives you an idea of where we have been.
I am slowly changing the word 'Moderate' in the description to 'Intermediate' because enough beginner folks have indicated they are not sure what 'moderate' means so they sign up but not able to participate.
WHO THIS MEETUP IS GEARED FOR:
This meetup is for people that are already skilled in hiking but not advanced.
Hiking IS a skill if you are walker. Especially in the desert. You need to know how to navigate uneven rocky trails, some steep step ups and step downs. So 'walk' on, challenge yourself with different terrain at SNP East and West and Sabino. When you are sure footed, join or contact me for advice on how to bump up your skills.
HOW FAR WE HIKE:
We will hike 4 to 7 miles. Incline, elevation and pace will be included in each hike so you can discern if that's a good trail for you. And a description from Alltrails which is comprehensive and has comments from hikers.
WANTED - VOLUNTEERS TO HOST:
If you want to host - if you have ideas of where you want to go - people will follow.
Please contact me if you would like to host easy (1, 2 or 3 miles) to moderate hikes or walks. I will help you. It's easy. Meet nice people. Go when and where you want. Or plan a trip to a Botanical Gardens.
I am just person and busy, so I do not post a lot.
Other meetup do, they have multiple hosts. Volunteer! You'll be glad.
PURPOSE of this meetup:
The purpose of this meetup is to be out in nature, appreciate, cultivate protection for it. Enjoy. Immerse.
When there are rains, we will stop to identify some flowers and plants but not for an extended amount of time.
Therefore, there is an element of 'nature hike' to these hikes, rather than pure exercise without stopping. We will stop to take in the view. And get exercise.
Pace is relaxed, not a stroll, not a ramble, but a comfortable steady, approx 2mph pace for a 5'2 person with short legs.
Note: Up a steep hill I am a turtle. But I recover quickly.
GUIDELINES/RESTRICTIONS: ugh but necessary
Phones on silent.
(You will see me with my phone - it's to navigate trails however on the app)
Meetup as an Organization has their own general has behavior rules:
no personal attacks, nothing considered ill mannered or aggressive or you may be removed.
Important: Communication with the host is --required-- for a number of reasons.
1. It is polite
2. It is necessary to: screen first timers for activity level; communicate changes in event time or cancellation; provide host contact information; provide updates on rsvps.
Most people that do not communicate with the host, end up as no-shows.
No shows will be counted and will lead to removal with NO communication.
You must communicate if you it's 11th hour and you cannot come. You must communicate after you are flagged as no-show to have it removed. Meetup counts all no-shows.
"Something came up" is not acceptable.
RSVP only if you INTEND to go.
This meetup takes covid seriously. If you don't, this is not the meetup for you.
Etiquette on handing each other things regarding touch transmission:
Lots of folks have a staunch vocal opinion on touch transmission. If that is you, simply have the courtesy for other's sensibilities since it's easy.
----ASK before handling someone's phone for a picture. Ask before picking up their poles or water bottles, etc. for courtesy.
Don't rant at me about your opinions of these guide lines.
Simply go to one of the other 10 hike groups.
You may not know we meetup owners pay $210 a year to run these meetups so folks can join for free.
Organizing is great fun and rewarding for those that attend or change their rsvp in a timely way. It's a drag to deal with no-shows.