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The yearly dues for this group are $6.00 per year after a 30 day trail period.

Welcome! If you enjoy hiking at less than breakneck speeds this group might be for you. We will hike easy to moderate trails at an average of 2 mph. This group may also include short kayak get-togethers as well as other fun activities such as photography and birding, etc. Our motto is "We'll get there when we get there."

We will walk trails at a relatively slow pace as a group and paddle (putz around) slowly as a group. For those who want to forge ahead of the group, this is NOT the group for you. When hiking, we will likely average about 2 to 2.5 mph (as slow as 1 mph going uphill) to account for wildlife viewing, photo opportunities and those who are just getting into shape.

Geared toward people who love the outdoors but are intimidated by joining a regular outdoor group due to physical ability or who just want to meander and take photos. This group is intended for people who move slower on the trail and the water, average around 2 mile/hour (hiking) or just want to paddle around a bit. If you enjoy blazing ahead of the group then this is not the group for you. If you enjoy taking in nature at a leisurely pace and making new friends then welcome!

We will explore areas near Portland/Vancouver and beyond focusing on easy to moderate rated hikes and flat water.

Please come prepared for the given activity with proper clothing for the weather conditions, keeping in mind that weather in the PNW is given to rapid changes, proper footwear with adequate traction for the activity (trails may be slippery, especially when waterfalls are involved), trekking poles, PLENTY of water, some snacks, sunscreen or sun blocking clothing, and insect repellent. Other items to carry are a map (AllTrails App), compass, whistle and a small first aid kit to name a few.

We will start out promptly at the given time of the event, so plan to be a few minutes early. Map pins can be limited in accuracy. If you're not familiar with the area, you may want to research the directions a bit before heading out. Keep in mind that parking may be limited. Carpools with other members can be arranged via the event message board.

If you RSVP "yes" for an event and find that your plans change, please take yourself off of the list as soon as possible, including if you are wait-listed for an event. That way, those on the wait list who are still able to attend can be notified before they make other plans. A "no" RSVP is not necessary if you don't want to join an event. No shows will be counted, and if it seems to be a trend (3 or more), you will be removed from the group.

These events are expected to be a positive gathering for people to enjoy exercise, environment, and good company - please leave negativity (and politics) at home. This applies to messaging communication with each other as well. Please let the organizer know if negative communications or experiences arise. There is zero tolerance for homophobic, transphobic, and/or racist speech.

Although many of us are dog-lovers, these events generally do not accommodate dogs due to the number of people who are signing up for the events, and some people may be intimidated by dogs as well. So please leave your pooch at home unless arrangements are made ahead of time. Additionally, areas like National Wildlife Refuges and National Park trails do not allow dogs.

All participants must be 18 years old or older.

Remember that Meetup group leaders and organizers are volunteers who claim no special knowledge or expertise. Ultimately you are responsible for your own experience, safety and decision-making.


By joining this group or RSVP'ing to any event or events or activity, you agree to assume your own risk, which includes, but is not limited to, injury, loss, or death.