Membership closed*. This group is for modest 55+ hikes for socializing, photography, picnicking, etc. It's primarily for retired individuals or couples who want to get out and enjoy beautiful Austin during the less busy week days, although some weekend hikes will be scheduled, particularly in summer months. If members want to have an occasional social event such as music or dinner, that would be even better. Hikes will be scheduled throughout the greater Austin area.
* As organizer, I am only willing to coordinate about 60 hikes per year. I do not want to have a very large group. My main principle is to ensure that members rarely are unable to attend a hike because it is full. Although the ideal hike is about 15, we often have to open up hikes to as many as 30 so everyone who wants to attend can. I will reassess group size and needs/direction at the end of 2019, and will open membership at that time if we can accommodate more members; no wait list until that time.
Primarily because of our relative large hike sizes, dogs are not allowed on our hikes. There are no membership fees and the function to voluntarily contribute is turned off; if you hike a lot with us and want to express appreciation for the group, do a little extra good deed with our group in mind. Please read the waiver language below. You will be agreeing to this when you answers questions to join the group.
Waiver, Release of Liability
1. Read before joining the group: Most of the group’s hikes will not be on fully groomed trails. Austin area nature hikes that are rated as easy often have some elevation and trail impediments including tree roots, rocks, uneven step ups, stream crossings and mud depending on recent rains, and other obstacles and dangers. Moderate or difficult hikes will have elevation and trail impediments that are even harder to negotiate. When attending a hike, you and your guests should bring appropriate items for yourselves such as water, snacks, walking sticks, and emergency type medicines that you might need such as asthma inhalers, etc. Be mindful that people helping out on the hike are members like you, who may not know you or any physical limitations you might have. If anyone starts a hike and then realizes that the trail is unsafe for his or her physical abilities or starts to feel ill, the member should stop and ask for help from others. Group events may be hikes or other activities, and will begin at the point designated by the event organizer. Hikes will normally begin at the trail head.
2. I agree to assume all risk, and that the overall organizer, and all other event organizers, of the Austin 55+ Hiking Meetup Group are released from any and all liability for my personal injury, property damage, or death at any or all group events that I attend.