What is your experience level with hiking? With backpacking? Rock climbing?
i'm ok but my dogs are small and senior so we'll stick to the short sweet stuff
Tell us a little about yourself and what you'd like to get out of this group.
motivation, see new places, exercise, happy dogs
Where do you live?
Do you agree that while we maintain strict safety protocols that injuries may occur and all members are personally responsible for their own safety?
Do you understand that the majority of our members are gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer? We welcome straight members too, and it's important that all members are supportive and encouraging of diversity.
Our goal is to provide a safe, supportive environment in which Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered people and their straight supporters can learn, practice, and enjoy a wide variety of outdoor/nature related sports whether you're completely new to an activity or a seasoned veteran. We sponsor 2-10+ events per month, ranging across a wide array of outdoor sports - hiking, rock climbing (indoor and outdoor), camping, backpacking, mud runs, zip lines, kayaking, white water rafting, skydiving, paragliding, 4-season mountaineering, skiing/boarding, canyoneering, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snow/ice climbing, scuba - if it's an outdoor sport we're all over it!
The goal is to make new friends while enjoying the beautiful bay area outdoors and to get some great exercise to boot (pun intended)! All ages, races, nationalities, genders, sexual orientations, etc. are welcome.
We are continually told by new members that our group is incredibly friendly and supportive - for example one new member told us "hands down, the friendliest and most supportive group of hikers I have ever hiked with. I particularly like the way everyone cheers when someone finishes the hike." This exemplifies our core values and principles - providing a safe, fun, friendly, and supportive environment for individuals of all experience and skill levels.
Ever want to try out backpacking? Give mountaineering or rock climbing a try? Jump out of an airplane? Climb mountains all over the world? Learn how to scuba dive? Or just go on some fantastic local hiking and camping trips with great people? If so, you've found your peeps! Events and hikes will occur in the North Bay, East Bay, SF, South Bay, and from time to time other places in California and the world, depending on conditions, time of year, what we're doing, etc. All events include a complete description of what to expect in terms of length of event, difficulty, and scenery, so there should only be good surprises!
Feel free to bring friends, family, etc. however we do ask that you RSVP to all events with the names and number joining us so that we make sure we don't leave anyone behind in the parking lot. Group members also have access to a variety of discounts from our sponsors, ranging from hiking gear to athletic classes and more.
This is also a great way to get in shape - we've had people join us that were total beginners who are now doing 5 day, 50+ mile backpacking trips, and smiling the whole time! Our number one priority is always safety - no member left behind, no unsafe actions, nothing but a 100% totally supportive environment.
We are always looking for members with strong skill sets in one or more areas combined with great people skills to join our Leadership Team. The amazing diversity of the type of events we hold is reflective of the diversity of interests of our Leadership Team Members. Feel free to ask for more information if you are so inclined!