What we're about
A meetup for hiking enthusiasts, mostly for dayhikes but maybe longer trips if there is interest. Expect physically challenging hiking of at least intermediate level, usually to views, and maybe pizza and beer afterwards ;) Expect to chip in for gas, pizza, beer. Let me know if you are willing to post and host events.
Whos should join: all hikers, but be aware of fitness expectations for each activity
Why: to get outdoors, get fit and be active
What to bring: your smile, water, food, and all necessary equipment. You are totally responsible for you. Our leaders are there as hosts not guides.
Most events will be dayhikes but there will be occasional over-nighters or multiday trips. Before participating in an overnighter you should attend at least 2 dayhikes, at least one of which was organized or attended by the organizer of the proposed over-nighter. (In other words, its probably not wise or appropriate for total strangers to camp out in the mountains or woods together.)
We collect a membership of $5 per year to cover the Meet Up costs. (Currently $4.11 goes into our account of this.) Beyond costs any extra money will be donated to environmental volunteer work and the food bank.
Please read the small print thanks!
Organizers in this group are not guides, instructors, or medical professionals. You are responsible for your safety and the safety of those you bring as guests. We may give you our opinions on whether or not an activity is suitable for you, but the ultimate responsibility lies with you, as we are not experts. For outdoor activities, you should carry the ten essentials: https://www.wta.org/go-outside/trail-smarts/ten-essentials . Certain activities may require other gear. If you don't know, ask! Someone can likely share advice or ideas.
Signing up for events: Please have a strong expectation that you will actually attend the event. No-shows and late cancellations: It's disrespectful, causes others inconvenience, and we keep track of these.
Carpooling and gas money: Please chip in some gas money contribution for the drivers that are kind enough to transport. Drivers incur expenses for fuel as well as vehicle maintenance, insurance, etc. They're doing you a favor by driving. This also applies to things like ferry fees, parking charges, campground fees, etc. Gas cost + 50% is best.
Membership dues: It costs about $180/year US to have a Meetup group. Please pay $5 a year to help with this, if you are struggling to pay let the organizer know and the fee can be waived.
Membership in the group: Occasionally, we delete people due to inactivity. If anyone is deleted due for this reason and wants to rejoin, you're welcome to do that.
Last but not least, please show up with a positive attitude and a desire to share fun activities with interesting people!