Hello and welcome to Bike, Hike, EXPLORE! This group is for anyone who enjoys biking, hiking and exploring the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond in both sun and snow at a recreational and social pace (10-18mph cycling | 2-3mph hiking).
Bike, Hike, EXPLORE! (BHE) invites conscientious and cooperative individuals who enjoy sharing their love of the outdoors with others - those who value developing a sense of community more than individual competition and chasing PR's (personal records on Strava). The group is best suited for folks who appreciate a good workout, but also want to be social while taking in the fresh air and pausing to appreciate the beautiful views.
Most BHE events are designed for strong intermediate-level cyclists and hikers with a "tourist" disposition. This means that we enjoy being "present" in our surroundings and appreciate opportunities to observe wildlife and other points of interests we pass along the way. Group size will typically be 12 or under to foster friendship and to maximize the enjoyment of the places we visit - not only for us - but also for other trail users.
How do I sign-up for an event?
When signing-up for a BHE activity, read through all the event details and assess conservatively whether you can complete the activity successfully. If you're confident that you'll do fine, click to RSVP. Some activities will have a wait-list that will need the event host to add you to the "Going List". Others will automatically add you as soon as you RSVP. To help you figure out if an activity is right for you - all events are categorized as EASY, MODERATE, and STRENUOUS (http://www.meetup.com/Bike-Hike-EXPLORE/pages/21411214/Difficulty_Ratings_and_Details_for_Day_Trips/) and the variables used to determine the level of difficulty is based on the assumption that you are in good physical health and exercise regularly.
Is there a membership fee to join BHE?
There is no cost to join the group, but there is usually a $5 Ride or Hike Contribution to gain the meeting location and route map of one-day local events (Within 1.5 hour's drive). "Away" events (more than 1.5 hour's drive) will be $10 due to the higher costs with scouting out and leading these events. Multi-day trips will be costed out to cover planning costs, permit fees and campsite reservations or lodging costs as appropriate. There is also a free monthly "Welcome Ride" or "Welcome Hike" for shy folks who want to come and check out the group before committing to a more demanding event.
How do I join BHE?
Joining and participating with 'Bike, Hike, EXPLORE!' is simple:
1) You upload a clear, authentic, facial photo of yourself that makes it easy to recognize you at our Meetups.
2) You answer the profile questions. The questions are designed to enable organizers to see at a glance whether a participant's skill and fitness will allow the participant to complete an event successfully. Having a good fit between a participant's skill-set and fitness with the demands of a specific event increases the safety and enjoyment of the event for everyone involved.
EASY (Up to 25 miles and less than 500ft of climbing) These rides are suitable for beginners who are comfortable shifting gears and braking on their bikes. The ride will be on mostly recreational paths and bike lanes with minimal riding with cars.
MODERATE (Distance is 25-45 miles with 500ft to 2500ft of climbing) These rides are suitable for intermediate level riders who are skilled at handling their bikes on not only recreational and bike paths, but are also comfortable riding in traffic and on shoulders of roads where there are no designated bike lanes.
STRENUOUS (Distance is 25 miles or greater and elevation gain is greater than 2500ft) These rides are suitable for intermediate or advanced riders who are comfortable on either/or a combination of steep grades, long climbs and long distances on roads with high car traffic and no shoulders.
EASY (Less than 8 miles , +/- 500ft) These hikes can be on paved roads, fire roads and single track with non-technical footing.
MODERATE (8-14 miles, +/- 500ft - 1500ft) These hikes can be on paved roads, fire roads and single track with steep grades and uneven footing due to roots and rocks.
STRENUOUS (8+ miles, +/- 1500ft) These hikes can be on paved roads, fire roads and technical single track with steep grades, roots and large rocks.
LEGAL DISCLAIMER AND LIABILITY INFORMATION Bike, Hike, EXPLORE! (BHE) is a private group (non-members don't have access to trip details or member profiles) organized by volunteers. Attending events is voluntary by you as a member. Participation in any activity with Bike, Hike, EXPLORE! is at your own risk.
By joining Bike, Hike, EXPLORE! - you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Bike, Hike, EXPLORE!, its organizers, co-organizers, assistant organizers, event hosts, and other members from all claims or liability of every type (including court costs and legal fees) for injury or death to any person or for damage to property, loss of personal property or any other wrongful act arising out of or relating to your participation as a member. This agreement applies to you and to other persons (as your guests) who may accompany you in these endeavors.
You also agree to hold the organizers as well as other group members harmless. By participating voluntarily in the group, you expressly waive any and all such claims against each and every other member in the group, including without limitation any and all claims against the group organizer, co-organizers, assistant organizers, and event hosts.
Bike, Hike, EXPLORE! holds a variety of different activities such as, but not limited to biking, hiking, bicycle touring, bike packing, backpacking, mountaineering, camping, and so on. These events can be dangerous and pose a risk to Bike, Hike, EXPLORE! members and guests. By participating voluntarily in the group you understand that you are responsible for your own safety.
Any social events that Bike, Hike, EXPLORE! sponsors and holds such as, but not limited to biking, hiking, picnics, group trips, outings, dining and so on will fall also under the same Disclaimer and Liability guidelines listed above.
Now that you've got a good handle on what we're about... Let's Bike, Hike, EXPLORE!