What we're about

I wanted to start a more informal meetup group for people of all hiking experiences. I tried joining a few other meetups, but there's always strict rules of gear that are required, or paid hikes, attendance checking, etc. I used to belong to a hiking group in Boston before Meetups, where members would just post a hike that they're planning, and some info about the hike, its difficulty level, what's expected on the hike, etc. And others could join the hike responsibly, taking care of packing their gear appropriately, arrange carpools with other members and split the cost for gas, etc. I moved away from Boston for 12 years, and now I'm back and wanted to meet people for hikes again.

So, this group is for anyone who is interested in hiking in the New England area based in Boston... mostly I'll arrange hikes to NH and VT... but anyone who is a member can arrange a hike. Just PM or email me with the hike info and I will post. Members who are going to the hike should make arrangements for carpool, etc among themselves.

The only requirement is that you should be responsible hikers and respectful of other members. This does not mean that it's free for all; go without any gear or safety concerns. This means you should have common sense on what to pack and make sure you only attend hikes that are within your fitness level... and if you're not sure, reach out to the person arranging the hike to clarify, etc. Members who do not show respect to others will be dismissed from the group.

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Mountain Bike Ramble Through Sudbury Marlboro and Stow

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Come join us this Saturday morning at 9AM, for a beginner friendly Mountain Bike Ramble through the towns of Sudbury, Marlboro and Stow.

The goal is to hit as many different parcels of land while staying off paved public roads as much as possible. We will be riding thorough private and town conservation lands, town and state forests and federal refuges.

The trails themselves consist of abandoned railroads, woods road/fire road, single track and even some paved road. Most dirt sections will be hard pack dirt or grass with some root and rock and a few sandy areas. There might be a rock garden or two, but they will be pretty tame. We have one stream crossing, so don't be surprised if you get a wet foot. All in all, about as mellow as you can get off road in Massachusetts.

Mountain bikes are recommended, although riders with good off road skills can do this with hybrid bikes and those with excellent skills will have no problem on a road bike. Most of us will want a mountain bike of some kind.

I am expecting the ride to be about 25 to 30 miles long. So while you don't need to have mad mountain bike skills, you do need to be in bike shape. If you work out regularly and have been doing other kinds of bike rides of 25, 30 or more miles, you should have no problems. The group won't leave you behind, but we also expect you to stay up with the group.

Bring tons of water, lunch and snacks. We will be eating on the trail, and there are no stores or services along the ride. Also, be sure your bike is working properly and bring a spare tire tube in case of flats.

I struggle to find adequate words to describe just how much fun these bike rambles are. They are basically a handful of friendly, good natured people who just want to ride their bikes in the woods. We plan a simple route and then see where the trails take us.

AS A CONDITION OF ATTENDING THIS MEETUP, YOU AGREE TO: Hold harmless and indemnify the organizers and their relations and heirs, and all members and participants of the Meetup group from any and all claims for injury, illness, death, and/or property damage including those caused by negligence, ignorance, inexperience and other reasons. You also agree to assume all mental, physical, financial, and/or other risks associated with this meetup. Kayaking, camping, hiking, bicycling, and other activities pose inherent risks and dangers. Participation in these activities is voluntary and dependent upon your own personal judgment. As organizers, we make no claims regarding any expertise for this outing. This is not a guided tour.

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