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Hiker Etiquette



These FAQs were prepared so you will have a safe and enjoyable hike with the Dayton Hikers group.

FAQs & Hiker Etiquette

Who Can Join Dayton Hikers?

Membership in Dayton Hikers is open to anyone! Joining is fast, free and easy!

To go on a hike you must be a member of Dayton Hikers. Our group does not offer drop-in hikes to the public. Please read the entire hike description carefully. It contains information you need to know. Decide if the hike is appropriate for you. Don't overestimate your hiking ability.

Do I Need To Sign Up For Hikes?

YES! You must click "Yes. I am going" if you plan to attend a hike. Showing up without clicking "Yes. I am going" is not cool.

I Signed Up For A Hike But Can't Attend. What Do I Do?

If you can't attend please change your status to "not going." Canceling on short notice is ok. Life happens. But, no shows are a no no. Posting a comment that you aren't attending is fine but it's no substitute for changing your status to "not going."

Do I Need To Show Up On Time?

Yes. The starting time for a posted hike is the time when boots start moving. This is not the time you should be pulling into the parking lot. Arrive early and allow plenty of time for changing clothes, putting on boots, packing gear and for a restroom break.

Do Some Hikes Have Limits?

Yes. Some hike organizers put a limit on the on the number of participants. Respect the limit. Hike organizers put a limit on their hikes to ensure they have a safe and enjoyable time. Don't show up without being on the "going" list.

Is There A Waiting List For Full Hikes?

Yes, most of the time. Some hikes which are full may have a waiting list. If you really want to attend the hike join the waiting list. If someone drops out you will be automatically added to the "going" list. Or the hike organizer might increase the trip limit to let everyone on the waiting list join.

Can I Bring A Friend?

Yes, most of the time. Most hike organizers allow you to bring a guest. If you bring a friend please indicate +1 in your RSVP. If you are unable to add a +1 this means you can't bring a guest. Hike organizers who do not allow guests have valid reasons for doing so.

Can I Bring Children?

Yes, in general, children are welcome and encouraged to attend our hikes. Bring them! Some hikes are a fast pace and/or are a long distance that may not be suitable for children especially younger ones. If you are in doubt please contact the hike organizer.

Can I Bring A Pet?

Check with the hike organizer first. Some hikes are a fast pace and/or are a long distance that may not be suitable for pets especially older ones. Some parks in our area do not allow dogs. If you bring a dog it must be on a leash. Clean up after your dog. Why a leash?

What If I Want To Attend A Hike But Don't Like Something About It?

The hikes are offered as "take it or leave it". If you do not agree with the limit, mileage, route, pace, time, guest restrictions, etc., please don't post this on the message boards. Send your suggestions in an email to the hike organizer but remember that the hike organizer always has the final say.

What Else Should I Know?

Before departing for the hike re-read the event description and the comments for any updates especially on weather and trail conditions. Things can change from the time the hike is posted to the time the hike starts.

You may wish to carpool to the trailhead. Many hikers do. It is your responsibility to make any carpool arrangements with others. You carpool at your own risk.

Show up with the required equipment. The event description will list any required equipment.

Make new friends. Chit-chat with other hikers. Be social. But remember some people hike to relax, unwind and experience nature. Don't assume constant talking is interesting or welcome to others.

Mute your phone. Nobody likes hearing your pings and dings. Keep cell phone use to a minimum. If you must use your cell phone keep the volume down on your phone and your voice.

What Is Leave No Trace?

The seven Leave No Trace principles help you minimize your impact to our local parks. It's more than just not littering. Please read about them and help minimize your impact to our trails and parks.

https://lnt.org/teach...

What Should I Do After The Hike?

If you enjoyed the hike say "thank you" to the hike organizer. This is their pay for organizing a hike.

Please rate the hike afterward. Please include comments. Hike organizers like to see your comments. Upload photos that you took on the hike.

Important Information.

The hike organizer can remove anyone from their hike for any reason. Period. This includes removing anyone from the hike before it begins, at the trailhead or during the hike. We have a very low tolerance for people who cannot obey this rule.

Hike organizers are volunteers. They don't get paid. They spend their own time, energy and money to take you hiking. Please respect them and please say thank you. Don't be a knucklehead. Don't make their job difficult.

Remember:

Nobody in Dayton Hikers get paid.

Nothing gets done in Dayton Hikers unless a volunteer does it.

Nothing gets paid for in Dayton Hikers unless someone donates.


Many people are under the impression that Meetup.com is free but it is not. The Organizer pays to run this group. If you enjoy the Dayton Hikers group please consider leading a hike, making a donation or helping out in some way.

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
OutdoorX Booth Volunteer Info September 30, 2016 2:48 PM Andy N.
Hike Organizer Guidelines February 2, 2018 7:28 PM Andy N.
Hiker Etiquette August 8, 2018 9:55 PM Andy N.
Adventure Summit Booth Volunteer Instructions February 11, 2016 8:33 PM Andy N.
Joining Dayton Hikers July 29, 2014 8:37 PM Andy N.
Day Hiking Checklist January 17, 2015 10:16 AM Andy N.
Donate To Dayton Hikers May 13, 2014 5:20 PM Andy N.
Dayton Hikers Window Decal January 26, 2015 1:09 PM Andy N.
Dayton Area Trail Maps January 6, 2015 10:58 AM Andy N.
Legal Waiver January 21, 2014 10:30 PM Andy N.
About DaytonHikers.Org January 8, 2017 9:19 AM Andy N.

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