What we're about

Eclectic Exploring is for friendly and flexible co-explorers and adventurers, and is open to new ideas for meetups and new places to explore. We’ll focus on Hilltowns, Berkshires, and Pioneer Valley (that's a lot!), and we’ll venture out to Central Massachusetts, southern Vermont and New Hampshire, Connecticut, eastern New York ... maybe Montreal!

So many interesting and engaging activities in our area, outdoors and indoors. Hike, bike, paddle, skate, ski, snowshoe, explore, museums, historical venues, live music, festivals, markets, restaurants, etc. I'll be getting to know people and recruiting additional organizers as we grow. I'm now certified as an AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club - http://outdoors.org ) Local Hikes Leader.

Who are we? You add to the group with your uniqueness and positive outlook, value diversity and openness, and bring your flexibility and care for yourself and others. You respect yourself, everyone here, and everyone we encounter, and communicate as needed! Very importantly, you take responsibility for yourself. You are 18 years old or older - I'm in my 50s and welcome all ages and backgrounds. The activities will be for various levels of ability.

That was the fun stuff, now the stuff to get out of the way so the fun can be more fun:

PLEASE change your RSVP if you can no longer attend! We care about you and all members, we want to know that you're safe, we want other members to be able to attend in your place, and organizers need to know whether to take their valuable time and resources to drive somewhere on time to meet you, and to reserve this time on their busy calendars. Most appreciated! Sadly, if there are two or more no-shows without a reasonable explanation, we gotta letcha go, and we really don't wanna do that. :(

Please always review the event descriptions carefully! You are responsible for determining whether you are physically able, and able time-wise, to attend an event, and for being aware of the details before signing up. Logistics will be provided, and questions are welcome! (After a little research on your part, of course!)

Please include a photo of your human self with your profile if at all possible so that event hosts can recognize you when you arrive at an event, for safety reasons, and so organizers have some confidence that you are joining for the activities, the right reasons, and it is an authentic profile. If I see a profile without a face, or question the validity for any reason, I'll send you a private message with additional questions, or I may deem it necessary to immediately remove your profile from the group. Thanks!

You do not need to RSVP "No" to an event unless you are changing your RSVP from a "Yes" to a "No."

If your profile indicates that you have remained inactive for a period of two years, your profile may be deleted from this group. We look forward to adventure-ing with you!

Anyone soliciting products or services through this group without the organizers' permission will be removed from the group immediately. To discourage solicitation, I ask that group members do not buy any products or services from anyone trying to sell them through this group or this website. Thank you!

If you have any questions or concerns about this Meetup group or an event, please contact the group organizer or event organizer, as appropriate, through the links on the group home page or event page, or post a "Comment" on the main or event page, as appropriate.

Please consider donating to the cost of this Meetup group! Funds are used to offset the yearly dues for this Meetup group, which went up to $210 annually this year, as well as other miscellaneous expenses that could come up, and will be used with wisdom and the utmost respect. If everyone contributed one dollar - $1 - per year, that could make a big difference. It’s voluntary, and all are welcome to events regardless of donation. Thank you!

Legal Disclaimer:

By RSVPing "Yes" to one of our events, Eclectic Exploring – Western Massachusetts and Beyond Group members and their guests agree to release, hold harmless, and indemnify the event organizer(s) and all members participating in the event from any and all claims for property damage, injury, and/or death while attending events. In consideration for accepting this entry, I, the registrant, intending to be legally bound, hereby, for myself, my heirs, my executors and administrators, do waive and release any and all rights for damages I may have against any parties or persons connected with the Eclectic Exploring – Western Massachusetts and Beyond Group for and related to any event that I attend. I attest and verify that I, and any guest(s) I bring, are physically fit to participate, and that I assume all risks associated with the events that I or my guest(s) voluntarily attend.

For all group activities, think of your meetup organizer as fulfilling a social function in getting like-hearted people with similar interests together. Please always review the event description carefully, and take responsibility for your own safety and experience. Perfect, thanks!

As always, please be safe and have fun!!

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