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Welcome to Endorphin Drip!

Fact: Endorphins function as neurotransmitters in the brain and are produced during exercise, pain, excitement, and orgasm. We can only guarantee the first three.

Fact: Endorphins resemble opiates in their ability to produce pain relief and feelings of well-being and the effect has often been referred to as a “runner's” high but the effect can occur anytime that people engage in any strenuous exercise or activity, not just running.

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Severt Lawyer(Founder) said it best,

“Does Portland need another hiking club? I don't know the answer to that but what I do know is that I go on a lot of hikes by myself because there is often nothing else available that fits my schedule, my fitness level, or my idea of a good time, so what I'm going to do is schedule hikes and rides that appeal to me and then toss them out into this meetup world to see if anybody else wants to join in.”
That is the essence of our group here on MeetUp and Facebook.

Endorphin Drip does its best to host little to no cost outings for anyone in the area that wants to share the PNW’s Beautiful natural areas with other like minded individuals.

The events we lead will vary widely in pace, place, distance and elevation depending entirely on what hike leaders are comfortable with. Also, our hikes can, on occasion, burst out in a bout of marijuana friendliness along with frequent stops for photo opportunities. Many of our hike leaders and members take photos(group photos, flowers, mushrooms, etc,) during hikes, if you are not comfortable with this, please refrain from attending our hikes.

If you have ideas for some hikes you would like to do, let us know and we will do our best to schedule them in if possible. If you would like to lead some hikes of your own within the group then that may be arranged as well. We are always on the look-out for new potential hike leaders that we can trust with leading a group.

Not only are we a club, we are a community. That means we are here to encourage and support each other.

Nobody is left behind.

Hike leaders will always try to accurately describe the difficulty level of each hike in hopes that people will choose events that best suit their abilities.

We are not professional hiking guides so we must insist that all participants be responsible for their own safety and well-being.
By RSVP’ing for a hike you are agreeing to all the posted rules and regulations(see below) for this group and specifically for the hike leaders hosting hikes.

Hope to see you on the trails soon!

Rules & Regulations:

1: COVID 19 Requirements:
Do not sign up for hikes if you are experiencing any symptoms related to or caused by COVID-19 or even suspect you may have been exposed to COVID-19 in any capacity.
2: A mandatory face covering must be worn at THs and whenever you can NOT maintain a minimum of 6’ distance from others both on and off the trails. This is non-negotiable.
3: There will not be community sharing of rations/supplies with those outside of our households.

Expectation: Our hikes are group hikes so everybody is expected to hike between the designated pace setter and the sweep and not ahead or behind the group. No one will be left behind. This is our golden rule. By signing up for this hike you have implied your agreement to follow this rule.

Please remember that we are simply volunteers inviting others to join in on a hike, we are not a professional guides nor do we receive compensation for leading these hikes. Anyone on our hikes accept full responsibility for their own well being and completely absolve us of any responsibility of injury, harm or death that may occur during our hike.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
* Distance is an estimate only, actual mileage may vary.
* Time required to finish the hike depends on strength of group and conditions of the trail.
* Please practice proper trail etiquette; Large groups like this need to be conscious of others on the trail. Please try your best to keep to the right of the trail while we hike to allow comfortable passage for others we encounter on the trail.
* Multnomah/Clackamas County laws dictate that dogs must be leashed at all times while on public property and in parks (except in designated off-leash areas). These laws exist for the health and safety of dogs, people and the preservation of natural habitats. If you decide to bring your furry family members they will be required to be on leash at all times. We will do our best to follow all locals laws that we are hiking in.

Upcoming events (4)

Danford Balch & Mortimer Stump Ghost Hunting Hike

Lower Macleay Park

WHEN: Saturday, October 31th, 2020 TIME: 5:30pm - 8:30pm WHERE: Lower Macleay Park TOTAL MILES: +/-5miles ELEVATION GAIN: +/-1,590 ft PACE: *2.5 mph DIFFICULTY RATING: Mostly moderate with some short but difficult climbs. ESTIMATED TIME: 3hrs* PERMITS: No Parking fee required Dogs: Not Recommended 159 years ago, on October 17, 1859, Danford Balch was publicly hung by the neck until dead in downtown Portland. It seems he wasn't too wild about the man who eloped with his daughter, Anna, so he emptied his double barreled shotgun into poor Mortimer Stump's face in full view of several witnesses. Balch escaped from the jail he was being held in downtown and hid out on the property above his homestead for months until a well laid ambush resulted in his capture and subsequent hanging. Within weeks of the hanging, people had begun reporting the ghostly apparitions of both Danford and Mortimer as their disconsolate souls wandered the woods in search of their beloved Anna. Join us as we search that very same area of Forest Park where these ghosts have been reported. Difficulty: This is not exactly a beginner friendly hike, as we will be hiking mostly in the dark and there are difficult spots that can be made even more difficult with rainy/slipper trail conditions. Please come on time and be prepared to leave promptly at 5:30pm! Please read thoroughly, there have been many updates made to the rules and regulations/requirements. Expectation: Our hikes are group hikes so everybody is expected to hike between the designated pace setter and the sweep and not ahead or behind the group. No one will be left behind. This is the only rule we have. By signing up for this hike you have implied your agreement to follow this rule. Carpooling/Driving: I will not be carpooling myself, but if you wish to do so please organize that on your own. Plan to be ready to begin promptly at 5:30pm. Parking/Fees: There are no parking fees for this area but parking is limited, so please arrive early enough to find a spot and make it before 5:30pm. Recommended Gear/Items/ * Weather appropriate clothing/Adjustable layers - This is the PNW, expect rain, mud, wind and more. * Snacks/lunch and enough water to keep you comfortable and hydrated. We will be stopping somewhere near or shortly after the midway point to take a soft 5-10min break to eat/use the facilities/relax and share some ghost stories. * Hiking/Trekking poles - This helps both uphill to maintain proper back posture and downhill on rocky or muddy terrain to add extra points of contact. * Flashlights/Headlamps REQUIRED * Feels free to dress up in costume. Just be sure to be able to have good enough vision not to be tripping and masks are still required if in costume. Please remember that we are simply volunteers inviting others to join in on a hike. Anyone on my hikes accepts full responsibility for their own well being/health/safety and completely absolves me of any responsibility of injury, harm or death that may occur during our hikes. IMPORTANT INFORMATION COVID 19 Requirements: Do not sign up for hikes if you are experiencing any symptoms related to or caused by COVID-19 or even suspect you may have been exposed to COVID-19 in any capacity. A mandatory face covering must be worn at all times whenever you can NOT maintain a minimum of 6’ distance from others both on and off the trails. This is non-negotiable. * Distance is an estimate only, actual mileage may vary. * Time required to finish the hike depends on strength of group and conditions of the trail. * No Shows - By signing up for these hikes you agree to the no-show rule. * Do not expect to hike with us again if you do not adhere to these rules.

Traipsing through the Woods; A Stoner's Hike (Please read full description)

NOTE: Not giving an affirmative answer to the introductory question regarding my attendance policy will result in being put on the waiting list. Traipse: To walk about casually, aimlessly, needlessly, and even sometimes reluctantly. I've done these plenty of times by myself or with a few friends but rarely as a group. My goal is to smoke some pot and then hike at a normal walking pace rather than to push hard and get all out of breath. If you need to hike faster than me, this isn't the hike for you and I won't be shy about telling you so. We may take several breaks for photos or pot breaks so bring layers to keep yourself warm while we are idle. Where: Hoyt Arboretum When: Monday, Nov 2, 2020 Time: 10:00 am Distance: 5-6 miles* Duration: 3 hrs* Pace: 2 to 3 mph Parking: There are both fee and free parking spaces available Social Distancing: Masks and 6 feet of social distance between hikers REQUIRED. I meet 3 criteria for being at higher risk myself AND I take care of a woman who is medically fragile so there will be no exceptions. Due to the virus there will also be no sharing of joints or pipes so bring your own. You are NOT required to be a stoner to attend this hike but you MUST be supportive of its use or at least curious about it. Once you have signed up for the hike you are expected to attend. If you change your mind more than 24 hours after signing up, you will be marked as a no-show and you will be automatically moved to the waiting list on future hikes. * There are too many variables and unknowns on any hike due to variable conditions and abilities of the group. These are estimates only and could be more or less than expected. I'm just a volunteer. You are responsible for your own safety on the hike and also for safely transporting yourself to and from the hike. I don't drive stoned nor do I, or the hiking club, support anybody else doing so.

2020/21 Forest Park - All Trails Challenge - H02

Lower Macleay Park

WHEN: Friday, November 6th, 2020 TIME: 10:15 am - 2:00pm WHERE: Lower Macleay Park TOTAL MILES: +/-9miles ELEVATION GAIN: ~ 1,590 ft PACE: *[masked] mph DIFFICULTY RATING: Mostly moderate but strenuous on the uphill climbs ESTIMATED TIME: 3.5hrs*** PERMITS: Parking fee required This is hike #2 in a series of 15 hikes that cover the entire 80 miles of trail in Forest Park. Because not all of the trails can be done as an independent loop(and we will be doubling over our path at times) it will require hiking more than 120 miles to complete the entire challenge. If you miss a hike, don't worry. We will continue to cycle through the entire set of hikes in the future and makeup hikes are available upon request. Difficulty: This is not exactly a beginner friendly hike, as we will be keeping a decent pace of an average of 2.7mph throughout. This can be moderately to very difficult for some especially on the uphills(which we will have a lot of) come on time and be prepared to leave promptly at 10:15. Please read thoroughly, there have been many updates made to the rules and regulations/requirements. Carpooling/Driving: I will not be carpooling myself, but if you wish to do so please organize that on your own. Plan to be ready to begin promptly at 10:15am. For those who want to carpool, just know that you should be prepared to drive. Everyone should wear face coverings while inside vehicles, air should be coming from outside and not recirculated and windows should be cracked or opened to allow extra ventilation since you will be subjecting yourself to an extended(more than 15min) period of time in an enclosed space. I will leave those concerns to each driver and their passengers. Everyone is responsible for their own safety. Only do what you are comfortable with. Passengers, please pay your driver for gas. Parking/Fees: There are no parking fees for this area but parking is limited, so please arrive early enough to find a spot and make it before 10:15. COVID 19 Requirements: Do not sign up for hikes if you are experiencing any symptoms related to or caused by COVID-19 or even suspect you may have been exposed to COVID-19 in any capacity. A mandatory face covering must be worn at all times whenever you can NOT maintain a minimum of 6’ distance from others both on and off the trails. This is non-negotiable. Recommended Gear/Items/ * Weather appropriate clothing/Adjustable layers - This is the PNW, expect rain, mud, wind and more. * Snacks/lunch and enough water to keep you comfortable and hydrated. We will be stopping somewhere near or shortly after the midway point to take a soft 5-10min break to eat/use the facilities/relax * A positive attitude, sense of wonder and wish to be a part of a greater community of truly amazing people. * Hiking/Trekking poles - This helps both uphill to maintain proper back posture and downhill on rocky or muddy terrain to add extra points of contact. Expectation: Our hikes are group hikes so everybody is expected to hike between the designated pace setter and the sweep and not ahead or behind the group. No one will be left behind. This is the only rule we have. By signing up for this hike you have implied your agreement to follow this rule. Please remember that we are simply volunteers inviting others to join in on a hike. Anyone on my hikes accepts full responsibility for their own well being/health/safety and completely absolves me of any responsibility of injury, harm or death that may occur during our hikes. IMPORTANT INFORMATION * Distance is an estimate only, actual mileage may vary. * Time required to finish the hike depends on strength of group and conditions of the trail. * Please practice proper trail etiquette; Large groups like this need to be conscious of others on the trail. Please try your best to keep to the right of the trail while we hike to allow comfortable passage for others we encounter on the trail. * Multnomah/Clackamas County laws dictate that dogs must be leashed at all times while on public property and in parks (except in designated off-leash areas). These laws exist for the health and safety of dogs, people and the preservation of natural habitats. If you decide to bring your furry family members they will be required to be on leash at all times. * No Shows - By signing up for these hikes you agree to the no-show rule. * Do not expect to hike with us again if you do not adhere to these rules.

2020/21 Forest Park - All Trails Challenge - H02

Lower Macleay Park

WHEN: Sunday, November 8th, 2020 TIME: 10:15 am - 2:00pm WHERE: Lower Macleay Park TOTAL MILES: +/-9miles ELEVATION GAIN: ~ 1,590 ft PACE: *[masked] mph DIFFICULTY RATING: Mostly moderate but strenuous on the uphill climbs ESTIMATED TIME: 3.5hrs*** PERMITS: Parking fee required This is hike #2 in a series of 15 hikes that cover the entire 80 miles of trail in Forest Park. Because not all of the trails can be done as an independent loop(and we will be doubling over our path at times) it will require hiking more than 120 miles to complete the entire challenge. If you miss a hike, don't worry. We will continue to cycle through the entire set of hikes in the future and makeup hikes are available upon request. Difficulty: This is not exactly a beginner friendly hike, as we will be keeping a decent pace of an average of 2.7mph throughout. This can be moderately to very difficult for some especially on the uphills(which we will have a lot of) come on time and be prepared to leave promptly at 10:15. Please read thoroughly, there have been many updates made to the rules and regulations/requirements. Carpooling/Driving: I will not be carpooling myself, but if you wish to do so please organize that on your own. Plan to be ready to begin promptly at 10:15am. For those who want to carpool, just know that you should be prepared to drive. Everyone should wear face coverings while inside vehicles, air should be coming from outside and not recirculated and windows should be cracked or opened to allow extra ventilation since you will be subjecting yourself to an extended(more than 15min) period of time in an enclosed space. I will leave those concerns to each driver and their passengers. Everyone is responsible for their own safety. Only do what you are comfortable with. Passengers, please pay your driver for gas. Parking/Fees: There are no parking fees for this area but parking is limited, so please arrive early enough to find a spot and make it before 10:15. COVID 19 Requirements: Do not sign up for hikes if you are experiencing any symptoms related to or caused by COVID-19 or even suspect you may have been exposed to COVID-19 in any capacity. A mandatory face covering must be worn at all times whenever you can NOT maintain a minimum of 6’ distance from others both on and off the trails. This is non-negotiable. Recommended Gear/Items/ * Weather appropriate clothing/Adjustable layers - This is the PNW, expect rain, mud, wind and more. * Snacks/lunch and enough water to keep you comfortable and hydrated. We will be stopping somewhere near or shortly after the midway point to take a soft 5-10min break to eat/use the facilities/relax * A positive attitude, sense of wonder and wish to be a part of a greater community of truly amazing people. * Hiking/Trekking poles - This helps both uphill to maintain proper back posture and downhill on rocky or muddy terrain to add extra points of contact. Expectation: Our hikes are group hikes so everybody is expected to hike between the designated pace setter and the sweep and not ahead or behind the group. No one will be left behind. This is the only rule we have. By signing up for this hike you have implied your agreement to follow this rule. Please remember that we are simply volunteers inviting others to join in on a hike. Anyone on my hikes accepts full responsibility for their own well being/health/safety and completely absolves me of any responsibility of injury, harm or death that may occur during our hikes. IMPORTANT INFORMATION * Distance is an estimate only, actual mileage may vary. * Time required to finish the hike depends on strength of group and conditions of the trail. * Please practice proper trail etiquette; Large groups like this need to be conscious of others on the trail. Please try your best to keep to the right of the trail while we hike to allow comfortable passage for others we encounter on the trail. * Multnomah/Clackamas County laws dictate that dogs must be leashed at all times while on public property and in parks (except in designated off-leash areas). These laws exist for the health and safety of dogs, people and the preservation of natural habitats. If you decide to bring your furry family members they will be required to be on leash at all times. * No Shows - By signing up for these hikes you agree to the no-show rule. * Do not expect to hike with us again if you do not adhere to these rules.

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