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GNHA HIKING CLUB Pages

Main Club Website

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for more information about our club: Hikers Guide, Hike Leader's Material, Constitution & By-Laws, Photo Album, Events, Hike Reports, and our complete Hike Schedule. Don't miss this!

General Information

Though membership in our group is open to anyone, all of our hikes are not appropriate for every member. We use a “Hike Rating System” based on the hike length and total elevation gain to estimate the difficulty of each hike. Please review the Hike Rating System shown below to help determine if a hike is suitable for you .

Your Club Leaders & Duties

Club President/Meetup Organizer: Joe Hayden
Club Vice President: Troy Summerell
Club Secretary/Meetup Co-Organizer: Nancy Englisbe
Club Treasurer/Membership Records: Ann Leo
Web Master: Lisa Hall

Weekend Hike Planning Team - Five Program Leaders:
(All weekend hikes are published on Meetup)
Master Planner/Saturday Long Program Hikes : Paul MacGregor
Saturday Long Program Hikes: Jerry Ellsworth
Saturday Short Program Hikes: Jeff Zimmer
Sunday Long Program Hikes: Troy Summerell
Sunday Short Program Hikes: Elizabeth Brown

Wednesday Planning Team - Four Program Leaders:
(Only the VVS Hiking Program is published on Meetup. Please call the other program leaders to get on their email distribution list.)
Fast Pace, VVS Hikes - Sim Wright - 803.463.4909
Moderate Pace, S-VVS Hikes - Mike Despeaux - 864.859.8468 Hikes
Slower Pace, MS-VS Hikes - Dean Rainey - 864.232.0738
Slower Pace, M-MS Hikes - Lynn Coleman - 864.884.5697

New Member and Dues Payment Information

Are you ready to join the GNHA Hiking Club? It's simple. Just follow the steps below:

a. If paying online (preferred) as a new or existing member, Click Here to use PayPal or a credit card, then look for the "Pay Now" Button. You can pay for multiple years if desired.

b. If paying by check as a new member or an existing member, make it out for $5.00 payable to Greenville Natural History Association (GNHA) and send it to:

Greenville Natural History Association
PO Box 26892
Greenville, SC 29616
Attn: Ann Leo, Treasurer

If you can pay for multiple years, it helps cut down our administrative time. If sending a check, please tell us your "Meetup Name," phone number, mailing address, and email address.

Please direct membership and dues questions to our Treasurer, Ann Leo using the Meetup email system.

Hikes rated MS, S, VS, and VVS
1. If you are a NEW Hiker with our club, DO NOT sign up for these hikes until you have called the hike leader and discussed the hike. As a general rule, you must be a regular hiker, backpacker, runner, cycler, or jogger before a hike leader will clear you for a hike rated MS or above.
2. If you are bringing a first-time guest on one of these hikes, please call the hike leader for clearance to hike.
3. If you are a Seasonal Hiker in our club, please call the hike leader for clearance to hike.
4. If you are a regular hiker in our club and you are attempting your first VS or VVS hike, please call the hike leader for clearance to hike.

Hike Leaders are allowed to limit the number of members on each hike and to screen members as to their ability to safely complete a hike.

Limited hikes. Many of our hikes have a limit on the number of hikers allowed to attend the hike. Therefore, it's important to RSVP to attend these hikes and VERY important for you to remove yourself from the RSVP list at the earliest time if you can not attend a limited hike. Habitual offenders who fail to remove themselves from the RSVP list will be removed from the hike by an organizer and placed on a manual "Wait List." If a spot is available when the RSVPs close, you will be admitted back to the hike.

Sunday hikes open for sign up at 6:00 PM on the Monday evenings prior to the hike.

Wednesday VVS hikes are published on the Monday prior.

Published "Return" times are approximate, generally plus/minus 30 minutes and are generally published for Sunday hikes, not Wednesday or Saturday.


Hike Rating System

Distance.... Elevation Gain.... Points
M = Miles .... EG = Feet
1...................... 200................. 1
2..................... 400................. 2
3..................... 600................. 3
4..................... 800................. 4
5................... 1000.................. 5
6................... 1200.................. 6
7................... 1400.................. 7
8................... 1600.................. 8
9................... 1800.................. 9
10................. 2000................ 10
11.................. 2200................ 11
12................. 2400................ 12

Rating (R): Add points from distance and elevation gain

0-4 = Easy "E"
5-8 = Moderate "M"
9-12 = Moderate Strenuous "MS"
13-16 = Strenuous "S"
17-20 = Very Strenuous "VS"
21+ = Very Very Strenuous "VVS"
31+ = Very Very Super Strenuous "VVSS"

Example: M: 8, EG: 1000, R: S

M: Distance of hike: 8 miles = 8 points
EG: Elevation Gain: 1000 ft = 5 points
Total: 8+5 = 13
R: Rating = Strenuous "S"

State Park Admission

Generally speaking, Memorial Day Saturday through Labor Day: $5 adults, $3.25 for SC Seniors (age 65 & older). Remainder of the year: $2 Adults, $1.25 SC Seniors. See www.southcarolinaparks.com to find your specific park and fees for the season.

Safety, Liability, and Operating Policy

Please Click Here to review our club hiking policies.

Hikers Guide

Please Click Here to review our club hiking guide. Good Stuff!

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