What we're about

Welcome Adventurers To H3 Outdoors or H3O!!!

You might be asking... what does H3 stand for? Harmony... Happy... Healthy... Outdoors!

"We're Not Just Hiking... We're H3O!"

We are a diverse group of hikers, walkers, backpackers, campers, runners, bicyclists, paddlers, rock climbers who simply enjoy being outside, with other people and getting some exercise at the same time.

Well Over Six Years...4,000 members...1500 events!

We started out as a hiking group in 2013 and that is still our core activity, but H3O is evolving everyday in every way to expand our horizons to offer just about any fun, healthy outdoor activity possible.

H3O Member Code of Conduct

https://www.meetup.com/H3-Outdoors/pages/28954343/H3O_Code_of_Conduct/

Where Do We Go? "Outdoors" Is A Pretty Big Place!

Many of our hikes and events are in Valley Forge National Park, Ridley Creek State Park and most other parks and hiking trail destinations located throughout Chester, Montgomery, Berks and Delaware counties. But we are always venturing out to other areas and neighboring states and now across the country. And in 2015 we hosted our first international hiking trip to England.

Are H3O Hikes and Activities For You?

Our members have a variety of physical skill levels from beginner to intermediate to advanced hardcore. We always plan our hikes and activities with this in mind and will let you know the minimum skill level required so you can decide if an activity is appropriate for you to attend. Hiking and activities should always be well within your own comfort and skill level.

Our organizers are not professionals and all hiking and activities are always at your own risk and responsibility. Dogs on a leash are permitted at your own risk on Meetups where the venue allows dogs.

Our number one goal is to have fun and enjoy the great outdoors while observing safety at all times.

Do We Charge Anything?

Meet Up charges a fee to maintain the website and all groups need to pay this to continue to post activities for their group. We don't charge our members but anyone can feel free to "Chip In" voluntary contributions. This is NOT a membership fee but a voluntary donation to keep the group going. If you are unable to make a donation, no worries; you are still welcome to join our group. Other than that, if a planned event requires a cost to conduct it (i.e., lodging, travel, permits, equipment, supplies, etc.) then we do charge the appropriate funds to cover those costs. We don't mark up any costs and we don't make a profit off any events.

So, What Do You Want To Do? Where Do You Want To Go?

We are open to the suggestions of our members. Let us know! Our activities are only limited by imagination! But let's keep it safe. Maybe no jumping out of helicopters. But that does sound fun!

Come On Out and Join Us! We Hope To See You Out There! Whaaahoooo! ;)

Want To See For Yourself? Check Out Some of Our Recent Highlight Reels Below:

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Upcoming events (5)

Connecticut Appalachian Trail #2 • BACKPACK! • 39.6 mi

Jug End Rd (Guilder Hollow Rd) AT Parking

To join, please message me with backpacking experience! -- River Rd, CT - Guilder Hollow Rd, MA -- •• SHUTTLE HIKE •• 7.4 mi - 11.3 mi - 12.3 mi - 8.6 Join us as we section hike the Appalachian Trail. With Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York behind us, we will finish Connecticut and begin the 91 Massachusetts AT miles on Thursday, September 21, 2018! THE PLAN... THURSDAY: • 11:00 AM (sharp!) - Meet on Guilder Hollow Rd, shuttle as few cars as possible the 45 minute drive to the River Rd (Dawn Hill Rd) AT Parking (AT mile[masked]) • Hike 7.4 miles to the Pine Swamp Brook Shelter (AT mile[masked]) • Sun sets at 7:01 PM! FRIDAY: • Hike 11.3 miles to the Limestone Spring Shelter (AT mile[masked]) SATURDAY: • Hike 12.3 miles to the Laurel Ridge Campsite (AT mile[masked]) • We'll plan a little detour into the little town of Salisbury to resupply if needed • We'll cross the CT/MA border today! SUNDAY: • Hike 8.6 miles to our vehicles on Guilder Hollow Rd (AT mile[masked]) and off to a well-deserved dinner! IMPORTANT NOTES: 1) While this is anticipated to be a fast-paced hike, expect frequent stops to enjoy the trail & allow the group to regather. Thank you for being mindful of group unity. 2) PLEASE PLAN TO CARPOOL** as parking is limited along the A.T. 3) Campfires are prohibited in Connecticut. Boo! )-; _______________________________________________________ FUN FACT: The distance of the AT changes year to year, based on trail modifications such as switchbacks and reroutes. Re-measurements and relocations of the Appalachian Trail this year have brought the total mileage of the footpath to 2193. _________________________________________________________ ** Carpool does not mean a free ride...please be courteous to your driver and compensate fairly. https://exchange.aaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/18-0090_2018-Your-Driving-Costs-Brochure_FNL-Lo-5-2.pdf https://www.paturnpike.com/toll/tollmileage.aspx Small sedan = 15.26¢ per mile + tolls Medium sedan = 17.76¢ per mile + tolls Large sedan = 20.99¢ per mile + tolls Small SUV (FWD) = 17.57¢ per mile + tolls Medium SUV (4WD) = 21.09¢ per mile + tolls Minivan = 20.1¢ per mile + tolls 1/2-Ton, Crew-Cab Pickup (4WD) = 23.18¢ per mile + tolls Hybrid = 13.19¢ per mile + tolls Electric = 11.28¢ per mile + tolls ________________________________________________________ NOTICE: By attending an event you are agreeing that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AT ALL TIMES. No member of the group EXCEPT YOURSELF can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while hiking with us. _________________________________________________________ COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS: REASONABLE AND RESPONSIBLE 6FEET+ SOCIAL DISTANCING OBSERVED/REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES. FACE MASKS REQUIRED WHEN NOT ABLE TO OBSERVE SOCIAL DISTANCING. FOR THOSE WITH SEASONAL ALLERGIES: PERSONAL CLOTH/TOWEL FOR SNEEZING/COUGHING - REQUIRED - FOR USE WHEN NOT WEARING A MASK IF EXPERIENCING ANY SYMPTOMS OF ILLNESS (FEVER, COUGH, RUNNY NOSE, SORE THROAT, CHILLS) PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND! EXCEPTION: SEASONAL ALLERGIES (BRING A CLOTH/TOWEL TO COVER/CONTAIN ALLERGY COUGHING AND SNEEZING WHEN NOT WEARING A MASK) _________________________________________________________ River Road AT parking 37 Dawn Hill Rd Sharon, CT 06754 GPS Coordinates:[masked], [masked] Jug End Rd (Guilder Hollow Rd) AT Parking 256 Guilder Hollow Rd Egremont, MA GPS Coordinates:[masked], [masked] _________________________________________________________

H3😎 Fun Friday Night Hike: Wissahickon Gorge To The Wissahickon Brewery 6 Miles

Wissahickon Brewery Trail Head Parking

PARTIAL NIGHT HIKE - HEADLAMP OR FLASHLIGHT IS REQUIRED Join Us For For A Series Of Fun Friday Night Hikes - A Loop To The Wissahickon Gorge And Back To The Wissahickon Brewing Company! We'll Hike 6 Mile Loop At The Wissahickon Gorge and End Up At The Awesome Outdoor Venue - The Wissahickon Brewing Company For The Tastiest Craft Beers and Ciders Around! They Also Have A Great Food Truck Onsite... A Different One Every Day! This Event Will Be Outdoor Seating COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS REASONABLE AND RESPONSIBLE SOCIAL DISTANCING OBSERVED/REQUIRED. MASKS ARE OPTIONAL DURING THE HIKE CLOTH FOR SNEEZING/COUGHING - REQUIRED (FOR THOSE WITH SEASONAL ALLERGIES) IF SHOWING SYMPTOMS OF ILLNESS (FEVER, COUGH) PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND! EXCEPTION: SEASONAL ALLERGIES (BRING SNEEZE CLOTH) ______________ Hike Overview Rating: P3.2/T3/E1K/D6-7M/H2 • P3.2 = Hike Pace: 3.2 MPH Avg • T3 = Terrain: 3 = Dirt Trails • E1K = Elev Gain: 1000 Feet (Hills) • D6-7 = Distance: 6-7 Miles • H2 = Hours: 2 Hrs _________________ This Hike Should Only Be Considered By Experienced Hikers. __________________ Highlights and Points of Interest For This Hike: • The Wissahickon Gorge • Wissahickon Mem Bridge • Evening to Night Hiking Fun • Ravines • Scenic Rugged Trails • Some Steep Climbs ________________________ About This Hike: The Wissahickon Gorge ________________________ Hike Starting Location and Rally Point: Meet At Legacy Youth Tennis Main Parking Lot at Intersection of Ridge and Schoolhouse Lane Hike Starts From Safe Well Lit Parking Lot Which Is Halfway Between The Wissy Trailhead and The Wissy Brewery Call/Text[masked] To Coordinate. Smartphone Users: Simply Click The Address On Your Meetup Ap For Turn-By-Turn Directions Right To The Parking Lot. Arrival and Start Times: Please meet us at the scheduled time for quick meet and greet introductions, hike overview and then prompt departure within 15 minutes after the posted meetup time. Call/Text[masked] To Coordinate. _____________________ The Hike Plan: A 6-7 Mile Loop In The Wissahickon Gorge. Routes May Vary. Important Note: When climbing hills, always feel free to take your time and climb at your own pace. We always stop at the top of very steep hills for a rest and water break. _______________________ This hike is for MODERATE TO ADVANCED HARDCORE Hikers due to distance, hills, terrain, pace and cable crossings. Please note that I will ALWAYS stop at various points along the way to let any slower hikers catch up whenever necessary. We leave no hikers behind! ;) _____________________ Hike Preparation and What You Will Need To Bring: Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended. Dress appropriately for weather conditions As always...PLEASE REMEMBER TO HYDRATE BEFORE THE HIKE! PLEASE BRING PLENTY OF WATER, lunch, snacks and other essential items you may need. You May Also Consider Bringing The Following Items: • First Aid Kit (Recommended) • Walking Stick(s) • Field Guides, GPS, Maps and Compass • Sunglasses • Sun Block • Insect Repellents • Binoculars • Camera • Whistle IMPORTANT NOTE: For those with Asthma, Allergies or Special Conditions...Please Bring Inhalers, Allergy Meds, Epi Pens and Anything Else That You Need! Please Let Me Know At The Start of The Hike. ____________________ General Information: Dogs: Always Welcome (A Leash Is Recommended) Note: Please add a comment if you do plan to bring along your pooch OR if you are ALLERGIC so that everyone is made aware in advance and can plan accordingly. Facilities: There May Not Be Any Facilities. Separation Breaks As Needed. _____________________ Weather Cancellation Policies: Rain May Not Cancel This Hike. However, Severe T-Storms Will CANCEL ON BAD WEATHER DAYS I WILL ALWAYS POST A HIKE STATUS IN COMMENTS AROUND 60-90 MINUTES PRIOR TO POSTED HIKE START TIME OR YOU CAN CALL/TEXT ME AT[masked] FOR AN UPDATE. __________________________ NOTICE: By attending an event you are agreeing that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AT ALL TIMES. No member of the group EXCEPT YOURSELF can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while hiking with us. ______________________________ Safety First...But Let's Have Fun! As always, I want to make it clear that I do plan to lead my hikes always observing Safety First...but also with the intention that these hikes should be fun, enjoyable, relaxing and non-stressful social meetups...with a bit of a work out too. Let's Take a Hike! I Look Forward to Seeing You There! ;) _____________________________

Harmony Hill 2 -3 /C/ 7-9 mi

Harmony Hill

Join Larry and friends for a mostly up and down hike on the hills near Downingtown. Bring water, snacks and a sense of humor. Moderate pace but a pretty good workout. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge you are responsible for your own safety and neither the hike leader nor H3O is liable. Please observe Covid 19 conventions and have masks . We may spend a few minutes reviewing a Wilderness First Aid subject of your choosing. I love dogs but not on my hikes. No dogs please. Larry P. WFR, NREMT.

H3😎 Hard Rock Hike: Eagle Rock & Devil's Potato Patch: Boulder Scramble/Hop 15M

Hammer Creek Kettle Run Preserve Parking Area

Join Your Fellow H3O "Rock Star" Hikers For A Fun, Challenging, 15-Mile Hard Rock Hike and Boulder Hop/Scramble At Another One of My Favorite Nearby Hiking Spots... The Hammer Creek Kettle Run Preserve and The Devil's Potato Patch Big Rock Boulder Field. Preview Video: https://youtu.be/cAAmtysT8Zc The Massive Boulder Field Near Hammer Creek Known As The Devil's Potato Patch, Is One of The Best Rock Hopping / Boulder Scrambling Spots In Our Area. ________________ COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS: REASONABLE AND RESPONSIBLE 6FEET+ SOCIAL DISTANCING OBSERVED/REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES. FACE MASKS REQUIRED WHEN NOT ABLE TO OBSERVE SOCIAL DISTANCING. FOR THOSE WITH SEASONAL ALLERGIES: PERSONAL CLOTH/TOWEL FOR SNEEZING/COUGHING - REQUIRED - FOR USE WHEN NOT WEARING A MASK IF EXPERIENCING ANY SYMPTOMS OF ILLNESS (FEVER, COUGH, RUNNY NOSE, SORE THROAT, CHILLS) PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND! EXCEPTION: SEASONAL ALLERGIES (BRING A CLOTH/TOWEL TO COVER/CONTAIN ALLERGY COUGHING AND SNEEZING WHEN NOT WEARING A MASK _______________ Hike Rating and Specs: P3.2/T3-4/E2K/D15M/H6.5 P3.2 = Hike Pace: 3.2 MPH Average T3-4 = Terrain: 3 = Dirt Trails / 4 = Boulders & Rocks E2K = Elevation Gain: 2000 Feet (Hills) D15 = Distance: 15 Miles H6.5 = Hours/Total Hike Time: 6.5 Hours (6:30 PM) _________________ Highlights and Points of Interest: • The Kettle Run Preserve • Horse-Shoe Trail • Several Steep Climbs • Hammer Creek • Big Rock Boulder Field a.k.a. The Devil's Potato Patch • Freestyle Bouldering / Rock Hopping & Scrambling • Eagle Rock • Eagle Rock Vista Overlook (might be overgrown) ________________________ About This Hike Location: Hammer Creek / Kettle Run Located near Brickerville and Lititz PA, several sections of this hike will follow the Horse-Shoe Trail. It's possible to see everything from chipmunks and whitetail to black bear and timber rattlers. This may become an excellent training and conditioning trail as it's located within about an hour's drive from Valley Forge. Trails stretch from PA 322 to PA 72 (14 miles out and back). Also the trail from 322 to 501 is about 5 miles and crosses the very scenic Eagle Rock vista going in both directions. The trails also cross through Cannon Hill, White Oak Ridge and go all the way to The Middle Creek Reservoir Wildlife Area and run east of Seglock Creek to Klinfeltersville Rd. ________________________ Hike Starting Location and Rally Point: TO BE DETERMINED Meet At Upper Hopewell Forge Parking Lot On Pumping Station Road. Call/Text[masked] To Coordinate. Smartphone Users: Simply Click The Address On Your Meetup Ap For Turn-By-Turn Directions Right To The Parking Lot. From Website: Click The Address For A Google Map and Directions or Click The Following Link: Google Map: Written Directions: Provided Below. Arrival and Start Times: Please meet us at the scheduled time for quick meet and greet introductions, hike overview and then prompt departure 15 minutes after the posted meetup time. Call/Text[masked] To Coordinate. _____________________ The Hike Plan: Hike Up The Horse-Shoe Trail To Kettle Run Preserve and Then Down To Hammer Creel Trails and The Awesome Boulder Field. Then Finish Out The Day With A Hike Up To Eagle Rock Vista. Important Note: When climbing hills, always feel free to take your time and climb at your own pace. We always stop at the top of very steep hills for a rest and water break. Lunch: Whenever Possible, We Will Stop For A Brief Lunch Break At A Scenic Spot or Point Of Interest. _______________________ This hike is for ADVANCED HARDCORE Hikers due to distance, hills, terrain and pace. Please note that I will ALWAYS stop at various points along the way to let any slower hikers catch up whenever necessary. We Leave No Hikers Behind! ;) _____________________ Hike Preparation and What You Will Need To Bring: Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended. Dress appropriately for weather conditions...including jackets, extra layers, wicking material, hats, gloves, extra socks, rain gear and snow/ice traction devices for boots. As always...PLEASE REMEMBER TO HYDRATE BEFORE THE HIKE! PLEASE BRING PLENTY OF WATER, lunch, snacks and other essential items you may need. You May Also Consider Bringing The Following Items: • First Aid Kit (Recommended) • Walking Stick(s) • Field Guides, GPS, Maps and Compass • Sunglasses • Sun Block • Insect Repellents • Binoculars • Camera • Whistle IMPORTANT NOTE: For those with Asthma, Allergies or Special Conditions...Please Bring Inhalers, Allergy Meds, Epi Pens and Anything Else That You Need! Please Let Me Know At The Start of The Hike. ____________________ General Information: Dogs: Always Welcome (A Leash Is Recommended) Note: Please add a comment if you do plan to bring along your pooch OR if you are ALLERGIC so that everyone is made aware in advance and can plan accordingly. Facilities: There May Not Be Any Facilities. Separation Breaks As Needed. _____________________ Weather Cancellation Policies: Rain Will Cancel This Hike. However, Snow Will NOT Cancel This Hike. ON BAD WEATHER DAYS I WILL ALWAYS POST A HIKE STATUS IN COMMENTS AROUND 4-6 HOURS PRIOR TO POSTED HIKE START TIME OR YOU CAN CALL/TEXT ME AT[masked] FOR AN UPDATE. _____________________________________________ NOTICE: By attending an event you are agreeing that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AT ALL TIMES. No member of the group EXCEPT YOURSELF can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while hiking with us. _______________________________________________ Safety First...But Let's Have Fun! As always, I want to make it clear that I do plan to lead my hikes always observing Safety First...but also with the intention that these hikes should be fun, enjoyable, relaxing and non-stressful social meetups...with a bit of a work out too. Let's Take a Hike! I Look Forward to Seeing You There! ;) ________________________________________________ Directions:

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H3😎 Wild Whacky Wissahickon Weekday Workout Hike 7-8 Miles

Wissahickon Gorge @ Valley Green

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