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IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOME ADVENTURE AND VARIETY IN YOUR LIFE, WANT TO BE MORE ACTIVE, MEET NEW FRIENDS, CONQUER YOUR FEARS OR JUST TRY THINGS YOU'VE NEVER DONE BEFORE.... THEN YOU'VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE!

This group is for people in the New York City, New Jersey, Upstate NY and surrounding areas that like to stay fit, be active and explore new places while having fun and meeting new people at the same time! Events range from Hiking, Camping, Rock Climbing, Rock Scrambling, Caving, Kayaking, Whitewater Rafting, Zip-lining, Obstacle Course Mud Runs, Downhill Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Skydiving, Hang Gliding, Mountain Biking, Road Biking and Trail Running just to name a few. We are also open to suggestions of other activities you might like to see offered and we welcome new leadership that might help us expand our offerings to the group. From time to time we may also offer additional activities that may include Educational Workshops, Trips to Galleries & Museums, Urban Exploring, Meeting for Drinks (Socials), Salsa Dancing, Dining out and a wide variety of other possibilities.

Going on trips with like-minded friends is always more fun, and you'll find them here. We are a friendly, outgoing and quirky bunch who like to challenge ourselves and have a good time while doing it. Our group sizes tend to be smaller here compared to other meetups, but we feel you get to know people better and have a safer experience as a result. We welcome diversity, folks who can laugh and people who respect nature and all the beauty it has to offer us!

We do our best to keep our calendar busy with random and fun trips. Click Here (https://www.meetup.com/HOAGies/events/) to check out our Events Calendar. These trips include day outings, weekend road trips, vacations and other cross posted events with other similar meetup groups.

There is NO required membership cost for our group. If an event should require a fee, itwill be clearly stated in the description. If you're happy with the experiences you share with us we'd love for you to use the Chip In feature to help us offset the cost of hosting our group on Meetup.com. If If you'd like to give back to our group please follow this link: https://secure.meetup.com/HOAGies/contribute/

PROFILE PICTURE: When you apply for membership, please remember to post a recognizable picture of yourself so that we can identify you at our events. This helps both event hosts keep track of participants and attendees to recognize each other. It's also a safety measure if a participant ever goes missing from the group so we can get help finding you using your photo. This picture does not have to be a passport quality photo but we ask that you refrain from cartoon characters, nature shots with no subject, shots with multiple people of the same gender, shots from behind and shots where your face is mostly covered. Our members feel a lot more comfortable meeting and coordinating rides with real people that they can identify. If your membership is rejected please don't take it personally. You can re-apply anytime and will be approved once our criteria is met. Your application will be rejected if these requirements are not met.

GUEST POLICY: Unless otherwise specified in the event, guests are usually not allowed on events. If you wish to bring a guest please have them join the group, RSVP just like any other member and read the trip description and liability waiver. If your guest is on the wait list please message the event host and we will make every effort to accommodate them. This policy insures that guests are aware of the requirements for the trip they wish to participate in and that they agree with our liability waiver.

RSVP ETIQUETTE: Unless otherwise noted in the event description; we generally request if your plans to attend an event change, that you update your RSVP to "NO" at least 48 hours prior to the event so that members on the waitlist (if applicable) may have sufficient time to plan and take your spot. If you RSVP "YES" to an event and don't show we most likely will just edit your RSVP to didn't go if there are no members on the waitlist. If, however, there are members on the waitlist and you are a "NO SHOW" you will be noted as such. Members that accumulate "NO SHOWS" may not have the same chances of getting off a waitlist as members who are in good standing. Members on the list as "GOING" who have "NO SHOWS" may also be moved to the waitlist at the discretion of the event host to make room for members in good standing. We realize that some folks may sign up to multiple meetups on the same date to try to secure a spot with their friends. If this is the case, please reach out to the event host and we will try to accommodate your friends if/when possible. We once again ask that you please make a final decision within 48 hours unless otherwise noted.

LEAVE NO TRACE

- When attending our events we ask that you follow these 3 simple rules:

- Please Leave Nothing but Footprints

- Take Nothing but Pictures

- And Waste Nothing but Time

Members who don't show a respect for our venues may be asked to leave the group. We ask that if you show your favorite spots to others that you teach them to respect these places as well!

LEGAL DISCLAIMER:

WE ARE NOT PAID PROFESSIONAL GUIDES AND LEADERS.

As a participating member, you certify that you are responsible for having appropriate skills, physical conditioning, equipment and supplies to participate in events that you chose to attend.

Activities can involve certain risks, hazards and dangers that can cause or lead to injury, property damage, illness, mental or emotional trauma, paralysis, disability or death to participant or others. Some, but not all of these risks, hazards and dangers include: hazardous and unpredictable ground, water or weather conditions; misjudgments made by Organizers, Assistant Organizer, leaders, co-leaders, participants or others; travel in remote areas that can cause potential delays or difficulties with transportation, evacuation and medical care; equipment that can fail or malfunction; the potential that the participant or others (e.g. co-participant, driver, medical and rescue personnel) may act carelessly or recklessly.

Participation in activities is strictly voluntary and members assume all risks in connection with activities; per Meetup.com's Terms of Service Agreement https://www.meetup.com/terms/ Organizers and hike/trip leaders are released from any and all forms of liability related to events. Additionally, participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

The NY Hiking and Outdoor Adventure Group allows outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to participate with one another in recreational events with like minded people.

This group is not a guide service nor should event organizers be regarded as guides. We are all outdoor enthusiasts and regular people like yourself.

Upcoming events (4)

Appalachian Trail NJ Section 1 - Delaware Water Gap to Millbrook Rd

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I am planning a series of hikes to do the 72 miles of the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey.
The plan for now is to do five day hikes and one overnight backpacking trip.

The New Jersey stretch of the Appalachian Trail is 72 miles long and goes through Worthington State Forest, Stokes State Forest, High Point State Park and Wawayanda State Park.

The NJ stretch of the Appalachian Trail can range from very flat and easy to very rugged, rocky trails ascending to elevations from 350 to 1,803 feet. In addition to heavily wooded and rocky surfaces, the terrain also includes bogs and wetlands with plenty of wildlife, including an active bear population, deer herds, and many species of birds.
The Trail itself is marked with 2 by 6 inch white painted patches on trees and rocks along the way. Two patches, one above the other defines a change in direction of the trail.

The first Section Hike will be starting at Kittatinny Point Visitor Center by the Delaware Water Gap and end at the Millbrook-Blairstown road parking lot.
DISTANCE: 12 miles
ESTIMATED TIME: 5-6 hours (with a stop for lunch)
HIKE WILL START at 8:30AM

We will wait till 8:45 for everyone then drive in a few cars to the end point and hike back to visitor center.

RECOMMEND GEAR:
- Day pack
- Hiking shoes/boots
- Bug/tick spray
- Water, lunch, snacks

LOCATION:
Kittatinny Point Visitor Center
Exit 1, Route 80 West
Columbia, NJ 07832

Driving Directions:
To get to the Kittatinny Point Visitor Center from I-80, take exit 1 in New Jersey and follow the signs to the visitor center, which is within a half mile from the exit.

NY HIKING & OUTDOOR ADVENTURE GROUP LEGAL DISCLAIMER

Waiver of liability - You agree when you sign up for this group or any of the events that you have read and understand our Complete Liability Waiver found here: https://www.meetup.com/HOAGies/pages/20812664/HOAGies_LEGAL_DISCLAIMER/

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Appalachian Trail from Route 17 to Fitzgerald Falls

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9 miles hike on Appalachian Trail with scenic views passing through Arden and Buchanan Mountains, with Fitzgerald Falls near the end.

MAP: NYNJTC Sterling Forest Trail Map 100

We will meet at Appalachian Trail Parking on Lakes Rd, Monroe, NY 10950, leave some cars and drive some cars to dead end at Arden Valley Road on Route 17 to start the hike on Appalachian Trail back to Lakes Rd.

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👣 WILD Exploration of BUTTERMILK FALLS RAVINE - Bushwhack/Scramble/Hike

THIS WEEKS RAIN SHOULD MAKE OUR JOURNEY A LITTLE MORE BUTTERY!

COME JOIN US FOR A ROCK SCRAMBLING BUSHWHACKING ADVENTURE THAT WILL COVER BUTTERMILK FALLS RAVINE AND POET'S LEDGE!

This trip is a portion of my infamous KaaterHELL Traverse! If you've been looking for a small taste of HELL in a more palatable dose then this is the hike for you! This is not a beginner hike. Intermediate and above welcome! We will move at a slower pace but the terrain will be difficult to navigate. We will keep the group together at all times as we will be in an unmarked wilderness area for a good portion of this hike.

WE WILL MEET TO SPOT CARS AT: The trail access parking on the right just past the center of town (Palenville) before crossing the creek.
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Please be on time. We will depart by 9:00am sharp!

WE WILL THEN CARPOOL TO OUR START POINT AT: The parking area across from the Asbestos climbing wall just downstream from the lower entrance of Kaaterskill Falls.
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We should arrive at our start point at roughly 9:15am.

Our journey will begin along the Kaaterskill Creek as we work our way downstream until we meet up with the Buttermilk Falls ravine. We will navigate up the ravine past a series of waterfalls in the direction of Kaaterskill High Peak. This ravine will include sections with considerable exposure that could be potentially more dangerous than even Devil's Kitchen (Platte Clove)!

Once we reach the top of the ravine we will continue left on established trail towards our next stop at Poet's Ledge. From there we will continue on established trail back to our original car spot.

DISTANCE: Approximately 10 miles
HIKING PACE: Steady and physically challenging but not "fast"
ESTIMATED HIKE TIME: 8+ hours
DIFFICULTY: Intermediate - Slippery, Wet and Rocky Terrain with some steep embankments, small climbs and significant exposures.

RECOMMENDED GEAR:
• Shoes with good grip
• Gaiters
• Gardening Gloves with rubberized grip
• A Small Pack - nothing too large that will become a hindrance in the scrambles
• Windbreaker/Raincoat
• Hiking Poles - optional - must fold away for the more difficult terrain!
• Related maps, a Compass or GPS, Water (or filtration system - there are plenty of water sources on our journey), Snacks, First Aid, Bug Spray, Sunscreen, etc.
• Extra Dry Socks and Shoes to change into after the event (just in case)

RELATED MAPS:
New York - New Jersey Trail Conference - Catskills Trails Map Set https://www.nynjtc.org/maps/catskill-trails-map
(Note: These maps do not show all the trails in the area we will be hiking but will give an idea of the surrounding topography and adjacent area trails that might be used as possible bail-outs in the event of an emergency)

Catskill Hiking maximum group size limitations.
• A group size limit of 12 people for day hiking off-trail or in wilderness areas is in place. Any group larger than 12 must split up (by no less than 1 mile) into smaller, self-sufficient groups that satisfy the size requirement. These groups shall not congregate into one large group at trail junctions, rest stops, lunch breaks, etc.
• In all other areas of the Catskills a group size limit of 20 is in place. Groups larger than 20 must split up (by no less than 1 mile) into smaller, self-sufficient groups that satisfy the size requirement. These groups shall not congregate into one large group at trail junctions, rest stops, lunch breaks, etc.

NY HIKING & OUTDOOR ADVENTURE GROUP LEGAL DISCLAIMER
Waiver of liability
• You agree when you sign up for this group or any of the events that you have read and understand the below.
• If you join us for a hike (or any other event), please understand that you are responsible for your own preparedness and well-being and will hold no one else liable in case of injury or mishap. You agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members of the NY Hiking & Outdoor Adventure Group responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event or during transport to and from a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear. When applicable, you should review topographic maps and trail features carefully. Understanding the topography of a hike is key to knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back.
• The NY Hiking & Outdoor Adventure Group does not provide liability insurance for the protection of individuals who may participate in any of the events planned by the Organizer or Assistant Organizers.
• This release extends and applies to, and also covers and includes, all unknown, unforeseen, unanticipated and unsuspected injuries, damages, loss and liability.
• Your attendance on an event signifies that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver. By signing up for this group or event you understand that you are attending all events AT YOUR OWN RISK. Organizers and Assistant Organizers of this group are just that, we organize the events and participate together as friends. We are not licensed guides and there are no leaders on these events. You are your own leader - This is YOUR event.

Appalachian Trail NJ Section 2 - Millbrook Rd to Culver's Gap Lot

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This is the second Section Hike of NJ's AT and will be starting at Millbrook-Blairstown road Parking Lot and end at the Culver's Gap Parking Lot.
DISTANCE: 14 miles
ESTIMATED TIME: 5-6 hours (with a stop for lunch)
MEET at 8:30AM at Culver's Gap Parking Lot and HIKE WILL START at 9:00 at Millbrook-Blairstown road parking lot

We will meet 8:30am at Culver's Gap Parking Lot (end of hike) to leave as many cars as possible and fit in a few cars to drive to beginning at Millbrook-Blairstown road parking lot since this lot has limited space. Drive will take 30 minutes.

RECOMMEND GEAR:
- Day pack
- Hiking shoes/boots
- Bug/tick spray
- Water, lunch, snacks

LOCATION:
Culver's Gap Parking Lot
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Driving Directions:
“Culver’s Gap Parking Lot”. Sunrise Mountain Rd, Sandyston, NJ 07826.
Park road, has no street number.
Rt 206 North into Stokes State Forest, Right on Upper North Shore Rd/Rt 636. Turn left onto Sunrise Mountain Road. Quick left into the Culvers Gap parking lot (there is a big sign).

Note: Continuing past this parking lot, Sunrise Mountain Road turns into a one-way road. (DO NOT GO ONTO ONE-WAY ROAD)

NY HIKING & OUTDOOR ADVENTURE GROUP LEGAL DISCLAIMER

Waiver of liability - You agree when you sign up for this group or any of the events that you have read and understand our Complete Liability Waiver found here: https://www.meetup.com/HOAGies/pages/20812664/HOAGies_LEGAL_DISCLAIMER/

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