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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 (http://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 (5+)

🚴 THURSDAY SingleTrack SUNSET MOUNTAIN BIKING @ STEWART State Forest MUA

Stewart State Forest - Ridge Road North Parking Area

COME JOIN US THIS THURSDAY EVENING FOR A RELAXED PACE SINGLETRACK MOUNTAIN BIKING SUNSET RIDE AT STEWART STATE FOREST (Multiple Use Area). Please arrive by 6:00pm at the Ridge Road North Parking Area https://goo.gl/maps/2DoFRfJ9m3v to allow time to prep your bike and gear so that we may depart promptly by 6:15pm. If traveling from the south please approach the park from the north side as GPS might try to take you through dirt roads that can't be accessed. Take the Thruway to Newburgh Exit 17 and then get on 84 heading towards Middletown for one exit to 6 and get off taking a right onto 17K. Follow 17K to Ridge Road. Stewart State Forest offers many trails to choose from with beginner to intermediate skill levels depending which trails you take. It's a huge riding area approximately 10 miles in diameter of nothing but trails. Though single-track is more advanced in nature than riding carriage roads, this park has some of the more "beginner - friendly" single-track in the area. DISTANCE: approx 15 miles ESTIMATED TIME BIKING: 2+ hours DIFFICULTY: Relaxed Pace but must be able to ride single track - rolling hills with rocks, roots, gravel and leaves. The group will wait at each intersection until all riders can be seen. MANDATORY GEAR: • Mountain Bike • Bicycle Helmet RECOMMENDED GEAR: • Clear eye Protection (safety glasses - for bugs, dirt, etc.) • Related maps, a compass or GPS, Water, Snacks, First Aid, Bug Spray, etc. • Bike Pump • Tire Patch Kit and/or Spare Tube PLEASE INSPECT YOUR BIKE PRIOR TO ARRIVAL TO INSURE THE FOLLOWING: • Proper Tire Inflation • Lubricated chain • Properly Shifting gears • Functional Brakes that don't rub rim or tire when released. WHERE TO MEET? Ridge Road North Parking Area https://goo.gl/maps/2DoFRfJ9m3v If traveling from the south please approach the park from the north side as GPS might try to take you through dirt roads that can't be accessed. Take the Thruway to Newburgh Exit 17 and then get on 84 heading towards Middletown for one exit to 6 and get off taking a right onto 17K. Follow 17K to Ridge Road. RELATED MAPS: https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/regions_pdf/stewartsfweb.pdf RELATED APP: https://www.trailforks.com/apps/map/ MORE INFO: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/50095.html **HEAVY RAIN WILL CANCEL THIS EVENT** 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.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour - Princeton NJ (Friday Night)

Don't miss this great Annual Event of Amazing mountain and adventure sports films! Tickets are Now on Sale at the University Ticket Office at Frist Campus Center: $5 Princeton Students, $15 General Public. https://outdooraction.princeton.edu/events/films-speakers The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an international film competition featuring the world's best footage on mountain subjects. The festival began in 1976 and is held annually on the first weekend in November in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Each year, the festival receives approximately 330 films in the film festival competition. An international film festival jury chooses the best films from the finalists and awards prizes in eight categories: Grand Prize, Climbing, Mountain Sports, Mountain Environment, Mountain Culture, Short Mountain Film, and Feature-Length Mountain Film. Audience members select the winner of the People's Choice Award. Join the Princeton students, staff faculty, and local community for this campus favorite that combines awe-inspiring films and an intermission gear raffle! The spectacular action-packed films feature rock climbing, mountaineering, kayaking, mountain biking, extreme skiing and explorations of the natural world.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour - Princeton NJ (Saturday Night)

Don't miss this great Annual Event of Amazing mountain and adventure sports films! Tickets are Now on Sale at the University Ticket Office at Frist Campus Center: $5 Princeton Students, $15 General Public. https://outdooraction.princeton.edu/events/films-speakers The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an international film competition featuring the world's best footage on mountain subjects. The festival began in 1976 and is held annually on the first weekend in November in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Each year, the festival receives approximately 330 films in the film festival competition. An international film festival jury chooses the best films from the finalists and awards prizes in eight categories: Grand Prize, Climbing, Mountain Sports, Mountain Environment, Mountain Culture, Short Mountain Film, and Feature-Length Mountain Film. Audience members select the winner of the People's Choice Award. Join the Princeton students, staff faculty, and local community for this campus favorite that combines awe-inspiring films and an intermission gear raffle! The spectacular action-packed films feature rock climbing, mountaineering, kayaking, mountain biking, extreme skiing and explorations of the natural world.

👣 Some ROCKS are BIGGER than others...

Trailhead for Huckleberry Point & Kaaterskill High Peak

AND SOME ROCKBOULDERS ARE BIGGER THAN OTHER ROCKBOULDERS... COME JOIN US FOR A DAY OF HIKING, ROCK SCRAMBLING AND WATERFALLS AT HUCKLEBERRY POINT, DEVIL'S KITCHEN (PLATTE CLOVE VALLEY) & BLACK CHASM! This trip will start with a somewhat easy and scenic loop to Huckleberry Point where we will check out a bird's eye view of the Devil's Kitchen in the valley below. Upon leaving Huckleberry Point we will enter the Devil's Kitchen which will involve Intermediate Water Crossing & Rock Scrambling through the Hudson Valley's Platte Clove Valley. Finally we will ascend back out via Black Chasm over huge boulder fields to a Giant hidden Waterfall! This hike will be up to 8 miles and the scrambling section will move at a slow pace through strenuous terrain. This hike will include sections with considerable exposure so its important not to have an unnatural fear of heights and not to wander off from the group. This event could take the better part of the day finishing late afternoon to early evening depending on how fast the group moves through the valley and how much time is spent relaxing at waterfalls. If you've ever been eying my KaaterHELL traverse this is actually a part of it and I highly recommend this as a smaller dose for those not ready for the full challenge or those who would like to see if the full KaaterHELL is something they want to try and tackle. Platte Clove (or Plattekill Clove) in the eastern Catskills is one of the wildest places in the Hudson Valley with truly spectacular scenery. The Plattekill drops 1,500 feet in less than 2 miles down a steep-sided ravine. It is one of the most rugged areas in the eastern United States and was a favorite of the Hudson River School of artists. People who live or spend time in the Catskills know that "clove" means a steep, deep valley, or notch in the mountains. We will visit a number of waterfalls, in particular 80 foot high Plattekill Falls, and 100 foot high Bridal Veil Falls, and Hell Hole, described by author Russell Dunn as “an awesome gulf with precipitous walls and boulders of monstrous size.” Looking down the clove one can see the Hudson River and beyond. WE WILL MEET AT: The DEC Trail Head parking area for Kaaterskill High Peak and Huckleberry Point across from the Stone Bridge at the top of Platte Clove Valley. The Approximate address is 2425 Platte Clove Road, Elka Park, NY https://goo.gl/maps/PQkguaPgcm62 DISTANCE: Approximately 8 miles HIKING PACE: Slow but physically challenging ESTIMATED HIKE TIME: 8+ hours DIFFICULTY: Intermediate - Slippery, Wet and Rocky Terrain with some steep embankments, small climbs and significant exposures towards the top of the valley. I will bring a 50ft. hand-line (webbing) to assist anyone with any difficult portions of the hike. RECOMMENDED GEAR: • Shoes with good grip and ankle support • A Small Pack - nothing too large that will become a hindrance in the scrambles • Related maps, a Compass or GPS, Water (or filtration system), Snacks, First Aid, Sunscreen, Bug Spray, etc. • Extra Dry Clothing to change into after the event (just in case) OPTIONAL GEAR: • Hiking Poles that can be stashed back at the cars after Huckleberry point You should have prior experience with Rock Scrambles and negotiating Wet Slippery Surfaces. If you have an un-natural fear of heights than this event is not for you. RELATED MAPS: New York - New Jersey Trail Conference - Catskills Trails Map Set http://www.nynjtc.org/product/new-catskill-trails-map-set-maps-hiking-catskills (Please Note: These maps do not show trails in all 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) SOME OF US WILL BE HEADING OUT FOR FOOD/DRINKS AT EL RANCHO RESTAURANT AFTER THE EVENT IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN JOINING. El Rancho Restaurant https://goo.gl/maps/3jf9JghSMHQ2 2904 Route 32, Saugerties, NY (845)[masked] 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. 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 full disclaimer found at the following link: https://www.meetup.com/HOAGies/pages/20812664/HOAGies_LEGAL_DISCLAIMER/

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