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Hi there! We are Bay Area hikers who enjoy getting out for monthly scheduled hikes and impromptu outdoorsy events and treks on the trails all around the bay. Our monthly hike is roughly 6-8 miles with 1200 ft +/- elevation gain and our impromptu hikes are anything from last minute excursions to catch a sunset atop a nearby peak to a laidback Sunday stroll.

We generally hike at a 2.5 mile an hour pace, leaving time to capture a few pictures and enjoy flowers, banana slugs, waterfalls, or expansive views we stumble upon. Most trails I come across are through AllTrails, fellow hiker recommendations, or inspired by wanting to visit a park I haven’t been to before. Here's a link to view recent hikes: https://www.instagram.com/thegeminihiker/ and follow along on our group hikes at: https://www.instagram.com/happenstancehikers/

If you’re up for some outdoorsy adventuring, enjoy taking in gorgeous views, can laugh at yourself, and are looking to meet others and forge lifelong friendships then join in for a monthly hike or feel free to suggest an impromptu Meetup!

Just a few HOUSE RULES:
•RSVP: If you plan to attend an event, please RSVP. Also, if you will not be able to attend an event in which you RSVP’d, please un-RSVP. Consistent “No Shows” may result in removal from the group.
•Guest Limit: our Guest Limit per member is one (1). If you want to bring more than one (1) guest, have your guest become a member of our group.
•Profile Photo: Your profile photo must be a clear, respectful, picture of yourself so we can recognize you and know you’re an actual person.
•Leave No Trace: we follow the Leave No Trace Policy when out and about. That is – we pack out our trash, we stay on trail, we respect all plants and wildlife, and follow the rules set by the park, preserve, etc. where we are visiting.
•Pictures: it’s almost a guarantee that pictures will be taken during our Meetups and posted on social media (i.e. Meetup, Instagram, or any other group related platform). If you prefer not to be in any of the pictures, let the picture-takerer know.
•Disclaimer: Everything we do is “at your own risk”. Read full disclaimer below.
•Code of Conduct: Be nice, be kind, be respectful. Read Code of Conduct below.
•Human Error: Human error is inevitable in setting up these events, so please be patient and kind if there are any snafus that occur. Also, if you notice anything, feel free to let us know – I’ve been known to take a wrong turn or two or three (…miles) before and a second set of eyes is always appreciated!

DISCLAIMER: The organizers / hosts in this group are volunteers and are not professional guides nor do they have special training or qualifications. The function of the organizers / hosts is only to organize the hike / Meetup / event. They are not responsible for your safety or actions or anyone else’s. They are not responsible for any incident during the event. They are not responsible for transportation or carpool arrangements to the hike / Meetup / event, or for incidents during transportation or carpools. Each person who signs up for a hike / Meetup / event is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests. By signing up for a hike / Meetup / event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity, or any other group related event, and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizers / hosts of this Meetup group from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities. Our organizers / hosts are not responsible for your safety. All hikes / Meetups / events are always “Hike / Attend at Your Own Risk”. It is each attendee’s responsibility to ensure that they are sufficiently prepared, fit and healthy to participate in the hike / Meetup / event in which they have chosen to attend. Organizers / hosts make no warranties about the quality, safety, or supervision of these activities or the locations of the events. By signing up for a hike / Meetup / event, you are accepting all the rules of the event.

CODE OF CONDUCT: This Meetup group is open for everyone and we are committed to providing a friendly and welcoming environment for all, regardless of age, gender / gender identity, sexual orientation, ability / disability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, beliefs, and so on and so forth. It is expected that all members and their guests will be considerate and respectful, will refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior and speech, and will be mindful of surroundings, event locations, and of fellow members. Unacceptable behavior, such as intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct, will result in removal from this group.

By accepting membership in this group, you acknowledge you have fully read, understand, and agree to the above.

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