What we're about

We're pretty much the most active backpacking specific group in the bay area.

From beginner to expert our people are the best.

We get outdoors a lot but also have non-backpacking social events.

In the summer it's all about the backpacking and in the winter we try to have a range of activities from snow camping to resort skiing days.

So if you want to meet other outdoors enthusiasts, whether you're a hardcore hiker or an aspiring novice, sign up.

This group has a long and storied history. And the story continues. Be part of it. Have your tales of debauchery mingle with ours.

The mission of this group is its name.

This group aims to be positive and safe environment for members to experience things that, for whatever reasons, you longed for but weren't able to do before.

The Bay is vibrant and diverse city. We have the opportunity to explore it and make new friends while doing so. Meetup is one of the few (maybe only) websites dedicated to having it's participants get offline and do things in reality.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME INTO THE GROUP!

Think of this group as Summer Camp, . . . but for adults. Most events are free. There are a few that cost. Those do make enough to cover the Meetup fees. We do extend out to lots of other organizers, as a good community is made of many and diverse voices and people. If you are interested in posting an event send a note and we will see what can happen

This is a place where everyone can just come as they are, and mingle with people who are like them AND who are NOT like them. We are not limited, restricted or exclusive by age, gender, gender preference, national origin, relationship status, etc. To put it more simply this group is open to all. All ages, all genders, all sexual orientations, all types - And that includes you!!!

There are plenty of meetups that exclude based of one reason or another. Or there plenty meetups where people self segregate. This meetup is neither of those. Diversity is coveted here. People are not monochrome and neither are we. You will fit in perfectly and find a lot of folks who just like you in certain aspect, and differ from you in others. It's the good kind of variety of life.

Some events on this group may specify limits at times. Those will be clearly noted when needed. At times they may be age delineated, or even gender related. Limits are placed often as a means to control size. The event can then be repeated/recycled with a different limit range. If there is an event you really wish to go to with a limit, . . . please contact me. You can be the impetus and the catalyst for the next event in the different limit/range. Other times the limit can be waived or bent as needed.

Challenge yourself and importantly, BE yourself and expand your horizons and comfort zone. Let your hair down! Go wild! Be open minded and be non-judgmental. The group is based off quality events to bring people together from positive social interaction. Anyone who wants to explore an alternative, bohemian, experimental, strange, obscure, weird, wild, absurd, bizarre, avant garde, unconventional, wild-at-heart side of Los Angeles is welcome!

In the interest of making events successful . . . We will spread events across other meetup groups to bump up attendance. For as you know, . . . sometimes people don't show up. Some Organizers get really bent out of shape about that. I do however know that life happens. Even if it's 10 mins before the event. Just change your rsvp. No worries. No harm-no foul. There is not any sort strikes or penalty system, and there is nobody keeping score. The exception will be if it is listed as a "no flake" event. On those you gotta give good notice of changes. It's about fun and community. What I have found is that by being mellow and and having good events more show up. We tend to have 80% or more attendance. I approach with compassion. So if you don't make one event or another. . . try and make it to the next, or the one after that. When you do make it, .. . . we will be glad you are there and all are welcome.

Here are the basics of group rules.
Do NOT contact members who you have not met in real life.
Avoid Put Downs.
Speak For Yourself.
Listen To Others.
You Have The Option To Pass.
Expect Unfinished Business.

While there are flexible attendance rules. There are sex/gender related rules. As a guideline do not message people you have not met in person. This is not an online dating place. Ladies: If a guy messages you please contact me. There have been problems with that happening over meetup in general. It's just not cool. Meetup is about real life and not virtual. Guys, . . . get off your computer and come to an event. Say hello in person. Smile, . . . be personable and decent. And just be there to get to know people and make friends of whatever gender. You can always use new good friends. And this is one way to make/meet them. Wingman tactics and and Pickup artist tactics are similarly not allowed in this group. Organizers of another group that are not an organizer or host here are also not allowed to solicit members.

The rest of the rule are just good ways to live and be.

These rules apply here AND on like-minded sister groups. So it also applies on the following

Photo and Name: You are allowed to join with whatever name and whatever photo. HOWEVER the main organizers may request you change either name or photo a their discretion. Names that are products, promotional, advertisements are red flags that will be requested to change or be removed. If you are using a photo that is not your face, a current face photo may be requested. Here is the rule of thumb. Fake name and fake photo will be requested to change to a real photo and a real name or face removal. Real photo and fake name is usually fine. Fake photo and real name is usually fine.

IF you need to maintain privacy of both then contact the main organizers and just ask. That's all it takes usually.

All organizers on the group do have different set of rules.

The rules simplified.
• No Emailing (do not use the bulk email feature in any way)
• No outside links
• Great Copy
• Great Pix
• 4 weeks notice is best.
• List any money costs in the first 2 or 3 lines.

Not too many rules. Not too complicated. They all have to do with respect for the membership.

Let's talk a little more about age: Are you in your 20s 30s 40s 50s 60s 70s 80s 90s ? (btw some write 20's 30's 40's 50's 60's 70's 80's 90's ). I am often asked "What age range is this group?" 20 40 maybe? 30 50 perhaps? Or even 60 70. Forties ( forty's forty ), Fifties ( fifty's fifty ) of sixties ( sixty's sixty ) or older does matter. 24-39 3000 20+ 30+ 50+ 60+ & under or over. We are just aiming at good community.

Yeah, . . . All that is great, . . . But I still have one question, . . . What age is your group?

Age is a state of mind. And our state (this group) has no borders.

If so then you may be looking for us!

We do NOT discriminate by age, sex or gender, gender preference, origin, religion, belly button lint, etc . . . .

Do you enjoy friendship, activities, key networking, casual socializing, parties learning, sharing, inspiration? You do!?!?! How about personal and professional development with active nerd adult ( adults ) who like adventure ( adventurers, adventures, adventurous ) stuff that may involve silly dance game ( games ) and cool nerds with addicting, amazing fun? Great!!!! There will be sweet things to discover while engaging in retro revival underground unique geeky exploration of fringe play plus speed punk quirky sophisticated spectacular geek socials with high society making savvy friends. It will be an offbeat odyssey of an outing to nerdy paradise and we will party at random places (see locations below). Come and share fine no flake ( flakes ) fun that is free or inexpensive and goes late into the lovely night. Left, right or center, we will live life together and enjoy.

We do some sports related events. Are you interested in teammates players for your sport or hobby? Such as bowling, trivia, camping, biking, hike, hikes, hiking, snowboarder, snowboarding, ski, skiing, kayaking? Or even related to bmi, exercise, fitness, healthy, lock pong, recreation, recreational, outdoor, york Halloween, mammoth mountain, St Patrick's, Ensenada, un scrabble solitaire poker or more!!! We run the range.

A bigger majority of what we are cultural ( culture ), language, travel, music, arts, festival, performance, crave, dining, exotic, restaurant, food, foodie, architecture, art, artistic, urban, or ballet. But it does not stop there. We also do comedy, concert ( concerts ), cook, cooking, theater, theatre, culinary, cultural, tours, sub-culture, subculture sponge ( sponges ), performances, dances, dancing, museums, musical ( musicals ), bars, foodies, dinner, dinning, bbq, beach, restaurants, trips, cruise ( cruises ), cuisine. And even with all that we still to even more!!! Including, flea n farmer (farmers) market ( markets ), boutique, burlesque, crafting, craft, create, creating, sushi, pho, pizza, tastings, tickets, kim chi, tai kimchi, deserts, eating, festivals, film, films, galleries, games, karaoke, movies, sutra kama karma.And now the important question. Did we miss one? Oh. . . OK then, . . Send that so we can add it to the list.

Aside from the High Brow we do engage in the Low Brow such as wine, beer, drink, bar hopping, dive bars ( dives ), rave ( raver ravers raves raving ), hip-hop hiphop, hole holes-in-walls, crawl crawls, trance techno, dubstep, night nightclub, nightlife, nights. As well as classic club clubbing, clubs eclectic, edm electro electronica, pubs, pub speak, speakeasy, drinks, meet meeting mix mixer mixers mixing, greet, happy hour hours haunts, Did somebody say volunteer mingle? Let's DoLA or make a Timeout and TimeoutLA. LAist anyone?

So the High Brow and the Low Brow get together and make up THE KNOW BROW and that is all about people and who makes us up.

By ethnicity we very much match the instagram ethnic makeup of Los Angeles with Caucasian and Non Hispanic Whites, Latino, Black or African American, Native American,Asian, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander and others such as Middle Eastern such as Arab or Israeli, and many more from across the global atlas.

Different than ethnicity is Nationality, or National Origin. And again . . . from that we run the range European, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Pacific Islander, Indian, Taiwanese (Taiwan), Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese ( China, Cantonese, Mandarin ), Hong Kong Mexican ( Mexico ), and more and more. Even USC or UCLA

And that makes for sooooooooo many languages. We like language and the culture it is able to unlock It brings English, Spanish second ESL and ELL and ASL are big here. Hebrew, Yiddish, German, French, And the gamut of others to translate ( translation translator ) with class (classes).

Tolerance is a main tenet here as we are Christian ( Catholic, Mormon, etc), Jewish (Jew Jews), Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, tech Scientology and more. And even Republican, Conservative, Liberal, Democrat, Libertarian, Bernie / BernieCrat, or even Trump or Trumpian or Scientologist. This is a big tent and since it's decent social we will all be decent.

What it comes down to is we are making new friends ( friend freind freinds ) and to be friendly. Almost like finding your entourage Made up of Men (man men's mens) and women ( woman women's ) and non-binary too. Members may be young or old, married, single ( divorce divorced separated and never married ) or coupled (couple as part of a committed relationship / relationships ). Many are likely singles and looking to date in one way or another. Going on dates or dating is fine. But it does NOT happen via using the group like Tinder, Match.com, POF or eharmony.

This group is about real life. So online messaging of people you have not met in real life is not allowed. Why such a rule?

Because it is heterosexist of you to assume that all people are interested in you. Like is says above there are married or those in committed relationships. There is is also the range of sexual preference in the group. Gay, lesbian girls lgbt lgbtq queer bi poly swing swinger swinging and any sort of variation such as transsexual and transgender. We do accept all. Even rs40 and rso40. We do NOT accept SpeedDating or Speedating or whatever you call it. It's forbidden.

Whoever you find cute, hot, sexy or find attraction to that comes in person. Plenty a match and romance or spark may happen. You may find your love (or lover). But you also may just make great friends girlfriend ( girlfriends ). It's just down to good decent social. Conscious communication and engagement that makes for self-improvement and improvement of others. Conversation and network or networking of professionals. That's just smart l33t leet api entrepreneur groupting that will lead to inspirational international consciousness.

We just added Game of Thrones GOT and The Walking Dead viewing parties.

Where do you do events? We do them ALL OVER!!!! I have taken the time to look at past events and the cities they have happened in and near and put it together with the upcoming location too. Our groups IS different, . . . we DO range all over the city. Here are where we HAVE BEEN, and where we are GOING!! All of it is obscure or obscura.

So I have gone in great detail to cover who we are and what we do. This is accurate and verifiable by going to our past events and looking that what we have done. This is all fact based on the breadth, scope and mission of this group.

If you have made it this far. Then watch this and then, . . .get off social media and on meetup. The social part of social media.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEWnXmDfVZg

This group is also very Reddit and Redditor affiliated. As such redditors events will be doing activities that do involve meme memes dank redidit subeddit snu snoo lurker boardgames board gaming gamer video cardgames card cards against humanity computers anime internet upvote downvote vote secret santa harry potter wow world warcraft karma programming digg cheap low cost nsfw league legends wtf youtube hearthstone twitch csgo narwhals bacon bacons midnight overwatch lol bernie sanders front page reddiyt r/all homepage android apple iphone mac samsung s6 s7 s8 r mobile funny dota dota2 nba politics discussion pokemon aww askreddit app apps comicon comic con convention disneyland disney diy diablo rams dodgers raiders cosplay star trek wars trekkie scifi sci-fi science fiction gif troll thrones got comment comments ama til today i learned ask me anything steam pc independent yorker independents artemis jackbox jack box com firefly serenity citizen& something comedy urban nightlife foodies friendship sierra wine food drinks dining american ny karaoke

And the other members will have events involving cuisine recreation organizations snowboarding recreational fitness pubs eating culinary consciousness psychology philosophy growth conversation snowboarder theatre theater performances movies films creating galleries museums speak easy speakeasy opening nights music film festivals dancing street performance literature hikes greet tastings tours crawls outdoor activities beer * " ! +

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NY is made up of MANY smaller cites. Those living ANY of those cities are of course welcome in the group. They include: . . .

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Upcoming events (5+)

Snowshoeing and Winter Camping in Yosemite on MLK Weekend

Join me for a weekend of snowshoeing and winter camping. Plan: Driving up to Yosemite (from San Francisco) at 5am on Saturday 1/18. Snowshoe one of the trails off Crane Flat (off Tioga Road/Hwy 120). Link to the trails here: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/cflat-winter.pdf Set up camp at Hodgdon Meadow campground (20 min drive from Crane Flat, $18 per night per campsite). On Sunday we will pack up and drive down to Yosemite Valley and set up camp at Camp 4. (50 min drive from Hodgdon Meadow, $6 per person per night). Then we will either take the shuttle to Badger Pass Ski Area or drive ourselves there, and snowshoe to Dewey Point. Link to the trail here: https://socalhiker.net/snowshoeing-to-dewey-point-in-yosemite/ Then we will head back to Camp 4 and camp there for the evening. Monday is flexible, options include: hiking around Yosemite Valley (mist trail/vernal falls if trail conditions are right with microspikes), lower section of 4 mile trail, head back to badger pass for skiing, or just head home early. I have room in my car for one, maybe two depending how much gear is brought. Split cost of gas/tolls. I’ve got entrance fee covered. Alternatively you can just meet us at a point. Winter camping experience is mandatory. However, snowshoeing is beginner friendly so don’t need to be a pro. It’s important you have all the right gear for winter conditions. PM for more info.

The awesome Hawaii like Cataract Falls Experience !

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What we'll do The beautiful Hawaii like "Cataract Falls " Experience ! Tom Bold Hosted by Tom Bold From Backroads Wine and Nature Adventures[masked] EM: [masked] (Always have my Phone #) Marin Country Mart/Starbucks Coffee 1801 Larkspur landing Circle · Larkspur, CA The recent rains have energized the waterfall areas. Now is the time to experience them. This is a very popular hike in North Marin County. It is also DOG FRIENDLY. They love this outing. ***Wear layered clothes as you will get warm. NOTE: Good hiking shoes are a must for this outing. ** Gym shoes are not recommended ** Bring a Lunch !! We meet in front of Starbucks at L.landing shopping Ctr. (Marin Country mart) . I can take 4-5 in my vehicle to hike location. ***Carpooling is a must, as parking is extremely difficult at hike location. ****The parking at the hike area will be very limited. . We will fill the cars and shuttle from Starbucks (L.L.) . ** I will have an alternate 2nd parking & meeting area posted later. (nearer to the hike start) . I will also have maps for all drivers. NOTE: As usual,included : Personal Wine Varietals, water, juice, teas, latte;s , protein & energy drinks, , trail bars, other snacks, Wine Country Sparkling Sodas, (Soon to be famous) Gourmet fruit & Nut packs, , hiking poles, hats, gloves,coats, etc. are available for any who may need them. Also carpooling/shuttles, parking fees. , a super fun outdoor experience, etc. MEETUP Donation: $25 chk or $. Upon arrival.. Or P.Pal ) friends & family option only. Or use chase.com/zelle (Easy & no fees) Use my EM & ph. # This event is rated as moderate to a little strenuous(2nd part). NOTE: The 2nd part is at your own pace & you don't have to finish it. There are several resting & stopping points for photos & I have side spur trails to show you for unique off trail experiences. That's where the best waterfall locations are to get close. NOTE: The Cataract Falls trek is a must to experience. *******Please do not RSVP if you are not really sure of attending. NOTE: The Marin water Dist. has limited groups to 20 people. **So ; don't even think of not showing up or you may be dropped from your meetup membership. If you are a no show; someone else will be denied a spot. Remove your RSVP in a timely manner. Thanks again ! Thanks. Also: *** This is a dog friendly outing ! The Dogs love this !! P.S> The trails are rocky & hard packed. Very little mud !! Our always fun Dinner option follows with new made friends. NOTE: Print info up from a desktop computer & print up the page to use as a reference with your mobile app. (You may miss info if don't do this) . NOTE: I will do this only with a minimum of 12 people. Indie Tom

Los Angeles - Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L1) + Monday Canyon!

Learn Canyoneering from America's premier Canyoneering Instruction, Events & Community organization: Uber Adventures. Tuition for this comprehensive course is only $395 and includes loaner technical gear, all instruction, a 10% discount on any purchased gear from our online store, and a Certificate of Completion! And, as a courtesy to our students, you are invited to join us in descending a local canyon on the day following this course where you can put your newly acquired skills to immediate use! **This course is cross-posted in several places .. just because you see no sign-ups here, doesn't mean that nobody else is signed-up!** You will find a full description of this course, a full calendar of our series of courses and locations, an online store for all your canyoneering gear needs, and a list of the festivals we host, on our website: http://uberadventures.net. In addition to our official site, we also host the most active canyoneering Meetup groups, with the best-trained canyoneers in the country! http://www.meetup.com/canyoneering ...and others! Sooo ..... What is Canyoneering? Canyoneering is an emerging adventure sport which has grown significantly in popularity over the past decade. This exciting sport combines hiking, wading, swimming, jumping, sliding, boulder-hopping, scrambling, down-climbing, sometimes packrafting and always rappelling — often over waterfalls! Physically, it takes significantly less upper body strength than rock climbing, and is therefore a sport that can be enjoyed by a much larger spectrum of the population .. young or mature .. tall or short .. large or small. If you can hike, you can canyoneer! This sport has unique risks and requires a very specific set of technical skills to enjoy it safely. Rock-climbing, caving, mountaineering and swift water training teach related skills, but Canyoneering has become highly specialized. Our basic course gets you from "That looks cool!" ... to "Woohoo!" in 3 days! Check out these Vimeos and see why we are hooked on the sport! https://vimeo.com/148696696 https://vimeo.com/104538804 Prerequisite: None! This Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L1) is a beginner to intermediate course which teaches the skills necessary to safely descend canyons as part of a group (being a competent participant and the knowledge to recognize and implement safe canyon practices). This course is designed to quickly get the beginner up-to-speed on basics, to give both the rookie and intermediate canyoneer new tools for his/her toolbox, and will help intermediate canyoneers refine their current skill set! See a list of the TOPICS and SKILLS, Policies, and Testimonials on our website! Instructor: Klaus Gerhart - ACE Master Instructor/L5 Certified Guide, Certified Tactical Rappel Master, Wilderness First Responder, Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Whitewater Rescue Technician, Technical Rope Rescue Technician, Basic Mountaineering Instructor, Map & Compass Navigation Instructor and a Master Educator for Leave No Trace wilderness ethics.

Explore India With A Free Stopover in Dubai - A Transformative Trip

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9 DAYS FULL OF LIFE, JOY, POSITIVITY, MEDITATION, ENJOYMENT, EXCITEMENT, HIGH VIBRATION, BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS AND…THE SECRET OF SUCCESS I took this trip 3 years ago (yep...that's me on the pics there :) and I had a truly transforming experience! Now I would like to share it with friends and likeminded people. This is an unique all-inclusive land tour which takes you to the most exotic locations of India like Taj Mahal, Delhi, Jaipur and ... you get a free 3-night stay in Dubai! This is not your usual touristy stuff though! Along with the full enjoyment of touring you will learn ways to change your life and master the world’s easiest & most effective system of success. As rightly said by T. Harv Eker: “If you want to change the fruit, you have to change the roots. If you want to change the visible, you have to change the invisible.” This Trip will help you unlock the power of your brain and will bring a massive change in your life. WHAT YOU WILL GET: In India: ✓ Tour to the charismatic Golden Triangle i.e. Delhi, Taj Mahal, Jaipur. ✓ 7 days stay in Elegant 5-star hotels with modern facilities. ✓ Daily Lavish Buffet Breakfast at hotels. ✓ Fresh & Lip-Smacking delectable variety of Indian cuisine at Lunch & dinner. ✓ Travel by comfortable, safe, modern, air-conditioned transport. ✓ Entry tickets to all monuments to avoid standing in long queue. ✓ Experienced, Knowledgeable, Friendly English-speaking guides. ✓ Fulfilled Cycle rickshaw ride in the local bazaars in Delhi. ✓ Meditation Session(s) to relax your mind and remove all the stresses. ✓ Workshop(s) & special session(s) to secret success mantra. In Dubai: ✓ Meet & assist at the airport ✓ 03 Nights’ accommodation in 4* hotels ✓ 3 breakfasts & 2 dinners ✓ Dhow Cruise ✓ Desert Safari ✓ Half Dubai City Tour ✓ All taxes, driver allowances, parking etc. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: ✓ Apply the money rules the rich and successful people use to accelerate their wealth. ✓ Understand how - and why - people are programmed for success, mediocrity, or failure. ✓ Reset your "Financial Blueprint" to a higher level of wealth and achievement. ✓ Master how to improve your relationships & health. ✓ Learn how to eliminate stress & anxiety through meditation. * The meditation & Transformative sessions are not related to any religion or spirituality. The transformative sessions establish right level of thinking & actions that guarantee success. Price per person $1199 if sharing a room. If you don't have a travel buddy, we offer share match. Single supplement $599. Airfare is not included, but I do have contracted fares. Message for a quote.

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