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.


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.


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)

Super fun & cool Russian River Redwoods Zip Line Experience !

Sonoma canopy yours

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What we'll do
Meet in front of the hotel. We will car pool from there. Most of my events & adventures are all day. They take a lot of $$, & effort to plan, create & conduct so many unique & fun experiences.
Meetup donation: $27 ; Zelle, Chk .Venmo or $. My events are the cure for ho hum meetups.
NOTE: Bring your masks !

Wear good hiking shoes & maybe bring along a second more comfortable pair for other part of this event. Always bring a jacket. I'll have hiking poles & other supplies if needed.
The hike is about 4 miles R.T. Much to see & photograph. Some climbing & creek crossings, bridges, . Always great fun getting to the Falls. (Climbing is required) or view from trail top. The infinity pools will be refreshing.
Our wine picnic will be in a sunny meadow. And I'll have have the Tomahawks ready for practice throwing fun. (If I can find them) (This is the new fun fad). Maybe spear chucking will be next. ha, Ha!
**Bring a lunch. I will also have all the other snacks, food, & drinks & Vino available as usual.
I have extended this hike from last year & it is longer. Maybe 4+ miles R.T.
After the hike we can go to the Union hotel for our always fun after adventure dinner, social get together. You can relax & get to know your new friends better.
*** NOTE: If time permits we may be able to do a tasting at an historical winery at the Russian river in the Redwoods.
NOTE: Bring your masks & we can social distance 79 to 99 inches. But the CDC states that covid transmission in the outdoors is about a 000,1 percent chance. AKA: No bad bugs.

Thanks. P. S. This is a dog friendly outing.
NOTE; SORRY I BOOKED THIS SO LATE. I FORGOT . DUH. There are just 2 spots left. Max is sixteen Zippers.

Call/text me asap to secure one or both spots. [masked] Indie Tom


Saturday Free Online Guided Meditation- Learn, practice, relax and grow

Meditate, meet and get motivated.
Meditation that you can use. Meditate for spiritual awakening, stress care, personal development, health...

How to join?
Please click on 'Attend Online' to get Zoom link

We recommend joining by laptop for better experience. All levels welcome.
You will find experience of this online class very real life like and in fact more attentive and personal

Facebook for more resources- more live events, recorded sessions, self learning units, mentorship, downloads..... Join now!


What meditation technique is used?

The gentle and easy technique shared is known as 'Sahaja Yoga' meditation and is practiced in more than 100 countries and is always free. It was founded in 1970 by- Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi. When practiced for 10 minutes a day it can lead to dramatic positive change in your personal life - even after one week of practice!

More at:

Expected Outcome of class?

1. Learn how to meditate at home
2. Learn best practices and techniques
3. Experience the 'awakening' of healing energy within us that gives peace and balance
4. Sahaja Yoga meditation toolkit resources to apply techniques learnt in daily life

What happens after this class?

These recurring classes are meant to come together and meditate and learn little by little, so please plan to join them every week for growth in your meditative state and practice. You are equipped with knowledge to start practicing from day 1. As you join us for subsequent classes you are taken forward in meditation practice. In case you are unable to join a class, don't worry and rejoin any time and you can always start afresh.

Do share this event with you friends, colleagues, neighbors and loved ones. It may change their life and it may be the best gift they ever got :).

Need Help?

Please feel free to email or WhatsApp following in case you have more questions or face difficulties joining Zoom session. We will try to keep you informed about more meditation events.
Stay safe and keep meditating!

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Wind Cave, Badlands NPs, Mt Rushmore National Memorial, moderate hikes

Badlands NP has one of the best scenic drives in the US, Badlands Loop. The Badlands wall, consisting of the rock formations the park is famous for, separates the lower prairie to the south and upper prairie to the north and, outside of the Grand Canyon, the Badlands Wall it is said to be the most magnificent marvel of eroded rock in the US. The drive along the Wall provides a bunch of overlooks, and is the best bet for seeing wildlife - deer, bighorn, sheep, fox, and the famous herd of 1400 bisons inhabiting the area along Wildlife Loop Rd.

In Wind Cave NP we will hike rolling grassland and ponderosa pine forests, the area known as Black Hills, a name earned by the cover of trees that look black compared to a sea of grass surrounded them. This area is also know for high chance of seeing bisons and pronghorn in the prairies, and elk to be heard bugling in the backcountry. And, of course, the subterranean labyrinth - Wind Cave, the 6th longest cave in the world that is the most notable for its calcite formations known as boxwork (thin blades of calcite that project from cave walls and ceilings, forming a honeycomb pattern.) The South Dakota's Wind Cave contains 95% of worlds discovered boxwork formations.

And finally - one can’t find a more roughly hewn park unit than Mountain Rushmore National Memorial, which was literally carved from a South Dakota mountain in honor of four American Presidents, that we will explore when finishing this trip.

Spring weather in this area is sunny with day average temperatures 60 degree F and light winds. See updates of weather forecasts at:

* 4days/3nights trip for a small group of 6 explorers.
* The starting and ending point is Rapid City Regional Airport, SD.
* Level of activities: Easy to Intermediate.

Hotel accommodations in Rapid City, SD. All locations in this event follow safety requirements by the state.

Clothes and gear recommended:
* good hiking shoes,
* warm jacket for evenings, be ready to layer up,
* hiking poles if you used to them,
* consider hydration bladder for hikes,
* sunglasses,
* sunscreen,
* hat,
* swimming suite, cap, flip-flops,
* for personal protection: mask, carry-on sanitizer, gloves (by your choice.)

Cost $440.
What is included:
* 4days/3nights stay in 2-people occupancy non-smoking room (two queen beds in room),
* Breakfasts at the hotels,
* Transportation by minivan (like Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Grand or similar) covering approx. 450 mi of road-tripping total,
* Park entrance fees,
* Park's ranger guided tour to the cave,
* Guided hikes in all days.

What is NOT included:
* Getting to Rapid City, SD,
* Meals, snacks, water.

Sunrise: 5:45am. Sunset: 7:55pm. Everyday we want to start off from the hotel at 7 am or 7:30am, or 8am as the latest. If you are a nigh owl, please try to adjust yourself for an earlier getup during the trip - the purpose of it is to use more of daylight at winter time for activities.

No refunds after April 19th. But, if you (or we) are able to find other person to take your spot the refund will be given in full. We will try the best to handle personal requests and situations.

Please feel free to comment/message with any questions!

Spring in Sequoia National Park. Camping, Hiking W/ Optional Whitewater Rafting

Sequoia National Park

As with many things on this group. This trip is special and different.

Of course the ADDED layer of this being recent Post Covid

Let's get to that part first.. We will proceed with safety as paramount.

We have booked out the entire site so we will be able to control density, and distance on every level. Tents will be spaced from each other, and campfire will be divided among several so that distance kept there. Food prep will not be one single kitchen as normal but rather divided to several. Additionally we will forego the normal Pot Luck we do on arrival as the idea of food you did not personally prepare, with several people touching while serving, is just not a good thing at the moment.

All restrooms are flush toilets and NOT pit/septic toilets. Being real porcelain they are able to be cleaned often and regularly, and actually be clean. We will also have free hot showers available.

So we will very much manage distance, cleanliness/hygiene, and safety.

Our site ALSO is:

*on grass (half of them) and not dirt. As well as mostly shaded.

*on the river so we can take a dip whenever we wish.

* located close to (food) stores and restaurants so you do not need to totally rough it if the mood does not strike you.

Friday -
Depart town when you can.
Flexible arrival time to all hours of the nite.
We can be in our site as early as noon on Friday.

Sat -
8:00am to 5:00pm Enter the park and travel General Highway all the way to Grant's Grove.
And hitting all the view and special points along the way.
Moro, Grant, Sherman, the groves, Beetle, Crescent Meadow.
Of course there are stunning waterfalls of Tokopah Falls, Grizzly Falls Roaring River Falls and Mist Falls.
Those that wish can even continue to Roads End.

Those that are rafting will do that. Rafting is optional and does cost extra. However they discount for us. You pay the Rafting Company directly when there.
Those who are not Rafting will go back into the park for the day and head home when wish.

You can stay in our site as long as you want on Sun. We have sites to Monday.
Having the site longer makes it a more leisure weekend.

Want to stay till Monday? No Prob. It's already included.

Cost per person:
Camping for 4 days/3 nights OR 3 days and 2 nights is $121 Per Person
Payment Link https://py.pl/17vUnD
If you have a +1 or are X2 just do the transaction a second time.
Kids under 18 are free.

OK . . . Tell me about food and everything else. What's included?
The logistics of us providing food (as well as food prep issues with Covid) are just not feasible or safe.
Due to varied dietary needs, and food contact issues, it's better if bring what you like and prep it. There will be grills available.
BUT there are also local options. No need to cook too much if you don't want to.
Firewood: We will provide a bundle of firewood to start. If you want a super roaring fire you can pickup some extra at the small store.

Carpools? We will provide a carpool resource. BUT it's still Covid. So be very aware of this.

How do I pay?
Cost per person: Camping for 4 days/3 nights OR 3 days and 2 nights is $121 Per Person
Payment Link https://py.pl/17vUnD
If you have a +1 or are X2 just do the transaction a second time.
Kids under 18 are free.

Rafting will be additional. We have a discounted group rate. You reserve with the rafting company. Only have to pay for the rafting when arrive.
Includes ALL needed gear.

Is it less for two nights? No. We have the sites the whole time. You may come late or leave early. If gives you flexibility.

Refund if requested 2 weeks before event start date/time. If cancel less than 2 weeks 100% Full Credit applied to ANY future event we run.

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