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[05.12.20] COVID-19 Updates and Information:
Everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Massachusetts (https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information)

[10.07.20] Zero Tolerance Policy: It's exactly what it sounds like. No ONE has the right to infringe upon another person's Personal boundaries (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_boundaries).

[04.13.20] Moving forward, a Face Mask will be required on all hikes and be easily accessible at all times. You will be required to wear it anytime we stop or pass other people on a trail. Social Distancing will be enforced at all times. 6+ feet when we are hiking, 15+ feet when we stop. We believe these are critical new skills to help adjust to our new reality.

** Hiking Enchantment is no longer accepting new members. Our goal is to help ensure your mental and psychological well-being remain intact. Exercise will be critical moving forward. 👼🏽+💕

**Covid-19: We have reached out to our local board of health and received permission to hike. Also, we refer to the guidance posted at https://www.Mass.gov Relevant Link: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-prevention-and-treatment#latest-guidance-

** Anyone who violates the Social Distancing of 6+ feet guidelines from the C.D.C will be timed out. 👿

We are most concerned about groups 10+ gathering in enclosed spaces. We must for the foreseeable future practice Social Distancing until a vaccine can be discovered.

I am continuously seeking hiking locations that have the fewest folks on the trail. Scouting "Mystery" hikes are in a "secret" location. When you arrive at the meetup location I will inform you where we are going. Many of the most popular hiking trails are going to be overwhelmed in the coming days/weeks/months.

I want to ensure every hiking enchantment member, that I will do my utmost to protect not only myself, but you as well.

Group hiking moving forward: Priority goes to Gold Medal Members and/or professional hikers, until further notice.

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Because of the on going health emergency ALL hikes moving forward will be practicing social distancing. This is out of abundance caution. We will hike at least 6 feet apart, both moving and stopping. We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments accordingly. Mental health (stress, worry, negative thoughts etc.) can be managed through regular exercise.

This club offers you the opportunity to feel good about yourself. Meet new and interesting people, in a safe and controlled environment.

Guidelines:

This is an exercise program. Please come prepared to sweat, lose your breath, and become a little tired. Food, snacks, water etc. backpack, poles, camera, hiking boots, shoes etc. Whatever works for you w/out impeding the forward movement of the group. Expect most events to be moderate paced.(1.7 mph to 2.3 mph)

All new members will be required to answer a simple question: "What types of hikes do you enjoy?". Answer the question, join the hike. It's that simple. Winter - Spring - Summer - Fall - Hiking year round. We do not hike in the rain.

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It has become a challenge to remember who hikes and who does not. So, this year we are implementing an emoji based system to help facilitate quicker decisions and at the same time let everyone know who's who's.

🧿 = New Member. Asks questions. Signs up for events.

🚶‍♀️ = Attended walking event

🥾 = Has hiked 1 time with the club.

!👑 = Has hiked 2 times with the club

👑 = Gold Medal Member. Has hiked 3+ times with the club.

🏆 = Gold Medal Member Distinguished Honors Award.

👑 + 🤯 = Have no idea who you are. A complete memory freeze.

☣️ = Club supporter

☘️ = A no show. You kept us all waiting.

🏗️ = An organizer or event organizer for another club.

🧀 = The big cheese. If something goes horribly wrong I'm the guy that is going to take control.

Not all emoji's are created equal. Some platforms (Android, Apple, Windows) don't display.

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3 Different ways to obtain the Hiking Enchantment club patch:

• Attend 50 events

• Host 5 or more events

• $20 to support the club and receive a patch

(Previous Club Statement 2019)

This club's philosophy is centered around believing in yourself. Whatever the challenge, whatever the change you want, it all starts with believing you can.

Our hikers will generally fall into the beginner to intermediate range. Our pace will be just slow enough to enjoy nature, while quick enough to burn off unwanted calories.

Style & Approach:

I started this club in the Summer of 2017. At that time I was struggling with "breathing issues" after suffering blood clots in both my lungs. 2017 & 2018 hiking was all about building my cardio up. And it worked! Now (2019) I'm facing yet another challenge. Essentially I will be working on my executive functions. Planning, organizing, talking and trying to keep my balance. That sort of stuff. The only cure for what I've got is a positive attitude, a healthy diet and great hiking companions. Life is full of surprises... I accept this challenge and will excel moving forward!

Most events will be in the 4 to 6 mile range. Which is pretty good, if you think about it? I will post a topographical map with an elevation graph to help explain the technical challenges.

There are a lot of other hiking clubs out there, and I strongly recommend trying them ALL. Meet different people, hike different trails and make new friends.

I go hiking whether anyone shows up or not....it has become part of who I am.

Also, the Hiking Enchantment Host member account was setup to handle email notifications. That member account will show up on all hikes.

Final note: There will be a minimum pace rate for every hike. It's something ridiculously slow it won't even be enforced. However, on the rare occasion that I need to evoke it; PLEASE remember this is NOT A WALK; it's a HIKE. It's designed to meet certain health requirements moving forward.

(Previous Club Statement 2017 - 2018)

Gold Medal Member 👑 Program:

Attend 3 hiking events and receive a gold medal. Gold Medal Status allows hikers to attend any hike, regardless of wait listed status. Become part of a privileged group of hikers, Gold Medal Status begins with your participation. See you on the trails! (Not Real Gold, it's plastic and it's not filled with chocolate either.)

Dog Policy: **Update: Due to the Covid-19 Health Crisis, dogs are no longer allowed on any hikes. Must be a Gold Medal Member. We have a 1 dog policy. You MUST state in the COMMENTS SECTION that you will be bringing a dog. There is a 1 dog limit for any hike, to be determined on a first come first serve basis. If 2 or more dogs arrive for any hike ONLY the person who followed the rules will be allowed to have their dog join us. Be courteous to your fellow hikers, let us know if you plan to bring your pet.

420 (recreational pot) please leave it at home. You put not only yourself in danger but your fellow hikers as well. Consume responsibly. There is a time and place for it. Not here, please.

Pace conversation Table:

45 minutes per mile = 1.3 mph
40 minutes per mile = 1.5 mph
35 minutes per mile = 1.7 mph
30 minutes per mile = 2.0 mph (Moderate)
25 minutes per mile = 2.4 mph
20 minutes per mile = 3.0 mph
15 minutes per mile = 4.0 mph

Hiker starter kit:

Decent backpack, bug repellent, good pair of hiking shoes/boots, water, cell phone, trail snacks. And the rest will come as you gain experience.

Disclaimer:
Hiker Responsibility Code
You are responsible for yourself, so be prepared:
1. With knowledge and gear. Become self-reliant by learning about the terrain, conditions, local weather and your equipment before you start.
2. To leave your plans. Tell someone where you are going, the trails you are hiking, when you will return and your emergency plans.
3. To stay together. When you start as a group, hike as a group, end as a group. Pace your hike to the slowest person.
4. To turn back. Weather changes quickly in the mountains. Fatigue and unexpected conditions can also affect your hike. Know your limitations and when to postpone your hike. The mountains will be there another day.
5. For emergencies. Even if you are headed out for just an hour, an injury, severe weather or a wrong turn could become life threatening. Don’t assume you will be rescued; know how to rescue yourself.
6. To share the hiker code with others.

http://www.hikesafe.com

RISK DISCLAIMER
Please remember meetups are social events and not a professionally guided trips. By participating in a trip, you are agreeing not to hold anybody responsible for injuries or accidents. Always come prepared and properly equipped. In the event of an emergency, your fellow members will do their best for you, but there is no guarantee any of the participants will have medical or rescue training.
By participating in this event you also acknowledge that you understand the level of difficulty and are physically capable, properly attired and have the necessary gear and supplies required for participation in this activity.

By RSVP of "yes" or "maybe" group members and their guests attending any of our meet-up events agree to release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, and or injury, including those caused by negligence and or other reasons.

You also agree to assume all risk associated with each meetup you attend and agree to know and follow the Hiker Responsibility Code.

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Seven Sisters January Hike (@ 9 miles)

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Amethyst Brook to Mount Orient (5.2 Miles)

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(10 am Start) Look Park & Bike Path

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Look Park - (1 to 3 loops)

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