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Important Information About Each Hike

If you attend any part of an event -- the eat part, the hike part, or even part of the hike -- then you must pay the full event fee if you have not paid the yearly fee. The yearly fee is a calendar year fee that covers most events in the Philly area. There are no refunds on any amount paid. Please have the correct change if you pay in person.


The most important rule is FOLLOW THE LEADER, stay close. The next rule which follows (ho-ho) is DO NOT WALK AWAY FROM THE GROUP. Running to the bathroom or elsewhere without telling multiple individuals is the best way to loose the group.

If there is a star rating or other type of rating system in effect, then please read this.

I don't have a cell and even if I did, I will not holdup the entire group trying to communicate with late or lost individuals. It is worthwhile to leave a comment on line, but don't expect any quick response. Better to text someone you know in the group.

Summary of all rules: Be considerate and cooperative. You don't need to read the rest of this section though some information may be helpful.

Read the entire hike writeup to determine is this hike is suitable for you. Hike information is summarized on the first line of hike write up. This includes duration in hours, distance in miles, hills, and other obstacles, nice scenery, features, etc.

If you have a disability, injury, medical problem, or any other situation where you need assistance and/or are limited in terms of movement: check with me before rsvping to see if the hike is appropriate. If you bring a dog, make sure the hike is suitable for your dog. See below for more info about dogs.

Our hikes are usually explorations, so we don't go down the beaten path. I do hate mud and bushwhacking in stickies. So, don't expect a walk down a concrete or asphalt path, especially if the hike title includes "Exploration".

For active hikes I need people to do 2 things:
1: Stay within 5 steps of the person in front of you. I call this yelling distance. If you have a problem like needing to go to the bathroom, an injury, or anything else we will stop. If you are out of yelling range, then you are asking for a problem.

This may sound obvious, but you need to go at my speed. If you want to go slower or faster no problem. Just let me know your plans. I'm not going to walk at your speed.

2: Pay attention to the hike! Do not get so involved in conversation that you don't know what is going on. (I've even done this as the group leader!)

Are you physically able to do this hike? I go to a lot of effort to list the distance, hours of hiking, terrain, and other event information in the write up with critical information on the first line. If you have difficulty keeping up and are constantly behind, then this event may not be for you.

If you invite guests for an event, make sure they know about the group and the difficulty of the event. They also need to know that there is an event fee for each hike. You can invite as many guests as you like, though you can only RSVP for one guest on the website. This prevents people from signing up 10 bogus guests. Please inform us that you are bringing more than one guest in the RSVP COMMENT area.

If you Rsvp, we expect you to show up or change your rsvp. No-Show Policy
• Don't bother rsvping NO.
• Only sign up if you are reasonably sure you will attend. It's okay to change your mind.
• Leave a Comment for a MAYBE rsvp.
• It's always okay to just show up.

How to find the meeting place without getting lost. Go

I plan to arrive 30 minutes early using Google Maps: 15 minutes for tardiness; 15 for traffic problems. Rarely am I ever late to an event. If you are late to an event, don't expect us to wait.

Plan for the event to take an extra hour, so you can enjoy the event. I hate events when I'm on a restricted time schedule because I've planned something right afterwards.Read this.

If you need or plan to leave early, just say something. Disappearing can seriously delay the entire group while we send out search parties. More.

Unless you have special knowledge of an area, keep advice as to what trail to take or what direction to travel to yourself. Since we are explorers, not just hikers, there are many route options on each hike. More

All comments online should be positive and/or informative.

Unless it is absolutely necessary, using a cell phone to converse with friends and relatives elsewhere is not appropriate.

Safety is of primary concern for each hike. Read more here: Safety Rules.

BE PREPARED FOR ANYTHING. Wear appropriate clothing, shoes and long pants. Though I hate bushwhacking, sometimes it's the only sensible option.

Potlucks. Bring some great food and drink. More

There is only one main group at Hiking Around Philly. Events are open to each member. It's improper to organize members for a conflicting event or actively recruit members for other groups during hikes.

Do not post comments about the weather, because the weather report changes every hour. Even a comment like, "I'll attend if the weather is good", can indicate that the weather forecast is NOT good. Email me about a serious weather situation, so I can inform the group. I regularly check the US Weather Service hourly graph showing many weather parameters. I'll report a problem to the group and/or try to adjust the hike time.

Your MEETUP NAME is a special name that is used for meetup activities. Organizers do not know your real name. So, please use a meetup name that resembles your real name. If your name is Barbara Somethingorother, then use a name like Barb S or Barbara So. There are 27 Barbara's in every group, so the Meetup name, "Barbara", will NOT help identify you.

Contact me through direct email via the link on the left of each page. A link is next to my photo. If I take the time to personally contact you via email, then please respond. Not responding to an critical email may be a cause for removal.

Eating out. Bring cash. A credit card can be problematic. Always compute your own bill adding tax (8% in Philly, 6% in burbs), and tip (20%) which is total of approximately 30% in Philly, 25% in burbs. Being a cheapskate is not appropriate. Reducing the tip for bad food or service is appropriate.More.

Summary of all rules: Be considerate and cooperative.

Hiking tips: (each heading below is a link)
a) Winter Hiking
b) Clothing All Seasons
c) Footwear
d) Water Water Water

About Ticks & Prevent Lyme Disease:Go.

Please read the Doggy Page before bringing Fido.

Additional information can be found at: the hidden by Meetup link Table of Contents for Pages and at Files under the More menu.

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Safety Rules April 26, 2019 12:50 PM Sidney G
Why We Charge For Each Event September 9, 2018 11:49 AM Sidney G
Conditioning Tips January 25, 2017 10:23 PM Sidney G
RSVP ing to an event November 17, 2016 12:42 PM Sidney G
Carpool from 30th St Station November 6, 2016 7:35 PM Sidney G
Comments online October 10, 2016 4:39 PM Sidney G
Unwanted advice and feedback and disagreeing September 9, 2018 11:41 AM Sidney G
Leaving Early June 9, 2016 11:25 AM Sidney G
Find The Starting Point: Don't Get Lost January 13, 2019 11:21 PM Sidney G
Potlucks October 11, 2017 2:47 PM Sidney G
Heat and Exercise July 1, 2013 10:42 AM Sidney G
Bee Stings August 27, 2012 10:02 AM Sidney G

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