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Important Information About Each Hike

(No refunds. I manually mark people as PAID. So it won't say PAID immediately after you pay.)
To credit your payment I need to know two things:
a. Your Meetup name
b. If you are paying for an event, I need to know which event.
c. No refunds on payments unless over $5 after the paypal charge. The paypal charge will be subtracted from a refund.
CLICK HERE if you know the amount to pay
CLICK HERE if you need payment options

CLICK HERE if you need Guest payment info

Links to
•Best Hiking Shoes
•Pandemic Guide to Staying Safe
•Event Fee and Calendar Year Fee

Regularly/repeatedly using a cell is offensive. Unless you are taking photos, please keep your cell in your pocket.

Important Information About Each Hike
A. How to find the meeting place without getting lost. LINK

B.1.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 calendar year fee.
B.2. There are no refunds on any amount paid.
B.3. Pay online to rsvp to any event.
B.4. If you pay for an event, then change your rsvp, you can use the payment within one week for another event. No-shows may not use the payment for another event.

C.1. The most important rule is FOLLOW THE LEADER, and stay within visual/easy hearing range. Pay attention to the leader.
C.2. DO NOT WALK AWAY FROM THE GROUP. Running to the bathroom or elsewhere without telling multiple individuals is the best way to lose the group.
C.3. Arrive at the event early. Do not expect the entire group to wait if you are late. Sometimes we can make arrangements for a late arrival if you call or leave a message in the comment section of the event.
C.4. Be cooperative and pleasant. No arguments or judgemental behavior.
C.5. If you bring a guest make sure the guest reads the writeup and is physically able and prepared to do the hike.

D. To receive updates and changes in events make sure to white list this email address:
Otherwise these emails might go to your spam or junk mail folder.

E. I will not holdup the entire group to communicate with late or lost individuals. Best to leave a comment online. Someone in the group, not me, will usually respond. Better to text someone you know in the group. Most late/lost problems can be avoided:
1. Plan to be at the event 15 minutes early.
2. Use GPS coordinates if I give them. I try to pinpoint the location on the Meetup google map, but I can not pinpoint the address because parking lots/many meetup areas do NOT have a physical address. Use gps coordinates if I supply them.

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


G. This is not a dating group, but a group to make friendships. Any complaints suggestive of sexual or aggressive behavior may lead to the termination of membership. No refund. Please inform me of any aggressive behavior.

H. Read the entire hike write-up 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.

I. 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.

J. Our hikes are usually explorations, so we don't go down the beaten path. I do hate mud and bushwhacking in stickies. So I will find a better alternative.

K. For active hikes people need to:
1.a. Stay within visual and 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.

1.b. 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!)

3. Follow the leader, do not attempt to direct the leader or group the way or speed that you want to go. Unasked for advice is unwanted advice.

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

M. If you invite guests for an event, make sure they know the difficulty of the event, the rules, and that there is an event fee. Prepandemic you could invite as many guests as you like, though you could only RSVP for one. This prevents a member from signing up 10 bogus guests. Pre and pandemic era: contact me if you have more than one guest.

N. Pandemic era: To be on the RSVP list you must pay online when you rsvp.
• Only sign up if you are reasonably sure you will attend. Though it's okay to change your mind before the 24 hour window of the event. Changing your mind within 24 hours of an event is not being considerate of others.
• Pandemic era: you can't just show up. LINK

O. 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.

P. Plan for the event to take an extra hour, so you can enjoy the event. I do not enjoy events as much when I'm on a restricted time schedule because I've planned something right afterwards. LINK

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

R. 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.

S. All comments online should be positive and/or informative. No weather comments.

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

U. Safety is of primary concern for each hike. LINK

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

W. 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 a member for another group during a hike.

X. Do not post comments about the weather, because the weather report can change 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. If necessary I'll report a problem to the group and/or try to adjust the hike time.

Y. 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 Something-or-other, 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.

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

Z1. 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 approximately 30% in Philly, 25% in burbs. Being a cheapskate is not appropriate. Reducing your tip for bad food or service is just fine. LINK.

Summary of all rules: Be considerate and cooperative.

Z2. Hiking tips: (each heading below is a link)
a) Winter Hiking
b) Clothing All Seasons
c) Footwear
d) Water Water Water

Z3. About Ticks & Prevent Lyme Disease

Z4. Please read the Doggy Page before bringing Fido

Z5. Additional information can be found at:
1- PAGES , which are listed under this page. Click here or look below this page to see other pages and a link to see all pages.
2- FILES, which are hidden right now. I'll look for this.

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Hiking Boots and Shoes June 28, 2021, 11:36 AM Sidney G
Guests May 2, 2021, 8:00 AM Sidney G
FIND THE STARTING POINT August 27, 2020, 1:03 PM Sidney G
Pandemic Guide to Staying Safe June 24, 2020, 9:39 PM Sidney G
Event Fee and Calendar Year Event Fee September 3, 2020, 9:22 PM Sidney G
Pandemic Hiking September 16, 2020, 8:59 PM Sidney G
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 July 25, 2020, 8:39 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

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