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The Jewish Outdoors Club (JOC) is a 501c(7) non-profit organization that exists to bring Jews together for fun and adventure in the great outdoors. Over the past 19 years, we have gathered for outdoor activities ranging from chilled out social events to daring and adventurous excursions. The JOC is composed of Jews of all backgrounds, primarily modern orthodox, with an age range of 21-45. All events are Kosher and Shomer Shabbat. Events are publicized through an email list, now numbering 3,000 people, as well as through this meetup forum. Since its inception, the club has cultivated a culture that is warm and welcoming.

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Giant Ledge hike (with Panther Mountain option) - September 23

Giant Ledge Trailhead

Join the JOC for a hike in the Catskills, on the Giant Ledge trail, with an option to also hike up to Panther Mountain on September 23rd. The hike to Giant Ledge will be about 3.5-4 miles round trip. The hike includes some elevation gain & rock scrambling making it a moderate plus hike. If there is enough interest , parts of the group will do the entire 6.2 mile hike to Panther Mountain. Because this location is hours from where most people reside\live, some of us will be driving up Tuesday afternoon\evening to the area and staying overnight in a motel (possibly the Best Western? TBD) nearby. For those arriving Tuesday afternoon, we will likely go to Kaaterskill Falls for a late Tuesday afternoon activity. HIKING LOCATION - Trail head GPS Coordinates: Giant Ledge Trailhead, Oliverea Rd, Phoenicia, NY[masked], [masked] SCHEDULE: We will meet in the parking lot at 10:00am to check in. We expect to start the hike at 10:15 am ORGANIZERS: Marvin Baum [masked] Chaim Spear [masked] HIKE DESCRIPTION on AllTrails: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-york/giant-ledge-and-panther-mountain-trail PACKING LIST: 3+ bottles of Water!!Lunch, snacks, hiking boots\shoes, bug spray, camera, binoculars, and a fun attitude! For passengers, $22-$25 dollars to reimburse your driver, to cover tolls, gas and wear & tear . Getting There: Drivers\Passengers, please use the meetup comments to post about rides. Please check this event for updates, in case of rain etc. JOC WAIVER: In consideration for attendance in this Jewish Outdoors Club event and to be permitted to participate in this activity:I understand that during events of the Jewish Outdoors Club (aka JOC) in which I participate, certain risks and dangers may arise including but not limited to: hiking, biking, or traveling in remote areas, animals, forces of nature, accident and illness. These dangers could result in serious bodily injury, including permanent disability, paralysis, and death. I hereby acknowledge, agree, and represent that I understand the nature of outdoor activities and that I am qualified, in good health, and in proper physical condition to participate in the activity. I further agree and warrant that if at any time I believe conditions to be unsafe, I will immediately discontinue further participation in the activity. I acknowledge that the Jewish Outdoors Club does not undertake and does not have any responsibility for the accuracy of any information it provides or to determine or assure the suitability of any event driver, vehicle or any other event or activity of the Jewish Outdoors Club, in general or as to a particular person. The Jewish Outdoors Club has no duty to provide medical assistance or advice to any participant. All persons who participate in any hike or other activity of the Jewish Outdoors Club accept responsibility for making their own determinations as to the suitability of the activity and for their own safety, conduct and well-being and agrees to participate solely at their own risk.In consideration of the right to participate in any hike or other activities of the Jewish Outdoors Club, I, the undersigned, assume the risks associated with these activities and will hold the Jewish Outdoors Club, its officers, directors, event leaders and agents harmless from and defend them against any and all liability, actions, suits, claims and demands which could arise from any of the club’s activities and from any loss or injury which I may sustain as a result of my participation in any of these activities. This agreement shall also serve as a release of liability and assumption of risk by me, and is intended to be binding on my heirs, administrators, executors and all members of my family. By attending this event, I agree to all aspects of this disclaimer and agree to abide by any and all rules and regulations of the Jewish Outdoors Club.

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