What we're about
Late Morning Hiking Group
Want to go hiking near Charleston and not wake up at the crack of dawn? This group is for you. We'll be doing some great hikes and other active, outdoor activities in the Charleston area several times a month with a happy hour in between to catch up. The goal is to do hikes with accessible, reasonable meeting times so that we can all enjoy the outdoors without losing too much shut-eye.
By participating in any Late Morning Hikers events, you explicitly agree to the waiver of liability below:
In consideration of my participation in a Late Morning Charleston Hikers (“Charleston Hikers”) event , I hereby freely and voluntarily agree to the following representations, waivers and agreements:
I UNDERSTAND and ACKNOWLEDGE that participation in the events offered by Charleston Hikers, including hiking and other events can result in death, bodily injury, and/or loss or damage to property.
I UNDERSTAND and ACKNOWLEDGE that the events offered by Charleston Hikers take place under a variety of weather conditions, difficult and changing terrain.
I REPRESENT that I have no physical or medical condition which, in my knowledge, would endanger myself or others while I participate in any Charleston Hikers' event.
I UNDERSTAND and ACKNOWLEDGE that Charleston Hikers, its volunteer organizers, volunteer event organizers, trip leader(s) and members are not responsible or liable for my personal welfare and safety. I am solely and completely responsible for choosing events that are within my physical and medical ability level, for taking proper clothing, provisions, and equipment along on outings to provide for my personal comfort and safety, and for making appropriate decisions in response to terrain, elevation, and weather conditions and their inherent hazards (such as but not limited to falling, falling objects, lightning, avalanche, hypothermia, and injuries caused by animals and other participants) to ensure my safety, including terminating participation in any event.
On behalf of myself and my family and spouse, my heirs, executors, administrators, legal representatives, assignees and successors in interest (hereinafter “successors”), I ASSUME ALL RISKS for my personal safety, death or any injury I may suffer and/or the loss of or damage to my property, or the property of others caused by me, while participating in any Charleston Hikers event.
I HEREBY AGREE to forever HOLD HARMLESS and INDEMNIFY all persons and entities identified above from any and all liability for death, personal injury or property damage resulting in any way from my participating in Charleston Hikers events of any kind. It is my intent to extinguish any liability on the part of Charleston Hikers and its members for my death, injury or damage I may suffer as a result of my participation in any Charleston Hikers event.
I FURTHER AGREE that I or my successors shall not make a claim against or sue Charleston Hikers and/or any of its members for death, injury or damage I may suffer that results from the negligence or other act or omission, however caused, of any member of Charleston Hikers in connection with my participation in any Charleston Hikers event.
I AGREE that should I or my successors assert any claim in contravention of this agreement, I or my successors shall be liable for the expenses (including legal fees) incurred by the other party or parties in defending against such a claim.
This document contains the entire agreement between the parties and if any term of provision of this agreement is found invalid or unenforceable, the remaining terms and provisions of this agreement shall remain binding and enforceable.
By joining the group as a member, I hereby freely and voluntarily agree to the preceding representations, waivers and agreements contained in this document.
I'm over 45 or under 25 - can I still join?
Since the group is built around socializing and exercising, it is designed for people from age 25 to 45 who live in or near Charleston. This age range describes the primary physical and social makeup of the group. However, we do not decline any members based on age.
What fitness level do I need to have to join this group?
Please use your discretion when signing up for meetup events considering your fitness and experience. The mileage and approximate hiking times will be included to the extent possible on each event. This meetup is not recommended for first time hikers unless you get regular exercise. If you are concerned that you are not fit enough to hike the whole itinerary, you should not join that particular hike. Events will vary, but probably be at least 4+ hours of hiking each time. Please note that by joining the group as a member, you explicitly agree to the liability waiver above.
Can I come even if the meetup event is full? What is your cancellation policy? Can I bring a friend even if the hike is full?
The event is intended for those who reply "YES" only, or for those who make separate arrangements with the hike leader(s) personally (by private message on the meetup site).
The hike leader(s) will take attendance, so please change your reply if you cannot make it, preferably at least 48 hours in advance. The organizers do have the discretion to drop people from the meetup for repeated no shows without cancelling in advance and without an explanation.
Will we hike even if it rains?
Before each hike, the hike leader(s) will be monitoring the weather conditions. Please monitor your email before you head out. If there is a very strong chance of rain or the trail conditions are likely to be hazardous, the hike may be postponed. Alternatively, if any experienced hikers want to go regardless of the weather conditions, a small group may be led, but at the discretion of the hike leader(s). However, no one will be penalized for not showing up in bad weather.