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Late Morning Hiking Group -- About Page
Want to go hiking near DC and not wake up at the crack of dawn? This group is for you. We'll be doing some great hikes in the DC 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.
1) 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 DC. However, we do not decline any members based on age.
2) 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.
3) 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. There is a waitlist for additional people who are interested.
4) Will we hike even if it rains/snows/etc?
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 snow 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.
5) Can I bring my dog?
The plain answer is “No”. The main reason behind this is that we want to accommodate the comfort of all hikers. Additionally, not allowing pets facilitates carpooling and social events after the hikes.
Note that by participating in any Late Morning Hikers events, you agree to the waver of liability in the following link: https://www.meetup.com/Late-Morning-DC-Hikers-25-45/pages/12710332/Waiver_of_Liability (https://www.meetup.com/Late-Morning-DC-Hikers-25-45/pages/12710332/Waiver_of_Liability/?_locale=de-DE)/