What we're about
Update June 2018 : This Meetup group is inactive at this time. If you're looking for hikes around Melbourne, try the HCH facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/14631366040... Andrew can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
We like our hiking challenging. A chance to get out of the comfort zone - like being on the trail after dark, with just a head torch and rock cairns to find the way. Or struggling with navigation and wondering "Am I sleeping rough tonight?" Or pushing through ridiculously thick regrowth, while cursing the guide book that made it sound so easy. It can be hard at the time, but the sense of achievement when you come out the other end makes it all worthwhile. AND you've got another good story to tell your friends!
Maybe you'd like this too. If so, you're welcome to join us on the next adventure...
You DON'T need to be a super experienced bush-walker. We have walks to suit different levels of fitness, experience (http://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-hard-core-hikers/pages/HCH_Hike_Grades/) and appetite for challenge. You'll need appropriate clothing plus gear necessary to be safe and comfortable for hikes in the back country. (If you're not sure what you need, just ask. )
You DO need to have the right attitude. This is not a group for whiners or sooks. If the hill is steep, dig deep. If the weather turns grim, grin and bear it. If the group is lost in diabolical bush, have a chuckle then help figure a way out. If someone is struggling, give them a hand.
You get the idea. :-)
We look forward to seeing you on the trail!
From April 2016 we are using an event-based fees system, where you pay a small fee to attend individual events. See the Fees page (http://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-hard-core-hikers/pages/Membership_fees/) for more information.
We have an active Facebook group for discussing all things hiking. Find at https://www.facebook.com/groups/14631366040... (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1463136604014120/)