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Hiking & Nature Meetup Pages

Hello Hikers,
Welcome to the Hiking and Nature Meetup. Please read through this document as it provides additional information about our group.


The Liability Waiver
Just to get it out of the way:

1) Hiking is an inherently risky activity. These risks include changes in the weather, hazardous terrain, animal attacks, falls, falling objects, failure of critical equipment, and injury from physical exertion. Traveling to a wilderness area involves additional inherent risks as medical assistance is not available. By participating you agree not to hold the organizers or any follow participants liable for any injury or damage to personal property as a consequence of these risks. (In plain English: Hiking is dangerous and everyone gets hurt sooner or later, so you can't blame anyone when you get hurt.)

2) Hiking with an amateur group rather than a professional guide also involves additional inherent risks. These include relying on other members for transportation, aid during an emergency, and general assistance throughout the event. By participating, you agree not to hold fellow participants or the organizers liable for negligence, poor judgment, over-sights, or any other mistakes on their part. (In plain English: You're choosing to hike with a bunch of amateurs, so you can't blame anyone when they make mistakes.)

By joining the Hiking and Nature Meetup and choosing to participate in an event, you are asserting that you understand the risks involved and that you are assuming responsibility for your own safety and well-being during the event.


About Our Hikes:
We're an active and well organized hiking group, and we make an effort to be as inclusive as possible by offering hikes of all levels, from short relaxing hiking trips to 20 mile hiking challenges. We also do rock scrambling, rock climbing, wilderness skills classes, weekend hiking trips across the northeast, and adventure travel trips all over the world. Plus, as a four-season hiking group, there's snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and winter mountaineering.

- Events are generally posted about two weeks in advance
- Most trips are accessible via public transportation and we try to organize car pools when they are not.
- We generally hike as a group, or as a couple of sub-groups, with some members serving as a point and a sweep.
- Always check your email before an event - We are occasionally forced to cancel events at the last minute.


Safety First!

These are not guided trips - these are social events - so members are responsible for their own safety.

The wide range of activities and skill levels of our events means that members need to carefully read and understand how challenging an event can be.

An overview of our hiking levels is here to give people a ball-park estimate of how challenging a hike will be. We also have a standard summer gear list and a winter gear list that cover the basic gear requirements. However, none of these are a replacement for personal experience.

You do not have to be an expert outdoors-person, but you should, at minimum, know roughly what your hiking level is (in terms of the mileage, elevation, and pace you can do) and what gear (clothing, water, etc) you need. Ideally everyone should be comfortable hiking alone just in case the need arises.

If you do not have any hiking experience at all, please hike with a professional guide service a few times. (Physical fitness is NOT a substitute for having the proper equipment and some hiking experience, even in the summertime.)

Some Safety Guidelines:
- If you leave the trail, let another hiker know you are doing so and leave your pack in plain sight. (We never leave a pack behind!)
- If you decide to leave the group and hike on your own, be sure the organizer is aware of it.
- If you have any problems or are struggling to maintain the pace, let your organizer and other members know immediately.


General Rules and Guidelines:

Honor your RSVPs - Repeated no-shows and late comers will be kicked out

Guests - Members cannot bring guests unless the event specifically allows guests. If that meetup feature is disabled, please contact the event organizer about bringing a guest.

We do allow guests at social events and on some shorter hikes. However, for the more challenging hikes, we require guests to sign up separately to ensures that they have read and agreed to the waiver, understand the requirements for membership, answered the event related question, and will receive any event related notifications. (Shoot the organizer an email if you need to have your guest's application fast tracked.)

Dogs - Most day hikes are dog friendly and most over-nights are not, but double check with the organizer. (Only well-behaved, quiet dogs are allowed. Bring a leash. Check with the DEC about hunting season.)

Don't treat this like a singles group - We're all adults, and dating is fine (and even encouraged since all the world loves a lover), but we've had a problem with some people treating the site like it's match.com and the hikes like speed dating events. Just use common sense and maintain a respectful and courteous attitude. If you feel that a member is making unwanted advances after you have told them to stop, please let your organizers know - they enjoy doing impersonations of creepy people in funny voices.

The organizer has final say during an event - Plans often have to be changed, so be flexible and try to keep a positive attitude and respect their decisions regarding routes, the group's pace, transportation and other matters.

Respect the environment by following the Leave No Trace Principles - Basically: Pack it in, pack it out. Minimize impact by hiking only on trails. Respect nature by leaving wildlife alone. Read the full version at: http://www.lnt.org/pr...

Food scraps are still litter - Banana peels, peanut shells, and the like are biodegradable, but they are unsightly litter for days or weeks while that happens. Make sure you toss them well away from any trails.



Custom Titles:
Custom titles are given to indicate various level of activity and experience.

5+ Hikes, 10+ Hikes, Etc: Indicates someone has a attended five, ten, etc or more hikes. It replaces the older "Regular Participant" and "Participating Member" titles, and is only applied to members who attended an event after June 1st, 2010.

20+ Miler: Indicates the member completed a day hike of more then 20 miles. 25+ and 30+ Miler titles will be added as necessary.

0°F: Indicates completing a hike where the temperate was at or below 0°F

UT '10: Participated in the 2010 trip to Utah
IS '09: Participated in the 2009 trip to Iceland
UT '09: Participated in the 2009 trip to Utah
WA '08: Participated in the 2008 trip to Washington State

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Support your local hiking organizations September 13, 2015 9:23 PM Andre
Hiking Levels July 7, 2010 3:03 PM Group A.
Proper Equipment for a Day Hike September 10, 2010 8:29 AM Group A.
About Hiking & Nature Meetup August 16, 2011 2:02 PM Group A.

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