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Like being outdoors year round? Interested in camping, picnics, hiking, old railroad bed biking, snowshoeing, freshwater kayaking, landscape or wildlife photography, adventure, and involvement? Then this group maybe your ticket to enjoying the great outdoors all four seasons with folks liking the same. Events are skill based and vary between beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. In other words, something for everyone. Warm or cold, dry or wet, sun or clouds, wind or calm, it may be outdoor tyme for you!

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Hike People's State Forest in Barkhamsted CT

Peoples State Forest

Sign Up Info: Please read the entire write up as it contains useful information to help you decide whether to sign up for an event or not. Should you decide to attend this event, click on the check mark box under “Are you going?” When you sign up for an event by clicking on the electronic check mark box, you, and any guest(s) that accompany you, agree to the terms of the Liability Waiver cited below. Event Description: A 6.6 mile loop rated as a difficult Level 3 hike. Expect an elevation gain of 900’ and corresponding terrain roll of 1,800’. There are several ups and downs, some steep, along these trails. Recommended for seasoned hikers. Average moving pace of 2 to 2 ½ mph, slower going uphill. Breaks as needed. There are several vistas to enjoy the fall colors, take a break and have a snack. Gather at 8:45 AM for a 9 AM departure from the main parking area opposite the toll booth approximately 1.3 miles down East River Road from Pleasant Valley Road in Barkhamsted CT. GPS setting N 41°[masked]' W 72°[masked]'. Carpooling available from the Willington CT commuter lot off I-84 at exit 69 which should depart no later than 7:40 AM. Message or post questions in Meetup, or, if the morning of the hike, call my cell phone at[masked]. Rain or extreme weather cancels. If cancelled, the event will be rescheduled for the same time next day. Members signed up for the event will receive a Meetup generated email announcing the change of plans. Trail map: https://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/stateparks/maps/Peoples.pdf Recommended Hiking Gear: Breathable, synthetic or wool hiking attire, including rain gear and head cover; waterproof hiking shoes or boots, trekking poles or hiking staff; bug spray, if necessary; sun block as required; backpack or lumbar pack; 2-3 liters of water; high energy snacks; headlamp; trail map; compass; emergency whistle; and a small 1st aid kit. Notes: A few words to say on pace, distance, terrain, hiking as a group, and injuries: Pay attention to pace and level of difficulty for the event. Your ability to sustain pace with the group over the length of the course amid varying terrain conditions may make the difference whether you and other members of the hike enjoy the event or not. An average pace is between 2 and 2 ½ mph; a slow, relaxed pace is between 1 ½ and 2 mph; and a fast pace is 2 ½ mph or greater. We participate in the event as a group so no one gets knowingly left behind. An exception would be a planned break away at some point during an event. Should a participant experience an injury during an event, like a skinned elbow or bee sting, the event will be delayed in order to tend to that individual. If it’s a serious incident requiring emergency rescue, like heat exhaustion or fracture, the event, as you know it, ends and all resources will be focused on rescue activities and or returning the main group to the starting point. Liability Waiver: As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at www.hikesafe.com; the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you for yourself, your heirs, executors, and administrators release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

Hike Sleeping Giant State Park

200 Mt Carmel Ave

Sign Up Info: Please read the entire write up as it contains useful information to help you decide whether to sign up for an event or not. Should you decide to attend this event, click on the check mark box under “Are you going?” When you sign up for an event by clicking on the electronic check mark box, you, and any guest(s) that accompany you, agree to the terms of the Liability Waiver cited below. Event Description: A 6 mile looping course rated Level 2 Moderate. Expect 500’ of elevation gain thru tornado damaged landscape. Plenty of terrain roll. Standard 2 to 2 ½ mph moving average, slower going uphill. Assess your ability to keep pace with a group of seasoned hikers. Breaks as needed. Stops to take in the views. In the event of extreme weather, the event will be rescheduled to the next day, same time. Gather at 9:15 AM for a 9:30 AM departure from the Sleeping Giant State Park main parking area on 200 Mount Carmel Avenue in Hamden, CT. Carpool from the commuter parking area off I-84 at exit 69 in Willington, CT, if desired. Message or post questions in Meetup, or, if the morning of the hike, call my cell phone at[masked]. Trail map: https://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/stateparks/maps/sleepgiant.pdf Recommended Hiking Gear: Layered, breathable, moisture wicking, synthetic or wool hiking attire; lightweight, weather & wind resistant outer jacket or hard shell; head cover; liner gloves, gloves or mittens and hand warmers as the weather gets colder; fluorescent orange hat or vest during hunting season; waterproof hiking shoes or boots with rubber Vibram soles; trekking poles or hiking staff; bug spray from roughly spring to the 1st frost; sunblock as needed; backpack, camel pack or lumbar pack; 2-3 liters or water; high energy snack(s) or lunch; headlamp with a fresh charge or spare batteries; trail & topographic maps; compass and or GPS; emergency whistle; multi-tool; and small 1st aid or survival kit. Liability Waiver: As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at www.hikesafe.com; the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you for yourself, your heirs, executors, and administrators release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

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