1st because there were no local Meetup groups who hosted "Slow" hiking or walking events in and around the Portland area...due to medical problems I just could not keep up any longer with the others I used to walk and hike with.
2nd because I was frustrated with the other groups I hosted events for and the amount of "No Shows" there were for each event. I was amazed at the number of people who just didn't bother to show up.
I want this group to be different! If you say you are coming, then just show up. If you want to walk or hike and want to go faster than the listed pace, then don't attend that event...attend one that travels at the speed you are comfortable with! And lastly, think of the folks in this group as your friends...don't leave your friends hanging and don't disappoint them...pretty simple!
This group is for anyone 60 years of age or older interested in the great outdoors, movies, music, social activities, wine tasting, travel, causal mushroom hunting and more in and around our great northwest and beyond. We have found most people under 50 while interesting and fun don't have the time during the day to participate in our activities which mainly occur weekdays Mondays through Fridays.
We are a more laid-back group who feel that we don't need to charge ahead or be first in line for an activity. We will host light to moderate activities indoors and out, by foot, vehicle, bicycle and/or any other means available. Average pace for a walking and or hiking event is slower than most of the other Meetup groups out there...there are so many that want to go fast, this is a slower group. If you want a "brisk" walk or hike, this isn't the group for you!
Our activities are not limited to just the Portland area, but are and can be located all over the country! Just let us know what it is you want to do and it can be written up for others to enjoy as well as you or become an event host and schedule the activities you want to do now!
I do ask a few things of our members:
1. Do not RSVP to an event unless you are reasonably sure you can attend. Your event organizers work hard to find activities that will appeal to a broad range of people. You do not need to RSVP "Yes" or "NO" to every event or activity, just the ones you are reasonably sure you will attend. Please be considerate and honor your RSVP; don't be a No Show. If you RSVP for an event, you have made a commitment to me, to the event, and to everyone else who RSVP'd. Please honor that for the group's sake. If you RSVP and cannot make it to an event, PLEASE CHANGE YOUR RSVP so we don't wait and wonder if you're okay and/or so the next person on the wait list isn't left out. 24 HOUR CANCELLATION NOTICE IS NOW REQUIRED, OTHERWISE IT IS COUNTED AS A NO-SHOW. Please note: 3 no shows or combined no shows with last minute cancellations to limited events are potential grounds to be removed from event or group.
2. Use a real name, not a "code name" or "alias" and post your photo; not your dog, or a flower with your profile. It is hard to identify a person at an event without their actual photo and their name.
3. Carpools are at the discretion of the event host and at a location the host chooses. Usually carpools are first come first serve basis and are not reserved; but that is up to the event host. Carpool moneys are collected to not only cover the fuel to get the participants to the destination, but also cover wear and tear on the vehicle, insurance, tires, brakes and any number of vehicle related costs that the owner/driver has to pay to maintain the vehicle that you are riding in. Normally the rate is $.10 per mile per carpooler, however a flat rate for longer distances should be considered. Please don’t forget to contribute your share to the driver of the vehicle. No one will be turned away because of their inability to pay carpool fees; speak to your event host about accommodations that can be made.
Waiver, Release of Liability and Indemnity Agreement for Group Activities of Portland & Beyond Events & Adventures and the organizers and host of said events and adventures.
I understand that my execution of this Waiver, Release and Indemnity Agreement (“Agreement”) is a prerequisite for attending group activities sponsored by the Group. I further understand that there are risks and dangers inherent in attending these activities.
I understand that in order to be allowed to attend Group activities I agree to assume all risks and to release and hold harmless Portland & Beyond Events & Adventures and its officers, employees, volunteers, organizers, Group leaders, operators, and owners.
I intend by this Agreement to release, in advance, and to waive my rights and discharge all of the persons and entities mentioned above, from any and all claims for death, personal injury, or property damage which I may have, or which may hereafter accrue to me as a result of my participation in Group events, even though this liability may arise from negligence, carelessness or gross negligence on the part of the persons or entities being released, from dangerous or defective property, or equipment owned, maintained or controlled by them or because of their possible liability without fault.
I intend and agree to financially indemnify and hold harmless all of the persons and entities mentioned above from any actions brought against them by other parties on account of damages or injuries related to or caused by my participation in any of Group events of Portland & Beyond Events & Adventures.
I understand and agree that this Agreement is binding on me as well as my heirs, successors, assigns and representatives.
I have carefully read this Waiver, Release and Indemnity Agreement and fully understand its contents. If I am under 18 years of age, my parent or legal guardian has completely reviewed this Waiver, Release and Indemnity Agreement, understands and consents to its terms, and authorizes my participation by allowing me to RSVP for an event.
I am aware that this is a RELEASE OF LIABILITY and a contract between me and the persons and entities mentioned above and I agree to these terms of my own free will when I RSVP for an event.
RSVP'ing for an event indicates that you agree to these terms.