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Group Etiquette

Here are things to remember when you're out there hiking with us. Whether it's your first hike or your hundredth, it's important to be mindful and considerate toward your fellow hikers and your surroundings. Remember, you joined this meetup to hike WITH us. This is a social group, and together, we can have a great time!

These are all simple, common sense things.

Stay together on hikes
Hiking in a group reduces risks associated with hiking alone. As a group, it's critical to make sure nobody gets left behind. If a hiker falls behind and loses contact with the group, that hiker can more easily become lost or injured. If we can't see him, we can't help him. The group takes steps to try to prevent that from happening. But the same can happen to those who venture out ahead or stray from the group. Does the hiker know our planned route? Many trails have multiple paths leading to the same place. If we take one route and an individual takes another, the lone hiker runs the same risks as hiking alone. You came out to hike with us, so hike WITH us. This applies to caravaning to the trailhead as well.

Be on time.
The meeting time listed is generally the time we depart. If you show 5 minutes late, don't be surprised if no one is there.

Know your limits.
We do our best to give accurate descriptions of the hikes we post. If you are a beginning hiker, a hike's elevation and distance may not mean much to you. Likewise, difficulty ratings are subjective, and a hike that is Easy to one person may be Moderate to another. Err on the side of caution. You're much better off going on a hike that's too easy for you than a hike that's too hard for you. As you go on more hikes with us, you'll become more familiar with our ratings and our descriptions, and you'll learn your limits. Ultimately, it's up to you to keep yourself safe out there. You're an adult. Hike within your abilities.

Keep yourself safe.
When we hit the trail, many of us are strangers. An Organizer may not know your hiking ability, fitness level, or comfort level. It is for this reason that we give as much information as we can in our event descriptions. It's up to you to read the event description and decide for yourself what you can handle. We can't tell you how fast you can hike. Only you know that. We can't tell you what you can safely climb. Only you know that. The only way for us to know with certainty if you feel you're in danger, injured, or otherwise having a tough time, is for you to tell us. Please do so. Whatever bad time you think the group will have if you speak up, it's far better than the bad time the group will have if you get injured, or worse. We're not guides, we're not rangers, we're not medics. But we are human beings, and we are willing to help if given the chance.

Respect your Organizer(s) and participants.
Organizers are volunteers with little or no training and are not experts in anything. We organize hikes because we have a love of the outdoors and we want to share it with you. Please recognize that errors and/or situations beyond anyone's control will happen. Be constructive and part of any solution, ratherly than overly critical and verbally abuse or attack other group members. Be nice to each other!

Obey laws and regulations:
Obey traffic laws and area regulations. Speeding when at the front of a caravan can result in losing the rest of the group! Additionally, if stopped by law enforcement don't expect the rest of the group to wait up for you.

Many areas we hike have restrictions of group size and pets. This is the reason some hikes have lower size limits, for example the Desolation Wilderness only allows up to 12 people on each permit. The organizer usually will know regulations regarding dogs, but it is the dog owners ultimate responsibility to know the rules.

Leave no trace.
This group has little tolerance for littering. Enough said.

Your RSVP is your commitment.
We ask for RSVP's so that we may plan the group's hikes properly. If you RSVP "Yes," we'll be looking for you. We expect you to show up, and to be on time. If your plans change, please take the time to update your RSVP. Some of our hikes have limits on the number of people who can attend. If you RSVP "Yes" and don't show up, you have prevented someone from attending who actually would have shown up. That's not cool. Likewise, if you RSVP "No," or don't RSVP at all, and show up anyway, it puts an unexpected burden on the group and is also not cool. The Organizer may very well ask you to leave.

Have a positive attitude before, during, and after the hike
Attitude is the number one determining factor in your enjoyment of a hike. A proper attitude can turn a disaster in to an adventure; a poor attitude can turn an easy hike in to a death march. It's up to you.

Grounds for removal from the group
Failure to follow the group etiquette is ground for removal from the group. Generally you will be asked to change your actions, but it may be required to remove a member with little-to-no warning. An example is personal attacks in message boards, private emails, or an event's comments.

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Meetup Terms and Conditions January 17, 2014 8:35 AM anonymous
Altitude Sickness May 27, 2015 8:22 AM anonymous
Group Etiquette January 17, 2014 8:36 AM anonymous
Frequently Asked Questions December 20, 2016 6:35 PM anonymous
About Reno Hiking Adventure Group December 19, 2016 9:35 PM anonymous

Reno, NV

Founded Feb 1, 2007

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