What we're about

This group is for folks 40+ who are new or are returning to hiking, backpacking, and camping. Absolutely no experience is required, and all hikes are easy to moderate. Our hope is to foster a love of nature, a passion for being outdoors, and a spirit of camaraderie with like minded friends. This isn't a "singles" group; we welcome married, single, partnered folks and we celebrate diversity by being open and accepting to persons of diverse backgrounds.

Please check the rating for each event listed. If you are a fast hiker (a "rabbit"), you will hike up front at your own pace. If you are an average/moderate hiker (a "turbit"), you will hike in the middle of the pack at your own pace. If you are a slower hiker (a "turtle"), you will hike in the back at your own pace with the hike leader. Some hikes are only designed for turtles. If you are a Turbit or Rabbit, you may get frustrated by the slow pace. Some hikes are designed for Turbits and Rabbits; please don't sign up for those if you are a Turtle. Check the listing, ask the hike leader, and be honest about your ability.

We are volunteers and can not be held liable for your health, poor planning, or accidents. By hiking with us, you agree that you are in control of your abilities. Each hike leader will ask you to sign a release waiver.

Finally, because of COVID, we have to set limits for attendance. Being a "no-show" means that another person couldn't attend. 2 "no-shows" will result in being removed from the group.

Hike Leaders:

**We are always looking for hike leaders. Please email Beth if you are interested!

Beth "Squeak" RG is the hike leader for "Turtle" hikes. She is a long distance backpacker on the Appalachian Trail, a Girl Scout, and the creator/organizer/leader for PA Restart and Palmerton Outdoors. She is a member of the ATC, AMC, Sierra Club and has a passion for getting "unlikely" hikers out onto the trail. Her hikes are always designed with new hikers in mind and are short and are reasonably flat with smaller inclines. She also offers backpacking, camping, snow shoeing, and kayak activities.

Heather O. is the hike leader for "Turbit" and "Rabbit" hikes. She has hiked and backpacked all over the world. Her hikes tend to be a little longer and rugged, but well worth the effort! She also maintains the attendance rosters for hikes.

Upcoming events (5)

Crazy Turtle Hike Challenge in Delaware Water Gap

Dingmans Falls Visitor Center

Please read the whole description.

This is a hike for turtles. Please read the group info about hike ratings. Beth is the hike leader.

Grab your car keys, backpack, water bottle and sense of adventure!!!

We will meet at 10 AM for our first hike of the day. We will then try to attempt as many hikes as we can on the "Turtle Adventure Checklist." We will quit when we are tired or we've finished the challenge.

I've not hiked any of these trails, so I can't verify length, terrain, or incline. We may do one; we may do all. You can end your adventure at any time throughout the challenge.

Meeting Spot:
Dingman's Creek Trail .4 one way (.8 total), easy (most of the walk is ADA accessible with stairs at the end): https://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/dingmans-creek-trail.htm and https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/pennsylvania/dingmans-falls-via-dingmans-creek-trail

Turtle Adventure Checklist (not yet in order of how we will do them):

1. Buchanan 1.1 mile one way (2.2 total), Rated Easy, 124 feet incline: https://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/buchanan-trail.htm

2. Pond Loop .7 loop around pond, flat, while not completely ADA accessible, it's reported to be pretty flat: https://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/pond-loop.htm

3. Hacker's Trail 1.4 miles one way (2.8 total), 340 feet change, rated easy-moderate, https://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/hackers-trail.htm rated moderate

4. LAST HIKE: Raymondskill Creek Trail, .3 one way (.6 total), moderate (steep in some sections): https://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/raymondskill-creek-trail.htm

For those interested, we will visit the Village Farmer & Bakery for treats and celebrations at the end of the hike. http://www.villagefarmerbakery.com/

Please dress for the weather including blaze orange, wear shoes meant for hiking, bring water and snacks, and please carry emergency contact info & a list of medicines/allergies/medical needs on a card carried in a zip lock bag. Please put this in a pocket and on your person (and not in a bag in case you drop it).

Rain will cancel the event, but if it snows, I may convert part of the hike to a snow shoe/snow boot hike.

LEGAL STUFF
Please remember that hiking poses risks and you are responsible for your own safety. By attending this hike, you are assuming all liability for your safety & will not hold Meetup or me responsible in any way for injury or (yikes) death. Please adhere to all COVID measures. Bring a mask. Have hand sannie. You know the drill. Don't come if you have symptoms or have been exposed.

Please cancel and give a spot to someone else as soon as you know you can't make it.

Backpacking Basics: Online Series: See Description for Bi-Weekly Topics

When I looked through Meetup to find online hiking & backpacking classes, all the ones I found cost money to attend. That defeats the purpose of Open Education. Sooo.

This is a bi-weekly series of topics related to beginning backpacking. This is for people who have not been backpacking or have limited experience.

Topic 1: Choosing a Route, Planning a Trip & Buying the Gear (Feb 11, 7PM)
Topic 2: Reading a Map & Using a Compass; Trail Navigation (Feb 25, 7PM)
Topic 3: Tent or Hammock? Sleeping Bags or Quilts? (March 11, 7PM)
Topic 4: Backpacker Cooking, Water Purifying & Food Storage (March 25, 7PM)

Some very important notes:

While I am trained as a Girl Scout hike leader and am certifying to lead AMC hikes; these sessions come from my experience as an AT hiker and backpacker. I use unconventional methods that work for me; these may not work for you. Come with your own good ideas, and definitely do your own research. This is the fine print: I am an expert at hiking my own hike, and I am happy to share my tips with you. These are, however, just tips from a hobbyist and not a leading expert. Even Finer Print: You are a responsible adult and assume all responsibility when you get out on your backpacking adventure. Since I am not an expert, I can't be held liable for choices you make.

The Zoom sessions will be recorded.

Registered participants will get a Zoom link the night before the event. Please sign into Zoom using the name you use here on Meetup. No others will be allowed into the room because Zoom bombing is an actual thing.

Rescheduled: Hornbeck's Creek (Indian Ladders) @ Delaware Water Gap

PLEASE SEE UPDATES BELOW

Link: https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7013926/hornbecks-creek-trail

This trail has TWO parts. The first part is for Turtles & is along a railroad turned hiking path - nice and flat. We will end at the first waterfall and turn around.

The second part is more narrow and rugged and goes up the falls. NEW NOTE: If you want to do the upper portion, you will need to hike back down and drive to the upper trail head. The middle section is washed out. I will only be leading the first portion of this hike. If you choose to hike the second part, please have micro spikes and take all precautions for ice.

The full hike is an out & back, 3.7 miles with 469 FT elevation gain. I've not done this hike yet, so I am not sure how true the mileage or elevation is for it. This will be an adventure for all of us!
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Please dress for the weather including blaze orange, wear shoes meant for hiking, bring water and snacks, and please carry emergency contact info & a list of medicines/allergies/medical needs on a card carried in a zip lock bag. Please put this in a pocket and on your person (and not in a bag in case you drop it).

Rain will cancel the event, but if it snows, I may convert part of the hike to a snow shoe/snow boot hike.

The official name of the trail is Hornbeck's Creek, but it's local name is Indian Ladders. The "ladders" part is the second half of the hike. There is a link below to the All Trails description.

Links:

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/pennsylvania/hornbecks-creek-indian-ladders-trail?ref=result-card

https://uncoveringpa.com/how-to-get-to-hornbecks-creek-waterfalls-delaware-water-gap

https://www.getoutsidenj.com/places/hornbecks-creek-falls.dingman-ferry.pike-county.pennsylvania/

https://pabucketlist.com/exploring-the-waterfalls-on-upper-hornbecks-creek-in-pike-county/

LEGAL STUFF
Please remember that hiking poses risks and you are responsible for your own safety. By attending this hike, you are assuming all liability for your safety & will not hold Meetup or me responsible in any way for injury or (yikes) death. Please adhere to all COVID measures. Bring a mask. Have hand sannie. You know the drill. Don't come if you have symptoms or have been exposed.

Please cancel and give a spot to someone else as soon as you know you can't make it.

Backpacking Basics: Online Series: See Description for Bi-Weekly Topics

When I looked through Meetup to find online hiking & backpacking classes, all the ones I found cost money to attend. That defeats the purpose of Open Education. Sooo.

This is a bi-weekly series of topics related to beginning backpacking. This is for people who have not been backpacking or have limited experience.

Topic 1: Choosing a Route, Planning a Trip & Buying the Gear (Feb 11, 7PM)
Topic 2: Reading a Map & Using a Compass; Trail Navigation (Feb 25, 7PM)
Topic 3: Tent or Hammock? Sleeping Bags or Quilts? (March 11, 7PM)
Topic 4: Backpacker Cooking, Water Purifying & Food Storage (March 25, 7PM)

Some very important notes:

While I am trained as a Girl Scout hike leader and am certifying to lead AMC hikes; these sessions come from my experience as an AT hiker and backpacker. I use unconventional methods that work for me; these may not work for you. Come with your own good ideas, and definitely do your own research. This is the fine print: I am an expert at hiking my own hike, and I am happy to share my tips with you. These are, however, just tips from a hobbyist and not a leading expert. Even Finer Print: You are a responsible adult and assume all responsibility when you get out on your backpacking adventure. Since I am not an expert, I can't be held liable for choices you make.

The Zoom sessions will be recorded.

Registered participants will get a Zoom link the night before the event. Please sign into Zoom using the name you use here on Meetup. No others will be allowed into the room because Zoom bombing is an actual thing.

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