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 and under 5 miles.

I also run a NJ group by the same name (Restart NJ!).

Upcoming events (2)

Annual #OptOutside Black Friday Hike @ Lehigh Gap (Intermediate Level)

DO NOT GO TO THE LOCATION BELOW TO PARK!!!! PLEASE READ DESCRIPTION FOR ACCURATE PARKING! Join #REI and #OptOutside in celebrating the outdoors on Black Friday! We will hike SoBo out of Lehigh Gap to the Outerbridge Shelter, make a campfire, enjoy lunch together (weather permitting), and hike back down. This is a steep climb, but we will take our time, and no one will be left behind. Please wear shoes meant for hiking, and trekking poles will be useful. Bring water, a lunch, and a good spirit. Dress in layers and PLEASE WEAR ORANGE!!!! Restart is a hiking group for new or returning hikers. This hike is for intermediate hikers. If you are an expert hiker, our pace may be boring to you. If you are a brand new hiker, our pace may be too fast for you. Please weigh your expectations carefully so that everyone enjoys the hike. Bad weather will cancel the event, and participants will be notified by 6 AM that morning via MeetUp email. We will meet at the South Bound Parking SMALL parking lot next to the bridge. Do not go to the one next to ABC Air Conditioning (that's the NoBo lot). Participants will receive an email with my cell number closer to the event to coordinate efforts.

Utah Bound: Backpacking for Beginners

PLEASE READ THE FULL DESCRIPTION! Based on requests from members of this group and the sister NJ Restart group, we are planning a 10 day backpacking adventure in Utah. There will be 4 hikes throughout the 10 day period at Lake Catherine & Sunset Peak, Willow Lake, Silver Lake, and Red Pine Lake. You can read more about the rough itinerary here: https://40hike.blogspot.com/2019/10/planning-blog-utah.html You will be responsible to book your own flights, pay for hostel/hotel fees, your portion of the camping permit fees, and supply your own gear, food, and water. Airfare is about 500 and other costs will probably be around 400. If we stay together and travel together, the costs will go down. This is a trip designed for new and inexperienced backpackers who want to try an amazing adventure. The hikes are short, but my understanding is that they are all steep. I've not been to Utah, so I can only go by what the links share. If you are an experienced hiker/backpacker, this trip may not meet your expectations. Please consider the nature of this group and the people it is meant to serve before registering for the trip. There will be an organizational meeting in January with registered participants to discuss lodging and travel. This will be held via Zoom and will not require travel. Please sign up only if you plan to attend. Now for the legal stuff: Participation in this event is completely voluntary. By signing up and attending this event, you are releasing the trip organizer, Beth Ritter-Guth, and Meetup.com from any liability of any kind for any reason. There are risks associated with travel and backpacking. By attending, you are assuming liability for all risks including injury, dismemberment, or death.

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