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Scrambling Basics 1 for a Passport Visa

  • Red Springs Picnic Area

    Calico Basin Rd & Calico Dr, Las Vegas, NV (map)

    36.147552 -115.417600

  • I'll be wearing my green VegasHiker Organizer shirt
  • Are you new to VegasHikers and/or new to hiking?  If so, then this session is for you!

    By far, the most requested topic I've heard from new hikers is "I wish there was someplace I could go to learn how to get started with hiking."  Well, that's exactly what I hope to accomplish with this first session.

    I will do my best to make this as easy as possible to understand.  Questions are always encouraged and feedback is always appreciated.  Both help to make future sessions better for future victims... I mean, new hikers!

    During this session I will give advice on...

    • Clothing - Layering to stay warm and what to wear to stay cool.

    • Daypacks - Different types and the advantages of each.

    • Food - What to bring to avoid "the wobbles"

    • GPS - Hike tracking apps for smart phones.

    • Hydration Bladders - Different types and the advantages of each.

    • Shoes - what is recommended for Red Rock versus other areas.

    • The "Ten Essentials" - What they are.

    • Miscellaneous items - Gloves, Hats, Hat Lanyards, Sun protection, Trekking Poles, etc.

    After the session we will take a short hike (~1.3 miles) up Grand Staircase. 

    No Dogs!

    No +1 Guest! (Guest can join Hiking Las Vegas for free!)

    What you should know about this hike:

    Class (1-5): 2

    Danger (1-5): 1

    Difficulty (1-5): 2

    Distance (round-trip): ~1.3 miles

    Elevation gain (feet): ~900

    Elevation Peak (feet): ~4225

    Pace (mph): ~1.5 (slow)

    Time:  ~0 hours driving (carpooling)

    ~2 hours hiking

    ~1 hour for post-hike nourishment and re-hydration

    Trailhead: Red Springs Picnic area

    Weather: I've placed an order for clear, sunny with highs in the mid-70's.  It won't be hot in the sun but it will be cool in the shade so bring something to keep warm.

    List Settings:

    RSVP until: 8:00pm the night before

    Guests: No (Guests can join VegasHikers for free)

    Waiting List: Automatic

    RSVP with integrity. YES means YES. If your plans change and you are not able to attend then please update your RSVP accordingly as soon as possible.  You are holding a spot someone else wants.  Then sooner the next person on the Waiting list can get moved up to the Attending list the more time they will have to prepare.

    If you’re on the wait list the night before make sure you check the site after 8:00pm to see if you have been moved up.

    How to prepare for the hike:

    • Eat a full dinner the night before.

    • Eat good breakfast before going on this hike.

    • Drink 24 – 32 ounces of water before leaving your house.  

    What you should bring:

    Normally, I would have a list of items for you to bring on a hike. Since this is a Hiking Basics session I will keep it short.

    • Pad of paper and something to write with unless you are a geek  (like me) or a nerd then you can take notes on your smart phone.

    • A bottle of water for the hike.  It's a short hike and it and it shouldn't be hot.

    • Money - I will have VegasHikers Passports to the Outdoors as well as VegasHikers hiking shirts for those that want them.  Either can be purchased for $20 each.

    During the hike:

    • Leave No Trace. No trash, no food, no waste. Minimize your impact by staying on marked trails, no shortcuts or cutting switchbacks. Take nothing but photos and memories.  Leave nothing but foot prints.

    • In a group, hike single file or stick to the right half of a wide trail. Yield to faster hikers or smaller groups. Uphill hikers should be given the right of way as they are working harder. Whenever you pause, move off to the side so there's room to pass.

    • Greet people you meet. Feel free to invite them to join our group.

    • As the hike progresses, the group tends to get spread out along the way.  Always check to make sure you can see the person in front of you and behind you and make sure they can see you as well.

    Other considerations:

    • The $1 for the organizer is always optional and extremely appreciated. Hiking is free, but we spend hours researching, exploring, planning, writing, posting, and following up on events. We answer emails, phone calls, and texts. We're happy to show you new trails and techniques, and build a community that's safe and friendly for all of us.

    If you have any questions, call or text me at[masked] or send me amessage by clicking on my picture in the Attending list then clicking the “Send Message” link under my name on my profile page.


    Please be aware that your Meetup organizers are not teachers, tour guides, or park rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being.  By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event. All attendees participate in an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. By signing up for this event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.

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