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A Bold Adventure
A Group of Intrepid Hikers - Intrepid = Adventurous.
A group for anyone who love a good hike.
Our mission: meet fellow hikers, hike together, take breaks together and experience the beauty of nature and discover new places. Also, some fun social networking and optional jumping jacks.

Difficulty level of hikes will vary throughout the hiking season, though please note focus of group is hiking not walking. Generally speaking every hike has uneven terrain and some basic navigating of terrain is quite necessary. Most hikes are moderate to challenging difficulty and standard pace is 2 to 4 miles per hour. See below for more details and link to hike calculator.

This is not a running group but a good pace helps us reach the summit.

Hiker Responsibility Code is a set of principles that all hikers can look to before they hit the trail. It also acknowledges the inherent danger of hiking in the back country and encourages hikers to be better prepared every time they are on the trail.

Hiker Responsibility Code
http://www.hikesafe.com
You are responsible for yourself, so be prepared:

1. With knowledge and gear. Become self-reliant by learning about the terrain, conditions, local weather and your equipment before you start.
2. To leave your plans. Tell someone where you are going, the trails you are hiking, when you will return and your emergency plans.
3. To stay together. When you start as a group, hike as a group, end as a group. Pace your hike to the slowest person. Take breaks as a group.
4. To turn back. Weather changes quickly in the mountains. Fatigue and unexpected conditions can also affect your hike. Know your limitations and when to postpone your hike. The mountains will be there another day.
5. For emergencies. Even if you are headed out for just an hour, an injury, severe weather or a wrong turn could become life threatening. Don’t assume you will be rescued; know how to rescue yourself.
6. To share the hiker code with others.

Pets are permitted:
Must be on a 10-foot maximum leash and attended at all times. Must have proof of current Rabies vaccine. Please be courteous and clean up after your pet. If carpooling is required for posted hike then dogs are not permitted. All Mass Audubon sanctuaries do not allow dog walking, including High Ledges in Shelburne. When we visited protected land we must follow posted regulations. Mass Audubon is an example of protected land which excludes pets.

Dinner Out Club:
After many adventures we unwind at a near by restaurant.
In some cases we plan dinner and a show as the post hike activities.
Theater, Concerts, the Ballet and other social events are welcome post hike activities.

RISK DISCLAIMER:
Please remember meetups are social events and not a professionally guided trips. By participating in a trip, you are agreeing not to hold anybody responsible for injuries or accidents. Always come prepared and properly equipped. In the event of an emergency, your fellow members will do their best for you, but there is no guarantee any of the participants will have medical or rescue training.

By participating in this event, you also acknowledge that you understand the level of difficulty and are physically capable, properly attired and have the necessary gear and supplies required for participation in this activity.

By RSVP of "yes" or "maybe" group members and their guests attending any of our meet-up events agree to release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, and or injury, including those caused by negligence and or other reasons.

You also agree to assume all risk associated with each meetup you attend and agree to know and follow the Hiker Responsibility Code.

Difficulty Scale:
http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html

Easy:
young and elderly
someone in fair hiking condition
trails are generally in good condition
very little elevation gain

Moderate:
someone in good hiking condition
trails are generally in good condition
increased mileage
moderate elevation gain

Challenging:
someone in good hiking condition
trails are generally in good condition
increased mileage
significant elevation gain

Difficult:
someone in excellent hiking condition
trails are generally in good condition
significant increase in mileage
significant increase in elevation gain

Very Difficult:
someone in excellent hiking condition
trails are not always in good condition
significant increase in mileage
significant increase in elevation gain

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