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This group is for anyone who has experience and is interested in hiking, backpacking, kayaking and possibly rock climbing. Mostly we will be hiking. I started this group so that I can continue my passion for getting out there and exploring the great outdoors.

Upcoming events (5+)

Lunch Hour Fitness Hike: Valley Forge Park 3 mi (1 hour) -or- 6 mi (2 hours)

Yellow Springs Trail Parking Lot

Join us for a VERY fast-paced advanced fitness hike at Valley Forge Park! This hike is designed with a convenient bail-out near your vehicle after 1 hour (3 miles) for those needing to get back to work or who have simply had enough! Those who wish to continue will complete another 3 miles in the second hour. Be prepared to hike Mt Misery and Mt Joy...wooded trails with elevation gains...a strenuous workout! Please remember to hydrate well before the hike and bring electrolytes* and plenty of water! Dogs welcome! Please note in comments if you are bringing your pooch so those allergic or uncomfortable around dogs can plan accordingly. • ARRIVAL & START TIME: 11:45 AM for meet and greet introductions, hike overview and then departure at 11:50 AM (sharp!) • MEETUP LOCATION: Valley Forge Park, Wilson Road Parking Lot at Yellow Springs & Wilson Road, 1798 Wilson Rd, Malvern, PA 19355 (GPS coordinates:[masked], [masked]) Google maps recommended, DO NOT use Mapquest • HIKE LEVEL: Intermediate-Advanced due to distance, challenging climbs & very brisk pace • DISTANCE: 6 miles (Bail out option at 3 miles!) • PACE: Over 3.0 mph • ELEVATION GAIN: Over 1000 ft • TOTAL TIME: Approximately 2 Hours _____________________________________________ We appreciate the diversity that the trails reveal as the weather and seasons change. We do hike year round in heat or snow. Warm rain is fun! Cold, windy rain, not so much. Rain will cancel only if thunderstorms or if below 55° and/or high winds. Tips for enjoying hiking in the rain... • Wear a brimmed hat to keep water out of eyes • Gaiters are a great investment to keep water out of boots & pant cuffs dry; they also offer an additional layer of warmth on colder rainy days • Store a lightweight poncho or rain jacket in your backpack • Keep a low center of gravity; crouch on the inclines to lesson the likelihood of slipping. If you do slip, you won't have as far to fall! • Maintain a positive attitude. Feeling the urge to whine? Look around you. Train your brain to focus on the positive; it's always there...the red leaf, the interesting shape of a branch, the quartz stone, your amusing hiker buddy! ________________________________________________ NOTICE: By attending an event you are agreeing that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AT ALL TIMES. No member of the group EXCEPT YOURSELF can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while hiking with us.

Noruz- Persian new year.

207 Honey Locust Dr

Lets celebrate the Persian New year which is celebrated by jumping over the fires. The Persian New year is the Wednesday before the spring equinox. Its a tradition that's been around for 1000's of years. Please wear old clothes- long pants, and a hat or hair band to cover your hair.

Lunch Hour Fitness Hike: Valley Forge Park 3 mi (1 hour) -or- 6 mi (2 hours)

Yellow Springs Trail Parking Lot

Join us for a VERY fast-paced advanced fitness hike at Valley Forge Park! This hike is designed with a convenient bail-out near your vehicle after 1 hour (3 miles) for those needing to get back to work or who have simply had enough! Those who wish to continue will complete another 3 miles in the second hour. Be prepared to hike Mt Misery and Mt Joy...wooded trails with elevation gains...a strenuous workout! Please remember to hydrate well before the hike and bring electrolytes* and plenty of water! Dogs welcome! Please note in comments if you are bringing your pooch so those allergic or uncomfortable around dogs can plan accordingly. • ARRIVAL & START TIME: 11:45 AM for meet and greet introductions, hike overview and then departure at 11:50 AM (sharp!) • MEETUP LOCATION: Valley Forge Park, Wilson Road Parking Lot at Yellow Springs & Wilson Road, 1798 Wilson Rd, Malvern, PA 19355 (GPS coordinates:[masked], [masked]) Google maps recommended, DO NOT use Mapquest • HIKE LEVEL: Intermediate-Advanced due to distance, challenging climbs & very brisk pace • DISTANCE: 6 miles (Bail out option at 3 miles!) • PACE: Over 3.0 mph • ELEVATION GAIN: Over 1000 ft • TOTAL TIME: Approximately 2 Hours _____________________________________________ We appreciate the diversity that the trails reveal as the weather and seasons change. We do hike year round in heat or snow. Warm rain is fun! Cold, windy rain, not so much. Rain will cancel only if thunderstorms or if below 55° and/or high winds. Tips for enjoying hiking in the rain... • Wear a brimmed hat to keep water out of eyes • Gaiters are a great investment to keep water out of boots & pant cuffs dry; they also offer an additional layer of warmth on colder rainy days • Store a lightweight poncho or rain jacket in your backpack • Keep a low center of gravity; crouch on the inclines to lesson the likelihood of slipping. If you do slip, you won't have as far to fall! • Maintain a positive attitude. Feeling the urge to whine? Look around you. Train your brain to focus on the positive; it's always there...the red leaf, the interesting shape of a branch, the quartz stone, your amusing hiker buddy! ________________________________________________ NOTICE: By attending an event you are agreeing that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AT ALL TIMES. No member of the group EXCEPT YOURSELF can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while hiking with us.

Workout Hike at the Bethlehem Steel Stacks (3-4 mph, A, 7 miles)

ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks

We’ll be meeting in the lobby of the ArtsQuest Center at the SteelStacks. We’ll hike together as quickly as possible trying to get as many miles in within a two and a half hour period. This is a wonderful workout hike. We'll climb 900+ feet in less than 4 miles. At the midpoint of our hike, we're at the top of Lacocca Hall's observation room with a 360 degree spectacular views of both Bethlehem and Hellertown. After that, it's a 3 mile hike back to the cars where we stop by one of the many local pubs for a bite to eat. Because we are using the Steel Stacks and University for our route, the sidewalks are well lit, and maintained. Required Equipment & Gear: Tennis Shoes with good traction, and 3L of Water is a must. We will be under streetlamps most of the time. If you do need a headlamp, it must be red-light only so you don’t blind your fellow hikers. Try to wear bright colors so cars can see us when we cross the streets. The weather is changing regularly on us. Try to limit the cotton you are wearing. Quick Dry or 100% Wool are the best materials to be using. Cotton retains water, and makes for miserable hikers. Dogs: Dogs are welcomed on this hike, but must be on a lease. The dogs must be able to maintain a 3-4 mph pace. It’s advisable they have a low powered red light on their collar so the other hikers can see them in the dark (again, no white lights). If you are bringing a dog, please let the other hikers know in the comments section of Meetup in case other hikers have severe allergies. After Hike Options The Steel Pub 320 E 1st St, Bethlehem, PA 18015 (610)[masked] thesteelpub.com ____________________________________________________ Notice: By attending this hike, you are agreeing that you are responsible for your own safety at all times. No member of the group EXCEPT YOURSELF can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while hiking with us. Safety First…. So We Can Have Fun! As always, “Having Fun” is a number one priority for all of my hikes. To do that means we need to be safe. On the trail, we’ll keep the group together, and leave no one behind. I definitely want us to have a workout on our hikes, but there should always be a focus of having a fun, enjoyable, safe, social, yet drama free environment! To do that, as the leader, I will sometimes ask the stronger hikers to take the role of Sweep, or be at the back of pack as we hike. My hikes are challenging hikes, but unless it’s listed as such in the title, they are NOT “challenge hikes.” We’ll keep everyone together throughout the day, and work as a team in order to keep the pace as strong as possible while ensuring everyone has a great day on the trail. If you’re a person who needs be at the front of the pack at all times, or is only focused on rushing down the trail ahead of the group, this hike is not for you. I look forward to seeing you on the trail!!!! __________________________________________________________ Hike Ratings: https://www.meetup.com/West-Chester-Hiking-Meetup/pages/25324329/Hike_Rating_System/ Need Help Figuring Out if You Can Do This Hike: https://www.meetup.com/West-Chester-Hiking-Meetup/pages/25324238/How_Can_I_Tell_If_I_Can_Do_The_Hike_Pace/

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