Hello and welcome to the Belfast Dynamos hill walking group. I'm Andrea McKernon, a journalist working in the Irish News in Belfast where I also write the Outdoors column every Saturday.
It costs £15 a year to join this group.
Each walk then usually costs £1.
Ways to pay: You can pay your £15 by bank transfer to:
Miss Andrea McKernon, Ulster Bank, Antrim Road, Belfast,
Account no: 12450235
Sort Code 980011
Or via PayPal (also with credit/debit card) prior to your first walk here
Or cash at first walk.
The cost per walk for non-members is £5
Guests of members pay £5 for each walk
You can pay cash subscription on your first Meetup
Unemployed people pay £1 per walk. So if you're out of work <a>email me</a> in confidence to avail of free membership
ESSENTIAL KIT <br> Good sturdy boots/shoes designed for countryside walking and wet/cold weather are essential for joining the group so please invest.
I will refuse anyone who turns up ill equipped. Trainers, step ups etc are not suitable.
Please read the Frequently Asked Questions below, which will probably serve to answer any of your queries. It's quite an independent group, but if there's anything else you need to know that isn't dealt with below, feel free to <a>email me</a><a>.</a>
Am I fit enough for the walks?
We do various grades of walk from the novice building up their fitness levels, to the seasoned hill walker. Here is our guide. Walks may carry one of the following grades but only as a general guide: Remember, these walks are only for adults.
If you have a medical condition ie diabetes, allergy etc please make the organiser aware in confidence.
Dogs? <br> Dogs are very welcome in this group.
Age limit ? - You must be 18 to join. The group is not suitable or designed for children.
What if I change my mind about attending a walk?
That's no problem! We don't keep tabs! Just update your RSVP. There's no need to write apologies, or explain and no need to text or call me as I need to keep my phone free for people who are lost or running late. However if you are involved in car sharing, make sure you notify your fellow passengers/driver.
For reasons of basic common courtesy to members, pseudo and plain stupid-sounding profile names will not gain online admittance to this group, so join up using something that resembles the name your mother gave you.
How do I get to the meetups?
It is up to members to make their own way to the meetups.There are detailed instructions and a location map of the venue usually supplied in details of each walk posted on the site.
Members who don't drive or who car share usually post up where they are coming from and get transport organised with other drivers in the group. You can arrange then to tip your driver. For longer journeys it's at least £5. <br> Please don't organise lifts or offer lifts unless you definitely intend to go on a walk.
Please use your usual worldly discretion when organising lifts or communicating on the site, and be careful of publicly posting your phone, address, car details. Every member can be emailed privately through the site. <br> <br> Big fat no nos?
No advertising of any shape or form is allowed on this site either through profile name, profile blurb, on greetings bar or discussion forums, through the email facility or any other means. Walking it is and walking it stays thanks very much!
Trolls? <br> This is neither Facebook nor Twitter. We message each other with courtesy and goodwill at all times. Please respect this very important rule. Anyone posting inappropriate messages will be dealt with by me (by removal or PSNI). So if you are a member please don't engage in online exchanges with trolls (they may as a result get your personal email address) - leave them to me.
Dynamos subscribe to Leave No Trace
Read 'Pages' for a fuller explanation of the group.