What we're about
Welcome to the Chico-Oroville Outdoor Adventures (COOA) Meetup Group!
This group was founded in 2010 by Beth Bella (Miles of Smiles!) and Gary Leese to help folks in and around Butte County get outdoors, have fun, and meet fellow adventurers. Since then, meetups have included day hikes, backpacking, kayaking, biking, snowshoeing, camping trips, wildlife walks, road trips, cultural tours, and lots more.
Guidance for Adventurers attending a Meetup:
-First of all, please read and understand the Disclaimers found below. The main thing is that each person is responsible for themselves. Please show up to any Meetup aware of what’s going on, aware of what you’re capable of, and prepared to be in the conditions that you’re entering (snow, heat, cold, rocky terrain, etc.).
-Bring the 10 essentials on adventures (https://americanhikin...) (https://americanhiking.org/resources/10essentials/%29)
-Please change your RSVP from “Yes” to “No” as soon as you can if you find out that you cannot make a Meetup that you RSVPed to. This is particularly important on Meetups with a waitlist.
-It is best if you can provide a clear picture of yourself on your profile picture. It makes it easier for organizers to match a name to face and is greatly appreciated!
-If you plan on separating from the group during any Meetup (leaving early, taking another route, etc.), please communicate with the Event Organizer.
-Event Organizers may have additional guidance for those attending a Meetup depending on the nature of the event.
-The regular carpooling location is the Chico Park and Ride at Fir Street and HWY 32, western lot (closest to freeway). Event Organizers may indicate a separate location as needed.
Guidance for Event Organizers:
-Event Organizers are awesome volunteers that make things happen! If you’re interested in posting and leading an event, notify the COOA Organizers to be made an Event Organizer.
-When posting an event, please provide the following information:
-Location and Meetup time for carpooling location (if desired)
-Location, directions, and Meetup time for the trailhead / event location.
-Event information and important stats (trail length, elevation gain, etc.).
-Indicate the difficulty of the adventure (this might help: http://www.nwhiker.co...) (http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html%29)
-Any additional info that would help adventurers plan for the event.
-For more involved events, it may be a good idea to check in via email or meetup message to make sure the adventurers that are signed up are all on the same page. Event page comments work too, but some folks miss out on reading the comments.
-It's up to you if you want to provide your phone number to adventurers. Sending it to your group in an email or meetup message provides a little more privacy than posting it in the meetup comments.
-You’re welcome to set additional guidelines for your event based on your comfort level, the nature of the event, and conditions.
Chico-Oroville Outdoor Adventures Meetup Group DISCLAIMERS
By attending any Meetup, activity, or event organized through the COOA Meetup Group, you agree to the following terms and disclaimers:
The event organizer is a volunteer and is not liable for participants or their guests.
Joining any event is entirely voluntary and participants assume any and all risks and financial responsibilities associated with the activities; for example, bodily harm or injury and or death from wildlife, weather, terrain, falls, waterways, acts of God, etc. It is each person's responsibility to ensure that s/he is in sufficient fitness and health to participate in a strenuous activity, with the appropriate water, food, clothing, first aid, survival gear and navigation equipment for the conditions.
Chico Oroville Outdoor Adventurers assumes ABSOLUTELY NO responsibility, including but not limited to injury or loss of any kind/form due to the use of information, or participating in activities found on this group/site. By becoming the member/participant of the Chico Oroville Outdoor Adventurers Group, you agree to the terms and conditions of the group.
Individuals interested in carpooling may voluntarily do so. You are advised that the use of carpool system is voluntary and entirely at the discretion of participants. COOA and the event organizers assume no responsibility. It is the responsibility of the individual accepting a ride in a carpool to ensure that the driver of the vehicle has an acceptable driving record, is licensed accordingly and has adequate insurance to protect both driver and passengers. Chico Oroville Outdoor Adventurers Group and organizers are no way responsible for verifying or certifying the reliability, driving ability or insurance status of drivers and participants using the system.
While participating in the group activities, your photo may be taken and be posted on the group website by the event organizer or other participant. We cannot control other people taking photos and uploading it onto the site but we can remove photos. It is your responsibility to inform others if you do not wish to be photographed and inform us if any of your photos to be removed from the site.
As a member of COOA, you agree to the following release of liability:
I understand that during my participation in any event or activity organized by COOA, I may be exposed to risks include, but are not limited to, the dangers of serious personal injury, property damage, and death (“Injuries and Damages”). I agree to WAIVE, DISCHARGE CLAIMS, AND RELEASE FROM LIABILITY the Chico Oroville Outdoor Adventurers, its organizer, event organizers, and other members from any and all liability on account of, or in any way resulting from Injuries and Damages, in any way connected with the Activity. I further agree to HOLD HARMLESS the Chico Oroville Outdoor Adventurers and leaders from any claims, damages, injuries or losses caused by my own negligence while a participant on the Activity. I understand and intend that this assumption of risk and release is binding upon my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, and includes any minors accompanying me on the Activity.
If I bring guests to participate in the event I take full responsibility for the guests and agree to all above terms and conditions.