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The Corn Desert Hiking and Adventure Group Pages

New and pending members please read all the information supplied below before you decide to join

Who are we?
We are a group of adult hikers and outdoor enthusiasts that take pleasure in sharing our joy of the outdoors with like-minded people.
The hikes/outings are organized on a (mostly) weekly basis and people of all skill levels are welcome though you should be able to walk 6 miles comfortably before attempting any of our hikes. As our organizer takes into account the abundance of shift work and odd shifts within the members, the hikes are usually organized for Friday, Saturday or Sunday but at different times from week to week.
Our group is made up of people of different nationalities, religions (or lack of), educational and cultural backgrounds, ages (college students up to retirees and everything in between), work shift schedules and fitness level. Everyone is welcome, the common denominator is a love and respect for the outdoors and for mankind. It does not matter who you end up hiking alongside with, you are guaranteed great conversation throughout the trip.

Who fits the bill?
We are looking for outdoor loving people with common sense and good enough physical condition to trek the distance the route is assigned to be. You must be in good mental health as to be able to cope with getting wet, muddy, dusty, bitten, sweaty, cold and possibly scratched and covered in cobwebs. It all depends on what Mother Nature has in store for us that day. Experience in using dry (or no) toilets is a plus, our hikes are usually not at five star resorts with flushing toilets.
We are an adult only group.
We are not a singles or dating group, please refrain from treating the events as such, anyone found to be harrassing other members will immediately be blocked from the group and reported to

What do you need for our hikes?
A good pair of hiking shoes or boots is necessary. Running shoes though might feel comfortable and less geeky unfortunately don't provide support when navigating rugged terrain, especially with a backpack on.
Most organized hikes will come with a checklist of required gear. You are expected to provide your own gear for the meet-ups you attend. Check out the Hiking Essentials file and keep it handy as a general rule of what is needed.

Is membership free?
Kind of... the meetup site is paid in advance by the generous donations of fellow members (this mainly comes out of events like get-togethers/picnics and gear rental). Running the site is NOT free. Some of the hikes have a cost depending on entrance fees or camping permits, that information is supplied in the sign up sheet.

Who decides what we do?
The organizer and assistant organizers post and organize the meet-ups.
Polls are posted to have a consensus regarding hikes and we invite everyone to participate in our polls to make the group more pleasing to the majority. We love feedback, so please help us out. Check out our groups adventures:,-89.077148&spn=3.480575,10.283203&t=p&z=7&om=1

In the first year and a half, we went caving, rock wall climbing, bike riding, canoeing, skiing, ice-skating and have had multiple hikes; we have also had several backpacking trips, car-camping trips and park clean-ups. In more recent years we have added kayaking, white-water rafting, and rappelling to the list. We are here to please. We also hold two barbecue/picnic/dinner events in a local park per year to get to know each other with less sweat involved and in a more relaxed environment than usual

How do I sign up?
Just click on the icon to become a member. Supply your info and you will become a member of the Corn Desert Hiking and Adventure Group. A profile with your real name and a picture of you is always helpful. It is important that your settings allow you to receive organizer emails to receive updates. Also be sure your emails from meetup don't go directly to your spam or junk folder, or you will miss meetup announcements, discussion board posts, etc.. We look forward to seeing you at our next outing.

Use of the Site
The Message Board and File areas are open for everyone to use; please keep the content respectable, appropriate and positive.
Please take some time to update your member profile, this provides a basis for everyone to get to know each other and helps the organizer plan events that span the experience of the members.
Please RSVP for events as requested and consider your response a commitment to attend. Contact the organizer if you need to cancel at the last minute to avoid having the group stay waiting for you.

Places still to visit: Click on this link and add some ideas.

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Map to Fairview Park West Pavilion June 22, 2008 2:02 PM anonymous
Hiking and Outdoors Links May 28, 2008 8:57 PM anonymous
Places still to visit: March 10, 2008 7:02 AM anonymous
About The Corn Desert Hiking and Adventure Group January 27, 2016 3:56 AM anonymous

Decatur, IL

Founded Jun 11, 2007


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