What we’re about
Official Website: www.hikingladies.com
This group was created for ladies living in San Diego, CA who are looking for new hiking, walking & exercise buddies to keep active with. Sometimes it is a struggle to find people you can rely on to get some exercise in and I know for me I am more likely to work out if I have a commitment in place! Let's all help each other out by making more commitments to exercise together! I welcome all women who can commit (no flakes please) to whatever meetup exercise activity interests you in the most in this group! The core of this group is hiking, so most events will be hikes!
PLEASE NOTE: This group is for ladies only and no pets aloud. Please check out our other dog-friendly group if interested: https://www.meetup.com/sdhikingwithdogs/
This women's hiking, walking & more group welcomes all activity/fitness levels. Meetups will be a variety of easy, moderate, moderate-hard and hard, depending on what our group hosts are currently posting, please make sure to sign up for one that you feel fits your current fitness level and if you are not sure, just ask the host! We will also have walks and sometimes other activities here and there including grabbing a coffee or happy hour after the hike! Most hiking/walking areas will be in San Diego, examples: Mission Trails (all of the San Diego 5 peak challenge hikes), Torrey Pines, Iron Mountain, Rancho Penasquitos, Lake Miramar, Poway Lake, and more. We also have hiking challenges, these are optional and you do not have to be part of the challenge to join any of the hikes that are part of it. If you have any suggestions, feel free to share them on the discussions page of the group!
Check out current challenges, events, online shop and more info on our website: www.hikingladies.com
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By being a member of this group and attending the meetup events, you understand that the hosts and I are not professional hikers or guides of any kind. By being a member of this group and/or attending the meetups of this group, you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability that are related to or resulting from any group meetups and activities during meetups. Group Organizer, assistant organizers and other members of the group assume no responsibility or liability, including but not limited to injury or loss of any kind/form due to the use of information you receive from the meetups, or from participating in activities in the meetups. You agree that neither you nor a third party will hold any of the group organizers or members liable for any injury, loss, or damage of any kind to yourself or others as a direct result from anything that has to do with this meetup group. Please also read all information below in the "FAQ's & REMINDERS" section, as there are important details you may need to know before attending a hike!
FAQ's & REMINDERS
YOUR RSVP: Please take your RSVP seriously and read the hike description thoroughly before RSVP’ing. If you need to cancel, do so ASAP to make room for others who may be waitlisted and to aid the organizer. 'No Shows' or those who cancel last minute/after the RSVP is closed, without direct contact to the organizer, risk being blocked from other hikes, at the organizer’s discretion.
DESCRIPTION OF HIKES: Please make sure to read the entire description of a hike before you RSVP. We often get people who had no clue how hard a hike was because they did not read the description. Things to look out for are the amount of miles we are hiking, the elevation gain (incline of hike), and other details listed about the hike (rockiness, pace of the group, etc). If you have any questions, be sure to message the host about details before RSVPing!
YOUR CAPABILITIES: Read the entire hike description carefully. Know your limits. Sign up only if you feel the hike is doable as-described and bring all recommended materials and equipment. If you do not bring water or recommended equipment, you may not be able to continue on the hike, at the organizer’s discretion.
WHAT TO BRING ON HIKES: Please always bring water on any hike or walk as some organizers may not feel comfortable with you hiking without water. Recommended to wear a high SPF sunscreen. A snack is always good just in case your body needs it. Poles are optional for steeper hikes and very helpful to some.
WHO CAN COME: This is a ladies only group. No pets, children, or others hike with us, must be 18+. If a friend or family member would like to join us on a hike, they must join the group. New members are always welcome!
BRINGING GUESTS: Please do NOT bring a guest unless they are signed up and have RSVP’d for the hike. All hikers should sign up for our group so they can agree to our disclaimer and the details of the hike.
LIMIT OF PEOPLE PER HIKE: Yes we have limits of the amount of people who can go per hike. I sometimes get asked “why” there is a limit for a hike. It is up to the host and how many people they feel comfortable hiking with/leading. As a host, there is a level of responsibility we feel for those hiking with us and we have our limits of how many people we feel comfortable keeping track of and just hiking with in general. Please note: Some hikes will first be set at a higher “max” (example 15 people max) and then will get lowered as people drop out (example: from 15 max to now 12 max). This is done by some hosts because there are almost always cancellations, and we set it high to start as a cushion, knowing there will be multiple cancellations.
WAIT LIST: Please be respectful of the wait list and only show up for hikes that you are on the “going” list to. It is not fair to other group members on the waitlist or the hosts who have there limits, to just show up. As people drop off from the going list, the next person in line on the wait list should be moved to the going list automatically, unless the maximum is set lower. Please make sure you have your meetup app notifications on, as you will be notified if you are moved. Please do not keep yourself on the wait list if you cannot go last minute, since there is a chance people cancel last minute and you may be moved over last minute.
FEES/DUES: Starting in 2022 there is an ANNUAL (not monthly) fee of $5.99 per member (meetup takes about $1 for their cut). The fee will go towards the following: meetup.com annual fees, our website (www.hikingladies.com) yearly fees, costs involved in doing fun things in the group like challenges (ex: 2020 Hiking Challenge prizes, other giveaway swag, etc) and anything else that may come up involved with our group! For more information on how to pay and how dues work, read this Meetup Article: https://help.meetup.com/hc/en-us/sections/360004927192-Group-and-event-payments
HOSTING: If you are interested in hosting a hike this year or becoming an official host of the group to host multiple hikes throughout the year, please message Michella, Kathryn R or Antoinette (or all 3 of us) for more details!
PROFILE PHOTO: Please make sure to post a photo of YOURSELF as your member profile, that shows a clear image of your face (instead of your back, your kids, pets, flowers, etc), this helps members identify you during the meetups!
LEAVING THE GROUP DURING A HIKE: If you want to go ahead of the group or need to leave the hike early, please alert the organizer. Let the organizer know when you've completed the hike if you finish ahead of her. If you leave the group/hike without notifying the organizer, you risk being blocked from future hikes.
DONATIONS: 100% optional and not required, your $5.99/year covers the basic costs to keep the meetup group up and running. Donations go towards special events such as the monthly birthday celebrations (gifts, raffle prizes), group giveaways and other enhancements to the group!