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Take a hike! Pages

Frequently Asked Questions (the FAQ)

Will I be safe on a hike?
No. Please understand that hiking can be dangerous. Accidents do happen and when they do you can be injured or killed. You agree to hold the organizers, assistant organizers, and other members harmless as this is an 'at risk' activity.

Is the organizer or assistant organizer 'in charge' on a hike?
No one is in charge on a hike. You are responsible for your own personal safety

Is there anything I need to sign? I know some hiking groups have liability forms and such
You agreed to Meetup's terms of service when you joined. In general, section 6 says if an organizer or any member places a event on the calendar and you get injured at it, it's your own fault.

Who runs this group?
No one. This is a group of people who like to hike. There is no one in charge. If someone starts telling you what to do and you don't agree with it, don't do it. Use your own common sense and leave the event if you think it is too risky for your taste.

The hike leader ticked me off. What is my recourse?
You can email me. Do not tick off the hike leaders. I consider them the life blood of Take-a-hike and will invariably take their side over an individual hiker. Hike leaders have absolute say over who attends their hike. Do things their way or choose a hike lead by someone else. The greatest good for the greatest number comes from being nice to the hike leaders.

What are the rules?
Just one. Be safe. If you are uncomfortable for any reason on a hike then turn back. No one forced you to go on a hike, and no one will force you to stay on one. You can leave at any time.

How fast do you hike?
We all hike at our own speed. Periodically we wait for everyone to catch up and take a few minutes rest. That being said, if you are a beginning hiker that isn't in good shape then most of our hikes probably aren't for you. Look for hikes that are specifically for beginners. Most hikes are steep and rugged. If you have concerns please email the hike organizer or post a comment before the hike.

Do I always need to RSVP?
If you want to attend a hike you must RSVP "Yes". Showing up for a hike without RSVP will get you removed from Take-a-hike. Hikes with insufficient RSVPs may be canceled.

If you change your mind about attending a hike, you must change your RSVP to "No". Excessive "No Shows" will get you removed from the group.

What if I don't know anyone at the hike?
Just start talking. It works every time.

What if I'm late?
We generally wait a few minutes past the posted starting time but that isn't guaranteed. We do not wait for everyone who has signed up. If you are habitually late then aim for 15 minutes before the start time.

I know this isn't a singles group but I am interested in someone on the hike
Use common sense. Complaints about harassment will get you removed from Take-a-hike.

Please stop sending me all those reminder emails
Sorry, the meetup software doesn't give you or me any control over that. Meetup tech support says the best way to reduce it is to setup an email filter and either put all meetup emails into a separate email folder or automatically delete the ones you don't want to see based on the subject line. If you aren't sure how to do this with your email ask a friend.

Do you ever cancel hikes at the last minute?
Many things can cancel or move a hike including: rain, too few rsvps, fire, park closures for various reasons. The organizer will give as much notice as possible both by email to all who rsvped for the hike and by updating the web page. Check your email and the web page as late as possible before a hike especially if you are the only rsvp or one of a few. I like this website for weather reports (click on hourly).

What if I need to carpool from a different location?
You can mention this in your rsvp comment or in the comment area for the hike in question. Many people will not recheck the web page after they rsvp so it's also a good idea to check each person that has rsvped yes and see where they are coming from and then email them directly. (Click on their picture, read where they are from, click on "Send Email" to email them).

What is the best mosquito and tick repellent?
Here are articles from the CDC and the EPA discussing the various ingredients.

I just can't use email, may I call you?
No.

Parts of this page were inspired or copied from this page (and I suggest that you read it).

Do you have a question not covered here or other suggestion? Feel free to email me.

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