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Philadelphia Hiking Meetup Group Pages


What follows is general background information and a list of FAQs to help new members get the answers they may be looking for.


Prior to our formation, Philadelphia already had several large and active hiking/adventure groups. Unlike those groups, however, this one is focused on moderate weekend day hikes within an hour's drive of Center City. We are here to complement what other groups offer, and not to compete with them. Members of other hiking/adventure groups are welcome to join us.

We are open to everyone, from all walks of life, who live within a 30-minute drive of Center City. Our aim is to provide a venue for community and social interaction, while enjoying the fresh air and natural beauty of our regional hiking trails. We encourage friendships, but eschew cliques while on the trail. We hope you will help us to keep it simple, friendly and mellow.

We're not out to win hiking trophies, but simply provide a venue for all kinds of good people to share the pleasures and health benefits of hiking our local trails. If you are someone who wants to organize a hiking event of your own, or contribute in some other way, please let us know.


1. What are your hikes like?

Generally, they are moderate in both duration and intensity. However, we do host more challenging hiking events, from time to time, and according to organizer preferences. Each organizer is free to set his/her own hike parameters, and we try to keep it simple by posting distance and difficulty level in each event title.

2. I am not sure whether an event is too hard for me. Should I come?

If you have any doubts, please err on the side of caution. Showing up for a hike you are not physically ready for not only puts your own self in danger. It can jeopardize the entire group.

3. I don't have a car and would like to carpool. Do I need to arrange that in advance?

Not unless you live too far from our meeting point. Each event will indicate a meeting time and place that is convenient for most members to reach. Once there, members self-arrange carpools and we meet up again at the trailhead. Just remember to contribute a few bucks for gas.

4. Can I bring my dog?

Of course. Just do the right thing and consider the trail or park rules where we will be going. Also, be kind to our trails by picking up after him or her.

5. Can I invite 3 friends?

Well.. not unless they are members. You can bring one guest, but bringing 3 is like crashing a party. Ask them to join us first, and then you can all come together.

6. What if I rsvp "yes" and then don't show up?

We will burn an effigy. No, just kidding. This is not a job; it's just for fun. If you miss a hike that you rsvp'd "yes" for, try not to make it a habit, but please don't let it stop you from coming back again in the future. We will NOT hold it against you.

7. Why do I need to post a photo?

We keep this group private, to protect members from the general internet public. On the same token, we require photos to provide an additional layer of identity verification. Unfortunately, false identity is viewed as socially acceptable on the net. We don't agree, and we remove members who we believe are not who they say they are.

8. What are the rules?

a. Post an actual face photo of self and brief intro statement.
b. Log in once every 3 months and participate in an event at least once every 6 months.
c. Come prepared (clothing, food, water and whatever else YOU need).
d. Be considerate of other members.

9. How can I become an assistant organizer?

In general, members who have participated in 3 events within one year, and who demonstrate a capacity for leadership are welcome and encouraged to organize their own events. If you are interested, please ask.

10. I want to post a comment on the message board.

Of course. All members are welcome to post messages and/or photos, as long as the material is relevant to what our group is about, and non-commercial.

11. I have a question you haven't answered here.

Send a note to the organizer.

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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions May 26, 2008 8:33 AM former member
About Philadelphia Hiking Meetup Group November 22, 2008 6:36 PM former member

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