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Random Group of Hikers Pages

Updated May 2, 2016


Who we are: We are a group of friends with similar interests - the primary one being hiking. It doesn't matter if it's a day hike or a backpack; we like climbing up and down some of the tallest (or most remote) mountains throughout the Northeast (and beyond). Other activities on our calendar include biking (rail trail, road, and off-road), kayaking (rivers, lakes, and ocean), skiing (downhill and cross country), and various adventure races.

Approach: Our approach is simple – the strength of a cohesive group (i.e. similar experience, skills, and abilities) is greater than the sum of its individual parts. We start as a group, stay as a group, and finish as a group. Our pace will be that of the slowest hiker. We travel in small groups (10-15 people) to lessen our impact on the environment and the others who are also out there enjoying the peace and solitude of the outdoors.

Safety: While our goal is to have events that are fun and exciting, your safety, and the safety of others, is the most important thing. If you underestimate the demands, overestimate your skills and abilities, and/or come unprepared you may put yourself and/or others at risk – consider this before you decide to participate. Read the description but do your own research too since your safety is ultimately your own responsibility.

Intensity Levels: You need to be honest with yourself. Recently we have been getting more situations where people who would be considered beginning hikers have been signing-up for intermediate, advanced, and even extreme hikes. While running or lifting weights can help you stay active, it doesn’t mean that you are ready to hike 14 miles and climb 5,000 feet with a 20 pound (or more) pack on your back. It is best to start with an easier hike and then work your way up to the more advanced hikes.

Organizers: All of our organizers are volunteers – we like to be active outdoors and we like to have people come along with us. It takes time to properly research a trip, write a description, and describe the type of clothing and equipment that will help ensure everyone has a safe and fun experience – please take the time to read what is written and answer what is asked as part of the RSVP process.

This information helps us ensure there is a good match between the skills and abilities of the participants and the demands of the event. The organizer of an event may contact you for more information or to suggest a different event that might be better matched to your experience, skills, and abilities.

Participants: All we ask is that you read what we write and agree to “play by our rules”. If there are requirements or expectations to participate in an event – follow them. If there are questions about you and your experience – answer them. If you don’t agree with this and want to do your own thing then do that – hit the trails on your own. If you are going to participate in a Random event realize that you are part of a group.

Waiting List: You will notice that some trips start with everyone being put on a waiting list - this allows the organizer to screen participants based on their responses to the questions. Because we limit the number of people that can participate in our events they can fill up fast so putting your name on the waiting list will allow you to continue getting updates about that event in case space becomes available.

Becoming an Organizer: If you are interested in organizing and leading trips with our group please click here for more about our expectations. You will need to participate in a few events so you can learn about the group and we can learn about you before you can put your own events together.

Please contact Michael Blair if you have any questions.

Disclaimer: The following (or similar) disclaimer applies to all events organized and run by the Random Group of Hikers:

As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you and your guests acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at www.hikesafe.com; the organizer(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

Please contact the organizer if you have any questions.

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Clothing, Gear, and Equipment November 15, 2012 11:11 PM Michael B.
Trip Planning Information and Resources April 30, 2016 10:46 PM Michael B.
Self-Help Learning Links December 7, 2011 10:47 PM Michael B.
Expectations of Organizers with the Random Group May 3, 2016 10:34 PM Michael B.
Unwritten Rules of Trail Etiquette July 22, 2011 3:10 PM Michael B.
About Random Group of Hikers May 2, 2016 7:22 PM Michael B.

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