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The Tucson Hiking Meetup Group Pages

Welcome to the Tucson Hiking Meetup! We are a diverse group of people who enjoy sharing our love of exploring the Sonoran Desert and areas within the Southwest region with other like-minded folks. You’ll find experienced hikers and those who are new to hiking; birders, wildflower specialists, geologists, landscape photographers, and more. Everyone brings a unique perspective and their own special talents to the group in a spirit of camaraderie and sharing.

To help get you started with the group, we’d like to offer the following points of information:

* Explore the website. Become familiar with the resources and tools available to you as a member. The menu at the top left of every page will get you to the Message Board, where you can communicate with other members; the Files page, where your organizer posts relevant information; the Photos page, where members share their pictures of recent hikes; and more.

* Honestly assess your fitness and skill levels: we’ve all done it—ignored an injury or a cold, convinced ourselves we’re in better shape than we really are, and pushed ourselves past limits we later wished we had respected. Please try not to. We provide information about each hike that should help you judge whether it’s the right trip for you or not. Distance, elevation gain, temperature and climate conditions can all present challenges (after all, that’s why we’re doing this, right?). As a rule of thumb, assume that our hiking pace will be about two miles per hour, meaning that a 6-mile hike will take at least three hours, not including water and food breaks. We want you to finish a trail wishing it had been longer, not wishing you had never come.

* Release of Liability: All of the Tucson Hiking Meetup hikes are "Hike at Your Own Risk". You are ultimately responsible for your own safety and the safety of your guests. You can view's Release of Liability Statement HERE. If you have any questions whatsoever about whether a hike is right for you, do not hesitate to contact the hike leader via the Meetup site.

* RSVP for an event: as a member, you will automatically receive an email whenever a new event is posted. Simply indicate “yes” in the box at the top right of the event posting, hit the “RSVP for this Meetup” button, and your name and photo will appear in the correct place on the right-side column. You don't need to RSVP "No" unless you had previously RSVP'd "Yes" but can no longer attend the Meetup event.

* Show up, on time: all of our organizers are volunteers who put significant effort into planning safe, fun, interesting events. Please respect their schedule by showing up at the designated meeting place a few minutes before the posted start time. IMPORTANT: if your plans have changed and you are no longer able to attend, PLEASE CHANGE YOUR RSVP TO “NO” JUST AS SOON AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN. Many of these trips have limited participation, and it is likely that there is someone else who would like to go if a spot opens up; please play fair by releasing your reservation. Also, organizers make plans based on how many will be attending; please support us by keeping your RSVP current.

* No Show Policy: Many of our hikes will have waiting lists. If a hike has a waiting list, our organizers have been instructed to move a member on the "yes" list to the waiting list if this member has 3 or more "no shows" for hikes in the last six months. When a member signs up for a hike but does not show up, the hike organizer has the ability to mark the member as "no show" for that particular event. You can view your attendance history under your profile for this group.

* Show up prepared: many of our hikes take place in fairly remote wilderness areas, with little or no access to water. We make every effort to inform you of what you will need to bring along and wear for your hike. We need you to pay attention to that information and plan accordingly. Hiking gear lists are on all event postings. HIKERS WHO SHOW UP UNPREPARED MAY BE TURNED AWAY AT THE HIKE LEADER’S DISCRETION. This is a matter of safety—not just yours, but the entire groups. If an unprepared hiker is injured or incapacitated in any way, the entire group may be put at risk in having to stage a rescue. We ask that you take responsibility for doing your part.

* Share the wealth: if you are a carpooler riding with someone else, plan to help pay the driver’s expenses. Operating a car is about more than just the cost of gas; there’s insurance, maintenance, and the energy it takes to drive safely after a long day in the woods. Please honor that by bringing gas money for the driver, depending on both the length of the trip and the number of people in the car.

* Provide feedback: when you return to your computer after your hike, you will find an email from the Meetup site waiting for you, asking you to rate your hiking experience. Please complete as much of the rating as you care to and add a comment if you like. We do pay attention to your feedback!

* Become a leader: we are always looking for additional Assistant Organizers who would like to lead hikes of their own. There is a need for people who would enjoy leading beginner hikes and mid-week hikes, in particular. If you are interested, or have any questions about the process, please contact the Tucson Hiking Group organizer, Bill Carter.

One last point: The Tucson Hiking Meetup is a great place to make new friends and socialize, but it is not a dating site or a singles group. While dating among members is not discouraged, it's important to remember that we're here for friendly group hiking and outdoor activities. We're very serious about creating a safe environment that is comfortable for everybody. When leading a large hike, it's impossible for a hike leader to monitor every social interaction; if for any reason you are made to feel uncomfortable as the result of unwanted, or inappropriate advances - or you observe someone overstepping any boundaries - please bring this to the attention of a hike leader and we will intervene. In extreme cases, we will revoke membership to people who display behavior inappropriate to this group. Happy hiking!

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Release of Liability February 9, 2010 10:00 AM former member
About The Tucson Hiking Meetup Group January 2, 2012 11:31 AM Bill C.

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