[May 28, 2020 special note: Before you join any trip, please read the new health and safety rules in the club's Reopening plan.]
Make sure you are fit and experienced enough for the trip. If you are not sure, contact the trip leader to learn more about the hike. Be honest with yourself about your abilities. If you overestimate your abilities, or underestimate the difficulty of the trip, you put your safety and the safety of the group at risk. Make sure you have the appropriate equipment, that your equipment is in good working order, and that you know how to use it.
Note: The trip leader can refuse a participant if the leader feels the person is not adequately equipped.
If you are a New Member
If you are a new member, please contact the trip leader in advance to get his or her consent. (Contact information is available on the website. Do not call before 9:00 a.m., after 9:00 p.m. or on the morning of the trip.) The trip leader will tell you about the trip—length, difficulty, terrain etc. Assess your abilities and decide if you will be able to do the trip. Discuss any questions you have with the trip leader.
If you are a Not a Member (joining a hike as a guest)
[June 21, 2020 special note: Guests are permitted to join trips. The temporary guest restriction announced on May 28 is rescinded.]
If you are not a member, you are welcome to try a hike as a guest. You must sign a waiver each time you hike with the club as a guest.
- Select a hike suitable for your fitness level from the schedule. The classification of hikes page explains the hike rating system. Please also read the guidelines below and the Safety page before you attend the hike.
- Contact the Membership Secretary who will ask about your hiking experience to make sure the hike is suitable, and will tell you how to contact the hike leader.
- Print a copy of the waiver, read it carefully, but DO NOT sign it yet.
- Bring the waiver to the meeting point.
- Sign the waiver at the trailhead in front of the leader who will witness your signature.
At the Meeting Place or Trail Head
- Arrive at the meeting place at least 10 minutes before the stated departure time to give yourself enough time to sign up, arrange carpooling and meet the other members of the group.
- If you carpool with someone, remember to reimburse them for the carpooling costs at the end the day. We suggest $5.00 per person per hour of driving time on paved roads, and up to $10.00 per hour on rough logging roads, and in adverse conditions, at the discretion of the driver. Please put muddy hiking boots in a clean plastic bag and change into runners after the hike. It is not the trip leader's responsibility to arrange for your transportation to or from the meeting place. Drivers should drive defensively.
On the Trip
Club trips are group trips. The leader will do his or her best to make the trip an enjoyable experience, but as a participant you have a responsibility to:
- Be properly equipped.
- Be considerate of others and their abilities.
- Keep the pace of the group. If the pace is too fast or if you are having difficulty, tell the leader or the end-person.
- Stay with the group and keep between the leader and end-person, unless the trip leader has explicitly made other arrangements. (For example, depending on group size and abilities, the leader may decide to split the group into two parties.)
Note : The trip leader may allow people who know the terrain to go ahead of the group, but people so doing are on their own regarding navigation, safety and recovery. People wishing to leave the group must strike their names from the sign-up sheet, and initial the right-hand column as acknowledgement.
We do our best to keep our forests and trails unspoiled for everyone to enjoy. Carry home all litter (including biodegradable material such as orange and banana peels) and leave plants and rocks where they are (except on trail clearing parties).
Dogs are not permitted on trips. If you wish to smoke, please consider the majority who do not and ensure that you are well downwind. Please do not wear colognes or perfumes on trips. Some members are extremely sensitive to these chemicals. Scents may attract bears!