"...leaving a footpath for generations to follow."
Prior to the scheduled hike:
Review the hike and determine if this is an appropriate hike for you. Contact leader if in doubt, keeping in mind the hike leader is responsible for the welfare of the group. In case of inclement weather, contact the hike leader if you are unsure trip will continue. If your hike leader has requested hikers contact them ahead, do so. The trailhead may be difficult to find, parking limited or a limit of hikers may have been set.
On the day of the hike:
You will need to sign the Waiver and Release form. Notify the leader of any
pertinent medical information
You are responsible for carrying your own first aid kit and medical supplies (allergies, diabetes, heart conditions, etc.)
You are responsible for carrying an appropriate amount of water for the hike.
You are responsible for having the appropriate hiking gear:
Proper hiking shoes
Sunscreen, insect repellant, rain jacket
Hat, jacket, spare socks, gloves, hand heaters in winter
Map, compass, flashlight, cell phone, whistle
On the hike:
Hike between the hike leader and sweep, unless you obtain special permission.
Notify the leader if you must leave for a non-emergency. If you elect to leave, please note such on release form.
Notify leader or sweep if you need to stop for any reason.
When leaving trail, hikers should leave their pack so they can be found if necessary.
Be considerate of your fellow hikers:
Cell phones are for emergencies
Talking should be conversational and should not slow down the group
Yield to hikers coming uphill
Let faster hikers pass
Large groups yield to smaller groups
Move off the trail for stops
Follow Leave No Trace Conservation Standards
If you get lost:
What is your energy level?
Food and equipment?
After the hike:
Thank your hike leader for arranging the trip
Thank your driver if carpooling and offer to take turns or offer gas money on long shuttles
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