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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

  1. Plan ahead and prepare
  2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

If you get lost:

  1. Assess the situation:
  2. What is your energy level?
    Weather conditions?
    Food and equipment?

  1. If you must camp for the night, stay ON the trail
  2. Assume someone will be looking for you
  3. As soon as you reach a phone, call the local sheriff (911)
  4. Check in at the trailhead

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

Let hike chair know of any issues

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