The purpose of the Mountain High Hikers is to provide a healthful form of recreation and fellowship for adults. For this purpose the Club has adopted the following guidelines.
The club schedules several hikes each week, two on Tuesday and one on Thursday. Each group has a designated leader who guides the group. The Tuesday hikes consist of a shorter more moderate hike and a longer more challenging hike. The Thursday hike is a leisure hike, it is shorter and slower paced, designed for new hikers and anyone looking for nice walk in the woods. This scheduling and hike organization allows for a variety of hike experiences for all. The idea is to have a place for most everyone.
A MHH Member/Guest must recognize that there are risks and responsibilities involved and be willing to assume these. Members and Guests are required to sign a waiver of liability at the beginning of each MHH event in order to participate.
It is the personal responsibility of each participant to ensure that they are physically fit enough for the field conditions that exist and any unexpected conditions that may occur and be able to keep up with their group. Each individual must be properly equipped with sufficient personal gear to deal with the environment and the knowledge to use it correctly. Members/Guests are responsible for their own medical requirements, to include first aid and medications. If one has a special medical need/requirement, that others should be aware of, it is their responsibility to share that information with the leader before the hike/event. Hike/Event Leaders are not responsible for a participant’s medical needs.
A new hiker should call the hike leader to determine if the hike is appropriate for the hiker’s level of fitness and experience. Beginner hikers, or hikers with below average fitness, should start with a Thursday Leisure hike and then make transitions to other groups as they develop their hiking skills. Hike leaders may grant exceptions to experienced hikers. All should arrive at the meeting place 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the hike in order to hear the hike leader’s instructions, sign the liability waiver, work out carpool arrangements, transfer gear and depart on time. If one plans to meet the hike at another location, they should contact the leader, as the hike plan may have changed.
Hikes can be cancelled due to existing or forecast bad weather that may present an en-route or onsite hazard. Some examples are ice/snow, extreme cold, thunderstorms and heavy rainfall. All MHH members will be notified of hike cancellations or changes by e-mail. If in doubt, call the leader before reporting to the meeting place. If the hike is cancelled, the hike leader is not required to be at the meeting place.
Bringing the proper equipment in your day-pack will add greatly to your enjoyment, your safety, and the enjoyment and safety of the group.
Hiking clothes; synthetic, wool or silk materials that wick moisture and dry quickly are best. Multiple thin layers work better than fewer thick layers. Cotton is not a good idea because it dries so slowly and cotton socks may cause blisters. Broken-in hiking boots/shoes. Hiking poles (optional). These can be valuable for balance and stability in stream crossings and on rocky terrain, and can transfer some weight from the legs when going up and from the knees when going down.
While the MHH encourages carpooling because of economic, environmental and social reasons, it is the policy of the MHH not to become involved in the establishment of carpools/shuttles nor the assignment of drivers or riders.
Hiking etiquette is mostly common sense, but there are a few topics that are hiking specific:
The MHH subscribes to and abides by the principles of “Leave No Trace”. For more detailed information visit www.lnt.org. The principles that apply to MHH as we day hike are covered below:
MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL: Enjoy all of your hikes and your friends in the Mountain High Hikers.