Frequently Asked Questions
These FAQs and hiker etiquette were prepared so you will have a safe and enjoyable hike with the Dayton Hikers group.
Q. What is Dayton Hikers?
A. Dayton Hikers is a social networking, internet group, that uses the Meetup platform. You meet strangers on the internet and go into the woods with them to hike. You hike at your own risk.
Q. Who Can Join Dayton Hikers?
A. Membership in Dayton Hikers is open to anyone! Joining is fast, free and easy!
Q. Do I Need To Sign Up For Hikes?
A. Yes. Click the ✔ button to indicate you are going. It’s that easy.
Q. I Signed Up For A Hike But Can’t Attend. What Do I Do?
A. If you can’t attend please update to “not going” by clicking on the X button. Canceling on short notice is acceptable and common.
Q. Do I Need To Read The Whole Event Description?
A. Yes. Read it carefully. It contains information you need to know. Decide if the hike is appropriate for you. Don’t overestimate your hiking ability.
Q. How fast are the hikes?
A. Various paces. Pace refers to how fast the group will travel. Pace is the anticipated average that includes any time spent on rest breaks.
Slow = 1.0+ mph
Moderate = 2.0+ mph
Brisk = 3.0+ mph
Running = 4.0+ mph
Pace is just one factor in how strenuous a hike is. Other factors that affect how strenuous a hike is are the terrain, hills, mud, rocks, roots, weather, cold, rain, wind, snow, ice, heat, humidity and your physical condition.
Q. Do Hikes Start On Time?
A. Yes. The starting time for a posted hike is the time when boots start moving. This is not the time you should be pulling into the parking lot. Arrive early and allow plenty of time for changing clothes, putting on boots, packing gear and for a restroom break.
Q. I’m Running Late For A Hike. What Do I Do?
A. Post a comment that you are running late and the estimated time that you expect to be there. The hike organizer will likely wait for you if you are only a few minutes late. If the hike organizer has provided their cell phone number please text or call.
Q. Do Some Hikes Have Limits On The Number Of Participants?
A. Yes. Some hike organizers put a limit on the number of participants. Respect the limit. Hike organizers put a limit on their hikes to ensure they have a safe and enjoyable time. Don’t show up without being on the “going” list.
Q. Is There A Waiting List For Filled Up Hikes?
A. Yes, most of the time. Some hikes which are full may have a waiting list. Join the waiting list if you really want to attend the hike. If someone drops out you will be added to the “going” list. Or the hike organizer might increase the trip limit to let everyone on the waiting list go.
Q. Can I Bring A Friend?
A. Yes, most of the time. Most hike organizers allow you to bring a guest. If you bring a friend please indicate +1 in your RSVP. If you are unable to add a +1 this means you can’t bring a guest. Hike organizers who do not allow guests have valid reasons for doing so.
Q. Can I Bring Children?
A. Yes, in general, children are welcome and encouraged to attend our hikes. Bring them! Some hikes are a fast pace and/or are a long distance that may not be suitable for children especially younger ones. If you are in doubt please contact the hike organizer.
Q. Can I Bring A Pet?
A. Check with the hike organizer first. Some hikes are a fast pace and/or are a long distance that may not be suitable for pets especially older ones. Some parks in our area do not allow dogs. If you bring a dog it must be on a leash. Clean up after your dog.
Q. Who Are The Hike Organizers?
A. Hike organizers are volunteers. They don’t get paid. They spend their own time, energy and money to go hiking with you. The hike organizers are just fellow member volunteers, not your hiking guides or guru.
Q. What If I Want To Attend A Hike But Don’t Like Something About It?
A. The hikes are offered as “take it or leave it.” If you do not agree with the limit, mileage, route, pace, time, guest restrictions, or anything about the hike, please don’t post this in the comments. Send your suggestions in a Meetup message to the hike organizer but remember that the hike organizer always has the final say.
Q. What Should I Do After The Hike?
If you enjoyed the hike say “thank you” to the hike organizer.
Post comments. Hike organizers like to read your comments.
Upload photos you took so others can enjoy them.
Q. I Signed Up For A Hike And Didn’t Show Up.
A. The group waited for you to arrive and finally gave up. The hike organizer marked you as a “no show”. The group organizer monitors people with excessive no shows and limits their ability to participate in future events.
Q. What Else Should I Know?
Before departing for the hike re-read the event description and the comments for any updates especially on weather and trail conditions. Things can change from the time the hike is posted to the time the hike starts.
You may wish to carpool to the trailhead. You carpool at your own risk.
Show up with the required equipment. The description will list any required equipment.
Make new friends, chit-chat with others and be social. But remember some people hike to relax, unwind and experience nature. Don’t assume constant talking is interesting or welcome to others.
Mute your phone. Nobody likes hearing your ringtone or notification dings. If you must use your cell phone keep the volume down on your phone and your voice.
Q. What Is Leave No Trace?
A. The Leave No Trace principles help you minimize your impact to our local parks. It’s more than just not littering. Please read about them and help minimize your impact to our trails and parks. https://lnt.org/teach/outdoor-ethics-frontcountry
The hike organizer can remove anyone from their hike for any reason. Period. This includes removing anyone from the hike before it begins, at the trailhead or during the hike.
Please respect them. Don’t be a knucklehead. Don’t make their job difficult.
We have a very low tolerance for people who make things difficult for hike organizers.
Nobody in Dayton Hikers gets paid.
Nothing gets done in Dayton Hikers unless a volunteer does it.
Nothing gets paid for in Dayton Hikers unless someone donates.
Many people are under the impression that Meetup.com is free but it is not. The Organizer pays to run this group. If you enjoy the Dayton Hikers group please consider leading a hike, making a donation or helping out in some way.