As a hiker with the Philadelphia Trail Club, you
assume certain responsibilities: getting to the hike site, providing your own
lunch and drinking water, wearing proper clothing based on the weather,
including proper footgear. To assure your personal safety, be alert, listen to
the hike leader, and do not take undue risk. Some specific guidelines:
If you have any question or doubts about a
hike, call the leader, whose name and phone number are listed in the Bulletin,
and discuss the hike. Do not overestimate your abilities or underestimate the
difficulty of the hike. If you are new to hiking, work up to long distance
hikes. Check the Bulletin instructions for a specific hike. Again, check
with the leader.
When you have chosen a hike, check the
directions to get to the meeting place. Clarify with your own maps (AAA maps,
county and city maps, etc.) to be sure of your travel. If you are still
uncertain, phone the leader. This way the leader knows you are coming and may
wait a few extra minutes.
If you need a ride, check with the leader and
he/she may be able to make suggestions regarding someone living in your area.
For hikes that are held some distance away, often there is an intermediate
meeting point and carpooling is arranged at that point. When you are a
passenger in someone’s car, share the cost.
the hike site no later than the scheduled time. Hikes will start at the
scheduled time plus 15 minutes.
Read and sign the waiver notice on the sign-in
form. After the hike, the form is forwarded to the Statistical Chair for
mileage records and then sent to the archivist.
Before the hike starts, the leader calls for a
“circle” of the participants and makes any announcements and directions for
the day. At this time the leader will announce the “sweep” who stays at the
end of the group to “sweep” up the slow hikers and be sure no one gets left
Try to maintain the pace. If you are having
trouble, let the leader or the sweep know. Keep in contact with the hiker
ahead of you and to the rear. You should not lose contact with the other
hikers since the sweep should always be last. If necessary, do not hesitate
to have the sweep call for a halt.
Do not leave the group without notifying the
leader. If you plan to do only
part of the hike, notify the leader before the hike starts and again when you
leave. If you want to leave the group temporarily, notify the leader and do
not go alone. On longer hikes, we will have comfort stops, which are called
Do not get ahead of the leader
unless advised to do so by the leader.
Stay on the trail; do not litter – pack out
everything you bring in; do not damage or pick samples of flowers or foliage;
respect private property; follow leader’s instructions. No pets are permitted