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- Arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. This allows time for registration and for hike leaders to briefly outline the hike and start it on time.
- Make sure that you bring adequate food and water, especially water, so that you can maintain a proper energy level on longer, more challenging hikes.
- If the weather looks threatening, pack appropriate clothing such as rain gear or windbreakers or hoodies. You should always carry an extra pair of socks.
- Carry a whistle (in the unlikely event you become separated from the group).
- While on the hike, never lose sight of the person in front of you or the person behind you.
- Learn to keep pace with the group.
- Don’t wander off on a side trail by yourself.
- If you must go into the woods to relieve yourself, make certain a hiker who knows the trail waits for you.
- Know your own limitations. Don’t participate in a hike that is beyond your capabilities.
- If you have a medical condition (i.e. diabetes, etc) or allergies, make certain a friend or someone in the group knows about it.
- Most important — have fun and enjoy the great outdoors!