Stissing Firetower Spring Equinox Hike
mer. 20 mars à 22:00
Zoroastrian tradition states what you do during the spring equinox sets the pattern for your life for the upcoming year. Spring arrives at 5:58 PM, and we are going to climb up this wonderful treasure in Dutchess County for some sweeping views. Children welcome, as this is also considered a Children's Adventure event. Stissing Firetower is a great 'short and sweet' hike and a perfect hike to set the intentions for the upcoming season. We will be ascending apx 800 vertical to the summit before climbing up to great views in the firetower, how exciting. The climb up does pass by and though a small stream, have some steep sections, but nothing considered a rock scramble, though still with plenty of fun, along with some views on the way up The summit is at about 1400 feet and has views of our Hudson Valley, Catskills and South Taconic Mountains and more on a clear day. We will be taking a gentler, but slightly longer way down. Total distance about 3 miles. We can expect the hike to end about 7pm. Children/teens Welcome: Always (if they are capable, if event is appropriate). Children, including underage teenagers, should be RSVP'ed as a guest their parent, guardian or responsible adult; drop me a message and I will put your child (or underage teenager) in as your guest if guest function is disabled. This does not mean the event is at a child’s level (exception Children’s Adventure events - see below), or a event well suited for some children, such as meditative events. You have to make the determination if it is appropriate for your child(ren). Children's Adventure events: If the words 'Children's Adventure' appears in the title or in the first paragraph this applies: Children's Adventure hikes and events are geared to the way that children need to hike, explore and have fun. It will involve frequent breaks including rest, snack and regrouping stops. Distance will usually be shorter and pace slower than 'adult' level hikes and we will try to incorporate fun games such as the 'dirt is lava' game for younger children as we try to make our way on the rocks instead. Hikes also will be more towards the quick reward (easier to get to fun stuff or places of great beauty). Be aware that during these events pictures are often taken and posted to share with other participants and will be viewable by others, it’s part of the social aspect of these get togethers and is often encouraged. Adults not bringing a child must realize that this event is geared towards the needs and enjoyment of children, not adults, and thus can not complain or whine or throw a tantrum, if they do they will get a time out and will be required to leave 5 stars for this event - you were fairly warned Guests: Adults need to sign up directly and may not go as guests. Guest function, if enabled for this hike, is only for children (and teens who have not reached the age of majority). No Shows/ short notice canceling/waitlisted/ not helping out such as with car shuttles: Known 'No shows' may be waitlisted, and / or excluded from the event if there is a max number of hikers set. Repeat short notice canceling will also be noted for consideration for this as well as things like bypassing the car shuttle location. No-showing / short notice canceling prevents others from attending if the event is full. Bypassing the car shuttle start location is taking advantage of others (also see 'Arriving Late: Don't do that' section). Make sure you sign in, you would not want to be accidentally marked as a no-show, additionally frequently a spots are reserved for those who are known to attend and be on time. Arriving Late: Don't do that, you may be on your own. If you are late, we can only wait if it would be advantageous for the group to wait, so don't be late. We will try to get you back on track, but those mornings are very hectic and my first responsibility would need to be to those hikers that have arrived. You may not get to hike with us, additionally we may not have room to get you back to your vehicle at the end if that is required. End of Hike Time: Ignore the Meetup end time, that is my suggestion for every meetup you attend, not just mine, that is unless you know the event host uses that. The reason is that Meetup assumes a end time and if the event organizer does not change it it just gives out a standard one. Hikes normally move at 2mph, bushwack sections and scrambles at 1 to 1.5 mph, and any car shuttle set up time if needed for this event. so if the millage is specified one can easily figure out a rough estimate. Larger groups sometimes move slower. Dogs: I request No Dogs. Recommended Smartphone apps to assist meeting up: Glympse: Easy to send my location if you get dislocated, by having this app installed you can also add yourself which allows me to note your location and give advice of how to rejoin the group. Waze: For getting to the meetup location, it allows the good will of others to assist your drive (GPS app with warnings from other users). The use of Apple Maps have proven itself unreliable and I can not recommend it. NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back. See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You agree when you sign up for this group or any of the events that you have read and understand the below. If you join us for a hike (or any other event), please understand that you are responsible for your own preparedness and well-being and will hold no one else liable in case of injury or mishap. You agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear. Your attendance on a hike signifies that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver. Full waiver can be found on the ABOUT page.
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