THINK SAFETY FIRST!
will assemble at each meeting place at 8:45am, and leave at 9 am. We will
generally try to finish by 12:30, but sometimes we may run over, so please try
to schedule accordingly.
weather, especially threat of lightning, heavy rain, ice, or other unsafe
walking or driving conditions will cause a postponement. If unsure, check the web
site www.cthikes.com or call the leader
7:15 the morning of the hike. Postponed
hike(s) will be tacked on to the end of the schedule.
hiking boots or other footwear with good gripping power are required. Wicking
socks suggested - multiple thicker pairs improve cushioning.
layers of clothing and avoid cotton (which does not wick moisture) to be
prepared for all conditions. Bring rain gear when appropriate.
bug repellent and sun block.
a snack and lots of water – at least a quart – and hydrate before getting
sticks or poles are helpful for balance and it puts less pressure on your knees
on a downhill trail. Highly
recommended - sometimes Ocean State has them very inexpensively.
pants into socks and check for ticks after each hike. Connecticut is the worst
state in the country for Lyme disease.
stay together as a group. Make sure you can see the person in front of you.
A volunteer on each hike will be “sweep” and wear the orange whistle,
and carry a whip if necessary.
to the hikes if possible -- sometimes parking is limited.
11. We have 8 official hikes, but there are also “unofficial” hikes, most often on Tuesdays. These vary in length, time, etc. The leader may not have hiked these trails before, so be prepared for possible “adventures.” Return times are only “guesstimates.” Flexibility is a virtue. These hikes will be displayed on the website (hopefully a week to two in advance) and also announced at the Thursday hikes. If you don’t have internet access, your local library does and telephones work too.
The Ten Essentials for Hiking/Backpacking
The "Ten Essentials" is a list of items that can save your life in the event of an outdoor emergency. You probably don't need these items on a Greenways walk or urban hike but we strongly urge you to carry them with you on any backcountry outing. Consider the Ten Essentials as an insurance policy against the unexpected. You will not use these items on every trip but at some point during your hiking career you will be glad you have them along.
All outing participants have the responsibility to:
1. Acquaint themselves with the outing and verify with the
scheduled leader that the outing is within the participant's capability and
|Legend: AMC=Appalachian Mountain Club, AT=Appalachian Trail, BLT=Burlington Land Trust, CFPA= CT Forest & Park Assn., CL=Co-leader, CPL=Commuter Parking Lot or Carpool, CWB=CFPA's CT Walk Book (W-west or E-east), FCE=Farmington Continuing Education, L=Leader, LH=Local Hike, SC=Sierra Club, U=unofficial|