Things to keep in mind for all hikes
• Always bring water and a snack, such as fruit, granola, nuts, or cheese.
• Dress in layers and pack an extra pair of wool socks.
• Wear waterproof hiking or rubber boots, unless the hike notes that the path is paved.
• Bring one or two poles if needed for stability or joint issues.
• Microspikes are recommended for icy hikes. Consider snowshoes for deep snow.
• Bring insect repellent or mesh headgear during bug season and "NERD UP": always tuck pants into socks to try to avoid ticks.
• With the exception of service dogs on leash, no dogs are allowed on hikes.
• Alcohol or firearms are not permitted on hikes.
• For reasons related to health and to forest safety, all hikes are smoke-free.
A note about hiking abilities and conduct
We are a group of like-minded people who enjoy getting together to hike and be outdoors. It's very important that all hikers feel welcome on all of our hikes. That said, a hike leader can refuse to allow a registered hiker to join a hike if that individual is not able to hike at the pace/difficulty level set by the hike leader or lacks the gear needed to enjoy the hike safely.
Additionally, although members often develop friendships (and sometimes relationships) outside of the group, the Wilbraham Hiking Club is not designed to encourage dating or unwanted romantic attention. It's appropriate to contact someone through email or phone information that a hiker has given you, but encroaching beyond a person's comfort level is inappropriate. So please: respect the boundaries of your fellow hikers. People who cross the line after being warned will be excluded from future hikes.