SCOTIAN HIKER

Frequently Asked Questions



Q. How do I find out about upcoming hikes?

Watch for upcoming hikes on the Events Calendar, and if you see a hike posted that interests you, join in. New faces are always welcome. Always check the EC on the morning of the hike before setting out, in case of last-minute changes or cancellation.

Q. How do I join your group?

Simply be ready, willing, and able to hike, and show up at the scheduled time and place.

Q. How much does it cost to join?

It costs your time, effort, and a few dollars for your gas and food. There is no charge to hike.

Q. Do I need to register to join a hike?

Most of the time, no. Just show up. If it's an event where there is limited capacity, attendance may be capped so registration may be required in such cases; if so, it will be specified on the Events Calendar.

Q. Do the hikes take place in poor weather?

Usually, no (there are exceptions to every rule). Check the Events Calendar before setting out for a hike, in case of changes or cancellation.

Q. How fast-paced are the hikes?

We don't dally, but we don't set a breakneck pace, either. Moderate pace, on average. Some hikers are faster, some are slower; we tend to spread out on the trail as hikers make their way along at varying speeds, but we always reqroup at trail junctions and rest stops. Nobody gets left behind.

Q. How hard are the hikes?

Difficulty levels are described in each hike listing. Terrain and distance vary. If you're a beginner, choose a less challenging hike to start with and work your way up; a hike that is too hard, too far, too soon, can be gruelling and discouraging, and potentially dangerous.

Q. Who is responsible if I trip on a rock or root and fall and hurt myself?

YOU. Your participation is entirely at your own risk. Going into the wilderness is inherently risky; anything can happen, despite the careful planning and preparation behind our group hikes.

Q. What do I need for gear and clothing?

Ideally, a 20-30L backpack with comfortable shoulder straps and waist strap, with enough space to store lunch, water, jacket, extra socks, gloves, hat, and other miscellaneous personal items you may need, is very useful. Synthetic or wool attire is best, and cottons should be avoided, but don't break the bank; show up with what you've got and see what other hikers are wearing and carrying before spending a lot of money. Good clothing can be found at thrift stores. Hiking is not a fashion contest, either. A bigger investment should be in footwear; if you try hiking and find you like it and want to do more, invest in good quality walking/hiking shoes or boots that will support your feet and be more comfortable on the trail. You should also have a hat that will block the sun, a cheap fleece jacket/sweater and perhaps a water-resistant nylon/polyester shell for wet conditions. No need to be fully kitted out with the latest and greatest if you're just starting out; keep costs down until you decide you want to do nothing else but eat, sleep, and hike.

Q. Are your hikes dog-friendly?

Mostly, but not always. Certain terrain (e.g. barnacle-covered seafloor, gypsum, sharp-edged rock shoreline) can cut paws. Dogs are allowed in general; unsuitable hikes will be identified on the Events Calendar. Leashes may be required, especially in provincial parks, or when multiple dogs are on the same hike. Dogs owners need to ensure their dogs are well-behaved.

Q. What are your qualifications to lead hikes?

LOL! Qualifi-what? You get what you pay for. ;)

Enquiries can be sent to scotianhiker@outlook.com

HOME

© 2019 Scotian Hiker. All rights reserved.