Participating in an Event

For safety reasons, events with fewer than 4 people are not officially recognized by CORE.

Stay with the group at all times during the trip for everyone’s safety, unless the Coordinator has split up the group into subgroups of at least four people. Please be aware of the location of others in your group.  Always wait for EVERYONE at junctions or pre-arranged stopping points.  (This will allow for group reshuffling or any other changes in plans.)

Upon returning to the trailhead, all participants should wait for the whole group unless a car-pool has arranged with the Coordinator to leave early. The Coordinator will inform you of mileage and cost guideline used for car pooling.  Passengers: please pay your driver at the end of the trip.

If approved by the Coordinator, club members can bring a guest along on an event that suits the guest’s ability. The Coordinator will require that they sign a separate Guest Waiver of Liability prior to leaving the meeting point.  The member MUST accompany the guest on the event and will ensure that the guest has the proper clothing and equipment. The member MUST acknowledge his/her responsibility by initialing the column provided on the “Waiver of Liability” form.  There are no exceptions to the guest rules.

Leave No Trace – Ethics of the Outdoors

Many of us have taken a pine cone or rock, veered off the trail to dodge mud puddles, gotten too close to wildlife or tossed an apple core into the woods. While these actions may seem harmless at the time, until we learn to reduce our impact, the quality of our outdoor experiences and the recreational resources we enjoy are at critical risk. Also at risk is our continued access to wildlands as land management agencies sometimes take restrictive action to protect the resources they manage. Unless, of course, education catches up with behavior, and we all learn to leave the outdoors as unchanged as possible by our presence.

The Solution: Leave No Trace believes that while these impacts are widespread and the causes are complex, the solution is simple: Change behavior through education, research and partnerships one person at a time. Leave No Trace is not a set of rules or regulations. Nor is it simply about remembering exactly what minimum impact skill you can practice in every outdoor situation–how far you should camp from water sources, where to pitch your tent, how to build a minimum impact fire or if you should build one in the first place. Rather, it is first and foremost an attitude and an ethic.

Leave No Trace is about respecting and caring for wildlands, doing your part to protect our limited resources and future recreation opportunities. Once this attitude is adopted and the outdoor ethic is sound, the specific skills and techniques become second nature.