Hiker Policies of St. Paul Hiking Club
Approved by the Board of Directors on June 12, 2017
If you have not hiked with the Club, we suggest you should be able to complete a moderate speed (2.5-3.5 mph) hike of 3 to 5 miles in-town first.
Check the hike description in the newsletter or on the website for the conditions you can expect to encounter.
Above-ankle hiking boots are recommended for off-trail hikes and mud/snow conditions. Walking sticks may prove handy on some hikes. Dress in layers, preferably in wick-away fabrics. Find a weather report and dress accordingly: rain gear when rain is possible, and gloves, a head covering, and a wind-resistant outer layer in cold weather. Cleats should be considered when footing is expected to be icy.
Always bring and drink plenty of water. Hydrate well before the hike and don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. Ask the hike leader if there will be an opportunity to replenish water on the hike.
Wear sunscreen and a hat on warm sunny days and know the signs of heat illness.
In season, bring a bug repellent, and for off-trail hikes, reduce exposed skin to ward off bugs and harmful plants.
Arrive at the hiking venue at least 15 minutes before the start time, so the hike leader can complete sign-ups and start on time. To ensure you are credited with mileage, write your name legibly. For Sunday hikes with a reduced-distance option, circle your number on the sign-up sheet if you will not walk the full 5 miles.
Always follow the leader unless the leader gives permission to walk ahead.
Respect private property and obey all rules of the area where you hike.
When walking on a road, walk on the left, facing traffic. Use sidewalks when present.
Inform the hike leader if you develop difficulty in keeping up and/or must leave the group.