The Wilderness Center
Backpackers and Dayhikers Club
General Club Policy
Approved by Club membership at the regular meeting on 3/16/90; to be
- All members must have a signed policy and blanket release
- It is expected that participants will voluntarily judge
own abilities for a given trip. Not all trips are suitable for all
members. Trip difficulties range from leisurely to strenuous off-trail
bushwhacks. Trips will be rated for difficulty and/or experience level;
however, changing weather conditions and time of year can easily change
these ratings within hours. If you are unsure, ask trip leaders or
other experienced club members.
- It is recommended that new club members and/or guests seek
out the trip leaders and/or other club members prior to the first tip
so we may ascertain your level of competence.
- You are expected to be self-reliant and prepared
mentally, and emotionally. Each individual is expected to have
appropriate equipment for the given trip. The backpacking club will
provide a minimum equipment list required as requested.
- Participants must inform trip leader if they are planning
go on an overnight trip. They must inform trip leader of any condition
that would affect their abilities. Trip leaders have the right to
request that the unprepared or ill equipped person not participate on a
given trip for safety reasons. Anyone coming unprepared jeopardizes
their own health and safety and because of the extra burden,
jeopardizes the health and safety of all other participants.
- Club members sometimes organize additional major backpack
trips. The extended nature of these trips involves considerably more
planning and preparedness than the usual weekend outing, and also
presents the potential for increased danger. For these trips, the trip
leaders or planning committee may set their own criteria to judge the
suitability of participants to help insure everyone's safety, health
and enjoyment. Special needs for equipment, physical conditioning, etc.
may also be required. On many trips, participants may be limited in
number because of trail regulations, ecological concerns, or to be
consistent with minimum impact camping guidelines.
- Alcohol, illegal drugs, fireworks, firearms, and weapons
not permitted on club trips.
This is a Wilderness Center policy, which
affects all associated clubs.
- Good backpacking manners preclude bring "boom boxes",
gasoline lanterns, and other items which detract from the wilderness
experience of the group. If you insist on bringing a cell phone, the
ringers must be turned off.
- Parents or legal guardians are responsible for and must
accompany minors. An adult with written permission and written
authorization for emergency medical treatment may accompany a minor in
place of a parent or legal guardian. Adult must confirm with the trip
leader in advance. Trip leader has the right to request they not come.
- After their first trip, all participants wishing to
are expected to become members of The Wilderness Center and the
Backpacking and Dayhikers Club. Dues for the backpacking club are set
by the Executive Committee and are collected for each address to which
materials are sent this covers the cost of mailings and some
long-distance telephone calls required in trip planning. Dues are
requested each January and are due at the time a person joins the club.
They are not prorated.
- The TWC Backpackers and Dayhikers support the concept of
minimum impact camping. All participants are expected to show sincere
concern for protecting the ecological and scenic integrity of the
places we visit.
- Each individual is responsible for bringing his or her own
first aid kit. Items suggested for the first aid kit are included in
the equipment list.
- Each individual is required to complete a personal medical
information card and keep it in his or her pack on all club trips. The
card will be provided by the trip leaders.
Revised Summer 2001