The Wanderung list of Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQ):
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How do I unsubscribe from the mailing list?
How do I join a hike?
Who is responsible for me when I’m participating?
As always, however, take all needed precautions and look out for your fellow participants!
I’ve signed up but haven’t received any mail yet…!
What activities does Wanderung support?
What sort of gear do I need?
What gets posted to the Wanderung mailing list?
Only the weekly newsletter (posted by Wanderung administrators), CALLOUT emails, and PLANNING CALL-OUTs sent by members should ever be sent to the mailing list. What is NOT appropriate to post to the Wanderung mailing list:
- trail reports (send these to email@example.com)
- casual questions to the group
- attempts to advertise to the Wanderung mailing list
- jokes, or anything that is not focused on the task of assembling an outdoor event
- anything sexist, racist, or possibly derogatory to any other subscriber
- postings for trips being organized through other outdoor organizations.
- …basically, anything that is NOT a callout.
Wanderung is not moderated. This means that subscribers that post inappropriate e-mails will be removed with few, or no, warnings. Content that does not qualify as a CALLOUT, but might be valued by all subscribers (gear sales, trail closures, etc.) can be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org for posting in the weekly newsletter.
Please note: Other than a “callout” message, the only other types of messages that subscribers may send to the list are as follows:
Please note that “Almost Full” or “I need more people” type messages are not OK. If you don’t have enough people for your trip, sending your callout to the list again is NOT allowed. The “driver needed” message should be used only as a last-minute measure if your whole trip plan is about to collapse due to lack of drivers.
How do I know if I’m ready for a hike? (fitness-wise)
How do I find out when the next hike is?
I don’t have a car, is that a problem?
How much should drivers be compensated?
How much does it cost to drive to any given destination? Compensating your driver is NOT optional, or we may find that drivers won’t be available the next time. We came up with what we thought were fair guidelines that you may want to use. Organizers, drivers, and participants, please ensure that the drivers are compensated and discuss what everyone thinks is fair. Drivers, feel free to adjust these rates and let your voice be heard! Here’s a simple formula: 5 km = $1 (per car), and here are some common round-trip examples:
|Destination||Round-trip distance||Estimated cost per car|
|Cypress Bowl/Mt Seymour:||60 km||$12|
|Port Moody (Diez Vistas):||65 km||$13|
|Port Coquitlam (Minnekhada Park):||65 km||$13|
|Lions Bay:||80 km||$16|
|Maple Ridge (Golden Ears):||110 km||$22|
|Chilliwack (Elk Mountain):||210 km||$42|
|Chilliwack Lake (Lindeman & Greendrop Lakes):||270 km||$54|
|Duffy Lake Rd (Joffre Lakes, Blowdown Pass):||380 km||$76|
|Manning Park:||430 km||$86|
It’s up to participants to divide the “per car” costs between the total numbers in the group and split that amount between the number of drivers equally regardless of who went in which car. It’s the overall required capacity that determines the needed number of cars, not how the number of participants is split.
The numbers above were derived at a time when gas was around $1.40 a litre.
Rejected – no more room in the hike?
Wanderung CALLOUTs are usually limited to 6-8 participants (at discretion of the organizer). Please respect the organizer’s wish to control the size of their hike, and do not assume that by replying, you have secured a spot. Wait for the organizer’s confirmation. Some reasons why limits make sense:
- the bigger the group, the further the spread of hikers, and safety decreases
- less organization is required on the part of the organizer = happy organizers = more hikes in the long run
- allow for more personal interactions
- more efficient/easier decision making
As an organizer, you may feel awkward writing your painfully crafted “nice” rejection emails, but you shouldn’t. You are already doing us all a favour by offering your time so generously. Feel free to use this template response:
“We’re sorry but this Wanderung event has already reached its maximum capacity. At the organizer’s discretion, a waiting list might be kept, but this is not guaranteed. However, the good news is this: if you are looking to find hiking partners it’s as simple as organizing your own. See the Organizer guidelines at Organizer Guide.”
Kids and dogs?
Wanderung was set up with adults in mind, and in the interests of safety and liability we cannot allow minors on hikes. There are some hike clubs that do encourage family based trips based on the North Shore that you may wish to seek out.
Wanderung also does not support hiking with dogs for a number of safety and liability reasons. Many trails don’t allow dogs (for ecological reasons, ask anyone who works for BC Parks). Dogs present a number of issues on hikes. They can trip up hikers whether on or off the leash; some people don’t want dogs in their car; some people have dog phobias and some people actually dislike dogs.
Is age an issue in Wanderung?
I don’t see any hikes I like – can I organize my own?
What can I do to minimize my own exposure to liability?
What are the list usage rules?
What types of messages may not be sent to the list?
1. Sending a message that is not consistent with the callout template.
2. Sending a callout for an activity that is not permitted.
3. Sending messages more than once.
4. Using the list to publicize trips from another hiking group.
5. Using the list to publicize a commercial event, paid service or enterprise.
6. Accidentally CC the mailing list by using the “reply all” button.
7. Sending a question to the list.
8. Sending information to the list.
9. Sending updates to callouts.
10. Sending complaints to the list, or airing a grievance.
11. Spamming the list in any other way not described above.
12. Sending an “Almost Full” or “I need more people” type message.
Disclaimer: The information provided in these pages should not be taken as accurate, complete or up-to-date. You should check this information yourself. The reader is warned that it is unreasonable to rely solely upon the information contained in these pages. By providing this information, Wanderung does not assume any liability for the use of this information by our readers. Terms & Conditions