OC Hiking Club
Largest hiking club in the Great OC
The Orange County Hiking Club, is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit which exists to promote physical, mental and emotional wellness through connection with nature. In addition to outdoor recreation for our members, OC Hiking Club nurtures stewardship that protects trails for future generations and provides education, encouragement and nature-empowerment for people of all ages, families and at-risk youth through mentorship and leadership development in the outdoors.  
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OCH FAQS - OC HIKING CLUB

1. How much does it cost to join?

Membership is free. We are supported by individual and corporate donations only.

 

2. How do I join?

  1. Go to: http://www.oc-hiking.com/
  2. Click on the Meetup icon/ Join Free, on the link menu.
  3. At the top of the Meetup page you will see, “This group's content is available only to members.” Directly underneath, click, “Join the group.”
  4. Click the red button, “Request to join this meetup group”
  5. Enter your information in the sign up page and press, “sign up”
  6. Now go to your email account and open the email from meetup.com. Click on the link to verify your account.
  7. This will take you to the OC Hiking Club application. Please answer all questions on the application, upload a real photo of yourself, and press “submit.”
  8. The OCHC office will approve your membership in the next 24 hours.
  9. Once approved, go to http://www.oc-hiking.com/ and click “Event Calendar.” You will be asked to login to your meetup.com account.
  10. Sign the Annual Participant Agreement prior to attending a hike: Annual Participant Agreement

 

3. I love this club, how do I make a donation?

Thank you for helping us reconnect people with nature! Your donation gets at-risk youth out on the trail - Go to: www.oc-hiking.com/orange_county_charitable_donations/

 

4. How do I edit my OC Hiking Club profile?

(change your name, edit email settings, add profile photo, update profile info, etc...)

To change your profile info:

 

5. How do I upload a profile photo?

 

6. How do I reduce the amount of email I receive from OCHC?

By unchecking all the checkboxes on your communication settings page, 90% of the hiking club email will be turned off (unfortunately meetup.com does NOT provide us with the option to turn off 100% of the email). All features of our online calendar and email system are part of meetup.com.

Change your email settings:

 

7. How do I see what events are scheduled?

Login into meetup.com. Go to "my groups" at the top of the page and select OCHC. Select "meetups" on the blue toolbar, then "calendar." If you want to attend an event, RSVP "yes." If you do not want to attend – you don’t need to RSVP "No".

However, if you RSVP yes and change your mind or are unable to make the event, please change your RSVP to "No." Some events have attendee limits and we’d like to make sure spots are available for those would like to attend.

 

8. How do I upload photos to the OCHC albums?

Photo Albums are limited to 100 images. Photos may be viewed or uploaded from the Calendar posting display or by opening the left column menu entitled "Photos" which displays all recent photo albums. From either display, to add photos, double-click on the small "picture frame" icon entitled "Add photos". Then choose between the options to add to an existing album or create (and name) a new album. If you have not previously done so, you will need to download software from Meet Up to upload photos. You will then be able to upload up to 50 photos at one time (subject to Meet Up's restrictions). You will be able to select either a file of your photos or individual photos to upload. Captions are optional.

 

9. Do I need to RSVP "No" to all the events?

There is no need to RSVP "No" to hikes and events. The "No" and "Maybe" features are used by people after they have already RSVP'd "Yes." Or if the email bothers you, you can turn off email in your profile and look at the calendar instead.

 

10. What’s the difference between a Hike Organizer and a Nature Guide?

 

11. How do I volunteer as a Nature Guide for the Kids-in-Need-of-Nature program and Hike Organizer?

Minimum requirements to become a Hike Organizer or Nature Guide:

Go to: www.oc-hiking.com/volunteers.htm, read more and fill out the Volunteer Application and let us know why the OCHC is a good match for you. Hike Organizers are selected based on need, level of commitment and ability to work with people. Thank you for volunteering!

 

12. How do I contact the OCHC office?

Please contact us www.oc-hiking.com/contact.htm

 

13. I sent my Hike Organizer an email but (s)he didn't get back to me!?

  1. Sometimes the hungry spam filters eat email, try resending it.
  2. Did you hide your reply email address? Uncheck the box that says "hide email address" when sending email. If the Hike Organizer cannot see your email address they may not respond.
  3. Hike Organizers may be out of town and unable to respond. Please be patient and kind with our volunteer Hike Organizers!

 

14. Someone did something that seemed really out of line on a hike, what can I do?

The occurrence of something offensive in this club is very rare or not at all. The members of this club are the nicest group of people you could ever hope to meet. If an issue arises please address it with the person directly. Please don't gossip or talk behind peoples backs. This club cultivates a supportive environment. If something seems really bad or irregular please email the Board of Directors.

 

15. Where do I begin? What hike should I go on first?

  1. Always check with your doctor before staring an exercise program
  2. Start easy with a beginning hike or beach walk
  3. Build slowly, try an easy walk or hike 2x per week, then gradually build up to 3x per week.

The OCHC hike calendar has a wide variety of hikes to choose from beginning, intermediate, advanced and out of town. Begin with an easy beginner hike and monitor how you feel. Are your feet sore? Does your back ache? You should not feel pain - go slow. We have many easy walks, be patient with yourself and soon you will develop a feeling of strength and well being. We see thousands of new walkers and hikers hit the trail and continually witness a big change in body, mind and soul in about 3 months time.

 

16. Can I hike with my dog?

Yes we have many dog friendly hikes, check the calendar! If you do not see "dog friendly" posted on the hike you can contact your Hike Organizer and ask. Note that some parks and governing agencies do not allow dogs. Additionally, dogs are allowed at the discretion of the Hike Organizer.

 

17. What is the difference between an Assistant Organizer and Hike Organizer?

An Assistant Organizer and a Hike Organizer are one and the same.

 

18. Member Attendance, how is my attendance recorded? Why didn't I get credit for all my hikes?

Attendance is tabulated by rating the hike. Meet up does not give you credit for the hike unless you "rate it."

There are two ways to rate hikes:

 

19. Where are the bathrooms?

Bathrooms are a recent invention in human history and sometimes we need to resort to the old-fashioned ways. Sometimes, there may be crude facilities at a trailhead. Plan ahead.

 


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