Hello Backpackers and Campers,
When we all signed up to join Meetup in general (not just this group) we all clicked a box agreeing to Meetup's Terms
of Service which include a release of Meetup and organizers/asst organizers liability associated with any Meetup
activity (http://www.meetup.com...) Therefore, I determined that the role of the Colorado Backpackers and Campers
Meetup Organizer and all Assistant Organizers is strictly limited to facilitating the planning of Meetup Group activities.
Further, Each participant is personally responsible to assume all risks, costs and liability associated with their
participation in any and all Colorado Backpackers and Campers Meetup activities.
There are risks each participant personally takes in backpacking, hiking and camping activities which pose additional
known and unknown, foreseen and unforeseen hazards associated with traveling in Colorado's backcountry. We
drive longer distances and rougher roads to access the backcountry in addition to risks of camping, hiking and
backpacking to include (but not all inclusive) rough and steep trails, lightning and other inclement weather, potential
attacking animals, altitude sickness from hiking at elevation, sprained and broken bones, slipping on bridges and
streams, hypothermia, excessive heat and cold, wet conditions, etc. Please be aware that Organizers and all
Assistant Organizers are not neither instructors nor experts in backpacking, camping, hiking or first aid. Each
participant is responsible to obtain proper instruction and bring equipment and first aid materials and be adequately
experienced on their own prior to participating in any and all Colorado Backpackers and Campers Meetup activities.
To remind all participants that they have agreed to personally assume all risks, costs and liability associated with their
participation in any and all Colorado Backpackers and Campers Meetup activities, we will ask each participant to sign
the Terms of Understanding and complete the sign up sheet before participation in each activity. The Colorado
Backpackers and Campers Meetup Terms of Understanding is not a waiver of liability form (you have already agreed
to those terms when you joined Meetup) but is your acknowledgment that you are aware you are participating in
Colorado Backpackers and Campers Meetup activities at your own risk and that you personally assume all costs and
liability associated with your participation. The signup sheet also serves to identify all participants, their phone
numbers and an emergency contact. Please be aware that many individual Meetup groups have members sign a
separate Waiver of Liability. I am not a lawyer and do not have the money or insurance to cover lawyers costs.
Attached is a link to this signup sheet which is located in the Files section of the Colorado Backpackers and Campers
Meetup page (Terms of Understanding and Signup Sheet)
We hope that all our activities are safe and fun and that all we bring back with us are great memories of good times.
Please provide your comments to help us plan some more great events.