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Dallas Sierra Club Outings Rules

Read this before you sign up for an outing.

For complete information about the Dallas Sierra Club Outing Program, go to our Outings Information page. There you can find out all about the different outings we sponsor, information to help you prepare for a trip, places you can explore on your own, classes we offer, photos of past trips, and links to other outings programs.

Reservations - Trips require reservations with the trip leader unless otherwise noted. To participate in an outing, contact the leader, who will decide if the trip you are interested in is suitable for you based on your capabilities and the demands of the trip. Some trips may require special qualifications and capabilities. There is usually a limit of 12 hikers or 12 canoes/kayaks.

Waiver - All participants on most Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. (Many dayhikes do not require a waiver, but almost all other trips do!)  If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to participate on an outing, click here.

Medical Form - Many trips will require that you fill out a medical information form.  This form lets the trip leader know of any medical history you have that might impact your participation in the trip.  It also provides valuable information in the event of an emergency.  Read a copy here.

Club Membership - Dallas Sierra Club outings are open to members and non-members alike.

Leaders - The leaders of each trip are serving in a volunteer capacity and assume no responsibility above that of trip organizer. If you have a medical problem, it is your responsibility to inform the leader before the trip. Trip leaders are encouraged to participate in training and classes to increase their skills, but they are not paid professionals. They will assist you within their limitations. It is the responsibility of the participant to be aware of any personal limitations before going on an outing.

Restrictions - Radios and firearms are prohibited on all outings. Pets are not allowed on any outing unless specifically stated.

Cost - Most Dallas Sierra Club outings are free, with the exception of our bus trips. There are, however, costs involved with going on a trip.  You will need to pay for your share of transportation. You will also need money for food and to pay your share of camping and permit fees.

Equipment - Each participant in a Dallas Sierra Club outing is responsible for his or her own equipment, including camping/backpacking equipment, food, stove, eating utensils, clothing, etc.

Trip Starting Point - All outings officially begin at the trailhead. The only exception is bus trips which start at the bus departure location.

Car Pooling - Leaders cannot assign car pools, but may help coordinate ride sharing for energy conservation and to promote fellowship. The Sierra Club does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them. Carpooling, ride sharing or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among the participants. Participants assume the risks associated with this travel. Car-pooling is SOLELY voluntary, but the costs should be shared. The usual method of sharing transportation cost is for all riders in the car, including the driver, to divide the cost of transportation equally. Before leaving, be sure this or some other method is agreed upon.

Cancellation - If you must cancel, inform the leader as soon as possible so that someone else can go in your place.

Questions or Problems - If there are any questions or problems, or you are interested in becoming a leader, contact either the Outings Chair or the appropriate Activity Coordinator listed on our Contact Us page.

Legal Stuff We Are Required to Show - CST 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. (California has a law called the "California Seller of Travel Law". Since Sierra Club is a California non-profit corporation, we are required to post this notice. Although we have no idea what this message means, we do obey the law!)

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