SATURDAY, JUNE 26th – WAIKAMOI PRESERVE HIKE
Pat Bily of The Nature Conservancy has offered to lead us on a hike through the Waikamoi Preserve. We may bring a guest or family if space allows but access is by 4 wheel drive only so you must be signed up ahead of time for this one. There will be a sign up sheet at the Mar. 23rd meeting.
Below is some information on this hike:
Most trips range from moderate to strenuous hiking levels, in high elevation, un-even terrain. The air is thinner, and even physically-fit people can get winded on the trails. Weather is unpredictable, so come prepared (it’s not unusual to have rain in the rainforest). You should be in good physical condition, have a tolerance to variations in weather, and not be afraid to get dirty.
Be prepared to stay with your group and hike leader for the duration of the hike. There are not enough hike leaders available to escort individuals wishing to leave the group early. Hike participants are not allowed to leave the group on their own since they may get lost or locked inside access gates.
Prior to the hike, please let hike organizers know if you have any physical limitations (such as asthma or other breathing difficulties, allergies, leg/ knee problems, heart conditions, etc). Take necessary medications, especially if they help you with challenges associated with hiking in high elevation, un-even terrain.
If you are unsure that you will be able to handle these physical challenges, please talk with the organizer to confirm your ability. In some cases, it may be better to decline the hike rather than put yourself or the group through unnecessary stress.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:
- Sturdy footwear (good traction and ankle-support preferred)
- Long pants, layered clothing in the event of cold weather
- Raingear or ponchos
- Water, snacks or lunch
- Sunscreen and/or hat
- Binoculars or camera
- Backpack to carry it all and leave your hands free
- And a good attitude!
–All gear should be cleaned of mud and other debris that could carry hitchhiking weed seeds–