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What if the scheduled CHS hike dates don't work for me?If you are unable to make any of the scheduled days or if the ones you are interested in are already full when you sign up, then you may go on another club-sponsored hike in the same month as long as it is the same level of difficulty or harder as the CHS hikes for that month. If you are unable to make a club-sponsored hike in the same month, then you may put together your own trip as long as it is the same level of difficulty or harder as the CHS hikes for that month.
If you need to take advantage of either of these options, you will need to get it approved by the course administrator beforehand. Your hikes are tracked to make sure that you fulfill course requirements and the course administrator will contact you if they don't see that you have completed two CHS hikes in the month.
Substitution hikes: The course offers more than 100 hikes exclusively to CHS participants and alumni. As mentioned elsewhere, each participant must go on eleven hikes throughout the course -- two hikes each month April-August, and one graduation hike in September. If you know that you will be unable to complete these eleven hikes, please do not register for the course so that others can participate. During the course, it is possible to substitute a private or club hike, scramble or climb for a CHS hike with advance notice to and permission from the course administrator, but this privilege has occasionally been abused. Beginning with the 2014 course, a participant may substitute no more than two private or club hikes, scrambles, or climbs for their required CHS hikes.
Do CHS hikes ever get canceled?We don't cancel for weather-related reasons unless the weather possibility is extreme or potentially dangerous (high wind warnings, for example), and even then, the hike leader will most likely choose to go to an alternate destination where the weather is not as big of an issue.
Hike leaders may also need to cancel for their own personal issues--they have lives too. If we cannot find a substitute hike leader, then if there is ample time, we may refer you to a different hike. Or if you are unable to make up the canceled hike during the month, then we will credit you for the canceled hike.
What if I'm not feeling well; should I still go on the hike?Do not go on hikes (especially the more demanding ones) if you are not feeling well or if you’ve been out late the night before; you must get a good night’s rest to do these hikes. It is not fair to the other hikers to hold them back because you’re dragging a hung-over or sick body around. Be fair to yourself as well and get decent rest the night before a hike--you'll need it.