|The CHS Way
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CHS was conceived as being about getting people in shape for strenuous hiking. It turned out to be about a lot more. What is CHS about? We call it “The CHS Way.” This is our code for behavior on hikes and towards our fellow participants and hike leaders. You are expected to adhere to this code. Violations may be grounds for dismissal from the course.
We Are a Community
We Support Other Hikers and the Group
- We are a Community of Hikers and Leaders. Being part of a community is life-enhancing.
- Participants desire community at least as much as the physical challenge. We want to continue to support both reasons for the community.
- Your hike leaders and course administrators are all volunteers; they do this because they enjoy it.
- We spend time with each other after the hike by having a meal together.
- We leave our social media at home--no using mp3 players or PDAs on the trips. Leave your cell phone turned off unless you have an urgent call.
- Rude, discriminatory or predatory behavior is not tolerated.
- CHS is difficult physically and socially. It’s a big commitment by each participant. Your hike partners are putting themselves out there and risking failure.
- The leaders strive to support the hikers at all times.
- The hikers must support each other at all times. Stay positive and inclusive even when there are challenges and people are having bad days.
- Remember the Mountaineers Goals: Be Safe; Have Fun; Reach the Destination. In that order.
- We teach on the trail (pace; water and food management; stopping at set times).
- The challenge is in turning out some days. You get credit for attempting the trip.
We Bring Personal Responsibility to the Group
- Be responsible for your own attitude and needs. Speak up when you need something. Your hike leader can't read your mind.
- Do not treat your hike leader as a tour guide whose personal mission is to make sure you personally have a good time; they are there to guide the trip in a safe and fun manner for everyone.
- Follow the rules: Do as the leader says; pay attention to time points, routes; and other instructions.
- Bring the proper equipment on every trip: proper footwear, clothing, food/water; Ten Essentials*.
- Be physically fit enough for each trip; keep your fitness up and work on developing it.
- Be prepared for each trip: get good sleep, don’t be hung over, buy gas beforehand, be on time.
*If you are unfamiliar with the Ten Essentials, see the Essential Hiking Gear page on the CHS Web site.