How to Schedule & Manage Activities

If you're a leader, start here to schedule an activity and find instructions for everything you need to know about scheduling and managing activities.
If you're a leader and you already know what to do... schedule an Activity

Otherwise, read on or jump to our video tutorials to learn how to schedule and manage your activities.

Not sure if it's an activity? Learn about the differences between events, courses, and activities.

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Quick Guide to Scheduling an Activity

Step 1 - Select where the activity will happen
Go to the route/place page to search for your activity location. Once you find the route/place location, click the route/place title to view the route/place information. If you cannot find the route/place you are looking for, contact Member Services for assistance or request a new or updated route/place.

Step 2 - Schedule the activity 

First, choose the nature of the activity. If it is a standalone activity (a hike, climb, scramble, etc. not related to a course), use the 'trip' option and select the sponsoring committee. If it is a course-related activity or a seminar/clinic, choose one of those options and select the corresponding course/committee.

Next, enter the date range for your activity. You can enter the same start and end date if it is a one day activity.

Step 3 - Choose the  activity type, course activity template, or seminar/clinic template
For standalone activities, the activity template is essentially the "type of activity". For course-related activities, the list contains the lecture and field trip activity templates for the course you chose. If it is a seminar/clinic, the list will contain seminar/clinics from your committee's seminar/clinic templates folder.  Activity templates dictate the badge prerequisites for your trip (i.e. if you pick an alpine scramble it will require an alpine scramble student or graduate badge).

Step 4 - Add specific activity and registration details
Please refer to our Publications Style Guide for "spelling and grammar" guidelines, and read about how to write a great activity listing on our blog. 

A fee field appears on this page, but most activities should be free. If you plan to charge a fee, please consult staff and your committee. When fees are involved, your activity is likely best scheduled as a course, clinic, or seminar.

If you're starting at the same trailhead as the route/place but will be going to a different destination than the route/place title indicates, you can select an 'alternate route/place title' from a list. Visit the "Route/Place" tab on the activity's edit form and look for the "Alternate Route/Place Title" field. If there isn't one or if you think it's missing an alternate title, please .

Step 5 - Click Save

Step 6 - Add leadership to the activity

Step 7 - Close your activity once completed

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Routes & Places

Routes & Places are where we go and where we gather. They are part of every activity and the first step in scheduling an activity. Hiking trails, climbing routes, ski trails, waterways, our program and outdoor centers, local parks, and much more can all be found in Routes & Places. Each route or place contains information to help with trip planning including mileage, elevation gain, difficulties, maps, recommended guidebooks, and trip reports.

When scheduling an activity at a route/place, enter the date(s) for your activity in the "Schedule an Activity" widget. If the activity is a lecture or field trip, choose the "Course-related activity" button and the course from the drop-down list. For example, a Basic Climb of Mount Baker/Coleman Glacier is a "Standalone activity" and the Basic Knots & Belay Escape Field Trip at the Tacoma Program Center is a "Course-related activity." If you choose "Course-related activity," also choose the related course from the drop down menu to link to your activity.

If the route/place you selected is designated as an area that can only host one Mountaineers group at a time, the dates you selected will be checked for conflicts. You can avoid conflicts by reviewing the list of activities already scheduled for the route/place in its "Activities" tab.

If the route or place you selected can have more than one Mountaineers group at a time, the "Multiple Bookings Allowed" message will be displayed.  For locations that require additional reservations (for example, an in-town location like a library branch meeting room, or a picnic shelter at a city park), you are responsible for making a reservation for the space(s) you need through that entity's reservation process. Review the pertinent information in the route/place details or on the land manager's website using the "Land Manager" link.

Anyone may , and  or add  that already exist, using the Route/Place Updates, Images & Resources Form.

Leaders may request a new route/place using the Routes & Places edit form.

Alternate Activity Titles

Routes & Places that leave from the same starting point and utilize the same route but go to a few different destinations have alternate titles that leaders can pick from if the general title is not descriptive of the activity they are doing.

For example, if you are leading a trip and the route/place is listed as Camp Muir & Anvil Rock, but you're only going to Camp Muir there should be an option to change the title when editing your activity to reflect that you are only doing Camp Muir:


Activity Templates

Activity Templates are what we do. They contain default information for the activity and prerequisite badges for participants, leaders or instructors.

For a "Course-related activity" (lectures, field trips, and optional course activities) you will select from among the activity templates available for the course you previously selected in the "Schedule an Activity" widget. Visit the Scheduling a course, clinic or seminar page for more information.

Visit our Activity Overviews pages for information about activity templates for "Standalone activities."


Edit an activity

To edit an activity, find the activity on your My Profile page's My Activities section or from an activity search. When viewing the activity, click on the "Edit" button in the orange admin panel at the top of the screen. This is also where you can modify the distance or elevation from what the "route/place" defaults to so that it matches your particular trip. You may change anything about the activity except its Activity Template. If you chose the wrong activity template (ie you chose Intermediate snowshoe instead of Basic) you'll need to contact Member Services to re-select the right one.


View and ManagE Rosters

To view or manage a roster, first find the activity on your My Profile page's "My Activities" section or from an activity search.

Activity Participants

Anyone logged in may view the blue roster tab on the activity detail view (below activity description). The names of all who have registered appear on the roster. Your name and avatar link directly to your profile if you chose to share your information by unchecking "Make My Membership Private" on the Preferences tab of your My Profile page.

Activity Leaders and Administrators

Leaders and committee administrators may view more detailed information, download the activity roster, email participants, add people to the roster, and cancel people from the roster by clicking on the "Roster" button in the orange admin panel at the top of the screen.

There is also a "Review" link for each individual on an activity roster so that leaders may review their group's activity history and participation notes directly from the roster. Viewing participation notes is helpful for trip planning, ensuring safety during a trip, as well as positive group dynamics.

If you need to change the Primary Leader, edit the activity and choose the new leader from the "Primary Leader" drop down.

When an activity is open only the leader or assistant leaders that have been given admin access for that activity can see the confidential notes section. Once an activity has been closed, only administrators (leaders and committee admins) can go in and view confidential notes or registrant status by re-opening the activity (note - admins of a course are also able to see the confidential notes about participants on their course rosters). To re-open activities administrators have to change the state from "Closed" to "Published."

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Close an Activity

Once an activity is complete, it will need to be closed by the activity leadership. Closing it allows you to:

  • Add last minute registrations and record cancellations.
  • Set the Trip Result (successful, turned around, or canceled). This will automatically set all Participant Results to that status.
  • If a  participants needs a different status based on their performance, please click Edit or Cancel to set the Participant Result. There are 7 choices: Successful, Turned Around, Needs Improvement, Failed/Unsafe, No-Show, Waitlisted, and Canceled.

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  • Make notes about participants via the Participation Notes (these notes are visible to other leaders so they can help plan safer trips and be prepared to accommodate students). These participant notes should be strictly objective. Examples could be "Student struggled with rock scrambling section, advised more scramble experience before future climbs." NOT "Student is horrible climber."
  • Send an incident report to the Safety Committee if there was a safety incident.
  • Enter volunteer hours you and others spent organizing and running the activity
  • If your trip ended up having a different mileage or elevation than originally planned, you can edit the activity and update that information (see above). That happens on a different screen than where you close the activity.

To close an activity, find the activity on your My Profile page's My Activities section or from an activity search. When viewing the activity, click on the "Roster" button in the orange admin panel at the top of the screen. Under "Set Activity Results", you can choose a Trip Result, then click the "Save" button.  

If someone should have a different Participant Result than the Trip Result, click Edit or Cancel next to their name and select the appropriate result. Additionally, you can write a note about their participation in the Participation Notes section.  Once the roster accurately reflects each participant's status, scroll to the bottom and click Close Activity.

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cancel an activity

To cancel an activity use the "Closing an Activity" process above, choosing "Canceled" from the "Trip Results" drop down menu and click save. Then click the "Close" button down at the bottom. Closing an activity is required for canceled and successful activities alike. If an activity that has been canceled is not closed it will continue to present a route/place conflict if someone else tries to schedule a trip at the same location.


File an Incident Report

If there was an incident or accident on your activity, please file an Incident Report. When reporting, please give as much detail about the incident as possible. Do report even seemingly minor "near misses." If you have any doubt, do send us a report... it might just help prevent someone else from having a similar incident or worse.

To file an incident report, find the activity on your My Profile page's My Activities section or from an activity search. When viewing the activity's details, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Report an Incident".

Alternatively, leaders may click on the "Roster" button in the orange admin panel at the top of the screen. Then click on the "Contact Safety Committee..." button in the "Report an Incident" section. Complete the form and click the "Submit" button.

Mentoring new Leaders

There are a few features on our website to help committees track and onboard new leaders. These tools will help you track and manage leaders as they go through the mentoring process.

Adding new mentored leaders to the committee roster

  • Although you do not have to add a leader who is being mentored to your committee's leader roster, not adding the mentored leader prevents them from seeing and doing things on the website like adding and managing activities. For the best mentored leader experience, it's best to add them to your committee as a leader.
  • When you add mentored leaders to a committee roster and check the "Leader" box, you can prevent the default leader badge from being assigned to them by checking the "Prevent Assigning Leader Badge." This checkbox is just under the Leader Expiration Date. This allows the mentored leader to schedule their mentored activities, but prevents them from having a leader badge until they've completed the leader requirements.
  • When you add a new mentored leader to a committee roster, add a note that they are being mentored, who is mentoring them, and any other information that is appropriate.
  • Leader Expiration Dates on committee rosters are optional. They help committee administrators when they periodically review and update the committee roster. When an expiration date passes, the leader is NOT automatically removed from the committee roster, and they do NOT lose their privileges to schedule and manage activities. This feature is only for administrative tracking purposes.

When Scheduling a Mentored Leader Trip

  • Either the mentor or the mentee can be the Primary Leader for an activity, as long as the mentee is on the committee's leader roster. When scheduling an activity, the website defaults to listing the logged-in user as the Primary Leader, but other leaders on the committee's roster appear in the drop-down menu when adding and editing the activity.
  • If the Primary Leader is the mentor, please choose "Mentored Leader" for the mentee's Activity Role on the activity roster. If the mentee is listed as the Primary Leader, please list the mentor's Activity Role as "Co-leader."
  • Checking the "Admin" box on the activity roster for a leader gives that leader administrative privileges for that activity. Primary Leaders automatically receive administrative privileges, but they can grant those privileges to other leaders (e.g. Mentored Leader, Co-Leader, Assistant Leader, etc.) by checking the "Admin" box for that leader.
  • Check the "Show as contact" box on the activity roster for either or both the mentor and mentee. Whoever has this box checked is displayed on the activity detail page on the right-hand side, just below the registration portlet.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why is it important to schedule activities online?

1) Leaders are protected under The Mountaineers insurance policy - if an activity is NOT listed online, the leader is NOT covered by the organization's insurance policy.

2) It ensures we don't have multiple Mountaineers groups on the same route or at the same venue. Please note that if either a stand-alone trip or a course-related activity is scheduled the route conflict check will still occur, it will still show a conflict if you try and schedule a stand alone trip. The type of activity does not matter. This reduces our impact on the places we visit. 

3) Our Member Services team relies on the accuracy of  our website to answer questions that come in via email or over the phone. We can provide the best customer service if we have access to correct information.

4) It helps facilitate action should an emergency occur. Precious time can be lost  if an emergency has taken place and you do not have emergency contact information accessible  for our response team to utilize. Please include all participants and instructors on your rosters.

5) For courses, it makes it clear to the participants what they have next on their schedules because it shows up in the "My Courses" and "My Activities" area of their profile page. This helps prevent last-minute cancellations due to folks in courses double-booking themselves.

6) Reporting purposes as detailed below:

  • Leader recognition - Our leaders donate huge amounts of times to our programs and we want to recognize those contributions.
  • Matching funds and grants - Being able to report volunteer hours more accurately is also incredibly powerful for Mountaineers getting grants and for members getting their employers to match the time they donate with financial contributions.
  • Incident reporting - This allows reliable documentation and analysis for future learning in case of an emergency or incident.
  • Land Managers - we have specific permitting requirements and need to know how many groups, are going where, so we can effectively petition for more user days(for you!) and comply with legal regulations.

Do I use instructor or assistant leader for my rope leader designation on basic climbs?

Use the assistant leader for rope leader designation. Please note that when filling in the instructor/assistant leader field on an activity listing you'll want to enter the total number of co-leaders, assistant leaders and mentored leaders needed to help with this activity. The capacity defaults to 0 for this field (assumes just a single primary leader per each activity). If you don't need any helpers, leave the leader capacity at 0. If you do want helpers you’ll need to count yourself as 1 plus however many helpers you have.

The wrong prerequisite badges are showing up for the activity I just listed, how do I fix that?

The badges come from the activity template that is picked from the drop down menu on the second page of scheduling an activity. To change the activity template please email info@mountaineers.org.

View all activity types  here, with information on prerequisites, difficulty ratings, etc. if unsure about which template to use.

How do I make my mentored leader show as the contact person and how do I award them volunteer hours?

Click the Edit or Cancel button next to their name and make sure the box is checked next to show as a contact. You can uncheck the box on your listing so that only they show. However, if your trip requires leader's permission please keep in mind that requesting leaders permission directly from the website is set up to go the email of the Primary Leader.

The Volunteer Hours box below awards a set number of hours to people listed as leaders and instructors on an activity. However, if you want to individually award hours of different amounts to your leaders you'll want to use the Edit or Cancel button next to their name to log those hours on an individual by individual basis.



Video tutorials

schedule an activity

Here's a video tutorial for Mountaineers leaders to learn how to schedule an activity on this website. Shown in this video tutorial is scheduling a day hike to Annette Lake.

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add A person to your activity roster

A video tutorial for Mountaineers leaders to learn how to add people to their activity roster on mountaineers.org. This is primarily for adding a co-leader, assistant leader, or mentored leader, but is the same for any as long the person being added has an account at mountaineers.org.

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close your activity

A video tutorial for Mountaineers leaders to learn how to close their activities once their activity is complete.

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