Trip Policy – Information for Participants
AMC encourages involvement in its mission and activities for members and non-members. Our goal is to be a community that is comfortable, inviting, and accessible for people of any age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.
Although some AMC activities are designed to appeal to a particular audience based on age, skill level, or interest, AMC activities are open to all who meet the minimum qualifications established by the trip leader(s) and the organization’s Essential Eligibility Criteria. For activities that require additional skills, leaders often conduct an initial conversation with potential participants to go over what to expect in terms of difficulty, any required gear, or logistics. This step helps ensure that participants sign up for trips that match their goals, comfort, and skill level. Applicants may be excluded due to previously demonstrated personal incompatibility, unsafe actions, refusal to share community work, or inappropriate behavior.
The activities offered by AMC involve varying degrees of risk. You should be both physically and mentally prepared and equipped with the appropriate gear. You should always be aware of the risks involved in outdoor activities and conduct yourself accordingly. The trip leader is not responsible for your safety; you are. Prior to registering for any activity, you are encouraged to discuss your capabilities with the trip leader. In order to participate in club activities, individuals under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult, and obtain prior consent from the trip leader. Those accompanying a minor are responsible for that minor’s actions.
To participate in many activities and use many of the facilities listed in this section, a signed liability release is required. The appropriate trip leader or facility registrar can provide info on what is required for specific activities or facilities. Minor participants, regardless of who they are accompanied by while participating in AMC activities must have a parent or legal guardian sign AMC’s liability release agreement prior to the activity.
Except for meeting place and time, a leader may change an activity as conditions warrant. Leaders are not responsible for placing cars at an activity’s end point unless it is so stated in the listing. Check current train/bus schedules where applicable. Pets may not accompany owners on AMC activities without permission from the leader.