Chiltern Mountain Club (CMC) was founded in 1978 by Sturgis Haskins. At the time he lived in Boston. He posted an ad in a local paper asking follow gay men and lesbians to join him for a hike up Mt. Wachusett in central Massachusetts. Since then, the club grew into New England's largest and only gay and lesbian outdoor recreation club.
Our trips page lists a variety of events, including hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, camping, skiing, and many other outdoor-related activities club members are leading. Chiltern events are open to members and non-members alike, and activities range anywhere from an easy garden walk to a strenuous backpacking trip in the White Mountains. We welcome people of all abilities and backgrounds, so there's no need to feel intimidated if you're new to an activity.
Chiltern is an all-volunteer group that strives to create a relaxed environment for people to experience the outdoors together and bond as a community.
HOW TO JOIN THE CLUB
Participants agree to assume all risks associated with their participation in events organized by Chiltern Mountain Club members or publicized in the Chiltern Mountain Club newsletter. Chiltern Mountain Club activity leaders run events on the express condition that Chiltern Mountain Club, its members and leaders shall not be held responsible for any personal injury, damage, loss of property, accident, or loss of any kind, whether alleged to be caused by act or omission.
TRIP DIFFICULTY GUIDELINES
The descriptions of these ratings are estimated guidelines for a person of good physical fitness doing the trip in good weather. Variables such as fitness, weather, pace and steepness of terrain will increase or decrease the level of difficulty accordingly. Activities not listed below, such as whitewater sports or rock climbing, have their own rating systems which should be used.
H=Hiking B=Biking K=Kayaking/canoeing S= Skiing/Snowshoeing
Very Easy3-5 Miles, Gentle Terrain.1-3 Miles, Flat TerrainBelow 15 Miles,Flat Terrain 3 Miles, Calm Water
Easy3-5 Miles, Gentle to Moderate Terrain.1-3 Miles,Slight Hills 16-30 Miles,Small Rolling Hills 3-4 Miles, Slight Current
Moderate5-8 Miles, Some Steep Grades5-10 Miles, Moderate Hills 31-50 Miles, Rolling Hills4-6 Miles, Moderate Current
Strenuous (Requires Special Leader Rating)8-10 Miles, Demanding Terrain10-15 Miles, Fairly Steep Hills51-80 Miles, Rolling Hills6-8 Miles, Moderate Swift Current
Very Strenuous (Requires Special Leader Rating)Over 10 Miles, Demanding TerrainOver 15 Miles, Steep HillsOver 80 Miles, Rolling Hills8 Miles, Swift Current, Portage
CLUB DOS & DON'TS
When on a Chiltern trip and/or inquiring about one, observe these simple but often overlooked courtesies:
●Call leaders during specified times; noon 9 PM is acceptable.
● For day trips, do not call the day before or the morning of
● For larger events or long weekends, call asap but not a few days before
● Discuss concerns with the leader, especially trip difficulty in leader's own words; this varies despite the event listing posting
● Please do not show up to a trip or event unannounced, and avoid bringing unexpected guests
● Tell the leader if you attend as a couple or group
● Ask permission to bring pets - leashes are always required
● Call ASAP to cancel if you cannot attend a trip you have signed up for, as there may be a waiting list
● Do not be a No Show - you may be denying someone else the chance to attend
● Decide you are serious before signing up for a trip
● Be on time or early; listen to instructions before leaving
● Sign the club liability waiver - if you refuse, you may be asked not to participate in the trip
● Keep up with the group - inform the leader of any trouble or if you have to drop out
● Be responsible for yourself! Every action has consequences
● Do not litter in the outdoors - carry-in-carry-out policy on all trips
● Help clean up at large events - we are all volunteers
● Carpooling is encouraged; offer a percentage of fuel costs to willing drivers
● When taking pictures, announce that they may be published as some members may not be out
● Leaders should not profit from the trip, but pay your own fees or bring a potluck dish if applicable; they may howver ask for reasonable compensation for costs paid in advance
● Do not give out addresses or phone numbers, or expect leaders to provide these
REMEMBER: Trip leaders and other coordinators are volunteers, please treat them with courtesy and respect. They are our most valued resource!