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Up I signed up but I cannot login?

Did you click on the link in the email we sent you to activite your account? All members email addresses must be confirmed before we grant you access. Check your SPAM folder for trailmail@gayoutdoors.org. To ensure you receive emails from other members, add this email to your address book.  

Up How do I join and start having fun with GayOutdoors?

If you haven't already joined the club, there's a link on the home page called JOIN. Click on this and get ready to become a GayOutdoors member! We ask that you complete as much information as possible. Once you complete you can browse even more of the website and begin registering for events. What are you waiting for?

Up What information will be made public on my profile?

When you are entering your profile, you will see certain fields are required to be completed. In your profile you will see a page called Edit Settings/Privacy. In this page you can determine which members can view your profile and last name.

Up I've filled in all the details, now what happens?

You will receive an automated email sent to the email address you entered in the sign-up form. You must confirm receipt of this by clicking on the link contained in the email..

Up My user name and password don't work! What can I do?

GayOutdoors uses cookies as a part of the login process. Your internet browser must be set to accept them. If you are not sure how to check and/or do this, refer to this link: http://help.expedient.com/browsers/cookies.shtml

Up I just paid my $25 and received confirmation from Paypal. But my profile still comes up as "Guest Member". How long does it take for "Full Membership" to kick in?

PayPal will approve payment once your bank confirms that there is money in your account. This may take up to 24 hours. Once we get this approval, we will update your profile.  

Up Can I send you a check to become a Full Member?

Absolutely! Make the $25 check payable to GO and mail it to 676 Upper Mad River Road, Thornton NH, 03285. Be sure to include your user name so we can upgrade your account.

Up I’m trying to figure out how to have PayPal just send my $25 full membership dues annually.

 Click on the PayPal Icon at the bottom of this page to access. You have to create a PayPal account or use your existing one. Then there should be some sort of ‘subscription button’ to select.  

Up I tried to sign up for a full membership, but kept running into conflicts with Paypal.

 We're sorry to hear you are having problems with PayPal. Your other option is to send us a check for $25 payable to GO and mailing it to 676 Upper Mad River Road, Thornton, NH 03285...make sure you tell us your user name. Thanks so much for your financial support by becoming a full member. 

Up GO Is Celebrating It's 15th Anniversary. What's Different Now Than Back Then?

There has been a real rounding out of the gay culture. Previously, when other hikers ran into our group [we sometimes stand out if we have a large group of men hiking together], we would tell them we were friends. Now that there's been a shift in public opinion, there's a lot more stuff that gay people feel comfortable and safer doing. Today, we tell them we belong to a club called GayOutdoors and that we are all gay. 

Up I'm just wondering if my full membership is automatically renewed at expiration date using past payment information on Paypal?

Thanks for your desire to renew your full membership! PayPal should be confirming first that you wish to automatically renew your full membership. A few days later they should be charging your account. 

Up I would like renew my membership online, but there is no link to PayPal.

You'll need to login to the site and click on the Full Membership  page. At the very bottom you'll see the link to PayPal. Thanks for your continued support.

Up I am curious about why the Gay Caribbean windjammer cruise is listed. The organizer appears to be the principle of the company running the trip. Doesn't that violate the "no profit" rule?

Our policy is not to list 'for profit' trips however if someone reaches out to us beforehand we do try to make this happen to have a richer events calendar for members. We are looking for the trip organizer to take extra steps for GO members who sign up to have opportunities to connect with each other during the trip such as a 'Meet 'N Greet' specific to GO members the first night of the event, make an effort for members to have meals together, and have a wrap up get together specific for GO members. We also take into account how much 'profit' is really to be gained and in this particular trip, this is more of a labor of love/hobby for the trip organizer...it's not really a business and all he is really looking for is to break even.

Up Is my account set to auto renew? If not, should I pay online or send a check?

You'll have to login to your PayPal account to determine if you selected the automatic renewal option...the automatic renewal option would only work if you decided to create a PayPal account. If not, then pay online after logging in by accessing this page  http://www.gayoutdoors.org/page-connect.cfm?typeofsite=membership and clicking on the "Pay Now" icon at the very bottom. Thank you for your continued support!

Up On trying to setup an account, was met with the password complexity that is allowed, which was "The Password you entered is not formatted correctly. No spaces, dashes, underscores, or other non-alphanumeric characters are allowed!".

The personal information in your profile at the site is public information...available to anyone even if someone hacked into the site. Data, such as credit card information, with becoming a full member is kept in a separate server maintained by a reliable third party, PayPal. We've been around for over 15 years and never got hacked. Thanks for your concern and it's something we can look into at the next site upgrade. 

Up I've tried a couple of times to join the site with the intention of full membership but I get a site error message each time about cold fusion error - I'm not a techie, but it says it's a site administrator thing.

Thanks for your support by becoming a full member! Did you become a guest member first? A guest membership must be on file to process a full membership.  

Up I tried to sign up for a full membership, but kept running into conflicts with Paypal. I choose not to use Paypal. I would like to pay for my membership with my Visa. I do not wish to be connected to Paypal in any way. What do I do now?

We're sorry to hear you are having problems with PayPal. Your other option is to send us a check for $25 payable to GO and mailing it to 676 Upper Mad River Road, Thornton, NH 03285...make sure you tell us your user name. Thanks so much for your financial support by becoming a full member.

Up I have been a full member before, but this site doesn't offer enough for me to be a full member. Trips and events seem to be in the Northeast or in the West.

GO really is nothing more or less than the sum of the energy and enthusiasm that all of our individual members contribute - the greater and broader that energy, the greater and broader will be the enjoyment that we derive from GO. By injecting your own involvement and enthusiasm, you will be contributing directly in that formula.

In addition to seconding your personal goal of participating in a GO event sometime soon, another thing to consider doing is to actually organize and post a GO event yourself, in your area. Whether it's camping, hiking, a beach or paddling outing, biking, a cookout or something else, there are many GO members in your area who might be interested in meeting and joining you. As you likely would surmise on your own, the key to a rich event calendar lies with those first few people who are able to step out in front and get the ball rolling. Click Here To Post A Trip

Up Does GO support multi-year membership, i.e. can I pay-by-mail for several years at one time? Does GO prefer to be paid one year at a time?

You can certainly pay for a multi-year membership! Send us a check and we can update your profile manually from this end. Make your check payable to GO and mail it 676 Upper Mad River Road, Thornton NH, 03285. Thanks so much for your sustaining support!

Up I didn't know I could get a free GO decal when I signed up for a full membership. But I just renewed and read it.

That's right, you get a free GO decal upon request when you sign up for a full membership. Contact us with your mailing address and we'll mail one to you. Thanks so much for your sustaining support!

The Website

Up I tried this PayPal thing to pay for a Full Membership and I don’t like it. I don’t think it works. How come I can’t just pay you using a credit card without having to go through PayPal?

We have just fixed this problem. You should now be able to pay for a full membership without creating a PayPal account. Thanks so much for your support.

Up Is it frowned upon to give suggestions to the website?

We welcome suggestions at any time, Contact Us!

Up Trip Idea? What’s that?

If you have an idea for an activity but don’t have all the details worked out, a date chosen, or would like some input, you can post a trip idea. Once you have enough information you can turn it into a real activity by posting it in the Trips/Events Calendar. Hopefully you’ll hear from some interested members who’ll help you put things together so you can turn it into a ‘real’ activity, and off you GO!

>>Post A Trip Idea

Up I keep getting info from another state. I would prefer that announcements came to me in my immediate area. I can't figure out how to alter the location information.

Our announcements are based on the zip code you entered. The least amount of mileage that can be selected to receive announcements 150 miles. Make sure you have entered the correct zip code of where you live. In your profile toolbox under your thumbnail picture, click on the Edit Email/Privacy link. On that page, select the mileage range from your zip code that you would like to be sent email notifications of new events. 

Up Your gregarious use of email is counter to what members of most, including your organization, want. You send so many emails that outlook live, hotmail, gmail, yahoo, apple mail ALL have you automatically blacklisted as excessive & undesirable.

Thanks for your feedback. Contrary to what you think and what statistics say, our internal polling indicates GO members want to be notified immediately on any new trips being posted; especially if its occurring in a couple of days. Your suggestion would result with members not obtaining notification of new trips before they actually occur.

If the emails are annoying to you, then I suggest you simply shut them off. In your profile toolbox under your thumbnail picture, click on the Edit Email/Privacy link. On that page, in the field that says 'subscribe to event notifications', select none. That said, we'll look into giving members the option to receiving a once a week email summary at the expense of possibly missing an upcoming trip.

Up How do I change my email address?

To update your email address, after you login, click on ‘Edit Profile’ link below your thumbnail picture in the left column. Enter your new email address in the E-Mail field and click on the Save Profile button at the bottom.

Up Get me off this email list ASAP or I will take legal action.

You opted in to receive emails when you became a member ~ event notifications within 150 miles of your zip code and to receive this newsletter. If the emails are annoying you, then I suggest you shut them off. In your profile toolbox under your thumbnail picture, click on the Edit Email/Privacy link.  On that page, in the field that says “subscribe to event notifications”, select none. Then in the field that says subscribe to our newsletter, select unsubscribe.   

Up I've got buddy requests, sent emails to these otherwise strangers and NO REPLY. So are non-paying Guest Members able to read these emails?

Non-paying Guest members are able to read and respond to your emails. Guest Members will receive your email and can respond either by clicking 'reply' or using your email address that will be embedded within the message itself. Whether Guest Members actually choose to respond to your email is a whole other matter :-)

Up How do I upload photos into a GO trip report, a personal trip report or my personal photo albums?

Click on the "Browse" button which will have you connect to your computer to find the picture[s] to upload. Once you find the picture[s] click on the “Open” button on your computer and the picture will upload.

Up How can I send an email to another member?

Simply click on the "Send Email" link either on an events page, member search or in the member's profile page itself. A window will appear to enter your message and it will be sent directly to their email provider inbox.

Up The forums seem to be missing? Have they intentionally been removed?

The forums were intentionally removed about 2 months ago for a number of reasons:

* With declining full membership revenues we had to take some cost cutting initiatives and removing the forums that did not receive many postings was one of the decisions we had to make.

* The forums were integrated with our membership profiles so moving to a free forum hosted somewhere else conflicted with our mission.

* The website is being reconstructed from the ground up to make it mobile device friendly and the forums would not fit into this new format.

If the opportunity arises where it makes sense once more for GO to have forum, we'll keep in mind.

Up Sometimes when I click on the profile of a member it says profile restricted. Is that a problem with the system or a function of the website allowing members to restrict viewing of profiles?

Members can restrict who may view their profiles: everyone, members only or nobody. Most members restrict viewing their profiles to member so unless you login, you cannot view them. 

Up I have to say I was a little disappointed to check out a hike and view one of the participants profiles only to find it blocked.

Sorry to hear you are disappointed however we respect members privacy so they have the option to block their profiles to everyone. Many members select the option to only have members view their profiles and very few actually block their profiles to everyone. We are open and geared toward outdoorzy men of similar interests but we have to respect everyone's privacy. 

Up Can I Change My User Name?

Due to issues we've had in the past with allowing members to change their User Name, this had been discontinued. Your only option is to delete your profile and create a new one. By doing this, you will have to recreate your buddies list and any record we've had of you attending & coordinating events will be gone. Please note that if you have a Full Membership, that status will be removed. 

Up How do I logout?

To logout, click on MY PROFILE and in the left column you'll see the link to logout. 

Up How do I change my password?

To change your password, click on MY PROFILE and in the left column you'll see the link to Edit Profile. 

Up Why can't I find a button labeled 'log in' on the home page on my mobile device? Your home page appears to assume everyone needs to sign up for membership. . . You lack a 'log-in' option, which should be given higher visibility.

If you are using a mobile device, the person icon in the green navigation bar at the top will give you the login page. This icon is the standard means to direct people to a login page using a mobile device.

Up I'm unable to edit my profile. Is it because I have a special character such as an apostrophe in my profile?

Yes, that is exactly why. Please change your user name to resolve the issue. 

Up I'm a guest member. Can I see my sent e-mails? Can I receive e-mails from other members?

We don't have a function that displays the emails you have sent. You can receive emails from other members. 

Up I'd like to upload some photos to my profile, but I'll be damned if I can figure out how to do it.

I just added a photo album to my profile. While I had no problem uploading the whole process may be unnecessarily complicated. Something we need to fix.

1) Click on photo album on your profile page

2) Click "add album"

3) 2 text areas appear, one for the title and one for a description. This is the step where it becomes counterintuitive. Instead of having a "Browse" button right here where you can select pictures, there is nothing. You should be able to select pictures which will be uploaded once you press "Save Album".

4) You need to click "Save Album" first, before you can upload pictures (why would I want to save an album without any pictures?)

5) Once saved, hover the mouse over the new icon just created. There are 3 choices, one for uploading, one for editing and one for deleting.

6) Clicking the uploading symbol, you would expect you can upload pictures now, but no, it just goes to another page

7) On this page click "add photo" (why not plural "photos"?) and finally another window pops up with yet another browse button (in my experience, this button should be available in step 3).

8) Click this browse button and finally another window appears where you can browse for the pictures to be added.

General

Up What Does It Take To Get Involved With GO?

Guys join GayOutdoors to meet other outdoorzy guys. We're devoted to life-long friendships both during and after trips. Connect with other GOers ~ both before and after a trip ~ in a few fun ways.

Social Events ~ We host ongoing parties all year long, in cities across the country. GO Rendezvous is our popular party and everyone is welcomed!

Social Networks ~ You can search for other members who live near you. Ask them to be your buddy and appear on your buddies' list. Contact them to plan a GO group trip together or do your own adventure together.

Trips ~ Check out our Trips/Events Calendar and find an activity you'd like to do. Sign-up, show up and enjoy. Every trip has its own page that lists every member who is participating. Find a member to carpool with you. Carpooling is a great way to meet members. Post a trip report or upload the photos you took of the trip. Post your thoughts about the trip under What Member's Are Saying About This Activity. Send an email to other participants to meet up afterwards.

Post A Trip ~ GO is really nothing more or less than the sum of the energy and enthusiasm that all of our members contribute ~ the greater and broader that energy, the greater and broader will be the enjoyment that we derive from GO. By injecting your own involvement and enthusiasm, you will be contributing directly into that formula. In addition to seconding your personal goal of participating in a GO trip sometime soon, another thing to consider doing is to actually organize and post a GO trip yourself. Whether it's camping, biking, hiking, skiing/snowboarding, kayaking/canoeing, cookout, potluck, slide show, gay bar meet up or something else, there are many GO members in your area who might be interested in meeting and joining you. Once you post a trip, members nearby are sent an email providing them all the details and inviting them to join you. And it will appear on our website. After you post the trip, you'll be able to edit the details of the trip, contact all participants in one email, and manage the active/waiting lists.

As you would likely surmise on your own, the key to a rich Trips/Events Calendar lies with those first few people who are able to step out in front and get the ball rolling in their area. To get a further perspective on the in's and out's of organizing a trip, click here for some help or read the questions/answers in our FAQ next time you have moment.

If you are unsure about interest in a particular trip you are thinking of doing, then post a trip idea to gauge interest and obtain comments from members regarding dates/itinerary. Once you've filled in the details with the help of other members then post it as an official trip on the website.

Will you always have a full trip? Will lots of guys always sign-up? No, not always. However did you have a great time when you went? Did members have a wonderful experience? Quality is more important than quantity. Keep posting trips with consistency and eventually you'll begin to establish a core group. The more you lead trips, the more you'll begin to establish a solid core group!

 

Up Do you have a quick GO intro document somewhere?

Yep! How GO Works

Up We have several friends who would love to hear about the club. Can you send us some printed materials/brochures?

Attached is a brochure to share with your friends. We hope to see all of you in an outdoor adventure with us soon!  

Up Why a gay outdoors club?

Gay men have to do something to find each other. It's not like we raise our hands and say "I'm gay." The point of the club is to create an atmosphere to meet other like-minded gay men. And outdoor recreation is an ideal choice for bonding and meeting men. It's a healthy, natural high.  

Up What's Different Now From When GO Started Back in 1999?

There's been a real rounding out of the gay culture. Previously, when someone asked us how we all knew each other we would respond that we were friends with each other. Now we reply that we are part of a club called GayOutdoors. It due to a shift in public opinion. There's a lot more stuff that gay people feel comfortable and safer doing.   

Up How Does Your Club Establish Itself On States With An Anti-Gay Attitude?

Outdoor recreation is a counterculture sport that rewards individualism and is consequently gay friendly. But it is fair to say that some gay men in these states don't want to associate with a gay group for the fear of being harassed and bullied. That said, we've had events in such states. And the straight outdoor recreation community was very welcoming to us. 

Up Will GayOutdoors Be Obsolete At Some Point?

We get asked that a lot. It would be very exciting to see the day, that gay men didn't have to take extra steps to find one another. But I do know that identifying who is gay in the general public is not that easy. There always will be a need for gay people to meet and spend time with each other.  

Up What's GayOutdoors History?

Mike Boisvert created GayOutdoors and launched it on Labor Day weekend in 1999 with a simple goal: to bring gay and gay friendly men together to experience the incredible fun of outdoor adventure and to create an atmosphere that leads to life-long friendships. It all began in Waterville Valley NH, but before long, we started growing and attracting members from across the USA. Today, we're the world's largest gay outdoors club, with more than 7500 active members in every state and 17 foreign countries. We're growing every year, and you're invited to come join the adventure!

Up Any suggestions how to grow member awareness/events in my area?

GO really is nothing more or less than the sum of the energy and enthusiasm that all of our individual members contribute - the greater and broader that energy, the greater and broader will be the enjoyment that we derive from GO. By injecting your own involvement and enthusiasm in the southeast, you will be contributing directly in that formula.

In addition to seconding your personal goal of participating in a GO trip sometime soon, another thing to consider doing is to actually organize and post a GO trip yourself, in your area.

Whether it's camping, biking, hiking, skiing/snowboarding, kayaking/canoeing, cookout/potluck/slide show/gay bar meetup [GO Rendezvous] or something else, there are many GO members in your area who might be interested in meeting and joining you. Once you post a trip members nearby are sent an email providing them all the details and inviting them to join you. And it will appear on our website. After you post the trip, you'll be able to edit the details of the trip, contact all participants in one email, and manage the active/waiting lists.

As you likely would surmise on your own, the key to a rich calendar lies with those first few people who are able to step out in front and get the ball rolling in their area. To get a further perspective on the ins and outs of organizing a trip, click here. 

If you are unsure about interest in a particular trip you are thinking of doing, then post a trip idea to gauge interest and obtain comments from members regarding dates/itinerary. Once you've filled in the details with the help of other members then post it as an official trip on the website.

Will you always have a full trip? Will lots of guys always sign up? No, not always. However did you have a great time when you went? Did members have wonderful experiences? Quality is more important than quantity. Keep posting trips with consistency and eventually you'll begin to establish a core group. The more you lead trips, the more you'll begin to establish a solid core group!

Up Maybe we should plan a week in [any location] and call it a retreat. I have several acres next to [any national park], and quite a lot of space for guys to crash. It might be a unique way to hold a gathering...what do you think?

Who's we? Why WE are you! GO relies on participation from all the we's, even you. The Trips/Events Calendar is here for you to post trips that get members out and about. If you're waiting for something to happen, you're probably not the only one. Soooooo...if the trips won't come to your town, start one. Click on Post A Trip. 'Nuf said :)

Up I belong to another gay outdoorzy club and we would like to hold a joint event with you?

Thanks so much for thinking of us! Our website is structured that as a GO member you can post a trip hosted by your club. This is provided you do not have a link to your club's website and use our registering system. You can mention in the trip posting this is a joint event with your club. It might actually attract more people. We also require that any GO member not be required to pay your membership fee to attend. Since we are men's only organization, you must disclose if women will be attending. Your trip announcement must read like a GO outing; it cannot read like it's a pure announcement of your club's trip. 

We would also be interested in exchanging links with your club. Place a link to us at your website, give us a link to the page where we can find it, and we'll link back to you.

Up How do I find information on gay swimming holes in my area?

You have two options: 

  • Click on LEARN at the top and then in the sub-menu click on Swimming Holes. At the top you'll see "All Destinations" so select the geographic location of where you live. Then click the "GO" button to see all the Gay Swimming Holes Articles specific to your area. 
  • The other option is to search our  Links. Under "Destination List" select the geographic location of where you live. Under "Section List" select Swimming Holes. Then click on the "GO" button to see all the Gay Swimming Holes specific to your area.
Up I'm bisexual and my girlfriend is also bisexual. Can I join as a bisexual male and will she be allowed to go on the adventures also?

Our club is for gay, bisexual, straight and gay friendly men so you are certainly welcome to join us! That said, I'm afraid because we are an all men's group, your girlfriend would not be able to join. Being an all men's group defines who we are and what separates us from other clubs. 

Up Do you have any organization in [name your town]? I'm new here and am looking to get in touch with my local gay community.

We are one nationwide chapter for social events and fun trips. Our structure is such that our website is the central clearinghouse for all things gay outdoors: membership profiles, trips, trip ideas, trip reports/photos, articles and overall communication. Local chapters are not needed because we only send new trip notifications and reminders to members who live near the location of where the trip will be held. Loosely-knit and informal groups have developed in certain areas of the country through the efforts of a few members who regularly run trips and social events. As a result, they have developed a core group of members who have become good friends and plan future GO trips together.

Up Why Does GO Have A Facebook Page?

It's a means for you to "like us" and for you to receive trips information, club news, info we find on the web that might be of interest to you and provide you tips on how to have more fun with gay outdoorzy men! We try to post something almost everyday so it's a good way to stay connected between newsletters. You can insert comments about what we post and read others comments as well. You'll find out which of your facebook friends has also liked us! It's also a good means to publicize our club and the get the word out to a large audience! >>Visit Our Facebook Page

Up Do People Sign Up For A Trip Without Knowing Anyone Else?

This is the time of year when you're itching for an outdoor adventure, but maybe you haven't recruited a friend to join a GAY OUTDOORS trip with you. But should you just go ahead and come by yourself?

Yes!!! 

On every trip we host, outdoor enthusiasts arrive without knowing anyone else in the group. GAY OUTDOORS is designed specifically for folks in that situation, so trust us: there's nothing weird about showing up solo.

GOers join the club to make new outdoorzy buddies in a safe, comfortable atmosphere. From the first moment to the end, our trip leaders are on hand to coordinate group activities and help you connect with a fun-loving crew of outdoor enthusiasts. 

But are GOers actually friendly? Yes. Very. But don't take our word for it. Read our testimonials.

And, if you've never taken a trip with us, check out this cool explanation of how GAY OUTDOORS works.

Up Why don't you charge for all this stuff?

Gay Outdoors is here as a simple Internet Bulletin Board for all of us (Your President included!) to have the opportunity to get outdoors and Make New Buddies.  Nobody should be charged anything to do that! (The only "fees" you pay are the costs of the event ---gas, tolls, parking, hotel fees, camping fees, and so on.) I do have to pass along a ton of thanks to ALL the members who post and run events (without you where would we be?), the Board Members (for volunteering to help with approving trips, taking questions from the Help Desk, and outreach efforts), and others who have participated in making GO a fun, vibrant way to get out into the gay outdoors!  All of these people do it because they want to, and they volunteer their time to do it.  Thank them by taking them up on their offers----get out on events, hit up the Board Members for information, and bug me when you have a question.  It's our participation that keeps this thing goin'! 
 

We also owe a ton of thanks to ALL our Full Members who financially support us because without them, there would not even be a club to begin with. If you would like to support us, become a Full Member today

Up Is there a way to read past Trail Mail Newsletters?

Yes there is. Click Here.  

Up I'd like to add the GO email address and those of Board members to my email list for jokes, causes, chain letters, and other email things, may I?

Please don't! Please, please, please don't!!! We each get a ton of email every day. And we read each one. It's important that we know the email coming in is for club business so we may give each message the attention it deserves. Thank you!!!

Up Who's in the group?

We're all over the place for demographics.  The average age is probably 46-55 but there are sooooo many people younger and sooooo many people older that it's really hard to draw a line anywhere.  We all just have fun regardless.  It's a mix of gay, bisexual and straight men. Our members are from all over the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Australia, Italy, Spain, Netherlands and more. Over half of our members are from the Northeast, with concentrations in the Southeast, West and Southwest.

GayOutdoors Gathering

Up When will the GO Gathering be held?

The yearly GO Gathering has always been a good time. It is always great to meet old/new friends; and share stories, tales and outright lies to impress when need be :-) Stay tuned to our Events Calendar to find out when it will be held. 

Up Has any member in [name your state] offered to run a GO Gathering? These are usually a smashing success with lots of members attending. It would be a big plus to have one in my state.

We’ve reached out to GO members to run a GO Gathering in your state via our newsletter and website without any interest. We agree that GO Gatherings are a smashing success. GO is only as strong as members willing to step up and run activities/GO Gatherings. If you would like to run one, Contact Us

Activity Participation

Up I signed up for something, but I can’t make it. What do I do?

Remove yourself from the trip as soon as you know you won’t be able to make it. Visit the trip page and click on the link in the sign up box [right side of the page] that says, "remove me." It’s common courtesy to do this, plus it’ll stop members from waiting a little extra for someone who won’t be showing up! Remember that trips have limited attendance, so by removing yourself as soon as possible a spot will be opened for another member. If you become a No Show your profile will be flagged as such on the trip page that may cause you to be bumped onto the waiting list on future trips.

Up I would like to attend a trip that requires a deposit or payment. What happens if I can’t make it?

Generally there are NO REFUNDS, but that depends on the place that’s taking the money. Some give refunds, some don’t, and for some it depends on when you request the refund. If you have already paid and there’s no way to get a refund, you can try to find someone to take your place and get the money from him, but that’s about the best you can do. The trip leader cannot be responsible if you make a reservation, put money down, and then bow out.

Up How do I sign up for an activity?

All you need to do to sign up for something is select your mode of transportation using the drop down box, make any comments if you wish, click on the "Click Here To Sign Up" button and then show up. For activities that involve payment, there may be some additional instructions, such as sending in some money, making a reservation, etc. The instructions will be outlined in the activities description.

It is essential that you have reviewed the details [or asked questions about what you don’t understand about it] before you sign up to make sure you can complete the activity safely. You must be prepared with appropriate gear, food, water, or whatever the activity calls out for. If you aren’t sure about something, ask the member running the activity, or do a little research on the Internet or perhaps in a trail book [readily available in bookstores all over the place].

And guess what? You’ll GO Outdoors and Make a Few Outdoorzy Buddies J

Up There aren't any events where I live. What can I do?

GO really is nothing more or less than the sum of the energy and enthusiasm that all of our individual members contribute - the greater and broader that energy, the greater and broader will be the enjoyment that we derive from GO. By injecting your own involvement and enthusiasm, you will be contributing directly in that formula.

In addition to seconding your personal goal of participating in a GO event sometime soon, another thing to consider doing is to actually organize and post a GO event yourself, in your area. Whether it's camping, hiking, a beach or paddling outing, biking, a cookout or something else, there are many GO members in your area who might be interested in meeting and joining you. As you likely would surmise on your own, the key to a rich event calendar lies with those first few people who are able to step out in front and get the ball rolling. To get a further perspective on the in's and out's of organizing an event, click here for some help or read the questions/answers in our FAQ next time you have a moment.

Up How many trips are run each year?

Members run over 160 trips each year.

Up How do trips work?

The trip leader has taken care of all the details. You've got a fun-loving itinerary ready and waiting: all you need to do is show up and enjoy yourself.

If You Are Not Comfortable During The Trip

First and foremost, your safety on the adventure is the most important thing. If you don't feel comfortable in any situation, tell the guys there you won't be heading out with them. It's OK. GOers are fun, outgoing, humorous, interesting, friendly, considerate ~ and then some ~ and it's everyone's intent to create a safe and comfortable environment for those attending trips. But always put your safety and comfort first, and always use your common sense.

If you discover the trip is too much for you, turn around. Do not push yourself, as you will endanger your safety as well as the safety of others.

The Focus Is On The Fun

We plan our trips with the focus on the sheer fun of outdoor adventure. There's nothing better than being on an adventure with us!

Up What if I don't own any equipment?

Some local outdoor equipment shops will rent equipment. When you sign up for a trip, you can ask if any other participant has gear you can borrow...many of us have extra gear lying around because of upgrading gear over time. Most GOers purchase their gear by waiting for sales to occur at their local outdoor equipment shop.

Up Are all trips appropriate for beginners?

No. All of our trips are rated so you can find the trips that best suit you. We use the 'buddy system' so you are never alone. Join the fun! No more fear that you won't keep up. It changes a trip that could have been daunting into one that's amazing. GayOutdoors is about challenging yourself. You're scared of heights, but you've just climbed a windswept knife-edge along a ridge. You thought you were claustrophobic, but you've just squeezed through a small cave. You've never walked further than the shopping mall, but you've just gone ten miles! Ok, you might ache a little, but the elation you'll get from doing something you never thought possible, you'll never forget. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or wanting to improve your general fitness or wanting to lose weight, GayOutdoors is for you. We offer a range of activity options for all abilities. On a GayOutdoors trip, there's nothing that isn't achievable. This is the  magic of GayOutdoors.

Up What are the skill levels of the GOers?
  • 20% of our members are beginners
  • 50% of our members are intermediates
  • 30% of our members are advanced
Up What outdoor activities are members most interested in?

Activities most members enjoy in order of most to least interest are as follows:

  • Camping
  • Road Biking
  • Hiking
  • Skiing [alpine/downhill skiing]
  • Canoeing
  • Backpacking
  • Snowboarding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Kayaking [recreational]
  • Rafting
  • Skiing [cross-country skiing]
  • Snowshoeing
  • Paintball
  • Climbing [rock/ice/mountaineering]
  • Kayaking [sea]
  • Kayaking [whitewater]
Up How many women are involved in GayOutdoors?

Our outdoor trips and activities are restricted to gay and gay-friendly men. Our programs are designed to meet the emotional, psychological, and physical needs of gay and gay-friendly men. We provide a safe, gender-specific environment that promotes openness and honesty. During our trips and activities we have open discussions and encourage healthy expressions of emotion. Men share their hopes, fears, and frustrations with other men who are experiencing the same issues. In the greater outdoors, men have a unique opportunity to express their emotions and challenge themselves physically and mentally. At GayOutdoors we build self-confidence through our trips/activities and self-exploration, thus creating a strong foundation to everyday living. 

Up Ummm...are trips really free?

Yes. There is no obligation, and no salesperson will call. You pay for personal expenses, lodging, park fees, admission fees, food, and so on. Remember to chip in for gas and tolls when you carpool!

 

Up I'd like to get several straight friends to sign up for an upcoming event but they don't want to become a member. Is there a more casual way to sign them up for the trip?

First, your straight male friends are welcome to be members; our club is for all men! We require everyone to register and at least become a guest member. Our registration system keeps track of who is attending for the trip leader and ensuring that once the # of participants limit is reached that a waiting list is started. Additionally, by signing up for the activities via the website participants indicate that our liability waiver was read and accepted. That said, the trip leader has the final say so you could email him to find out if he's OK with allowing your straight friends to attend.

Up I want to sign up for something but I'm not sure I can make it. What do I do?

Sign up and let the trip leader know what's going on either by posting a comment when you first sign up or email the trip leader directly. If you're not sure you can attend, say so! When you find out for sure that you'll be attending or not, send another email along. If you can't make it, be sure to visit the trip page and click on the link in the sign up box [right side of the page] that says, "remove me." If there is a waiting list, please make your decision as soon as possible so members on the waiting list can make plans to attend. [Things get more complex when reservations/payments are required of course ~ in that case to hold your spot you must come up with the money, but there may be no refunds...you really have to make up you mind for something like that].

 

Up I went to upload photos & trip report for the hike and the page is nearly blank. Photos, description, attendees all wiped out and no function buttons. Do you have any idea what happened?

When you post a trip there is a warning in the text editor box: Copying/Pasting From Other Sources. Please be careful when you copy/paste info from other sources because it might not appear correctly. Double check before submitting using the PREVIEW BUTTON first. If you are using a font or font size we don't support it may result with trip details and function buttons disappearing."

Up I'm unable to upload photos in a trip report. What am I doing wrong?

If you've taken a photo with a high-resolution camera most likely the reason is because the picture is too large. We have photo size limitations. Reduce the photo resolution to 72 dpi.

Up Where is the link to upload photos and post a trip report?

After you login, go to the trip page under GO Trip Reports/Photos. You'll see a link called ADD YOUR TRIP REPORT/UPLOAD PHOTOS above the list of members who attended. 

Up Where is the link to email all participants?

After you login, go to the trip page and you'll see a link SEND EMAIL TO ALL PARTICIPANTS above the list of members who attended.   

Up It was my responsibility to post pics for recent hikes. I noticed the featured photos are not displaying. Am I doing something wrong?

I've enjoyed viewing the pictures and reading the trip reports. For the featured picture, in the trip report segment, at the very top you'll see the button to upload the featured picture. If it does not work after you've uploaded the picture, then the size of the picture is too large and you must reduce it for our system to accept.

Up How much is it to attend an activity?

Zero. We are a club so only GO members can attend. When a member posts a trip it's like saying, "Hey, I'm going to be doing this activity at this place/time, and you can come along with me if you like." Simple as that.

Coordinating Activities

Up I'd be interested in hosting an outdoor activity!

GO is really nothing more or less than the sum of the energy and enthusiasm that all of our members contribute ~ the greater and broader that energy, the greater and broader will be the enjoyment that we derive from GO. By injecting your own involvement and enthusiasm, you will be contributing directly into that formula. We second your personal goal of organizing and posting a GO trip yourself. Whether it's hiking, biking, backpacking, community service/trail maintenance, weekend trip, kite flying, camping, kayaking/canoeing, skiing/snowboarding, or something else, there are many GO members in your area who might be interested in meeting and joining you. Once you post a trip, members nearby are sent an email providing them all the details and inviting them to join you. And it will appear on our website. After you post the trip, you'll be able to edit the details of the trip, contact all participants in one email, and manage the active/waiting lists.

As you would likely surmise on your own, the key to a rich Trips/Events Calendar lies with those first few people who are able to step out in front and get the ball rolling in their area. To get a further perspective on the in's and out's of organizing a trip, click here for some help or read the questions/answers in our FAQ next time you have moment.

If you are unsure about interest in a particular trip you are thinking of doing, then post a trip idea to gauge interest and obtain comments from members regarding dates/itinerary. Once you've filled in the details with the help of other members then post it as an official trip on the website.

Will you always have a full trip? Will lots of guys always sign-up? No, not always. However did you have a great time when you went? Did members have a wonderful experience? Quality is more important than quantity. Keep posting trips with consistency and eventually you'll begin to establish a core group. The more you lead trips, the more you'll begin to establish a solid core group!

Up I just submitted a trip posting but it does not seem to take the co-leader? I was using the Preview button? Does it show up on the trip submission form?

 Thanks so much for posting a trip! Co-leader has yet to be coded to appear in “Preview”, but he is listed. 

Up Is it presumptuous of me to list a hike since I'm new to GayOutdoors? Would anyone even show up for say a 2 hour hike near where I live?

Welcome to GO! You can post a hike as soon as you become a member. There is not a requirement that you have to be a member for a certain time before you post a trip. As to how many people show up, you won't know until you try. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

Our trips calendar is set up that you can post a last minute trip if you like and members within a certain mileage range will be immediately notified via email. That said, our experience has found that it’s best to post a trip a week before to give everyone who wants to attend a chance to plan ahead.

We suggest you read our Trip Leading Tips and our Outings Policies/Procedures in our Post a Trip form. But in a nutshell you put together enough info (location, times, dates, directions, etc.) to fill in the Post a Trip form at the website. Answer any questions that come up by participants before the event, revise the event details on the website if necessary, and finally show up with everyone else and have fun! That's pretty much it!

Yes, please join us and hope to see you in the gay outdoors real soon!

Up The trip I posted was approved but the email notifications never went out. Something is wrong.

It appears you entered zero's in the zip code field. Use the zip code lookup link next to the zip code field to determine what it should be.  because you didn't know it for the trip. Email notifications are zip code driven. 

Up I was disappointed that some guys just no showed. I know shit happens - but when people are counting on you shouldn't you have a moral obligation to at least send the trip leader an email or phone call? I guess it goes to character....

I've run many trips and "no shows" happen most of the time. I overbook the "maximum number of participants allowed" to allow anyone who wanted to attend to do so! I agree that members have a moral obligation to take themselves off the trip if they can't make it. I just make a mental note of which they are for the future and swap them out with someone on the waiting list on my next trip. Here are some other tips:

  • Always click on the "Email Them" button a few days before and ask that participants remove themselves from attending the trip if they can no longer make it. This is probably the best protection.
  • In your activity description, you can mention that a certain number of guys (let's say 4 guys) will make the activity official. In this fashion, you can protect yourself somewhat from arriving at the meeting location and have nobody there.
  • After every activity, log-in to the trip under "Trip Reports" and at the very bottom of the page, click on "Trip Leader Edit Activity/Attendance Report." For each member listed, select either "Attended" or "No Show" and click on the "Apply" button. What happens next is that on the trip report page itself, an "Attended" or "No Show" badge will appear by each member. Also the guys who did not show up will not have credit for attending the trip in their profile.
Up How do I post a trip?

It’s quite easy to post a trip. You’ll see the link in the navigation bar called Post A Trip. The form is self-explanatory and there is an example to follow. Try it!

Up I received an e-mail the night before the hike that it had been cancelled. I just want to say that I think these types of last minute cancelations should be frowned upon, especially for trips with soild numbers.

Ideally, its best for trip leaders to cancel a hike a couple days before so members can make alternative plans. If the weather is uncertain leading right up to the trip, the trip leaders can send participants an email at least a couple days before that they may cancel and will send an email to participants regarding their final decision the night before the trip. Constant communication to participants about possible changes is always the best practice but sometimes trip leaders are busy and/or have limited access to the website making this difficult to do.

Up I belong to a club that does outdoor activities, and I run trips there. I'm also a member of GO. Can I post the same activity for both?

Generally yes, as long as it’s OK with your other club and it’s being run in the same spirit that GO activities are run. We do a number of trips “in conjunction with” other clubs and that should be noted in the description. If you allow women and children to attend, that should also be disclosed since we are an all men’s club. You can post a trip in our Trips/Events Calendar as long as you don't post a link to your club's website for more information or to register. Our fantastic registration is all you need. GO members should not be required to pay your other club’s membership fee to attend.

Up I see the option to post member (non-GO) trips is gone, yet it was just introduced last year.

Yes, we were disappointed as to the lack of interest and usage by other clubs/organizations with this feature we introduced last year. Our polling indicated that this was of interest but when it came down to members of other clubs or even gay adventure travel companies taking the initiative to post something, it did not materialize. As a result, we had to spend a couple of hours each month doing it ourselves by visiting the sites of various gay clubs and gay adventure travel companies to populate it...after one year of doing this and not having much interest...we gave up.

So now, for other clubs to post a trip at GO, they can do so, but without providing a link to their site for registration within the trip description or in the comments section.

Up Do you have a liability release form that you use for GO trip participants?

The liability release is added to any trip posting automatically and is in effect by signing up for the trip.

Up I posted a trip that is cross-posted with another club but it was denied. What am I doing wrong?

We're sorry about this but this happens when members don't read our posting rules carefully. Especially if its being cross-posted with another club. The usual reasons is that either the trip description indicated a website address to register thru [our registration system is top notch to facilitate trip coordination/communication and should be used so don't post a website address ~ indicate you'll email each person who signs up to make payment arrangements], or the trip description did not indicate the costs associated with the event and the club running it, or the trip description did not indicate that women will be attending [we are a men's only group]. You can certainly post your trip you just have to abide by our rules that is posted on the Post A Trip page. Thanks for your understanding and I hope you can follow our rules to post your fantastic trip! 

Up As I got more interest than anticipated in my upcoming hike, I'd like to up the max # participants. I see that I can't change that.

We cannot change it from the back-end. Just put language in your trip listing indicating that you are increasing the limit to the amount you wish. Then email individuals on the waiting list to that effect.

Up I was wondering if GO requires a member to be 18 years of age to participate in outings. The thought of a 16-year old participating in my bike ride makes me nervous.

When someone joins they must check a box indicating they have read and agreed with our  terms and conditions that includes them being 18 years or older. With that said our board allows trip leaders to make their own decision regarding allowing non-members to attend their outings [women, children, teenagers, etc.]

Up I never had a waiting list before on my trip! I asked guys to email me separately to confirm they will be coming. What if some of the guys on the Active List don't respond? How do I delete them? How do I invite the guys on the Waiting List?

What I do is use the Send Email to all Participants button before the list of members attending and I ask all participants to take themselves off the trip if they are undecided, can't make it, or have not secured a ride. I let the list take care of itself with the hope that guys will take themselves off the list if they cannot make it. Sending separate emails to all participants asking them to reply separately to you defeats the whole purpose of our system. It's designed to make it easier for you to run an outing. 

If from past experience, you've had issues with certain guys who have signed up on a trip such as a 'no show'; you can either delete them or move them to the bottom of the waiting list. Go to the trip details page and near the top below Sign Up To This Event who will see "Coordinator can click here to edit or delete this activity." Click on that link. You will see icons beside each member that allow you to either remove member or move to waiting list. 

For a member who actually is a 'no show', go to the trip report page after the trip and at the bottom click on the "Trip Leader Edit Activity/Attendance Report" button. Here you denote each member who attended versus was a 'no show'. 

Up I'm trying to enter a date when posting an event and an error keeps appearing that I must have a valid starting and ending date no matter how I enter the dates. Is there some sort of format for posting dates that I don't know about?

Be absolutely sure that the ending date is older than your starting date [a common mistake]. What I do is use the small calendar icons beside each field. A small pop-up calendar will appear where you can select the start date and end date. If you don't want to use the calendar icon, the format requires you to enter, for example, a start date of 08/07/2010 and an end date of 08/08/2010. 

Up Tried to change the meeting time of my event from 6:00 pm to 5:00 pm, but the form puts the colon in the wrong place.

You need to backspace starting from the last character and working your way to the first character. This deletes the entire field. Then you enter the numbers with colon all over again in the same format: 05:00.

Up One of my trip participants is not responding to my emails. How do I refuse to allow this person on the trip should he show up?

Unfortunately, these sort of situations sometimes occur, Based on what you've told me, I would remove him from the trip and put the ball on his court...have him contact you. :-)

To remove someone, go to the trip page and under SIGN UP FOR THIS EVENT/TRIP you'll see a link in the box, "Trip Leaders can click here to edit or delete this activity." At the very bottom you'll see a list of participants and click on the corresponding X to remove. 

Up I'm a french gay Mountain Leader living in Chamonix since 20 years now. I would like to propose some trekking tour around Chamonix valley for your group like Chamonix-Zermatt and Tour of Mont Blanc, days trekking to discover Chamonix Valley, etc.

If you would like to run an outdoor excursion, our first rule is that you cannot charge any trip leading fee or have members register thru a personal website. All costs associated with the excursion would have to be shared between the members attending based on your estimate and collected by you...members should know beforehand that they may owe you more money after final expenses are tallied or that even you may owe them money!

Next, is you need to become a GO member and create a profile. It's free:  http://www.gayoutdoors.org/page-connect.cfm?typeofsite=memberregister

Finally, once you are member, you need to post your outdoor excursion: http://www.gayoutdoors.org/page.cfm?typeofsite=events-insert. You will notice that zip code is required to be entered...you can either enter 00000 to reach members outside the USA or choose a USA zip code.

Since this is an international trip, include in your trip description shuttles to use to reach Chamonix from the airport, what hotel to meet you at, and a meet up time for the entire group to meet you later in the day. 

Up I just posted a camping trip that will be shared expenses. I didn't list them because not sure how many people will show up. How do we handle that?

For shared expenses, you can state something I saw posted on another trip.“Shared costs for the campsite of ??? will be split up between the number of people attending. Maximum allowed on the campsite is 4 so the lowest it could be is $$$. Details for the payment will follow by email.”

Up I'm seeing that my trip was deleted from the Events Calendar but it's been rescheduled and not cancelled so could you put it back up?

Your trip could have been rescheduled before the event start time by logging in, visit the trip page, and in the box on the top right "Sign Up To This Event/Trip", click on the link in the last sentence, "Trip Leaders can click here to edit or delete this activity." 

Your trip has not been deleted from the Events Calendar but archived under TRIPS&EVENTS/GO TRIP REPORTS/PHOTOS. You'll find your trip listed there and on the trip page, you can use the button 'Send Email To All Participants" to contact everyone who signed up. The site is not designed to have a trip that has been already run to be used again and re-posted on the Events Calendar; however you can copy the verbiage from the archived event when you post it as a new event. 

Edit Email Subscriptions/Privacy

Up I would like to discontinue getting emails for events via this site. I will check in regularly... but I just get too many emails to my address. How can I change this?

In Profile box under your thumbnail picture, click on the Edit Email/Privacy link. This page gives you options on receiving our email event notifications and newsletter.  

Up Is there any way to just get trip invites that are within say 150 miles of my zip code, I'm getting tons of info on trips that are clear across the country. Only want ones in my state.

You decide how you want trip notification emails sent to you via your profile settings. We send you trip notifications/reminders and trip ideas via email for any posted within 150 miles of the zip code you entered by default. You can expand this notification or not have any email notification sent at all by editing your profile information.

Go to the My Profile tab on the green navigation bar and click on Edit Email/Privacy link. Under Email Notifications you can choose the range of miles within your zip code to receive the event email notifications:

*150 miles

*300 miles

*All

*None

Up Can I just have registered members view my profile?

In Profile box under your thumbnail picture, click on the Edit Email/Privacy link. On the next page near the bottom there is a section called " Profile Viewing." Here you can choose  "Who Can View My Profile":

  • Everyone
  • Members Only
  • None
Up Can I have nobody see my last name?

In Profile box under your thumbnail picture, click on the Edit Email/Privacy link. On the next page at the bottom there is a section called "Profile Viewing." Under there you can choose who can view your last name with the "Show my last name to settings":

  • Everyone
  • Members Only
  • Buddies Only
  • Nobody

Note: When you view your own profile, your last name will appear in all settings, because that is a field you can edit. If you selected having nobody view your last name, it will not appear.

Up I changed my email address. How do I update it on the website?

To update your email address, after you login, in the green navigation bar at the top, click on MY PROFILE tab on the far right. Then in the left column, click on 'Edit Profile'. Enter your new email address in the E-Mail field and click on the Save Profile button at the bottom.

Up I do not wish to receive any mail to my address which may indicate my online registration to your organization nor do I wish to receive any mail from any of your partners. I do not wish to be wearing a bumper sticker on my car.

Please read our privacy notice. We do not send any mail to your home address. We'll only send the GO sticker if you request it. GayOutdoors does not send SPAM or sell email/home addresses! You can sign up for our e-newsletter but this something separate from our website.

Up I thought last names would not appear on the website. I selected to not have it appear but when I review my profile, I can see it.

Your last name is not appearing for others to see. You will see your last name posted when you view your own profile because that is what is in our database. If you want to double check, logout and view your profile.

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