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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 Sustaining 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 How do I change my email address?

To change your email address, login and then under the MY PROFILE tab in the far right of the navigation bar, you'll find a link in the left column called EDIT PROFILE. Click on it and on the next page, you'll see the field to change your email address. Be sure to click the "Save Profile" at the bottom of the page.

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 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.

Up Can I contact other GOers?

Yes! We have lots of ways: Member Profiles, Searches, Trip Listings, Trip Reports where you'll see a "Send Email" button, "Email All Your Buddies" button via Your Profile, "Send Email To All Participants" button for any trip you've signed up for. 

Up If I check that I want "Members Only" to view my profile, does that include Guest Members?

If you check members only to view your profile, that does include guest members.

 

Up Trip Ideas? 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 Is it frowned upon to give suggestions to improve the club and/or website?

We welcome suggestions at any time, Contact Us

Up Can I just have registered members view my profile?

To change this setting, login and then under the MY PROFILE tab in the far right of the navigation bar, you'll find a link in the left column called EDIT EMAIL/PRIVACY. Click on this link then 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?

By default, nobody can see your last name. To change this setting, login and then under the MY PROFILE tab in the far right of the navigation bar, you'll find a link in the left column called EDIT EMAIL/PRIVACY. Click on it and 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 How can I join my local chapter?

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 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. For a site that feels open and geared towards guys of similar interests I was sort of surprised and pretty bummed.

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.

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 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 8600 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 How come you never run anything in my area?

Who's you? 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 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!  We have 6,700 followers! >>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 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.

Up Whom do I contact for answers to questions about GayOutdoors itself or if I have a concern I'd like to share?

You can send us an e-mail. We'll do our best to answer your question or concern.

Up I need information about [insert topic here].

Your President and Board get a lot of requests for information and recommendations of all sorts. We help when we can, and a few suggestions leap to mind, such as checking out all the helpful info we have under our Learn tab and Links. We have a wealth of information such as gay campgrounds, gay beaches, gay resorts, etc. You can also search on the 'net'. 

Up How can I join my local chapter?

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 How Can I Participate In GO?

Plenty of ways!

-  Become a Sustaining Member so you can reading our newsletter, Trail Mail!

-   Attend the activities we've got running.

-  Bring a friend along on the next activity.

 Find members who live near you by becoming a Sustaining Member.

-  Become a GO Champion by telling your friends about our awesome club!

-  Run an Activity.

Join our Meetup Group.

However you’d like to get involved, you’re always welcome.

GayOutdoors Gathering

Up When will the GO Gathering be held?

The 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 We live [name your location] and were wondering if you ever have "Any Activities Ever" here?

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, biking, hiking, skiing/snowboarding, kayaking/canoeing, social event [cookout, potluck, slide show, gay bar meetup] 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 event calendar lies with those first few people who are able to step out in front and get the ball rolling.

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 in your area!

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 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 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 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.

Up I don't know how to break the ice, so I haven't attended anything yet. Do you have any suggestions?

GayOutdoors is full of fun and interesting people who enjoy GO-ing Outdoors and Making New Friends. Everyone just kinda fits in---it's weird that way, but I don't question it. Pick an activity you'd like to do, buzz the person running it with any questions you have, sign up, then show up! Social activities (which people post from time to time) are good ice-breakers, but so are lighter hikes and other "light" activities. Although most people don't believe me, Your Ol' President here has always been somewhat shy, and doing all this GayOutdoors stuff is completely out of character. But I've been doing this up for almost THIRTY YEARS and all its brought me is chance after chance to meet and talk with great people as we're doing some snowshoeing, hiking, backpacking, camping, kayaking, skiing, chillin' or ...well, you get the idea! Perhaps I'm not so shy anymore because I don't want to miss out. :-)

Up What is my responsibility as an activity participant?

Be on time and prepared. An afternoon walk on the beach obviously requires less preparation than a week long backpacking/camping trip. Plan accordingly. 

Email the activity coordinator if you have any questions.

Up Do you usually go out to eat after the event?

It's up to those attending. Sometimes everyone goes out for some chow, sometimes a few guys head back home instead, sometimes everyone just heads home. No pressure, just let guys know what you'd like to do.

Up Who goes on these activities? Will I fit in?

Members ask this all the time. Have a look at our  trip reports, and you'll see young men, older men, single men, and married men. Because GO keeps the focus on the activity and the safety and comfort of those attending, it creates an enjoyable atmosphere for everyone involved. Yeah, we try to keep it light on the easier activities, and that's fine, but keeping an eye out for everyone's safety is really "key" for all activities.    

Up Do you get new people?

Yes, and it's great. Generally, we have one or two new members on every trip. 

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 I don't know anyone! Will I fit in?

You bet. If you've got a smile, a sense of humor, and you're focused on the activity and looking out for your safety as well as the safety and comfort of the others with you, then you'll be right at home. Sorry, sense of humor is not optional. If you don't have one, we have some spares, and then you can keep it for next time! :-) Please make sure that you can safely complete the activity, however. You must be in appropriate shape, and you must be properly equipped. If there are ever any questions about an activity and how difficult it is, please ask the person who's running it (and you can do some research on your own as well).

Up I'm attending an activity, but I'd be nervous if I didn't know anyone and I'd not want to stay if I felt uneasy about the situation.

YOUR SAFETY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING --- PERIOD. If you get to an activity and things "don't feel right" for whatever reason, let anyone there know what's up, and DRIVE AWAY. Meeting strangers can be difficult, and maybe that's why we do some social stuff, so folks can get to know each other.  

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 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 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 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 club's membership fee to attend. 

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. 

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 I'm having trouble figuring out the next step after I want the Trip Idea I posted to become an official trip with dates?

To make a trip idea an official trip, you have to repost as a trip, setting dates, provide additional details and include driving directions to trailhead and/or lodging.

Up Can I run something for the folks out there?

You bet! Go to Post A Trip. Got questions? Ask the Board! 

Up I posted a hike yesterday but I did not receive a message that it was approved.

There are four board members approving trips and we try to get to these as fast as we can. 

Up I'd like to run an activity. When should I get it to you?

First off: THANK YOU from me and the 8,948 other (fabulous) GO enthusiasts out there. Generally once you have enough details, you can post it in the Event Calendar.  All member nearby will receive an email notification about the new trip. 

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 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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