Outings Rules

club membership - Our outings are open to Sierra Club members and non-members alike.

restrictions - Radios, firearms, recreational drugs, and pets are prohibited on all outings. Public consumption of alcohol is prohibited during scheduled activities.

minors - Most outings are suitable for the entire family. Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult, usually parent or legal guardian. Contact the trip leader in advance for important legal requirements for minors accompanied by an adult other than their parent or legal guardian.

waiver - All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver at the start of the trip. If you would like to read the liability waiver in advance, scroll to the bottom of this page. Some longer trips may also require you to list emergency contact information and medical history.

reservations - Contact the trip leader to reserve your place on the outing and to learn details or last minute changes.

cancellation - If you must cancel, please inform the trip leader as soon as possible.

leaders - The trip leaders are volunteers who assume no responsibility beyond that of trip organizer. It is your responsibility to inform the leaders before the trip of any medical problem or personal limitation that may affect your participation. In the event of an emergency, the leaders will assist you within their limitations, but they are not paid professionals.

cost - Outings are usually free. Some request an optional donation to the Alamo Group of the Sierra Club or require a small fee to cover expenses. Any such costs are listed in the outing description. Additional expenses may include your share of transportation, food, and camping and permit fees.

equipment - Each participant is responsible for his or her own equipment, including camping equipment, food, stove, clothing, etc.

starting point - All outings officially begin at the trailhead.

car pooling - Leaders cannot assign carpools, although we encourage ride sharing and carpooling for energy conservation and fellowship. The Sierra Club does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them. Carpooling or ride sharing is strictly a private arrangement among participants. Participants assume all risks associated with this travel. Carpooling is SOLELY voluntary, but the costs should be shared. The usual method of sharing transportation cost is for all riders in the car, including the driver, to divide the cost of transportation equally. Before leaving, be sure this or some other method is agreed upon.

questions or problems - If there are any questions or problems, or you are interested in becoming a leader, contact the Outings Chair listed on our About Us page.

Sierra Club Liability Waiver

I understand that during my participation in this Sierra Club Outing, I may be exposed to a variety of hazards and risks, foreseen or unforeseen, which are inherent in each Outing and cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique character of the Outing. These inherent risks include, but are not limited to, the dangers of serious personal injury, property damage, and death (“Injuries and Damages”) from exposure to the hazards of travel and the Sierra Club has not tried to contradict or minimize my understanding of these risks. I know that Injuries and Damages can occur by natural causes or activities of other persons, animals, trip members, trip leaders and assistants or third parties, either as a result of negligence or because of other reasons. I understand that risks of such Injuries and Damages are involved in adventure travel such as Sierra Club Outings and I appreciate that I may have to exercise extra care for my own person and for others around me in the face of such hazards. I further understand that on this Outing there may not be rescue or medical facilities or expertise necessary to deal with the Injuries and Damages to which I may be exposed.

In consideration for my acceptance as a participant on this Outing, and the services and amenities to be provided by the Sierra Club in connection with the Outing, I confirm my understanding that:

I have read any rules and conditions applicable to the Outing made available to me; I will pay any costs and fees for the Outing; and I acknowledge my participation is at the discretion of the leader.

The Outing officially begins and ends at the location(s) designated by the Sierra Club. The Outing does not include carpooling, transportation, or transit to and from the Outing, and I am personally responsible for all risks associated with this travel. This does not apply to transportation provided by the Sierra Club during the Outing.

If I decide to leave early and not to complete the Outing as planned, I assume all risks inherent in my decision to leave and waive all liability against the Sierra Club arising from that decision. Likewise, if the leader has concluded the Outing, and I decide to go forward without the leader, I assume all risks inherent in my decision to go forward and waive all liability against the Sierra Club arising from that decision.

This Agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by law. If any provision or any part of any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid or legally unenforceable for any reason, the remainder of this Agreement shall not be affected thereby and shall remain valid and fully enforceable.

To the fullest extent allowed by law, I agree to WAIVE, DISCHARGE CLAIMS, AND RELEASE FROM LIABILITY the Sierra Club, its officers, directors, employees, agents, and leaders from any and all liability on account of, or in any way resulting from Injuries and Damages, even if caused by negligence of the Sierra Club its officers, directors, employees, agents, and leaders, in any way connected with this Outing. I further agree to HOLD HARMLESS the Sierra Club, its officers, directors, employees, agents, and leaders from any claims, damages, injuries or losses caused by my own negligence while a participant on the outing. I understand and intend that this assumption of risk and release is binding upon my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, and includes any minors accompanying me on the Outing.

I have read this document in its entirety and I freely and voluntarily assume all risks of such Injuries and Damages and notwithstanding such risks, I agree to participate in the Outing.




If you are a minor (under age 18), your parent or legal guardian must sign this Agreement on your behalf.

I hereby agree and consent to the foregoing Agreement on behalf of the minor below.

Name and Age of Minor:

Signature of Parent or Guardian: