To enroll in the scheduled excursions, simply visit the page of the desired event, read its description, and complete the registration through the provided form.
By requesting to be accompanied on the aforementioned excursion, participants accept the present regulations, which have been extensively publicized, as well as the technical characteristics of the excursion itself, such as the level of difficulty, the duration (indicative and subject to unforeseen variations), the distance (in kilometers), and the elevation gain. In case of uncertainties, please seek clarifications from the guide BEFORE proceeding with the registration for the excursion.
In particular, it is important to note that the participant is aware of and agrees that, if required, they are obliged to promptly and diligently follow the instructions of the guide or their assistants regarding the behavior to adopt during the excursion. These instructions may include, for example, the pace to maintain, the position within the group, the distance from other participants, adherence to the designated route set by the guide, and the obligation to notify the guide in case of separation from the group (e.g., during restroom breaks). Furthermore, it is essential to adhere to the predetermined pace and demonstrate consideration for those who may be less prepared. Failure to follow these instructions may lead to the guide, their assistants, or the organizers relinquishing any responsibility for the participant’s safety.
In particular, the participant is informed and consents to the fact that, if required, the accompanied individual must:
- Adhere to the departure time and the established itinerary, adapting to any changes that the guide, at their sole discretion, deems necessary based on specific environmental conditions and/or the group’s needs;
- Arrive with an appropriate physical and mental condition, as well as adequate clothing and equipment for the excursion. In case of doubts, it is advisable to consult with the guide before confirming your participation;
- Cooperate with the guide to ensure the successful execution of the activity and promptly inform them of any issues that may arise during the excursion, particularly regarding personal physical and mental conditions, as well as equipment;
- Comply at all times – and ensure minors under your care do the same – with the behavior instructed by the guide or their assistants, including but not limited to the recommended pace, maintaining distance from other participants, not straying from the path indicated by the guide, notifying the guide (e.g., during restroom breaks), refraining from overtaking the guide, maintaining the established pace, and showing respect to those less experienced. Failure to do so may result in the waiver of any responsibility on the part of the guide, their assistants, and any organizers regarding the safety of the participant;
- Respect silence during narrative moments out of consideration for the story, the storyteller, and those who wish to listen.
- Each participant is personally responsible for any risky behavior affecting themselves and others, especially if they take personal initiatives against the guide’s advice.
Please make a reservation only if you are certain you can participate. In the event that a cancellation becomes necessary, it must occur promptly and in any case by 3:00 PM on the day prior to the excursion. If a cancellation takes place after this time, payment for the entire participation fee to the guide of the reserved excursion will be required. It is also noted that a frequent and systematic practice of cancellation, even within the specified terms, could result in exclusion from future reservations.
Mandatory Minimum Equipment
The required minimum equipment is as listed under the “mandatory gear” section published for each event. The guide reserves the right to exclude participants who arrive without the required equipment.
The participant, by requesting to be accompanied on the excursion, attests to having the appropriate physical condition to undertake the chosen hiking activity, of which they have been informed regarding its difficulty. Furthermore, they declare being accustomed to living in mountainous environments, not having any significant ongoing health issues, and not carrying any transmissible diseases to fellow participants or those who may need to provide assistance. With the utmost confidentiality, participants are advised to inform the guide about any specific phobias (such as claustrophobia, agoraphobia, vertigo, etc.) prior to proceeding with the excursion registration.
Phones and Respectful Behavior
In order to avoid disturbances to both fellow participants and wildlife, it is required that during the excursion, attendees activate the silent mode on their phones, except for emergency situations. Making video calls while walking and playing music, even at low volume, is prohibited unless unanimous consent from participants has been obtained. Additionally, making loud and unnecessary noises that could alarm the guide and/or the group is strictly forbidden. Behaviors of a sexist, racist, or homophobic nature, as well as any attitude towards those who may be less experienced, are strictly prohibited. Respect for basic norms of behavior towards the surrounding environment during the excursion is mandatory, including wildlife and flora. Maintaining silence and preserving the beauty of the visited locations is essential. All generated waste must be taken home and properly disposed of.
GPS Track Recordings
During the excursions, the use of GPS devices for personal and informational purposes is allowed, even though it is not considered essential for the success of the experience. However, participants commit not to distribute the recorded tracks.
Each excursion specifies whether bringing a dog is allowed.
Only well-socialized dogs with other dogs and people are accepted, provided they have up-to-date vaccinations and parasite prevention, a microchip, and are covered by RCT insurance. Aggressive dogs, females in heat, dogs under 10 months old, or dogs with cardiovascular or orthopedic issues are not allowed. The utmost respect for fellow participants and the environment is expected; during lunch breaks, please keep your dog close and, when encountering grazing animals, ensure they are not disturbed by keeping the dogs on a leash. Remember that our four-legged friends are often not accustomed to long walks, especially uphill; therefore, it is recommended to bring plenty of water and a bowl for them (at least 2 liters).
The dog must be kept on a leash at all times, with a maximum length of 1.5 meters. A muzzle should be readily available if there are signs of aggressive behavior. At the time of registration for the excursion, the dog owner declares that the animal is not registered in the Register of Biting Dogs and does not exhibit behavioral issues. In special circumstances, subject to the guide’s indisputable evaluation and with unanimous consent from participants, it may be allowed to unleash the dog. Participation of a maximum of one dog per participant is permitted.
Changes to the Itinerary
The guide, at their sole discretion, reserves the right to make changes to the excursion itinerary at any time, in order to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants, even in the case of a single participant. Such changes may also involve substantial alterations to the program itself. It is emphasized that these changes cannot be contested by the participants. Examples of situations that could lead to modifications include, but are not limited to, inclement weather, accidents, severe fatigue or discomfort of any participant, as well as any situation that poses an actual or potential danger.
Photos and Videos
The participant is informed and agrees that during the course of the excursion, the guide and other participants may take photographs or videos, even unintentionally. The participant hereby grants permission for the use of such images or footage, without the need for prior notice, including photographic contributions published by participants on the Facebook page. These images may be used on websites, social networks, magazines, books, and promotional materials of the association or personal materials of the guide and other participants. Through this grant, the organizer, guide, and other participants are exempt from any future claims related to this usage. The same rule applies to photographs published by participants on the Facebook page.
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Last updated: August 2023