Rules and regulations
Reservations and Cancellation Policy
A reservation made to the hike leader is a commitment to attend the hike. If you make a reservation and then must cancel, please do so before 4:00 pm, Thursday, preceding the hike. Unless your cancellation was due to having COVID symptoms or recent exposure to COVID, all no-shows and cancellations made after that time are asked to pay the designated fare for the hike.
Chartered Coach Trips
All Wanderbirds hikes are coach trips unless otherwise noted. The standard fare for coach trips is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Reservations should be made with the hike leader no later than 4:00 pm, Friday, preceding the hike. If the number of reservations does not permit chartering a bus, efforts will be made to arrange carpools.
Suggestions for New Hikers
All Wanderbirds hikes are for the entire day and go rain or shine. Generally, drinking water is not available during the hike. Hikers should bring lunch and water. Boots are recommended for all hikes. Depending on weather conditions, additional clothing may be necessary. Leaders have the discretion to refuse to allow improperly-dressed persons to hike.
Hikers are responsible for their own safety, and must assume all risk and liability when hiking with the Wanderbirds. Club leaders and officers shall not be liable for any injuries, loss, or damage to persons or property arising from any hikes, activities, or travel by car or bus. Making a reservation or boarding the bus means that you accept this responsibility.
Membership dues are $25 per calendar year, which allows you to vote at membership meetings and attend members-only events. Please notify hike leader or Vice President of any change of your home address, phone number, or email address. Membership is not required to hike with The Wanderbirds, but completion of the on-line Health and Liability Waiver Agreement, and evidence of COVID vaccination with booster are required for all participants.
For hikes beginning inside Shenandoah National Park, the Park Service collects an individual entrance fee of $10.00 per non-commercial bus passenger. This is separate from the Wanderbirds hike fee. Valid, signed, Interagency-Annual (IA-Annual), IA-Senior (formally Golden Eagle or Golden Age) and Shenandoah Annual passes are accepted for entry. Pass holders must have the pass and photo ID ready when entering the park. Pass-holders are allowed 3 guests. This rule typically allows the bus to enter the park without an additional fee.
In the interest of hiker safety it is club policy that hikers new to the club will take the Moderate hike. Hike leaders may refuse permission to hike with the Wanderbirds to persons whom they judge to be improperly equipped or whom they feel may be unable to undertake the hike because of health reasons.