Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the next hike?
WAMXC schedules a variety of events and lists all on the WAMXC home page.
"Check the website" to learn about future events.
I arrived late. How do I find you?
WAMXC events start promptly at the posted time. Plan ahead and arrive early. If the workout is a bike ride,
consider following the turn list and catching the group. Our hiking routes vary so a rendezvous
is less certain.
Where do you meet after the workout?
We gather for coffee and replenishment following workouts. The coffee venue is sometimes considered of more
importance than the workout venue. The WAMXC calendar lists locations for "after" and
map links are provided. "check the website".
Do you arrange car pooling?
We don't, however, we do encourage car pooling. We do not list personal addresses
or meeting spots for car pooling on the website, primarily for security reasons.
An email to the list might smoke out others who live nearby or on your proposed route.
What should I wear?
Fashion faux pas are rare on WAMXC hikes. Review the "My First Hike" page to get a
glimpse of hikers in action.
Will you add me to the mail list?
There is an icon on the WAMXC home page for the Yahoo email list. Register with
Yahoo for the WAMXC email list. We don't have a ton of email but we do use the
list for last minute changes, short-notice workouts, car pooling and a little other
chatter. If you are unable to register with Yahoo, email the web list owner.
Where exactly do you meet?
The website contains links to Google maps showing the exact spots where we meet.
Do I need ski poles for hiking?
are not required and not encouraged for first timers. Ski poles slightly shorter
than the correct length for classic skiing help develop neuromuscular responses
and a little strength. We use poles for XC ski imitation but this technique is
learned and not intuitive.
What's this I hear about "unsolicited" advice?
We do not have coaching but we have a lot of experience. It's rare that someone
does not offer advice on something, especially related to training or skiing. We
like to say that we offer unsolicited advice about problems you never knew you had.
Do you stop to eat or drink while hiking?
We eat and drink on the fly. Although, we do stop occasionally, one should be
drink and eat while working out. We carry water and food so as to be easily
accessible while moving. A backpack, for example, might easily carry a bottle of
water and some food, but generally requires stopping, removing the pack and digging
through storage pockets. Hydration packs are especially popular in the hot summer
months when the workouts are of long duration. Belt packs find use, too.