Cleveland Out and About


…Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cleveland Out and About?
Cleveland Out and About is an all-volunteer outdoor recreational group serving Northeast Ohio. Although primarily a gay and lesbian organization, the group welcomes all to participate in its activities. This group is incorporated and associates itself with the International Gay and Lesbian Outdoor Organization (IGLOO). IGLOO is a worldwide network of lesbian, gay and bisexual outdoor organizations to provide members with access to other member groups and their activities such as skiing in Vermont and scuba diving in the Caribbean.

How do I join?
Membership is $10.00 per year. Visitors are welcome to join in on our events at any time without charge, but we encourage you to join and support the group so that we can continue to pay for services such as our web presence. For more information on membership, click here.

What's the mix of women:men, and how many people participate?
Typically the mix at our activities is 50:50 men:women. The group ranges from 15 on a cold and rainy day to 40 on a beautiful warm sunny day.

Are dogs permitted on hikes?
Dogs are welcome on most hikes. In some cases, due to the terrain or park regulations, we may not permit dogs, and we will include information on this on our calendar and in our mailing list notices. We ask that dogs be kept on a leash due to park regulations and group safety.

Is smoking permitted on the hikes?

Is it ok if I talk on my cell phone during a hike?
If you must take a cell phone call, please move away from the group.

Are some hikes/activities difficult?
Some hikes are difficult and some are easy - we offer activities at a variety of levels so that we can meet the requests of all of our members, who range in fitness and interest. We provide a description for each activity, on the calendar and in our mailing list notices. The description will indicate the difficulty level and any special precautions (e.g. mud, hills, distance).

I'm ready for a hike! What do I bring?
We recommend that you wear hiking boots because trails can be muddy at times and supportive boots will keep your feet comfortable. You may also want to bring water, a small snack, and a fanny pack for carrying these and any other items you may want to have with you. Be sure to check the weather before you leave for the event and dress appropriately.

Do I need a bike helmet for biking events?
Yes, yes, yes! For your safety, we require that you wear a helmet while participating in our biking events.

What's Geocaching?
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called "geocaches" or "caches") anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container (usually a tupperware or ammo box) containing a logbook and "treasure", usually toys or trinkets of little value.