FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Logging In

How do I log in?

Logging into the site is easy. If you have already registered or are a longtime member, you may already registered on the site. (Don’t worry, your personal information is protected and only registered users can see other people’s profiles.)

 

If you know your username or know the email address you used to register (it will the same that receives CMC emails), enter either one into the “Username or email” field under Login.

 

Your password is unique to you and even the CMC webmaster does not know your password. If you’ve tried logging in a couple times and it’s not working, click on “Forgot Login?” under the Login button, and follow the steps.

 

 

What is my username and password?

Chances are if you’re a frequent visitor to this site, you may already have a username and password.

 

If you do not know your username, the email address at which you receive CMC emails will work.  Enter either your email address or username in the “Username or email” field under Login.

 

Your password is unique to you and even the CMC webmaster does not know your password. If you’ve tried logging in a couple times and it’s not working, click on “Forgot Login?” under the Login button, and follow the steps.

 

Joining & Registration

How do I register online?

From the homepage, click Register next to “No account yet?” on the right hand side of the page, or simply click Join in the menu bar. This will bring you to a page you will need to complete. Certain information is required both for legal purposes (such as Terms and Conditions) and where you live so CMC can track its membership. If you truly do not feel comfortable providing too much personal information, typing an “X” will suffice in some fields. The small icons to the right of each field indicate their requirement, what appears on your profile, and parameters. The fields which are NOT visible on you profile, will be visible to you when you make changes under Update Your Profile after you’re logged in.

 

How do I renew my membership online?

Renewing your CMC membership is easy.  You do not need to be logged into the site to do so.  Simply click on Join on the menu bar, scroll to the bottom of the screen to bypass the registration process (this will not appear if you are logged in), and pay securely via Paypal.

 

If you prefer to send a check ($25 for individuals, $50 for couples), make it payable to Chiltern Mountain Club and mail to P.O. Box 171480, Boston, MA 02117.  Please note, mailing your payment may delay the renewal process.

 

How much and why are there Chiltern Mountain Club membership dues?

CMC membership dues are relatively inexpensive.  At only $25 for individuals and $50 for couples, we believe this is comparable to other outdoors clubs and organizations, and perhaps even a bit less.  If your financial situation prevent you from affording a membership and you would like to join "officially," send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We do not want anyone to feel he or she cannot "afford" to join CMC.

 

CMC membership dues help support an outing club that was created in 1978.  Chiltern has provided the gay and lesbian community of New England unique and supportive outdoors experiences for over 30 years, and the club could not do this successfully without the administrative infrastructure it requires to be a professional and legal 501(c)(7) organization.

 

If you would like more information about the CMC budget and what your dues provide, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Editing Your Profile

How do I edit my profile?

First, you need to be logged in to do this.  (Apologies if that sounds flippant, but it has come up before.)  Once you're logged in, the menu item "Your Profile" will appear in the menu bar.  Click on that menu item and it will bring you to your profile.  At the upper left of your profile is a soft-button link "Edit Profile."  Click here to, well, edit your profile.  Everything you saw on the registration page will be here.

 

How do I change my password?

Follow the steps on "How do I edit my profile" to change your password.

 

Trips & Events

What would be a good first-time trip for me to attend?

This is an age-old question for anyone attending a new group or club for the first time.  While not every trip may be appropriate for everyone, most of our trips and events will be for most people.  If you like larger groups (25-40 people), CMC's club-wide events may be a good option, such as the jamborees, activity days, and anything with the word "annual" in the description.  Most of other trips attract 3-15 people, but don't be surprised if more people go.

 

As an unofficial rule, all of CMC's trips begin with some form of introduction.  Once everyone who RSVP'd arrives, we usually stand in a circle and introduce ourselves.  We usually say our names, where we're from, and the names of any dogs in attendance.  The trip leader will also give a brief description of the trip or activity, and he or she will answer any questions at that point.

 

Another thing, don't be surprised if you know someone, or if the degree of separation from someone else on the trip and you is close.  It is a small world, and you may find some familiarities with with unfamiliar people.

 

How do I view upcoming CMC trips?

Click on "Get Outdoors" in the menu bar on any page of the website.  You may also select "Upcoming Trips" from the drop-down menu under get Outdoors.  You do not need to be logged in to view trips.

 

How come I cannot see today's trip(s) to the right on the homepage?

The module titled "Upcoming Trips" on the right side of the homepage shows only upcoming trips, not current or same-day trips.  Trips occurring on the same day in which you are visiting the site are listed among on the Get Outdoors page, which is an menu item appearing on the menu bar on any website page.  Simply click on this link to very all CMC trips, current, upcoming, and past.

 

Should I register or RSVP for a trip or an event?

Yes!  As part of club etiquette, is states "Please do not show up to a trip or event unannounced, and avoid bringing unexpected guests."  This is important for a number of reasons, most importantly it is polite, and also, depending on the type of the trips or event, there may be a limited number of people who can participate.  The trip leader will need to know whom and how many to expect.

 

How do I RSVP or register for a trip?

Below every event description is a registration link.  Of course, you will need to be logged in to register.  Please use this as trip leaders are relying on this information to plan their trips accordingly.

 

Also, read the description of the event.  The trips leader(s) may have included further instructions for signing up for a particular event, and may require that you contact her or him ahead of time.

 

How should I prepare for a trip or activity?

Read the event description and/or contact the trip leader directly.  Sending an email to a Chiltern email address may delay the response time.  Every trip and activity is unique, and most activities require certain equipment and/or attire.  (I.e., for cycling, helmets are required; for canoeing/kayaking, life jackets are required; for hiking, appropriate foot ware is required.)  Trip leaders reserve the right to dismiss anyone from an activity if he or she appears unprepared and may put herself, himself, or others as risk.

 

As a general rule in New England, not matter what time of year or what kind of terrain, dressing in seasonally appropriate layers is helpful.  Avoid cotton apparel which retains moisture.

 

Why does there seem to be so few trips or events?

Chiltern Mountain Club is an all-volunteer organization, and its volunteers are members just like you.  As with any club or organization, CMC has a core volunteer base, who do more than lead trips.  As a member of a club such as CMC, it is everyone's responsibility to play a proactive role in supporting the organization.  By becoming a member, you are not only joining a club which can facilitate the activities in which you are interested, and you would potentially participate in outdoor recreation regardless of your membership or affiliation.  By becoming a member you take on the shared responsibility of seeing the recreational activities of this club come to fruition.

 

We recognize not all people are "leaders" in certain areas, and perhaps more people are "followers."  The CMC Executive Committee and experience trip leaders are willing to assist people in taking on more leadership roles.  Whether it's a walk in beautiful park or multi-4,000-footer backpacking excursion, the club will support any member willing to lead a trip to the best of its ability.  To be connected with an Executive Committee member, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and someone will respond as soon as possible.

 

Trip Leaders

How do I become a trip leader?
Becoming a trip leader is easy, and depending on the level of difficulty, most people can lead a wide variety of trips and activities.  We welcome anyone with special outdoor expertise to share her or his time and talent.  If you're not an experienced hiker or rock climber or some other more specialized sport, walking, moderate hiking, canoeing, camping trips, skiing, and other recreation activities are encouraged.  We recognize not all people are "leaders" in certain areas, and perhaps more people are "followers."  The CMC Executive Committee and experience trip leaders are willing to assist people in taking on more leadership roles.  Whether it's a walk in beautiful park or multi-4,000-footer backpacking excursion, the club will support any member willing to lead a trip to the best of its ability.  To be connected with an Executive Committee member, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and someone will respond as soon as possible.

Misc.

Why the name "Chiltern"?

Sturgis Haskins, one of the founding members, recalls needing a name in a hurry for an upcoming ad in Gay Community News. At that time it did not seem feasible to select anything explicitly gay. As he remembers it: It happened that a vintage Bar Harbor cottage directory was on my desk. Chiltern had a nice ring, I thought, and chose it without much thought. The Chiltern estate in Bar Harbor had been built by Edgar Scott, founder, I think, of the Scott Paper Company. The handsome house was razed in the 1940s, after his son, Warrick (who was reportedly gay) was killed in WW II (bombed by American planes while imprisoned on a Japanese ship). The Chiltern gates still survive, but now lead to an adjoining estate at the end of the famed Shore Path, on Bar Harbor's waterfront. Sturgis announced the club's new name at the next board meeting. His was surprised the board raised no serious objection, and Chiltern Mountain Club we became. A few years later one of our talented members created the club's familiar "mountain and bird" logo:

 

Can I make a financial contribution to the club above and beyond the normal dues?

Yes and a word of caution.  We need to be clear that although CMC is a nonprofit organization we are not a charitable organization.  CMC is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(7) organization, a "social and recreation club."  As such, the club should not have an income that significantly exceeds its "normal" level of activity.  In a nutshell, our income needs to mirror our expenses.  If you would like to make a contribution to the club that would help further our mission of providing outdoor recreation for our constituent base, that is allowed (i.e., paying for another member's membership, or paying for the club's registration at a Pride festival).

 

Please consult a certified public accountant or other tax professional to asses your own financial goals.

 

 

If you have a question and you do not see it answered here, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and someone will respond as soon as s/he can.