Outerthere Adventures is an NYC-based outdoor adventure community, providing trip planning, guiding, and advice to NY-Metro adventurers. The community, including this website and social media sites, is owned and operated by me, Al Berrios.
Hiking, camping, and just about any outdoor activity that Outerthere plans, is inherently dangerous. Without getting into too much legalese, please understand that risk of discomfort, injuries, exposure to allergens, mutilations, death, and a whole bunch of other risks I won't even name here, is high. If you do acknowledge these risks, because chances are, you've been outside before, that means that you, your family, your heirs, executors, and administrators also acknowledge these risks and assume them entirely. And that means that you agree to indemnify and release Outerthere Adventures (including "Outerthere family", "Outerthere fam", Salesnique, Inc, and Al Berrios) from any legal liabilities associated with these risks. Which hopefully also means you won't sue me if the proverbial hits the fan. Be aware that whatever activity we do through a professional outfitter or other guiding service will ask you to sign documents with similar language to protect themselves as well.
That said, I believe in safety first and take preemptive and proactive safety measures. Prior to any trip, I may provide fitness, nutrition, weather, and gear recommendations along with difficulty ratings so you can decide if a trip is right for you and are properly prepared. At the start of any trip, I may go through a safety brief, which includes review of maps, trails, appropriate use of gear and equipment, and what to do in case of emergencies. But if anything should go wrong, unless you tell me otherwise, you also authorize me (and anyone I designate) to help you, primarily by getting you medical assistance. That doesn't mean that I or anyone helping you will leave you hurt until professional help arrives; I'm trained in Wilderness First Aid and with your permission, can provide minimal, basic first aid if we're no where near a hospital. (You'd also be glad to know that there's always other hikers who come with us or on trails with medical training, how good mobile phone reception is at the destinations we go to, and how close we actually are to hospitals where you'd receive care within an hour or two of an emergency happening). Although these aren't reasons to treat your safety casually, they provide additional safety nets in case of emergencies.
Most Outerthere trips are attended by people who are familiar with me, my procedures, outdoor activities, and the risks, and trust that I will manage the risks and make the right safety decisions on a trip. That said, Outerthere is not covered by insurance. I take proactive measures to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable trip, but if I gauge your condition inaccurately, and you end up finding fault with my procedures or my handling of them, and decide you want to sue me, please remember, I'm broke.
Finally, you waive any right of publicity and understand that your likeness may be photographed or captured on video or otherwise reproduced for the commercial benefit of Outerthere Adventures and/or its affiliates. You waive any claim to royalties and agree to the use of your likeness for any purpose. You understand that Outerthere Adventures may use and/or license your likeness in any manner that it wishes, in any and all media formats. These uses include but are not limited to promotional activities, marketing, advertising and other uses such as selling photographs as a service to participants, including to you. If you do not wish your likeness to be used, kindly let me know.
*This does not constitute a legal document and the fact that you read it or reserved a spot on a trip does not constitute a binding agreement. This is intended as informational. So now that you're informed, please note that I reserve the right to limit group sizes and decline a reservation if I believe it poses a danger to me, the rest of the group, or a destination. Nothing personal.