Hike leaders are responsible for choosing the hiking trail and leading the group. Based on their best judgment that a hiker is not physically capable of completing the hike and/or is not properly equipped for the hike (water, poles, shoes, etc.), the leader has the authority to deny participation in the hike. During the hike, each hiker must follow the hike leader’s directions concerning any aspect of the hike. Each hiker assumes all risks involved in the activities of the group and is responsible for his or her own health and safety.