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Team XD’s Aripo Basin Hike: Important Information

This guide contains important information to help you prepare for our community adventure to Aripo Basins. Make sure to read the sections that apply to you, as they cover essential details such as meeting points, transportation, and hiking tips to ensure your experience is smooth and enjoyable!

Meeting Points and Transportation

Where and When to Meet

Join us at Southpark by 6 AM or opt for a highway pick-up if you’ve registered for this option. Ensure you arrive 15 minutes early to facilitate a prompt departure at 6 AM.

Traveling to Southpark

If you’re driving from areas like Santa Flora, plan to leave at least 45 minutes earlier to account for travel and any possible delays. We encourage carpooling with fellow Team XD members, therefore, reach out in the chat to make arrangements. For those leaving vehicles at Southpark, the area is secure as we usually utilize this option, however, TeamXD would not be liable for any subsequent issues.

Highway Pick-up Participants

Stay updated through our WhatsApp group for real-time departure updates from South Park. This will help you estimate when to be at your designated pick-up point.

Meeting Directly at Aripo Basins

This is for attendees who would NOT be on the provided maxis. Please join the group for updates on our departure and arrival. Also, confirm your arrival directly in our group to assist us with accurate headcount and planning. Don’t forget to walk with the tour guide fee of $60 per person.

Bus and Team Leaders

Check the provided list to see which bus you’re on and who your team leader is. This list would also be sent in our Health Group on WhatsApp and to all participants via email. For any bus switch requests, contact the coordinator, Kess James, directly at 746-7744; swaps will depend on mutual agreement between members.

Hike Details

Trail Experience

The trail to Aripo Basins is beginner-friendly, taking about 15-20 minutes downhill and the same time back uphill. From Southpark, the travel time to the hiking start point is approximately 2 hours.

What to Wear and Bring

  • Footwear: Ensure your shoes have a good grip to manage the downhill terrain.
  • Clothing: Long pants are recommended for protection against bushes and insects.
  • Colors: Our tour guide suggests wearing Blue & Black

Duration and Activities

We plan to enjoy the scenic beauty for at least 2 hours at Aripo Basins and aim to return to Southpark between 1 PM and 2 PM.

Safety and Equipment

The event will accommodate 50 participants. We have 25 life jackets available. As there are three pools at the site, two of which are shallow, we will rotate the use of life jackets among participants.

Swimming Details

Can I swim during the hike?
A: Yes, you are free to swim. Please bring a change of clothes and a towel. Some participants prefer to wear their swimwear under their hiking clothes for convenience.

Hiking Checklist

  • Backpack
  • Comfortable Sneakers
  • Weather-appropriate Clothing
  • Food
  • Water
  • Gloves, Hats, Sunglasses (optional)
  • First Aid Kit (optional)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Swimwear
  • Towel

Preparation Tip: Don’t forget to clip your toenails before the hike to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience on the trails.


Social Media Resources

For additional hiking tips, check our recent posts on Facebook, TikTok, or Instagram. These tips are designed to enhance your hiking experience and ensure safety.

1 Comment

  • Evangeline Pardasie
    Posted May 9, 2024 at 12:32 am

    Great piece and much needed! It definitely covered the questions I had for the hike 🙏🏾

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