Frequently Asked Questions

How can I join MCM and pay with a credit or debit card?

You do not have to have a Paypal account to pay your membership. Paypal also serves as our payment process for credit and debit cards as a Guest Checkout option. The Paypal process is confusing to some persons, so we have prepared the attached document with screen shots to explain how to pay your membership without having a Paypal account.

How do I access the Hike Schedule?
Go to the main menu, hover over Hike, and click Schedule. You may also access this from the link on the home page.

How do I renew my membership?
You will receive an electronic message in advance of when your membership renewal is due.  Follow the link.

I lose the tabs across the top of the home page. How do I fix that?
Your laptop or PC screen should be at 100% or smaller. Tabs automatically resize for mobile devices.

Where are maps of hikes that I may use for my own hike?
Members have added detailed maps. Go to Hike and view the drop-down boxes. Trail Maps are at the bottom.

How do I add a hike to the hike schedule?
Scout your hike. Go to the “submit a hike” tab. Follow the prompts. Your hike will be reviewed by the appropriate hike coordinator and posted. Note: Send a message to Tirzah Rom if you would like to become a Hike Leader. Email tirzahrom55@gmail.com.

How do I change my address or email in the Member Directory?
Go to your Account page by clicking Account in the top right corner. You will see two sets of contact information. The first set of contact information is only for site administrators and record-keeping purposes. The second set of information, the Member Directory section, will be visible in the Member Directory to MCOMD members with an active membership.

May I bring a guest on a hike?
Yes! It’s a great way to get someone interested in joining MCM. Remember to let the hike leader know you are bringing a guest.

How do I join the email listserv for MCM members?

Participating in the MCM listserv is a good way to stay informed of last-minute changes to the hike schedule, as well as more general news. To join MCM’s listserv on Google Group, go to accounts.google.com and create a Google account (or, if you already have one, log in). Then go to Google Groups, search for “Mountain Club of Maryland,” and, once on that page, click on the “Join” button. If you don’t have a Gmail address, you can still join Groups, but you will need to associate your email address with a Google account.

What should I bring on a hike?

When you hike with MCM, you can rely on your hike leader for navigation and directions. The items you bring will vary depending on the type of hike and your personal preferences. However, in general we recommend the following items:

  • Hiking backpack
  • Weather-appropriate clothing (think moisture-wicking and layers)
  • A jacket or poncho if rain is possible
  • Hiking boots or shoes—don’t try to hike in sandals or street shoes
  • Food for a lunch or snack break
  • Plenty of water
  • You may wish to include minor first-aid supplies such as bandaids, Neosporin, benadryl
  • Trekking poles are not a necessity, but some hikers find them helpful for stream crossings, muddy or rocky trails, or steep terrain.