Terms of Use

This website (the “Site”) is owned and operated by DC UL Backpacking (“DC UL”). This page describes the Site’s terms of use, including our privacy policy, photo policy, and reuse policy.

All content provided on this Site is for informational purposes only. DC UL makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. DC UL will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. DC UL will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.

By using the Site, you agree to be bound by the terms of these policies. We may change these policies at any time by posting revisions, and your continued use of the Site indicates your agreement to the revised terms. If you do not agree to the terms of this or any revised policy, please exit the Site immediately.

For information about DC UL’s liability waiver, please visit this page.


The Site may collect two types of information about you: Personally Identifiable Information and Aggregate Information that is anonymous (such as your IP address – a number used to identify your computer when you are on the Internet – or the type of browser you are using).

Personally Identifiable Information refers to information that lets us know the specifics of who you are and can be used to identify, contact or locate you (such as your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address). You can visit the Site without telling us who you are and without revealing any information about yourself.

Like many websites, we use “cookies.” If you do not want us to use cookies, you can easily disable them by going to the toolbar of your web browser, and clicking on the “help” button. Follow the instructions that will prevent the browser from accepting cookies, or set the browser to inform you when you receive a new cookie.

DC UL uses this information to compile data on use of our Site and to keep in contact with users. We may use your information specifically for the following purposes:

  • To allow you to make a posting or comment on the Site;
  • To respond to your questions that you have submitted by email or by using the Site’s contact form; and
  • To analyze the collected information.

The Site may contain links to sites operated by our sponsors and other third parties. Once you leave the Site, you may or may not see a new URL in the location bar. Please review the linked site’s privacy policies, and if you do not agree to be bound by the terms of the policies governing that site, terminate your visit to that site. We are not responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the sites operated by third parties.


DC UL uses still and video images to promote our organization, our activities, and our community. These images may be be used on DC UL-produced online and print materials, including social media, websites, e-communications, brochures, posters, flyers, graphics, videos, or other multimedia communications developed to promote our organization. This Image Use Policy governs still or motion images captured by DC UL members during organized DC UL activities.

As a participant in DC UL events, you have a right to opt out of inclusion in photographs or other media, but unless a written notification is provided to the DC UL event host or the DC UL organizer 24 hours in advance of your participation in a DC UL activity, your participation in DC UL activities implies permission for the use of images taken at those events. Individuals who have submitted this written notification should endeavor to alert photographers at DC UL events so they are not accidentally captured in crowd shots.

By uploading your images to the DC UL Meetup site, website, or other DC UL properties, you are giving permission for DC UL to share your images on DC UL-produced materials, as referenced above, unless written notification is given to the DC UL organizer in advance of you posting these images publicly on the DC UL website or the DC UL Meetup site.

DC UL will never post images with identifying information of those depicted in the image such as name, email address, address, or social media handles. DC UL will credit the photographer by first name but will not post any additional identifying information, such as last name, email address, address, or social media handles. No special compensation is provided to any individual included in images taken at DC UL events nor to anyone who takes photos at DC UL events. DC UL does not contact individuals to notify them if or when their images is used by DC UL.

This opt-out form does not apply to photos that might be taken and used by others who attend the event.


All original written content on DC UL’s website and Meetup site is protected by copyright as a collective work or compilation under the copyright laws of the United States and other countries. You must abide by all additional copyright notices or restrictions contained in any materials produced by or for DC UL.

You may share, republish, translate, excerpt, or otherwise display our written content on the condition that you attribute those materials to DC UL and the author, if applicable, and provide a link to the DC UL website (www.dculbackpacking.com). Specifically, any article or materials that you reproduce must be displayed by using one of the following attribution lines:

“This article was originally published by DC UL Backpacking (www.dculbackpacking.com).”

“This article by Will Fink was originally published by DC UL Backpacking (www.dculbackpacking.com).”

You may not make any editorial changes to articles or materials without first receiving express written permission from the DC UL organizer. If any of the terms of this agreement are breached, you must take immediate steps to remove DC UL material from all current and past communications.

This license does not apply to photos, videos, graphics, or other images. You must contact the DC UL organizer to use any of these items.


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