Beginner Hiking Classes
In Seattle Area

Offering these beginner hiking classes is an idea that sprang into being from all of the email I receive from women who want to start hiking, but are hesitant.

They have questions:

  • What kind of gear do I need?
  • Who can I hike with?
  • How do I pick a safe trail?
  • Will my feet hurt?
  • What kind of food should I eat?
  • How do I dress for weather conditions?
  • Should I be worried about bears, snakes, strange men?
  • Can I handle crossing a stream on a log?

And lots more concerns, too numerous to list here.

Recognize yourself?

Do you have any of these questions or concerns keeping you off a hiking trail?

Then this learning opportunity was created for you.

As an experienced educator with decades of training, I know how to craft an enjoyable learning experience for you.

And now that I'm retired from formal classroom teaching, I miss my students!!

So right now, I'm offering beginner hiking classes in the Seattle area.

Hiking shoe on the trail

What's in the class?

My vision for you is to get you onto a trail as soon as you feel ready.

So the class covers the answers to the questions above, and leaves room for your own questions.

We meet in a small group (no more than 6 students at a time) for an introduction to each other, and to the best hiking clothing, footwear and gear suitable for a day hike in moderate temperatures.

  • This takes about 30 minutes.

Then we hike on a well maintained trail to practice some outdoor skills:

  • How to pace yourself;
  • How to cross a quiet, shallow stream on rocks or a log;
  • When to add or remove a layer of clothing;
  • When to drink water and eat a snack.

There are many trails to choose from in the park I teach in, so we can tailor your hiking experience according to your interests and skill level.

The hike takes at least 90 minutes, perhaps a bit more depending on the group's desire for trail time.

Allow about 30 minutes to de-brief and answer questions after the hike, and you're ready to head home with a handout that summarizes some beginner hiking tips.

To be on the safe side, set aside 3 hours total because I'm always willing to "stay after class" and answer more questions.


If this sounds like a bit too much physical activity for your first introduction to hiking, we can spend more time talking, and less time on the trail.

  • Each class is tailored to the participants.
  • So expect to fill out a quick questionnaire before you sign up, so I know exactly what you're expecting from these beginner hiking classes.

And because we're in a fabulous area for hiking (Pacific Northwest), we can talk about the types of trails you might find enjoyable, and how to access them.

We can also discuss anything else that is important to your enjoyment of the wonderful sport of hiking!

And you're welcome to enroll your children, spouse, friends, anyone who wants to explore what hiking with you might be like.

Babies in carriers or backpacks are welcome!

But no toddlers, pre-schoolers, school aged kids under 13, or dogs, please.

  • Unless we want a class entirely devoted to hiking with them. That's also a possibility!

What do beginner hiking
classes cost?

That depends!

If you sign up for this class, the price of admission is $45.

But if you bring a friend/neighbor/loved one, you pay only $40.

Wait, what?

And for each additional person you bring, your rate drops even further.

Here's the math:

You + a friend: You pay $40, your friend pays $45

You + 2 friends: You pay $35; they pay $45 each.

You + 3 friends: You pay $30; they pay $45 each.

You + 4 friends: You pay $25; they pay $45 each.

You + 5 friends: You pay $20; they pay $45 each.

And by "friend", I mean any adult you'd like to bring to class.

The class is capped at 6 people, so it's possible to pay as little as $20 for your in person, customized 3 hour class on how to hit the trail in comfort and safety.

WoW!

Why do I offer this affordable pricing plan?

  • Because I want to spread the news that hiking is a great way to get fit, get happy, and get going.
  • Sometimes the hardest step is the first one.

Why do I keep the group so small?

  • So all of your questions and concerns are addressed.

Benefits of taking
beginner hiking classes

By taking that first step (literally) toward hiking by signing up for this class, you are setting yourself up for success.

These beginner hiking classes give you knowledge, confidence, and more:

  • You meet other beginning hikers and potential trail buddies.
  • You learn how to do this hiking thing safely.
  • You see how an experienced hiker dresses, eats and behaves on a hiking trail.
  • You have your questions respected and answered.
  • You experience some real trail time, boosting your confidence and whetting your appetite for more.

Other topics for hiking classes

Have you already done a few hikes, and find that you need some specific hiking advice or advanced trail techniques?

Possible topics for classes:

  • how to handle trail obstacles (blow downs, washed out trail, slippery surfaces, rock piles)
  • how to pack your backpack
  • how and where to buy quality gear
  • current gear assessment: do you have the right stuff; what can you do to make your gear work better
  • plant and animal identification
  • how to use trekking poles, water purifiers, or other gear
  • hiking self care for aches, pains and inflammation
  • how to build a hiking wardrobe one layer at a time
  • how to read topographical maps
  • overcoming specific fears or anxiety
  • hiking boots or shoes & socks – how to select, tips on foot issues (lacing, sock combos, types of footwear for different foot types)
  • hiking for weight loss or fitness
  • hiking with osteoarthritis
  • hiking during pregnancy or menopause
  • hiking to prepare for backpacking

Or tell me what you want to learn, and I'll put together an individualized session just for you.

  • We can work together on whatever skills, concerns or problems that you want to address.


The fine print

I value your time, and I know that you value mine, too.

So there are no refunds for cancellations that occur within 48 hours of the class, or for no shows on the day of class.

If you live in the Pacific NW, you already know that the weather is fickle. This class meets, rain or shine, unless a major event from Mother Nature compromises our safety.

Examples of when I cancel class:

  • Windy conditions
  • Recent snow fall

If I as the instructor cancel the class due to unavoidable weather events, you will be given an opportunity to join another class.

Don't let Mother Nature mess with your desire to start hiking!

But a full refund will be given upon written request.

What about if the people who signed up because of you cancel less than 48 hours before the class?

  • They forfeit their tuition, but your sign up price remains the same.

You will be notified if the class drops below three people. Sometimes it's weird to be in such a small group, but in my opinion, it's a fantastic learning opportunity!

If you want to join a larger class, though, I understand. We can reschedule.

Each student assumes full responsibility for his/her own safety. The trails we use are well maintained but any outdoor activity carries risks along with rewards.


Are beginner hiking classes for you?

There's only one way to become a hiker:

Start hiking.

Here's your chance!

Email me directly, using the blue box below, to receive a quick little questionnaire and the dates & locations of upcoming beginner hiking classes.

We'll take it from there!

I'd really love to see you striding down a hiking trail, a big smile on your face.

Let's make it happen.

Contact Me

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