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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:
And lots more concerns, too numerous to list here.
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.
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.
Then we hike on a well maintained trail to practice some outdoor skills:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why do I offer this affordable pricing plan?
Why do I keep the group so small?
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:
Have you already done a few hikes, and find that you need some specific hiking advice or advanced trail techniques?
Possible topics for classes:
Or tell me what you want to learn, and I'll put together an individualized session just for you.
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:
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?
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.
There's only one way to become a hiker:
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.
Beginner Hiking Classes In Seattle Area
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