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by Diane Spicer
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.
Hikers who have been on the trail for awhile have different questions and concerns, but maybe a hiking class is the solution to trail issues you're dealing with.
Do you have any of the questions or concerns listed above that are keeping you off a hiking trail?
Then this learning opportunity was created for you.
As an experienced educator with decades of training and deep hiking experience, 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 somewhere in the Seattle area to practice some outdoor skills:
There are many trails to choose from in the spacious and beautiful 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.
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!
We can talk about meeting at a trailhead within an hour's drive of Seattle, and can discuss the costs and opportunities involved in taking a group hike together.
There's no better way to learn than on the trail!
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 10, or dogs, please.
Nothing against these humans and four legged creatures, it's just a difficult learning environment for adults who want to devote their time to covering some ground.
Being transparent about pricing is important, and can be flexible within certain boundaries. But here's the basic outline:
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?
If you're the only person interested in a hike at a particular time, you'll be placed on a waiting list.
By taking that first step (literally) toward hiking by signing up for a 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 & your friends.
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.
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 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.
Or contact me for intermediate or advanced classes. As long as you can get a group of friends together, we can make it work for you!
Beginner Hiking Classes In Seattle Area
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