Happier Trails Award:
Nominate Your Trail Buddy!

by Diane Spicer

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What in the heck is the Happier Trails Award?

It's a reaction to the usual awards handed out to hikers for hikes described as the longest, hardest, fastest or other words ending with "-est".

It's time for an award that simply recognizes good people doing good things for, and on, the trails we all love.

You can nominate your trail buddy for the Hiking For Her Happier Trails Award in one easy step.

  • Enter your own name and email address in this form.
  • Then share your reason(s) for nominating this person.
  • Hiking For Her will contact you for more information as needed.

Happier Trails Award Nomination

Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.

Please enter the word that you see below.


FAQs about the
Happier Trails Award

If you can't find the answer to your question on this page, contact me.

Can you define exactly
what you're looking for in the nominee?

Not exactly!

Any hiker who makes the trail happier for you, a hiking or community group, or who has had a positive impact on hiking trails is eligible for this award.

Remember, we're not going for "-est".

We're going for the quiet folks who take action(s) to make trail time better for other hikers.

So be sure to describe how this person, and happier trails, are directly related.

Can I nominate myself?

No, because it’s more fun to learn about you through the eyes of your hiking buddies.

And if you're doing great things for, and on, the trail, someone is bound to notice!

  • Hint: You can invite them to check out the nomination process by sending them a link to this page.

Can I nominate
a male hiker?

Building up and empowering the community of female hikers is a cornerstone of this website.

So let’s keep the award in the Hiking For Her family for now.

  • Unless it's a male who is working hard in some way to ensure happier trails for females through increased access, learning opportunities, or community building.

What does the winner
of the award receive?

Hiking For Her will send the awardee an REI Co-op $50 US gift certificate if she wishes to receive it.

If the recipient wishes to join the Over Forty Hiker private community, she may do so free of charge.

She will also be featured in whatever way she chooses:

  • A Q&A format on this website, featuring her photo
  • An announcement in the free monthly Happy Trails newsletter
  • A shout out in the Hiking For Her free weekly update

Or she can skip the spotlight altogether!

It's her choice.

Do I receive anything
for nominating this person?

You will be acknowledged as the person who noticed this wonderful hiker, and took action to bring her to our attention.

What motivated Hiking For Her
to sponsor this award?

The world is a crazy place, but we can make it more friendly and community focused by recognizing the good being done by the everyday hikers among us.

  • It’s a simple, small, heartfelt gesture to help us recognize our trail sisters.
  • Especially those who might go unnoticed without your nomination.

Will this award be given out
more than once?

If there are enough nominations, certainly!

This is just a fun way to recognize the wonderful hikers among us who look out for trails and other hikers in daily life, and my guess is there are plenty of them!

  • So stay tuned.

Happier Trails Award
first time winner

We hope to have a recipient for this award by the end of November 2018.

Check back for the announcement, and please nominate a trail buddy!

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