by Diane Spicer
"I want (or need) someone to hike with me!"
Have you ever heard these words come out of your mouth?
Have you ever struggled with the challenge of finding a compatible hiking partner, one who has the time and willingness to hike the way you want to hike?
Or needed to find a trail buddy when your regular trail companion bailed on an upcoming hiking trip?
If you need some assistance in finding an ideal hiking buddy, look no further.
The hiking partner finder has arrived.
Hike With Me is a fast, easy process for locating a suitable hiking partner.
It was created to answer the needs of hikers everywhere, based on the multitude of emails received by Hiking For Her over the past 10+ years.
Any hiker who:
At least that's what Hiking For Her's email is saying about folks looking for someone to hike with.
Thus, Hike With Me was invented!
You fill out a brief form detailing who your ideal hiking partner is.
Here's a sample form, filled out to illustrate what to do.
HIKE WITH ME Sign Up Form Example:
First Name: Hilary or Harry
Last Name: Hiker
Email address: email@example.com
Gender of ideal hiking partner: Female
Age of ideal hiking partner: 40 - 50 years
Type of hiking you want to enjoy with partner: Day hikes only
Where in the world do you want to hike together? Northwestern Washington State, Mount Rainier National Park, USA
When do you want to hike together? In the next 3 months
What level of experience are you looking for in a partner? Doesn't matter
Anything else? I would love to learn how to take wildflower photos. A hiking partner who mentions photography skills on their signup form would be great!
NOTE: These are just examples of possible answers.
Your responses will be different, based on what you're looking for in a hiking partner.
Hit the SEND button, and you're all set.
Only your email address and first name (not your full name or location) will be shared with a "match", leaving you anonymous until you choose to respond.
Hiking For Her will keep your information safe and secure for three months, after which it will be destroyed.
For a flat $10 fee to handle administrative and storage costs, you will gain access to the sign up form.
You can use your PayPal account or the credit card of your choice for payment.
Once your payment is received and confirmed, you will receive the sign up form.
The entire process should take no more than 10 minutes of your time.
You will see my name, Diane Spicer, as well as the familiar Hiking For Her logo, on the payment page.
That's your guarantee that Hiking For Her has received your information and payment.
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while Hike With Me sifts and sorts to match up folks with similar trail goals and interests.
Over a three month period, this sift/sort/match process continues to work for you.
Then it's up to the two of you to connect!
One recommendation if you're concerned about giving out your address:
1. There are no refunds if you change your mind or want to opt out.
2. Once you submit your form, you won't be able to change it.
If you decide that you want your name withdrawn sooner than 3 months,
send an email using this CONTACT link.
4. Hiking For Her is not responsible for anything that happens once you contact your potential hiking partner. Our goal is to connect two hikers with similar interests.
The size of the "hiker pool" at the time you enter it will determine how many potential hiking partners you find.
There is no way to control this number, and so there are no guarantees or refunds.
There is no limit to the number of possible matches that Hike With Me can find for you in 3 months.
And don't worry about being flooded with unsuitable matches.
Caveat: If a match that's close to what you asked for turns up, you may be contacted via email to green light, or say no thanks to, this potential hiking partner.
For the best chance of a successful match:
1. Stay as general as possible.
2. Stay flexible.
If you're a female hiker over the age of forty, you can join our Over Forty Hiker community for a month at the low cost of $4.99 to see if anyone is located near you, or has long trail hiking plans that match yours.
You might also meet hikers who tempt you to try new regions and locations with their photos, trail descriptions and friendliness.
If you have questions that weren't answered here, please contact me.
If you're ready to get started down the trail to finding your ideal hiking partner,
click the button below.
This service also works for experienced hikers who would like to mentor beginning (novice) hikers.
And for folks looking to thru hike in the upcoming season.
The success of Hike With Me depends on the level of involvement from hikers just like you.
If you're serious about getting out more often on hikes, or want to enjoy longer hiking trips, use this fast and easy process to find your ideal hiking partner.
Hiking For Her reserves the right to change the policy and parameters for Hike With Me as needed to ensure a quality experience for everyone.
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Photo credits: All photos on this website were taken by David Midkiff or Diane Spicer.
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