by Diane Spicer
"I want (or need) someone to hike with me!"
Have you ever heard these words come out of your mouth?
You probably have if you've struggled to find a compatible hiking partner, one who has the time and the skills to hike the way you want to hike.
Or maybe you need to find a new trail buddy because your regular trail companion bails on you more often than not.
If you need some assistance in finding an ideal hiking buddy, look no further.
The hiking partner finder has arrived.
It's called Hike With Me.
In just a few minutes you can be signed up and ready to receive notifications of potential hiking buddies.
Keep reading to discover how this hiking service can help you find Happy Trails.
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 12+ years.
Any hiker who:
Any hiker who:
At least that's what Hiking For Her's email is saying about why folks are looking for someone to hike with.
That's why Hike With Me was invented!
You sign up for the Hike With Me service with a credit card.
Inside your dashboard, you create an account with an email address and a password.
Then you create a brief personal profile: first name, age, gender, experience level, as well as the location, time and type of hiking you want to do.
It will take 5 minutes or less to fill it out.
NOTE: When you sign up, you must agree to share your email address with potential matches, and to release Hiking For Her from all responsibility when you contact your match(es).
If you do not agree, you will not be permitted to use the service.
You assume any and all risk when using Hike With Me.
Once you create your account and personal profile, you will be added to the pool of potential hiking partners.
You receive notification when matches pop up throughout the length of your subscription: one month, three months, or six months.
You can view the information any matching hiker submitted, although their identity and contact information is shielded, as is yours.
After that, you're both on your own in terms of meeting and agreeing to hike together.
Don't want to wait to be contacted with matches?
Using your personal dashboard, you can create an ideal hiking partner profile and post it.
Then you can see who matches your criteria.
You can also post a buddy request and mention your specific trail hobbies and preferences.
This specificity increases the likelihood of finding just the right person to hike with you.
You can also delete your information at any time in your dashboard, and just wait for a match to be sent to you.
Your information is kept in the database as long as you're subscribed to the Hike With Me service.
It is an honor to receive and safeguard your information.
Once your subscription expires, your information will be deleted from the pool of potential hiking partners.
You control when you respond to potential matches.
Different styles, time frames and skill sets!
To search for 2 different hiking partners simultaneously, submit two different forms.
You are billed separately and can control the length of your subscription for each.
So in the above example, after a few months you would cancel the first subscription and leave your second one in place several months.
There is a fee to handle administrative and technology costs, payable when you submit your request for a hiking partner.
The cost of Hike With Me is kept as low as possible while providing an ad free, easy and private experience.
There are 3 pricing options at this time:
You can use the credit card of your choice for payment.
You will see this Hike With Me logo on the payment page.
Hike With Me sifts and sorts the database to locate folks with similar trail goals and interests who also match your description of an ideal trail buddy.
Over time, this sift/sort/match process continues to work for you.
The longer you remain in the database, the more likely it is that your ideal trail buddy will appear.
That's why you're offered three different time frames.
You'll receive an email with any matching partner's email address.
They will receive one alerting them to the match with you.
Then it's up to the two of you to connect.
One recommendation if you're concerned about giving out your e-mail address:
You can easily delete that address without touching your main email address.
1. All fees are collected up front. You will receive notification to renew your subscription before it expires, or to cancel.
2. There are no refunds if you change your mind or want to opt out before the end of your subscription.
3. Once you submit your form, you won't be able to change it.
If you decide to withdraw your name from the database before the end of your subscription,
send an email with the subject line "Hike With Me" here.
5. Hiking For Her is not responsible for anything that happens once you contact your potential hiking partner.
When you discover a profile of a potential hiking partner who seems to line up with your plans, do your own due diligence.
A few tips:
Hiking For Her is not responsible for your personal choices.
Use your 11th hiking essential, common sense.
The size of the "hiker pool" at the time you enter it will determine how many potential hiking partners you may find.
There is no way to control this number,
and so there are no guarantees or refunds.
Again, there's no way to predict.
It can take time for all of the variables to line up: location, gender, age range, time frame and type of hiking.
It's a moving target!
That's why we offer large price discounts for staying longer in the database:
The goal is to locate an ideal hiking partner. If that takes several months, we want to give you the best possible chance of connecting.
Please realize that it's also possible that no matches will pop up regardless of how long you remain in the pool.
There is no limit to the number of possible matches that Hike With Me may find for you during your subscription.
And don't worry about being flooded with unsuitable matches.
Caveat: If a match turns up which is close to what you specified, you may be contacted via email by Hiking For Her. You can green light, or say no thanks to, receiving the email address for this potential hiking partner.
For the best chance of finding a suitable hiking partner:
1. Stay as general as possible.
If you don't have exact plans, that's okay. Sign up and keep your request general.
2. Stay flexible.
If you're a female hiker near or over the age of forty, you can join our Over Forty Hiker private community. One month's membership is offered at the low cost of $4.99 (with savings for an annual plan).
In addition to meeting a select group of female hikers, you can see if anyone is located near you, or has hiking plans that match yours.
You might also meet hikers who tempt you to try new regions and locations with their outdoor photos, trail descriptions and friendliness.
NOTE: This community is not intended to substitute for the laser focused Hike With Me service. It offers a more relaxed space for sharing, learning, fun and encouragement.
It is only for female hikers.
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, sign up with Hike With Me. (Sign ups are paused at this time.)
Hike With Me works for experienced hikers who would like to mentor beginning (novice) hikers.
If you're interested in a thru hike this year or next, use this service to meet folks who are dialed in on a specific trail.
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 try 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.
Looking forward to getting you on the trail with a trail buddy soon!