by Diane Spicer
There's only one reason to offer the How To Day Hike Course:
Here's how I know.
Hiking For Her has been around a long time, since 2008.
A whole bunch of questions about how to get started as a female day hiker have landed in my inbox over the years.
It's time for a day hiking course to tackle this topic!
Here's the plan.
The course begins on line on October 15, 2019 and ends 8 weeks later on December 11th (a bit more than 8 weeks; a few extra days of catch up time are built in).
A new course begins in Spring 2020. Get on this waiting list and I'll email you more information as the details get firmed up.
In this How To Day Hike Course, we cover the fundamentals you need to become a safe and confident day hiker:
There will be lots of time to ask questions, interact with other students, and bring up topics not listed here.
And this outline may change a bit as we decide what's most important to cover in our eight weeks.
Bonus: There is a Week Zero, with some learning tools to get you set up for success. So it's 9 weeks in total, plus a bit more at the end for a wrap up. We'll be trail buddies for awhile ;)
I've been on the trail for five decades and counting, and I've got a lot of tips, tricks, and trail knowledge for you in this course.
And I'm right there with you, every week, to answer questions and keep things interesting!
This How To Day Hike course is an amazingly effective way to gather together an experienced instructor and motivated students to form an engaging learning community.
It has an easy interface, accessible on all of your electronic devices.
As a student, you will be able to:
Log into the course whenever you want to access a variety of learning opportunities on each topic: articles, videos, scenarios, polls, questions, pdf downloads, quizzes, checklists, action items, and more.
Interact and have fun with other students in forum posts, scheduled online chat sessions, the open chat room, and private messaging.
Send private messages to the instructor.
Utilize the weekly recap pdf downloads as a summary of each How To Day Hike course topic.
Also note that you can request a full refund within 7 days of the beginning the course if you decide it's not the right approach for you.
In my experience, this type of course is best for learners who might be tempted to race through -or ignore- an immediate download course.
A scheduled course provides the space and time for high levels of interaction with the instructor and your co-learners around each topic.
There is a definite plan for the sequence of topics, based on my long experience as a hiker.
And there's an energy found only in a group environment.
There are important reasons for selecting this course format for both teacher and learner.
When you join a community of like minded hikers, we start down the trail together to build a solid foundation, literally one step at a time.
You enjoy the interactions of forum postings, weekly scheduled on line chat times ("office hours"), plentiful networking opportunities, the regular rhythm of course materials, and the guidance (and surprises) from a knowledgeable instructor to keep your interest level high.
If you decide to stay in the community once the course ends, you can do that for the low monthly cost of $4.99, or save money with an annual membership: $39/year.
Private one-on-one access to the instructor, over and above the daily course interactions, is also an amazing way to get your personal day hiking plans dialed in within a short period of time.
As an instructor, I'm always honest. This format doesn't work for all learners.
So here are the downsides of a course formatted like this, compared with the instant download "here it all is and good luck" approach.
"Falling behind" might cause you some anxiety when you see new course materials posted and you haven't yet looked at previous ones.
Some folks need more time with a topic, so moving on to a new one each week might seem stressful in this overview type of course.
If you're a person who learns best on her own, and doesn't particularly enjoy group interactions, this course isn't a good choice for you unless you're comfortable with the lurker approach.
But here's the most important thing to accept about this format:
You're signing up for a course that begins and ends, and that's on purpose to foster a specific type of learning opportunity.
It's going to cost you some dollars, some time, and some electrical activity in your brain as you learn, ponder, consider and take action toward your day hiking goals.
Only you can decide if it's "worth it" to commit to becoming a smart day hiker in this particular structured format.
You may have heard of the Over Forty Hiker private women only community sponsored by Hiking For Her.
This How To Day Hike course for female hikers is going to be available inside the community, with no additional membership cost to you.
There are lots of reasons for this decision:
Your time and money are important, so no big sales pitch here. I'm not offering this course to become the next billionaire ;)
Let's just state the facts about what you're paying for in this course.
You have decided to learn more about hiking, and you're willing to pay for guidance and expertise from an experienced hiker + educator.
And you know that it takes time and money to design, host, provide on line materials and resources, and work through this course with you.
The Mighty Networks platform is top notch, but requires a hefty annual fee to keep it up and running.
So to cover my basic costs, I'm pricing this eight week course as low as possible: 9 weeks of learning on an easy to use, rock solid platform for $79.
That's less than $9 per week, and such a great investment in your safety and confidence as a hiker.
If this price is too much for you to manage at this time, I invite you to continue to use all of the free resources right here on the website.
There are over 700 pages of useful tips and detailed reviews, ready and waiting, and more pages are added and updated each week.
You could also take a look at my low cost book on day hiking. Chock full of tips!
But there will never be a lower price. In fact, it will go higher next time around, to keep up with the cost of technology and time.
If you've spent time on the Hiking For Her website, you've seen the thorough, detailed and resource rich tips I love to provide free of charge, day in and day out, year after year.
Dangerously close to TMI, perhaps?
Just imagine what's waiting for you inside this paid course!
But if you're going to jump on the How To Day Hike trail with me, you'll want to know a bit more about me.
I feel confident offering on line courses because I'm a retired educator who transitioned from chalkboards through whiteboards into Power Points and hung in there long enough to realize the glorious freedom of on line learning.
My masters degree in teaching put solid teaching techniques into my hands so I could plan the best learning experiences for my students.
Add in 2+ decades of classroom experience, and go ahead, call me a seasoned teaching veteran (battle scars and all).
Couple this extensive teaching background with 50 years of hiking experience, and what do you get?
To say that I love creating hiking courses that women can access and enjoy, anywhere and anytime on the planet, is a huge understatement.
Such freedom to learn can only be matched by the freedom of knowing that you're ready to shoulder a backpack and head off on a hike.
And I'd love to give you that freedom!
If you have questions, please send them to me here and I'll reply quickly.
Or if you'd like a How To Day Hike course available to a mixed gender group of students? I don't want guys to feel left out.
It will be a blast to spend time together exploring our favorite sport.
Looking forward to happy trails together!
Here's that wait list form again...
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