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 Over Forty Hiker
Community:
Looking For One?

An over forty hiker community is flowering as you're reading this.

yellow arctic poppyWon't you join us?


What is this Over Forty Hiker community?

It's a private safe space for female hikers with lots of encouragement, humor, questions, and hard won trail wisdom to share with each other.

Comments, images and chats are kept within the community's walled garden.

Even better:

  • This is an ad free space.
  • No toxicity or aggressive hidden agendas are tolerated.

And you won't be bombarded with social media noise -  or have your information sold, mined or manipulated.

So really, it's a
female hiker's oasis!

If your idea of happiness is a circle of hikers, all wanting what's best for you on the trail, this Over Forty Hiker community will appeal to you.

Here, you can collaborate with others on getting your hiking plans fleshed out.

You can celebrate victories and accomplishments with other hikers who really know what it means to conquer a goal.

You can ask for suggestions and guidance when you're stuck on something.

Another plus:

Because it's hosted by Hiking For Her, you can expect things to be well run and easy to use.

  • Full disclosure: there is a small learning curve to become familiar with our platform, as with anything online.
  • You can use a phone app, your tablet and computer, or switch back and forth between all three.

The magic begins
inside our walled garden

Once inside the community, you have access to friendly hikers of all ability levels and backgrounds.

That should be pretty exciting!

  • Where else can you tap into a hiking network willing and able to share secrets and tips to make you a smarter, safer and happier hiker?
  • How else can you easily access a wide variety of voices when making a gear selection or planning a backpacking destination?
  • And the photos of hiking destinations, wow! That should get your gears turning for future trips.

It's also exciting to think about helping us build an extensive storehouse of hiking knowledge for all to enjoy.

  • Your voice and unique background will contribute to the richness of everyone's experience.


What's up with
the age limit?

Being over forty can mean a lot of things to a woman.

  • Maybe the reality of an empty nest is looming.
  • Physical changes are occurring, ready or not.
  • Hiking style and pacing might need some fine tuning.

Here's another thing:

Have you noticed how the media ignores or demonizes aging?

  • no female over the age of 25 in gear ads
  • cougars (older women, not the big tawny kitties) preying on defenseless younger men
  • frail or dotty little old lady stereotypes
  • cranky unattractive spinsters

So it's time for a completely different approach.

Hiking For Her believes strongly in smart, strong, safe female hikers as a reality (read more here).

  • That's why this Over Forty Hiker community originated right here on this website, inviting charter members to guide and enrich it with their deep collective wisdom.

In our community, being 40+ years of age is welcomed as a fact of life, not a limitation on the enjoyment of outdoor adventures.

And why not celebrate it?

  • The way we see it, being 40 isn't anything to hide, cover up, or ignore!
  • It's a rite of passage into another wonderful phase of life as a hiker.

Can I join you if I'm
not yet 40 years of age?

Absolutely!

No one is going to ask your age - and you can share it within the community, or not.

But let's be honest here.

  • The concerns of a twenty five year old on the trail are going to differ from a fifty year old hiker.
  • What we talk about and share might not be what you're working with, and thinking about, on the trail.

That's why we're being up front to own the fact that we are women of a certain age - and gloriously beyond.

Is there hiking life beyond forty?

Let's go find out - together!

  • Spoiler alert: Yes, many times over with yes!


Why aren't males allowed in this
Over Forty Hiker community?

We're not male bashers. We know the value of male hiking buddies!

We just want to create an intentionally woman focused space to explore what hiking means to us as we move along our personal trails.

Every female understands how the dynamics of a conversation can change when a male point of view is introduced.

And there are specific female concerns which every woman faces on the trail.

So for now, we're a trail sister community.

As we grow and change, the topic might come up for discussion.

  • So stay tuned, guys!

How does sign up work?

Join our community

Your invitation to Over Forty Hiker is almost on its way. Just fill in the boxes and we can hit the trail together.

No spam, no ads, nothing but an invitation
  • Fill this out to get on the list to receive an invitation.
  • Watch your inbox for more information. We're almost ready to welcome you in.

Your information is kept private and is not sold or passed along to anyone.

It will be used only to send an invitation your way.

Once you decline or accept it, your name is taken off the waiting list.

And if for some reason you sign up and don't receive an invitation, check your spam folder or try again.

We're not ignoring you!

Is there a free trial?

Because the contributions of our members are at the core of our community, there is no free trial to come in and meet everyone before you join.

What is the fee for joining?

There are two ways you can support your membership in the Over Forty Hiker community:

  • $4.99/month, paid each month
  • $39.99/year, paid when you join ($3.33/month)

As a valued member, you can leave at any time.

  • Your membership will be cancelled at the end of the current billing period.
  • You can leave the door open to return later, or choose to have all of your contributions deleted from the community.

So why isn't the
Over Forty Hiker community

free to join?

Three reasons, all of which are chalked up to the "no such thing as free lunch" costs of living on our planet:

  • the cost of maintaining a platform to serve you
  • the cost of curating and hosting the community
  • the cost of true privacy

A few words about each...

Technology

This community relies upon state of the art technology to enable our private interactions.

As members, we can:

  • post photos
  • comment and chat
  • form regional groups 
  • throw our names in the hat for giveaways and drawings
  • celebrate with each other
  • interact with the entire group
  • message one individual
  • hold online gatherings
  • use a phone app while on the go...

lots of technical features, which require both time and money to keep running smoothly.

Hosting

Over Forty Hiker is hosted and curated, meaning there is a firm commitment to enforcing a zero tolerance policy for  anyone who posts offensive or demeaning content, trying to stir up trouble or pit one hiker against another.

The host also troubleshoots your technical glitches and responds to your messages.

  • This will shorten your learning curve and support your community experience.

You realize how this kind of hosting and support requires dedicated staff hours, which are paid for by the membership fees.

High quality, no headaches

The daily news is filled with examples of bad actors in social media spaces.

  • It's becoming clear that a "private" social media group is not so private.

Women join our community because we are all looking for a quality experience without worrying about who is selling our data or tracking what we do.

The private "walled garden" experience eliminates the worries and the headaches you may have experienced in many current social media groups.

Bottom line

Selling ads or seeking corporate sponsors for our community is something we have decided to avoid.

This community gives a lot, and asks each member to support the delivery of a quality, unique experience with a modest fee.

Technology, hosting, support, privacy, a community of women gathered together to support each other as hikers ...what is all of that goodness worth to you?

Just a few hiking comparisons to add some perspective:

  • Two small EPIC protein bars at Trader Joe's (a very reasonably priced store) cost $4.99, to be gulped down and forgotten after a few minutes on the trail.
  • Starbucks charges $4.99 (and sometimes more) for one hot beverage on your way to the trailhead.

Before you answer that question, it's important to highlight what you won't find here, allowing you to make an informed decision about joining us.


What our
Over Forty Hiker community
isn't

This community has some distinct differences, beyond its privacy and intentional focus on a high quality, interactive user experience.

It's not what you're used to

The Over Forty Hiker community is not built around a social media platform.

So if you like big, fast paced, noisy groups on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other public platforms, you might find this community way out of the norm.

  • We aim to stay small and friendly, allowing rich interactions without any social pressures.
  • We like to take some time to consider the question and respond with a thoughtful answer.
  • Or pose another question to develop a conversation into something rich and satisfying.

That's not to say you can't get a fast answer to a question.

But if that's all you're after, you won't find value here.

Not a content based,
guru led space

There's no central figure or particular point of view inside our community.

So if you would prefer to focus on one perspective, or you desire to locate specific hiking information quickly, this is not going to meet your needs.

  • Might I suggest using the search box on this page instead?

A few sensitive subjects

If you're sensitive about the number of candles on your birthday cake, the candor of the name and our topics might turn you off.

Lurkers won't get much value from joining us, because the secret sauce is in the chats, conversations, group events and friendships being developed within the Over Forty hiker community.

If you're seeking a spot to market your own products, services or branding, please consider contacting me and we can discuss how to do that here on Hiking For Her.

  • We deliberately keep our Over Forty Hiker community free of solicitation or advertisements.

And trolls? Not to worry.

  • The modest sign up fee keeps them at bay.
  • The community host (me, Diane Spicer) is dedicated to creating a troll free space where everyone feels comfortable and welcome.


Why you should join our
Over Forty Hiker community

You should join us when:

  • you're looking for a trusted, knowledgeable trail buddy
  • you'd like information about hiking in a specific area
  • a current challenge or frustration is keeping you off the trail
  • buying new gear or hiking clothing is a daunting proposition
  • you're looking for a way to give back to the hiking community by supporting our efforts
  • you need some inspiration and humor in your life
  • you'd like to shorten the learning curve for newbies
  • you ARE a newbie and want to fast track your learning
  • you're seeking a tribe of women who share your love of the outdoors and "get" what you're talking about
  • the idea of an ever evolving conversation with other female hikers appeals to you

No one can predict what you'll learn - or who you'll meet.

Very similar to every single hike you take, if you stop to think about it.


Why wait?

This unique Over Forty Hiker community welcomes female hikers of all ability levels.

We're ready to share insights, humor and hard won hiking tips with you in a private, ad free space built for making connections and sharing experiences.


This is what you can look forward to as a member:

Meet hikers located near you.

Chat with those who have hiked trails you'd love to explore.

Ask and answer questions about all things hiking.

Pay it forward by sharing your knowledge.

Trade stories and ideas in a lively exchange of trail wisdom.

Enter giveaways and contests.

Enjoy the unique content, giveaways and surprises not found elsewhere.

We're creating something really wonderful together, won't you join us!


How to join our
Over Forty Hiker community

If you have questions that weren't answered here, contact me.

  • I'm here to help here, and inside the community.

It's easy to request an invitation to join our Over Forty Hiker community, using this form.

Join our community

Your invitation to Over Forty Hiker is almost on its way. Just fill in the boxes and we can hit the trail together.

No spam, no ads, nothing but an invitation

As soon as the community opens its doors to new members, an invite will be delivered to your inbox.

From there, a few clicks will take you right in.

We're waiting to meet you!


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