Joining a Hiking Club...
A good introduction to hking is to join a club . Being a member of a club comes with several benefits, not least of which is to learn from the experience of the group.
There are many things that fellow members can teach you. For instance, they can tell you where the best local areas can be found and provide you with many tips.Who knows? Many of them may become your new hiking friends (important when your partner is more of a stay-at-home person or if you have just moved to a new area).
The clubs can have many different outlooks, some for gentle walking, others for full blown mountaneering. Some of them may be more laidback than the rest, while others are more aggressive. Some have younger members. Others are older. So investigate for one that seems to suit you.
Below is a few examples found throughout the 50 US states.
Go Off the Beaten Trail
During the 2002 summer, Loree and Ward began hiking together. Quite quickly, word got around and the number of members has grown to over 310. Off the Beaten Trail Club is a gathering of single folk living in the Phoenix, AZ area.
This hiking club splits hiking and social life so that you get to decide what trails or events you wish to do.
The Fairbanks Area Hiking Club are an association of Alaskan residents who have fun visiting all the ins and outs of Alaska. They explore on foot, via boots, skis, and snowshoes with trips taking you from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), to the Denali National Park, by the Chena and Tanan Rivers - the White Mountains and many other regions that trekers can only imagine.
Desert Trails Hiking Club
Offering easy, moderate, and strenuous level hikes, the Club schedules hikes several times per week. Trailblaze in the Coachella Valley and furthur afield and enjoy the spirit of friendship and camaraderie that this hiking club delights in.
Alabama Hiking Trail Society
If you’re from around Mobile to Huntsville, then you could share your common interest for hiking and backpacking with participants of the Alabama Hiking Trail Society. This is one of the many hiking clubs in Alabama State committed to developing, maintaining, protecting, and promoting a statewide hiking trail system.
One of the perks of being a member of one of these hiking clubs is that all activities you participate in are covered under the Group Liability Insurance policy.
Considering the great outdoors in Ouachita and Ozarks Mountains of Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma? Then you may wish to investigate the evets offered in TrailBlazers . This club offers several hikes per month, some callenging and some shorter, some long and some more relaxed. Besides that, hikes are also planned almost every weekend from autumn to springtime. To find out what events you’d like to join, just look at the Events section of their website and pick out the one that fits your liking.