When hiking or snowshoeing with our group, you agree to obey basic safety rules for your own protection and the safety and protection of others.
1 - 2 liters during a 2 - 3 hour hike. Winter, spring, summer or fall, your body needs water when hiking or snowshoeing. Water has many benefits besides replenishing fluids. 1) Insulates your body, keeping you warm in colder temperatures 2) Cools you down during hot summer months 3) helps relieve high altitude sickness 4) Energizes your body.
Stay on marked trails
Don't be tempted to take short cuts and "bush-whack" up a mountain. It is dangerous and it hurts vegetation.
Avoid hiking alone
More hiking accidents happen to "solo" hikers. There is safety in numbers. As part of our group you are asked to stay with similar hikers in our group. You can be by yourself and enjoy peace and quiet AND still be part of the group. You can meet many amazing people from all walks of life with an assortment of age, ability and skill. If you are a stronger, faster hiker, we ask that you stop at a few key land marks along the way and wait for us. Whether you are fast or slow, strong or less strong, there is always someone in our group to hike with!
Tell someone where you are and when you plan to return
If a posted hike needs to be changed at the last minute OR hasn't been posted online, before entering the canyon I'll call my husband and let him know where I plan to hike and when I'll be home. You should do the same. Include specific canyon and trailhead locations and when you plan to return. You can always leave the trail earlier, if you prefer.
Don't leave an injured person alone
If someone is hurting in any way, we as a group, are able to pool our resources and help them, without ever leaving them alone. There is always safety in numbers.
Pay attention to weather, road & trail conditions. Adjust your plans accordingly
We take this seriously. It's wise to keep an eye to the sky and adjust your plans accordingly. As much as we would all like to get to our desired destination each week, we will change our course at anytime. Since 2003, we have never had to cancel an outing due to weather, however, we have changed our hiking trail many times.
Be prepared. Carry a small first aid kit
Be ready to help someone in need by carrying a small first aid kit. Also some extra water and healthy snack i.e. trail mix, energy bar, etc. could make a big difference to someone who may be struggling on the mountain. You never know when you will be able to help a fellow outdoor adventure enthusiast.
Be alert and observant
There are many people on the mountain year round participating in a variety of sports. If you pay attention you may find someone who is in need of your help. We have hiked in areas that someone camped in the night before and didn't bother to put their fire out, so we had to do it. We've been on a trail where a solo hiker didn't bother to bring any water with them but was in desperate need when we saw them.
Know your own physical strengths and weaknesses and adjust accordingly
Don't let your ego get in the way of good common sense. Hike at a pace that is comfortable for you. Enjoy the experience of being outdoors in the woods! Pace yourself. Factors that may determine how you feel on any given day include 1) altitude 2) elevation gain or loss 3) weather and trail conditions, etc. Cut it short if you are new to the sport or don't feel comfortable for any reason. Stop often and rest. Don't let others talk you into doing anything different.
This may be hard (I've had to do it), but speak up and tell someone if you have a problem, question or concern about anything. Maybe you aren't feeling as strong as you thought you were. If possible, tell the leader (me) or one of my assistants. If you don't see any leaders, talk to someone else in our group. We want you to have the best experience each time you attend. Most people are willing to help someone if they know what is needed.
Hiking and/or snowshoeing with us is not a competition. Don't feel the need to "keep up" with those who may be stronger or faster. Some of us like to go fast but it's generally to either warm up or get everyone spread out on the trail. Give yourself permission to stop, look around, drink some water, take a picture, etc. Have fun and enjoy yourself! You are among friends! We do, however, expect everyone to return to their cars at a pre-determined time. We decide this before we leave the meeting place. Wherever you are, you'll be expected to turn around and head back in time to meet the group at the parking lot.
Hiking and snowshoeing are excellent aerobic sports. Stop and rest often, if necessary.
I am a wife of one, mother of four and grandmother of four which means I've been nurturing my family for many years. Since Feb. 2003, this attitude has dominated the way I think about my hikers and outdoor adventure seekers. We care about every person who joins us and try to look out for their safety and well being. I hope to attract others who feel this same way.
Dress like an ONION
In the colder winter months, dress in thin layers and stay away from cotton. Remember: "cotton kills" because it absorbs moisture. Stay dry and you'll be fine. Get wet and cold and you are in trouble. Avoid cotton fabrics including denim. 100% marino wool is my favorite fabric to wear under my coat. Other thin "wicking" fabrics include polyester, etc. A quality outer shell made from nylon, etc. works best.
Similar sports work different muscles
Walking, running, trail running, snowshoeing and hiking may seem similar but will work different muscles. Hiking or snowshoeing in the mountains at higher altitudes on uneven terrain with any amount of elevation gain will effect you differently than walking or running around your neighborhood on pavement. Give yourself time to adjust and ease into a new sport.
Positive, grateful attitude
The #1 quality we look for in our hikers is a positive attitude. When you are hiking or snowshoeing, a good attitude goes a long way. If you have
a concern or problem, talk to me so we can resolve any problem quickly.
"Going UP a mountain is optional,
coming DOWN is mandatory."
Join us as we consistently hike or snowshoe three times a week for 52 weeks each year!
Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday we hike a new trail along the Wasatch Front. Weekday hikes are also used to "scout out" trail conditions for our Saturday hike. Saturday is our main weekly hike.
In winter months we always snowshoe or hike with micro spikes on trails that are safe and familiar to us.
Hiking with an experienced hiking group like ours is much safer than hiking alone or with people who are not familiar with the canyons, trails and terrain.
Many of our hikers have become our best friends for life! You'll enjoy meeting many outdoor enthusiasts!
I receive and appreciate the support and loyalty of many hiking friends.
My goal each week is to make sure everyone who comes feels welcome, safe and included.
and take photos if you like. Many of us LOVE nature photography.
Money Saving Tips for Clothing
For the best outdoor recreation clothing and fabrics i.e. hiking, snowshoeing, etc, go to an quality outdoor retail store i.e. REI, Kirkhams, Recreation Outlet, etc. Talk to an experienced sales clerk. Once you know what fabric and clothing brands to look for, if you don't have much money, go to local thrift stores. My favorites include any Deseret Industries, Thrift Town on 3300 So. 1300 E, etc. You'll find PLENTY of high quality, name-brand, gently used, outdoor recreation clothing for a fraction of the price found in retail stores.
Most important items to buy NEW: Shoes and Socks.
About socks, I recommend brands i.e. SmartWool and other quality brands found in Outdoor Retails stores. They will cost a little more but they make a HUGE difference. You'll avoid blisters and other feet problems by wearing quality outdoor socks.
About shoes: Make sure they are light weight, excellent traction, water proof and, of course, comfortable. My favorite hiking shoe: KEEN. Click here to view their website. They are available at quality outdoor retail stores i.e REI.com and Kirkhams, etc.
They may cost a little more but in my opinion they are extremely worth it for safety, traction, durability and comfort.
Come often and you will be greatly rewarded... physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, socially, and financially!