What is a group hike?
It’s a chance for me to meet and connect with you all! I will hike with a group of you to a beautiful destination where we can talk, get to know each other, and enjoy nature.
When are the group hikes?
Once a month (except winter season). Date and time varies.
Where are the group hikes?
Generally they are in Virginia, but they can also be in West Virginia or Maryland.
How many people can go on the group hike?
Depending on the location and trailhead parking availability, the group hikes are capped at 25 people.
What is the process for signing up?
Subscribe to my newsletter – Click the link on my Instagram Profile and scroll down to enter your email address.
Read my newsletter – I will share the next month’s group hike date and location, as well as the date and time the sign-up sheet goes live, in my newsletter. It is sent at the end of each month.
Fill out the sign-up sheet – Once posted, follow the link to the sign-up sheet and fill it out in its entirety.
Confirm your spot – Once selected, you will receive an email requesting you to confirm your participation in the group hike. You will have 24 hours to respond to this email in order to confirm your spot.
How are people selected?
The participants are chosen through a combination of two methods: half are selected on a first-come-first-served basis, while the other half are chosen by a lottery system. The first 10 individuals who fill out the sign-up sheet and 10 randomly selected through the lottery are sent emails to confirm their participationt. However, if any of these initial 20 individuals fail to respond within 24 hours, they forfeit their spot, and the next person in line (e.g., the 11th person to sign up and another randomly chosen participant from the lottery) are emailed to confirm their participation. This process continues until a total of 20 individuals have confirmed their participation in the hike.
What if I don’t receive an email?
In the event that you do not receive an email, it can be attributed to one of the following reasons: either you did not sign the liability waiver, your sign-up was too far down in the queue, or your name was not randomly selected through the lottery process.
Why do I need to sign up for the newsletter?
Since I announce the day and time the sign-up sheet goes live in my newsletter, being subscribed will give you a better chance of signing up early enough to be selected for the hike since you know when the sign-up sheet will be available.
Do I have to fill out the sign-up sheet every month or just once?
You must fill out the sign-up sheet for each month’s hike in order to be eligible to participate in that specific hike. Past entries are not recorded and do not count towards future hikes.
I missed the sign-up deadline, will there be another hike in the future?
Yes! There will be a hike every month, except in the winter.
Do these hikes cost money?
I do not charge any fee for these group hikes. However, some locations require parking or entry fees. If that is the case, it will be clearly noted on the sign-up sheet.
How difficult or easy are the hikes?
Each hike is different. Route information, including mileage and rating, will be shared in the sign-up sheet.
Is a group hike an all-day event?
This depends on the hike. Generally the hikes take about 3-4 hours which includes hiking time as well as relaxing and enjoying the destination. If a hike will take longer than standard, it will be noted in the sign-up sheet.
Can I still participate if I live outside of Virginia?
I am an introvert, should I still participate?
Absolutely! I am an introvert as well. People do talk and make new friends during these hikes, but there is no social expectation. You can come along and simply enjoy nature.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes! Please be sure it is friendly to other dogs and well-behaved/trained.
Can I bring my kids?
These hikes are for persons 18 and older.
Will you tell me what to pack?
Where do I find out when the next group hike is?
Subscribe to my newsletter or closely follow my Instagram Stories.