CHL, Certified Hike Leaders (CHL) sanctioned by Hike Ontario
AWRFA, ADVANCED Wilderness & Remote First Aid, CPR Level C, and AED (AWRFA) sanctioned by Red Cross
HLB, Hike Like a Boss, challenge hikes 20+k summer and winter edition
(100hikes) members who have 100+ hikes with Trailhike (we have members with 160+)
(200hikes) members who have 200+ hikes with Trailhike
You pick your LEADER not your HIKE. I end up defending that statement among other hiking leaders but consider this: two leaders can make the same trail different and interesting in their own unique way. Some leaders are always searching to broaden the hike experience and may go "OffTrail" to get it. Others are interpretive in explaining the surroundings and its relationship to fauna and wildlife.
So my quote is a generalization; however, when selecting your adventure, be aware of who is taking you. There needs to be some cohesion of minds between the Leader and you the Adventurer.
I was fortunate to be exposed to hiking at an early age. Some ride a bike, others like me decided to walk. Work and family consumed a great deal of my middle years so the ability to hike was limited, if not non-existent during that period. Life changes as per a quote I live by:
“The Only Absolute Truth is Change” L.E. Modesitt Jr.
So I have returned to where I belong, sharing my adventures with others and getting caught up in their excitement and enthusiasm for hiking. Adventure has always been a part of my life, so now I feel liberated in my ability to take others and in the process, broaden their own sense of adventure.
In 2014 I began my journey - my conversion from couch potato to avid hiker with Trail Hike. Along the way, I learned to walk along steep cliffs that used to petrify me, to climb the hills I used to detour around, and that the impossible is possible. The hikes I lead tend to be fast. Some say because of my long legs, but it is really just to get a good cardio workout - as they say "use it or lose it". And we might accidentally on purpose run into a waterfall or two on my hikes. :)
I lead hikes to encourage others to make the same journey. To see the look on their faces when they have accomplished what they thought was impossible. To watch adults become children as they play in the waterfalls (we are never too old for this!). To let them experience what it is like when a group of strangers, acquaintances, and friends pull together to cross the stream that has no bridge. To be with a group that leaves no one behind. Strangers become acquaintances, then friends, and finally family. We become the best that we can be.
The goal is not to be better than the other man but to be better than your previous self --- The Dalai Lama
I found hiking later in life. I am so fortunate to be a part of a group of like minded individuals. The caring, compassion and teamwork is shown in practically everything we do. I have hiked to the top of the world, trek one of the seven wonders of the world and crossed umpteen beaver dams with this group to name a few. Sharing these adventures has been such a euphoric and meditative experience. It has fed my soul. Thank you and namaste.
“Let the beauty of what we love be what we do.” Rumi
Imagine finding your second family amongst a group of hikers! That was me in 2014 and it could be you now! Like a family, we play, work, eat and drink together and above all, we HIKE together along the wonderful trails that nature offers. For a few hours near or far, we share our stories, our tears and joys, our water and even our hiking poles. You can be the cousin who pops in to visit once in a while or you can be the aunt who just can't stay away. However much you give or take, join us and find your spot in the TrailHike family!
I discovered my love for nature and hiking while enjoying amazing trips to different corners of my home country, Peru. At some point, I let life pull me away from this incredible passion of mine, and it was dormant for years. When I decided to go back to the trails, I was very fortunate to come across TrailHike. I will never forget my first hike with this group; it took seconds for me to realize it was the start of a wonderful journey full of joy and adventure. And it was! I have no words to describe what TrailHike means to me, and the incredible impact it has in my life. I am grateful every day for the unbelievable experiences and the invaluable friendships shared with this outstanding group of hikers. I found my tribe, and it feels like home away from home every single time.
“See the light in others and treat them as if that is all you see.” – Wayne Dyer
I was a workaholic for many years and decided to get back into the game of life, and that is when I found THRH. It is a wonderful group full of really great people. Leading hikes has become a really fun experience., and what makes it worthwhile are the smiles on everyone's faces and the thanks we get each hike as hike leaders for a job well done! We get paid in thank you's basically. Be sure to thank your hike leader, and give nice encouraging feedback on each hike, and site comments afterwards. That is what will keep them motivated to keep leading hikes.
We are like dogs, pet us and say
"good hike leader! then rub our bellies".
I absolutely love to take people on 'an adventure' in terms of hiking. Hikes for me should be like a good novel, lots of twists, challenges, sights that sometimes amaze you, a great endorphin high, moments to pause, take a picture, enjoy a lunch by a lovely spot, contemplate Nature and share with people who share your passion.
I feel that life truly is only 'the journey rather than the destination' and it's wonderful to take the path untaken, to look over the hill before you and to find your happy hiking high. And lastly, to have the courage to challenge yourself to go just a little bit further or above that which you thought you could ever achieve.
When did I start hiking ? I think as soon as I learned how to walk. I grew up around the mountains in a town where wherever you go it’s always up the hill. I loved hiking with friends while in school, then with my own children and finally in 2014 I found Trail Hike and it became my second family. From the very first hike I felt like I was exactly where I belonged. It was the beginning of a wonderful adventure and I hope it will never end. A beginning of beautiful friendships on and off the trails.
Hiking is my medicine, my therapy, my life style.
“You want to go fast, go alone. You want to go far, go together” -- African Proverb
Love to spend time on the weekends hiking all over Ontario. Enjoy being helpful and sweeping, you'd be amazed at the stories I get to hear, the pickles people get into and you really have to stay on your toes cuz some hikes, you can get lost 100 ft from the car!
Almost every weekend I look forward to the next great hike, the challenge and the comraderie. Hiking is one of my passions.
Started leading hikes in 2010, taking in at least 1-2 per week, enjoy elevation, technical and long hikes; all-season, all-weather hiker; always looking for a rock or tree to climb. Enjoy opportunities to engage in an active lifestyle, grow and connect with amazing bunch of hikers and leaders while experiencing the great outdoors. Humour, variety, adventure and commitment sums this group up for me.
My first hike with TrailHike was an unforgettable 2015 Halloween hike around Bond Lake. I was utterly unprepared in equipment and in conditioning for a night hike that was cold, wet and windy…. I was out of my comfort zone but I loved every minute of it. With this group of inspiring and adventurous souls we have discovered many extraordinary places in Southern Ontario.
My favourite hikes are night-time winter hikes and any hike with elevation. In a nutshell,
Hiking = Health + Happiness!!
I’m an explorer at heart, I love finding new paths and just see where they take me. Being in nature acts as a kind of therapy for me so it was fitting to look for a group that embraces this. In May of 2015 I found TrailHike. Getting to see new places, meeting new people and developing new friendships has kept me coming back. I’m also an avid photographer, I love to find new subject matter in amongst the rocks, trees, grasses, and people that I can capture to preserve the moment forever.
“Not all those who wander are lost.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
As a city kid, I wasn’t exposed to nature quite so much but my “authentic” person was a nature lover at heart, some would call me a hippie. Nothing like getting in touch with the energy of the universe than being outside amongst the trees, plants, wildlife, and let’s not forget, the wonderful smells, no matter the weather. To add to this, it is the perfect opportunity to enjoy my hobby of photography. To capture the beauty of nature's artwork, with a lens, to enjoy and remind me of where I’ve been and what I may yet see. On top of all this, you meet wonderful people with amazing stories.
“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul” -- John Muir
Growing up in the country I did a lot of wilderness exploring and outdoor adventuring. After college I found myself living smack dab in the middle big city, missing my connection with nature. Thankfully, In 2015 I stumbled across a hiking group called THRH. I never imagined I would find a group filled with so many friendly, outgoing and enthusiastic individuals with such amazing volunteers eager to share their adventures and love of the outdoors with all. With THRH there is always a new adventure just around the corner...
dust off your hiking poles, it’s time to hike!
Sitting at home on the couch or in front of a computer bored me enough to step outdoors, where I found a great group of people. I have been hiking with them since 2014. Rain, sleet, or sun; day or night; flat, hilly, or lateral; local or out-of-country.
This group does it all, with a smile on their face, and never getting lost (except on Get Lost hikes). The challenges of Hike Like a Boss (HLB, 20+ km) hikes are well worth it. I look forward to hiking more with this group, and meeting new friends along the way.