Walk At Your Own Pace

Activity Levels and Walking Pace

Typical Walking Connection Small Group Adventures are geared to accommodate walkers and hikers of most interests and abilities. We want you to set your own walking pace. Each destination we travel to presents many unique opportunities for walking. The primary goal is to provide guests with an interpretive experience, opportunities to interact with local people and to explore, see and experience each destination at a relaxed pace. For ALL trips we strongly recommend rugged walkers with a deep tread made for uneven surfaces. Though ankle supportive boots are preferred, lower cut hiking shoes or trail runners are usually sufficient. Smooth bottom tennis or walking shoes, sandals (including sports sandals) are NOT appropriate for our trips.

Each trip may include a combination of our classifications. Prior to each days activity your hosts and guides will describe the planned activities of the day and point out the various options that maybe available. Generally speaking, if you walk regularly, can comfortably go a moderate pace and walk 3-5 miles at a time, most moderate and moderate to challenging trips are perfect for you.

That said, here are the classifications we suggest:

Moderate

Each day usually consists of 3-5 hours of activities most centered around walking over various terrains. It may involve city streets, village cobblestone walkways or well worn paths in the countryside that have gradual uphill and downhill components. Achieving a specific destination (point A to B) is not usually the goal and most always there is some type of support vehicle or alternative transportation available. Other activities may involve a river float, smooth water kayaking or horseback riding. Your day pack would include a liter of water, snacks, rain jacket, sunscreen, personal items and camera.

Moderate to Challenging

These make up the majority of Walking Connection Small Group Adventures. Each day consists 4 – 6 hours of activities most centered around walking, hiking or trekking. They may include all the aspects of our moderate label walks but are usually longer. They may involve crossing rougher terrain, may involve long and steep inclines and descents, and may be at higher elevations. We may select a distant hilltop as a goal and though there is usually a support vehicle or alternative transportation nearby, we do walk in more remote areas where greater agility and a higher fitness level is helpful. Other activities may involve stream crossing, narrow trails with sharper drops, walking on a glacier or into and out of a canyon. Your day pack would include two or more liters of water, snacks or lunch, extra socks, extra layers, rain protection, sunscreen, personal items and camera.

Challenging

Each day consists 6 or more hours of activities most centered around walking, hiking or trekking. They may include all the aspects of our other walks but are longer and more difficult. They may involve crossing rougher terrain, a boulder field, long and steep inclines and descents, and may be at higher elevations. We may select a distant mountain peak as a goal and though there are alternative transportation and options available at the beginning of the hike or trek, they are usually in more remote areas where greater self reliability, agility and a higher fitness level is required. Other activities may involve stream crossing, narrow trails with sharper drops, walking on a glacier or into and out of a canyon. Your day pack would include three or more liters of water, snacks or lunch, extra socks, extra layers, rain protection, sunscreen, personal items and camera.

 

 

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