To start your 52-HIKE CHALLENGE, please refer to this website: http://www.52hikechallenge.com/ to find out everything you need to do, all the information is there! :)
I encourage each one of you to sign up. Ask yourself, are you ready to take on a life changing journey? Are you ready to do whatever it takes to complete the challenge, including meeting new adventure partners and exploring places you have never been before? If so, WELCOME TO THE CHALLENGE!
The 52-Hike Challenge has made it really easy to let your friends, family, and even the 52-Hike Challenge community to learn about your commitment. By posting our logo to your social media page, will help you become accountable, and keep you motivated to finish the challenge. Download the "52 Hike Challenge" logo, post it to your favorite Social Media Channel and if you feel so inclined, include why you are getting involved in the 52-Hike Challenge.
Please be sure to include in your text hashtag #52hikechallenge and tag @52hikechallenge if you are posting to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
ARE YOU READY FOR THE ADVENTURE SERIES?
The Adventure Series is the original 52-Hike Challenge with some objectives in mind. They added the Adventure Series for 2016 because they wanted you to have a well rounded experience, going to beautiful places and connecting with the people who care for making this planet more sustainable. They believe this list will enrich your life and make this 52-Hike Challenge journey memorable for years to come - hopefully something you tell your grandchildren about.
5 Waterfalls (even if they are dry)
1 Forest (if not possible, go to National Park/ Site)
2 Hikes to bodies of water: Lakes, Rivers, or Ocean
1 Stewardship hike (pick up trash or join group to help with a restoration project)
1 Group hike (if you are regular to one group, visit a new group to meet new people)
1 Introduce someone new to hiking (on an easy trail)
1 Hike from your Bucket list (somewhere you have always wanted to go)
3 Reflection hikes (journal at the beginning, middle, and towards the end of your challenge).
They are currently working on a new patch for the 2016 Adventure Series in Partnership with REI, and will email challengers who signup at the website on the link above!
Before you complete the "Sign Up" form, make sure that you are in it to win it. Are you ready to take on a life changing journey? Are you ready to do whatever it takes to complete the challenge, including meeting new adventure partners and exploring places you have never been before? If so, we welcome you to the challenge!
WHAT IS CONSIDERED A "HIKE"?
The 52-Hike Challenge was designed to help introduce people to hiking as well as be a challenge people can take all over the world. With that said, they recognize it can be difficult to gain access to the wilderness on a weekly basis, so they'll loosely count "getting outdoors" as a hike. This includes a hike in your local park, an urban hike, a snowshoe hike on flat land (for those who are in colder climates), a trail run, a climb in the mountains, etc. If a measurement must be made, they say "A MINIMUM OF ONE MILE EACH HIKE". Now for those who are not a beginner, they expect a lot more than ONE mile from you! You will soon find that one mile is not enough and the craving to get outdoors will intensify (a good habit to have), especially if you do a hike that is a little more challenging each time because those mini-goals will really help improve self-confidence and the desire to achieve more. So far we have seen a lot of great improvement from people who were once overweight, so don't knock the one-mile minimum - even the most advanced hiker will agree that after completing 52 hikes in a year, a person will surely be a lot stronger, healthier, and confident outdoors.
Here are five Steps to the GUIDE TO THE CHALLENGE - Please read it! http://www.52hikechallenge.com/guidetothechallenge
"AllTrails" is a great resource and phone application that contains tons of hikes. One of the features of the Pro version is it allows you to download maps for use when you're offline, which is a life saver. Our friends over there have hooked us up with a special coupon code to get you a full year of AllTrails Pro for $14.99, which is 50% off the regular rate. Just enter "52hikechallenge" coupon code when you upgrade.
I particularly like this link: http://www.ihikesandiego.com
If you are local to Orange County, CA you can find all the maps for the trails & parks here:
Jerry Schad's book, the 101 Hikes in Southern California, is a great guide book. Click here to order your copy through our REI link.
If you are more advanced, comfortable with off-route navigation, and in San Diego, be sure to check out one of theses 100 peaks.