It is undeniable that sometimes, it takes time to find a group or a partner to hike together. The challenges can be because you have no network of friends to share your interest. In addition, you may have a different interest from your friends’. Gladly, there are many ways to find the adventures with the same interests and dreams as you. Here are some suggestions and you will find your new hiking partner easily.
1. Find The Local Outing Clubs
Well, the clubs can be from your local colleges and universities. In fact, there are many outing clubs of universities that even welcome you even though you are not a student. They do not care to check. If you find a large school, they may have enough graduate students. What you should do is to blend in.
In addition, you can find the outing clubs that offer some great deals such as gear rentals and even classes. Even you can join in some free workshops from their outing club. They do not mind to bring in the outside speakers, great lectures that will teach you to hike and camp in certain season.
2. Fliers and Local Outfitters Store
Spend your little time to visit the outing goods store around your home. There, you can find the corkboard in fliers. In fact, many outfitters plugged in local adventure scene. Commonly, they provide information about movie screening, outdoor gatherings, events, and others.
Every day, they are millions of people registered on Facebook. We think it can be a powerful way to find some new partners to hike. If you have no outdoorsy friends, just put the word out. Who knows you will find your old friend with the same dream to hike?
Besides, try to post the trip you want to do and see if any friends introduce you with other friends with the same interest. The mutual connection is great to try.
4. The Office
Do not hesitate to send out an email at the office. This is good to check out if there are any coworkers love to join the trip with you. To do this, make sure that you can be loose for the details. You have the veto power so that you really find the right partner with the same interest.
What we can recommend is to make sure that you can go and enjoy the trip with someone who not works below or above you. It is good to find the people in other fields or departments so there are no potential issues.
5. The Skill Class
What about taking a high-level class? There, you can find some adventurers. There are many classes to join such as the Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness First Aid.
6. Local Outdoor Group Meetup.com
Meetup.com is the popular site with the goal to find groups of like-minded people. Therefore, they have the category for “outdoor” meetups. You can use this group to find partners in your area.
It does not a big deal if you cannot attend the formal events made by the group. It is still possible to use the site and message other members who share the common network and interest for a new adventure partner.
7. “Hikers And Backpackers” Slack Community
Slack Community commonly is for the internal business communication and conversations. But now, the community started to welcome more interest and public communities or groups. For example, the Slack community has Hikers and Backpackers with different channels in US regions.
Besides, you can chat with other people around your area. So, you can learn about new places, plan a hike, have a chat about gear, and other topics related to the backcountry.
8. Regional Outdoor Associations
In addition, it is good to join regional outdoor associations. In fact, if you live in a big region, commonly, they have an organization with the goal to organize donations and volunteers. There are some popular organizations like the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
If you do not have any idea, it does not a big deal because you can use Google to search for the area and add “hiking club” or “hiking communities”. There are some outdoor organizations or associations provide young adults trips in their program. If they do not have it yet, still you can start it!
9. Town’s Local Subreddit
Do you live in the populated area? Well, you have the chance to find the active subreddit. These people love to post their local topics.
If you are lucky, you can even post about a trip that you want to plan and ask for their advice or feedback. If there are anyone talks about the area and even help you to discuss the trail options, then this person can be the great candidate as your hiking partner.
10. Guide Programs
Another option if you want to look to tackle the more remote, harder trail with some help is by finding the local guide program. Please note that it also means you need to pay for the guide. Nevertheless, this is the great option you should take especially you want more than just hiking in your comfort zone.
11. On The Trail
It is unbelievable that you can even meet people with the same interest on the train. It is good to try to take a few minutes just to chat with other people you encounter on the trail. Since you are on the same path and at the same time, you can at least know about their interests. Why do not try to dig more?
For example, if you have a good conversation with someone, you can exchange emails just to stay in touch. It seems perfect if you can stay in touch and plan several trips together after a nice chat on the trail.
Now, you can try these options. In fact, you will never find the new partners for hiking if you do not try any possibilities to find them. Go hike, make more plans, and meet more people to travel together!