Tips for Organizing and Leading a Group Hike

Group hikes are a wonderful way to bring people together and explore nature. Meeting new friends and like-minded people can be a good respite from the long work weeks. There are many different hiking meet-up groups throughout the US that match level and location. Not only do you get a great exercise in, but you open yourself up to a whole new network of people. Win-win in our book! Some of the best people we have met have been people out on the trails. There is a sense of similarity when you meet and interact with people. Organizing a group hike takes some advanced planning. We’ve put together our top tips for getting everyone together.

  1. Give everyone advanced notice. Check the weather and time of year. Many people have commitments on weekends. A little advanced planning goes a long way.
  2. Pick an objective that works with everyone. Assess limitations and hiker skill. This will ensure everyone feels included. Is this a work-focused team-building exercise? If so, be sure to check out our corporate gift idea for warm wool blankets. They make unique client and employee loyalty gifts.
  3. Don’t have too many people. Ten or less is good for a day hike. Otherwise, it can be challenging to keep everyone together.
  4. Reward yourselves! Maybe it’s an epic picnic at the top or a swim in the river. As a wool blanket company, we offer wholesale wool blankets. Grab one for everyone and take time to unwind and relax after your hike. We have to admit, we think they are the best wool blankets. :)
  5. Be a leader. Make sure everyone feels included and part of the group. If someone is struggling, try to encourage the group to come together and help. Comradery is important in the wilderness. It’s a great way to build memories, too!