Learn How to Use POLES for Hiking and Outdoor Exercise
Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with directions to the meeting location!
Learning how to use poles enables you to engage your whole body while hiking and significantly improves performance and confidence on varied terrain. Uphill pole techniques empower you to feel more push, improving your endurance and pace; downhill techniques help save your knees, hips and spine!
Optimal use of poles improves your posture, balance and upper body strength. Using and strengthening core muscles helps preserve your joints which prevents stress or strain in the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulder and neck.
Engaging your whole body while hiking uses more calories which facilitates weight management while – at the same time – lowers perceived exertion. You work harder, but feel more energy and endurance. Learn individualized skills that will reduce knee stress, improve back health, prolong agility and enable you to look around at nature instead of down at your feet.
A variety of top quality poles will be available to help you discover which poles fit you best and can help you to achieve your goals. Hikers of all experience levels are welcome, from novice to advanced. Practice new skills on a nature pole-practice hike. Easy, relaxed pace. This session is about learning anatomically optimal techniques and skills that will enhance your outdoor adventures, regardless of how rigorous or gentle they are. Class size is extremely limited so sign up early to reserve your space.
Feel the rhythm, feel the power of POLES! The triple win of poles – you’re outside in beautiful Point Reyes, using your whole body and connecting with your buddies.
Instructor’s website and blog provide info on classes, exercises, adventures as well as training which helps people of all ages and abilities to learn skills and techniques that enable them to achieve their fitness goals and more fully enjoy the outdoors:
- Arrive 15 to 25 minutes before class starts to park in main parking lot, sign in, arrange gear and get a cup of coffee or tea
- Class starts PROMPTLY
- Morning: anatomy, pole fitting, skills and techniques taught in and out of the field seminar office and on very easy (paved) terrain
- Lunch (light lunch suggested) is in the field seminar office, during which there is more info to learn
- After lunch we go on a short hike practicing skills and techniques on a variety of terrain, including uphill, downhill and uneven trails.
- Some people come just for the morning and skip the practice hike in the afternoon - this is an option for anyone who wants an easier day
What to Bring:
- Light lunch
- Day Pack
- Layered clothing
- Hiking shoes or boots WITH tread. Inappropriate hiking shoes will prevent you from participating in the practice hike in the afternoon. Sneakers, flip flops, shoes with worn out tread are not appropriate for hiking on trails.
-Youth, ages 12 and up, are welcome with adult supervision.
-This class will be held mostly outdoors with some time spent indoors. Participants should be able to spend at least three hours outdoors and active. Portions of this class may be held in remote or wilderness areas.
-If you have any special circumstances or questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
Class Cancellation Policy
If a registered participant wishes to cancel their enrollment and receive a refund, notification must be received at least 14 days in advance of the class date. No refunds will be issued for enrollment cancellations made less than 14 days in advance of the class date. Class enrollment fees are non-transferable. PRNSA Field Institute classes are generally run rain or shine, though will follow National Park Service weather and road advisories to ensure that classes only run in safe conditions. In the event that the PRNSA Field Institute cancels a class for any reason, participants will receive a full refund of class fees.
Are you an outdoor educator or artist who would like to teach a PRNSA Field Institute class? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ptreyes.org/camps-classes-programs/field-institute/class-information for more information about how to become a PRNSA Field Institute Instructor.