Using POLES for Hiking & Outdoor Exercise
Location: Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with directions to the meeting location!
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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, hence 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.
Feel the rhythm, feel the power of POLES! The triple win of poles of being outside in beautiful Point Reyes, using your whole body, and connecting with your buddies.
Class starts PROMPTLY at 10:30
Arrive 15 to 25 minutes before class starts to park, sign in, arrange gear and get a cup of coffee or tea
Note, the parking lot is a 5 to 10 minute walk from our meet location. You can drop off your gear and then drive down the driveway to park and walk back up to the field seminar office.
Morning pole fitting, skills and techniques are in and out of the field seminar office and 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.
-This will be a vigorous activity.
-If you have any special circumstances or questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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. In the event that the PRNSA Field Institute cancels a class, participants will receive a full refund of class fee.
What to Bring:
- Required: Hiking shoes or boots with tread. Please do not wear sneakers or shoes with worn out tread unless you plan to skip the afternoon hike.
- Bag lunch and full water bottle (coffee and tea is available in the classroom)
- Warm, variable-weather, layered clothing. The weather in Point Reyes is often cool and foggy one
- minute, and warm and sunny the next. A windbreaker is recommended.
- Sunhat or warm hat, as necessary; sunglasses and sunscreen. Light day pack (fanny packs or packs with a chest strap are preferred as we hold our shoulders differently when the pack does not have a chest strap)
- POLES: A variety of top quality poles will be provided for your use so you can determine which pole model best fits your body and addresses your issues and goals. If you want to bring and use your own poles, no problem.
Instructor: Jayah Faye Paley
- Website: PolesForMobility.com:
- Blog: www.AdventureBuddies.net/blog
- Award-winning DVD: POLES for Hiking, Trekking & Walking
Note: This class is for hikers from novice to advanced. Participant should be in moderately good physical shape, able to walk on uneven terrain and be comfortable hiking 2+ miles. If you are uncertain as to your ability to handle the afternoon hiking terrain, you will also have the option of attending the morning session, joining us for lunch and skipping the afternoon hike.