HEART WILD HIKING (ADULTS AND CHILDREN AGES 10+):
Please note no prior experience is required to participate….we will guide you along your journey.
8:30am – Meet Up (Turner Valley Library Parking Lot)
8:30am – 9:30am – Car pool to trail head, or drive your self.
Car pooling is recommended, but not necessary. Please use the Facebook Group tab for car pooling discussions.
9:30am – 12pm – Open, Connect with Nature and Hike in.
(calling in spirit to protect and guide and setting our intentions).
12:00pm – 12:30pm – Lunch (not supplied), on top of Volcano Ridge. GREAT Photo opportunities 🙂
12:45 – 1:45 – Hike back down to Forest Bathing Location.
1:45 – 2:45 – Forest Bathing, journalling and receiving guidance. Should you choose to pass on the wellness activities, you will be required to stay with the group and wait quietly for the activities to complete.
2:45pm – 3:45pm – Hike out, Close and Share.
(give thanks to Gaia, Spirit, and Guides for the experience, and enjoy a nice herbal beverage provided by Anam Cara)
3:45 pm – 4:30pm – Car pool back to Parking Lot or drive yourself out.
WHAT COMES WITH YOUR HIKE
• Opening and Closing Ceremonies
• 4 hr return hike
• WELLNESS PRACTICE (Forest Bathing, journalling,
cards) (If you choose to participate)
• Connection to the Earth, Self and others
• Fresh Air, Love and Light
Hike will run rain or shine, however, Heart Wild Hikes reserves the rights to cancel or revise hike location/details whenever conditions are deemed unsafe for participants. Weather is volatile and we will always make decisions within 2-3 hours of an event. Under the circumstance that Heart Wild Hikes (HWH) cancels a hike, all participants will be fully refunded in full (for the day of the cancelled hike). No fees will apply.
DO YOU HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN ALL ACTIVITIES?
The choice is entirely up to you! All activities are optional (with the exception of the hike itself…lol) but we highly recommend you partake in the wellness portion as well. Should you choose to pass on the wellness activities, you will be required to stay with the group and wait quietly for the activities to complete.
WHAT TO BRING?
Comfortable, light weight hiking shoes or boots generally work the best. Shoes must enclose the entire foot and toes (no open-toe sandals, or water shoes). Whatever footwear you chose, make sure you have worn them in advance of your trip to ensure they fit well and are comfortable.
For Spring hiking, it is recommended to have a set of micro spikes, as conditions can be slippery. You can purchase these at MEC, Campers Village, Atmosphere, and even Marks Work Warehouse.
Backpack, Hiking Clothes that are comfortable enough to layer. (I like to wear long pants, to protect from branches and such, a tank, long sleeve, jacket, hat and gloves). Travel light! Recommended items include snacks and packed lunch, two water bottles (or bladder pack), sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, lip balm, camera, journal and pen, little gloves, layering clothes for weather a light wind/rain jacket and extra socks (not cotton). Hiking Socks really do make a difference. Keep in mind to wear long socks and tuck your pants inside of the socks, as it is tick season.
*It is also good to have a whistle and a garbage bag, or small towel (if the ground is wet and you want something to sit on)
Easy to eat and go snacks, a bagged lunch, and water.
AM I IN GOOD ENOUGH SHAPE?
Give us a call with any of your concerns about participating in one of our hiking excursions. Our hikes are designed for all skill levels and is a perfect day trip. Hikes are graded as beginner to moderate in Kananaskis Parks. No previous hiking is required, however, it is recommended you be in good physical shape. Gym fitness is different from hiking fitness when you are on your feet most of the day. Even being outdoors in the fresh air can be quite tiring. Our hikes are aimed at those who are active and reasonably fit. A general rule of thumb is to be able to carry a pack weighing 10-15lbs and hiking approx. 4 hrs (7-13km) with vertical gains of 100m – 600m. You will be carrying your own gear, lunch and drinks.
THINGS TO KNOW
All of our excursions take place in beautiful K-Country…and yes that means we will be entering the homeland for bears, wild cats, moose, elk, deer, mountain goats, big horn sheep, snakes, bugs and more! We would like to bring awareness to the fact that there is always a potential of encountering one of these beings on our outing, so if you have a crippling fear of seeing any of these animals, these hikes may not be for you. That being said, encounters do happen, and it is our goal to keep you and the animals safe.
Also, keep in mind it can get very hot, or very cold and/or wet quickly so please be prepared for all weather conditions.
As well, please be prepared that mobile reception in the mountains is typically poor to non-existent.
Smoking of any sorts (including vape pens) is not permitted during our hikes.
Heart Wild Hikes does not permit pets on any of our adventures. As dog lovers we wish this was not the case. We cannot control other off leash dogs that may walk through and how they interact with your pet. This variable can be extremely disruptive and dangerous. We hope you can understand.
Heart Wild Hikes are family friendly (10+ upon approval), and are suitable for people who enjoy an active, meditative, and spiritual outdoor experience.
TRAIL ETIQUETTE & SAFETY
Heart Wild Hikes would like to preserve our trails and respect other hikers. We keep our groups small to ensure both values (max 12 participants).
Traveling as a group:
When you sign up for a Heart Wild Hike you are signing up to hike as one unit. Our objective is to stay together. Please do not leave the group to hike on your own. If you are not interested in keeping pace with the group this adventure may not be for you. At no time in the trip will you be permitted to leave the group and hike on your own. (If you have a fast pace and have a hard time hiking with others consider adding extra weight to your pack to slow you down 😉 )
Safety & Liability:
Heart Wild Hike facilitators are NOT Certified Travel Guides. Know that HWH has your best interest in mind and that Cara Marshall is Certified with Wilderness & Remote First Aid & CPR Level C.
Note: All trip details are subject to change based on weather & trail conditions. There is inherent risk involved with outdoor recreation. You will be required to sign a Waiver of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Express Assumption of Risks and Indemnity Agreement before departing on any Heart Wild Hike. As well, clients must follow all safety procedures set forth by their facilitators while participating in a HWH. Clients are ultimately responsible for their own safety during any of our trips.
We encourage you to read over each of the forms. No persons who refuse signatures will be permitted on any Heart Wild Hike events.
Heart Wild Hiking is designed for YOU to get back into Nature and back to YOU!
Please feel free to contact me. No matter your interest in Heart Wild Adventures I look forward to talking with you, and hope to see you on the trail ♥
Your Soul Friend,