Hiking

Hiking is the perfect exercise for cancer survivors combining fresh air, vigorous physical activity and comradery.

Our midweek hikes begin in April, starting out with more gentle trails and becoming more vigorous as the season progresses. Introduction to Hiking walks take place on four different Saturdays a year and are the perfect introduction to the mountains.

Click HERE for a comprehensive list of hikes planned for the 2018 hiking season.

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Vigorous

TSNW’s Midweek hikes are trail hikes in the mountains, where you will enjoy breathtaking scenery as well as rigorous hikes. Hiking is the perfect exercise for cancer survivors combining fresh air, vigorous physical activity and comradery. These hikes are designed to be progressive, getting more rigorous each week. We start with easier hikes in April and work up to longer distances and more elevation gain as we get further into the season. If you are thinking of hiking with us, but are not an avid hiker, it’s best to start in the spring so that you can work up to the more challenging hikes that happen later in the year. However, we often have a shorter and a longer version of the week’s hike so we can accommodate hikers who are slower and faster.

TIME AND LOCATION

Midweek Hikes run every Wednesday from April through September with hikes in the Issaquah Alps, I-90 corridor and Snoqualmie Pass area, North Cascades and Mt. Rainier National Park. Participants meet at one of two pre-designated carpool locations between 7:30-8:30 (depending on location) and drive together to the trail head.

Moderate

Want to go hiking but you can’t go midweek? Want to go hiking but you don’t feel you are in good enough shape? Are you concerned that the hikes are too long, too steep or you can’t keep up? We have the program for you! It’s a perfect introduction to the mountains. Four fabulous Saturday hikes in the mountains that will be at a comfortable pace, with not too much distance, not too steep, BUT, they will have, spectacular views, wonderful company and will get your heart pumping.

TIME AND LOCATION

The intro to hiking series runs once a month on a Saturday, May through August, with hikes in the Issaquah Alps, I-90 corridor and Snoqualmie Pass area, North Cascades and Mt. Rainier National Park. Participants meet at one of two pre-designated carpool locations between 7:30-8:30 (depending on location) and drive together to the trail head.

This list applies to all hiking programs: Urban, Mid-week, and Weekend hikes.

  • Plenty of water. (At least one quart for a shorter hike; two for longer hikes.)
  • Lunch with high energy food such as peanut butter sandwich, trailmix, dried fruit, etc.
  • A comfortable backpack.
  • Raingear – always have a poncho or rain jacket in your pack.
  • Rain pants are also recommended.
  • Sturdy shoes with good tread
  • Hat for sun and rain protection
  • Sunscreen
  • Walking sticks (optional) A walking stick can help with balance and in going downhill if you have bad knees. Many people use two walking sticks when they hike.
  • Dress in comfortable layers – cotton is not a good fabric for hiking. If you can, try to wear quick dry shirts and pants. Jeans are not recommended on any hikes because they are heavy, chafe easily and stay wet for a long time.
“TSNW provides a network of amazing women who have become some of my closest friends.  I firmly believe that exercise is the best thing we can be doing for our health!  This is not your typical support group.  The camaraderie is incredible!” Kim York

Team Survivor NW Member

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