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CHS has two pacing groups: CHS1 and CHS2. You get to pick which group to be in at the beginning of the class.
- CHS1: The moderate-paced group. If you like to hike at a slower pace and are more interested in getting out and being with your hiking friends than in getting in lots of mileage and gain, then you can elect to be in the moderate-paced group . You may be capable of going at a faster pace, but you enjoy the more moderate pace. Keep in mind that the CHS1 group’s hike difficulty will ramp up more slowly during the summer and will end at a lower level than CHS2.
- CHS2: The faster-paced group. If you would prefer to be in the faster group then you should be able to hike at about a 2+ mile/hour pace going on a moderate uphill section of trail. If you want to test your pace, Mt Si, Rattlesnake Ledge or the West Tiger trail are good timing trails. Hike at a pace you can sustain when doing this, you want to be able to enjoy what you’re doing. There will be course pacing hikes offered in March.
In each pacing group, the individual hike leader will fine tune the pace and how closely the group stays together. Some leaders like their groups to stay fairly close together; some are comfortable with letting faster folks go ahead and then asking them to stop at designated places and/or times. Participants must adhere to the guidelines set by each hike leader; disrespecting a leader or ignoring his or her instructions are grounds for dismissal from the course.
Can I change my pace group after I have chosen one?
It is possible that you may initially choose one group for your April hikes and then move to another group before the May hikes commence or later in the course of the summer. If you initially went into CHS1 but are finding that you are hiking faster, then you can make a request to try out CHS2. If you are in CHS2, but aren’t enjoying the faster pace and would prefer to slow the pace down, then you may step down to CHS1. The course administrator will help you decide what to do.
Hike leaders will also be paying attention to your pace during the the hikes, so based on your performance there we may make some recommendations for participants on where we think they should be. It is conceivable that based on your performance during the summer on the hikes you may be asked to move to the other group.