Olympia Conditioning Hiking Series has Something for Everyone

Learn about the Olympia Branch's upcoming Conditioning Hiking Series (CHS), designed to take new and returning hikers to new heights.
Becky Andrade Becky Andrade
Olympia Conditioning Hiking Series Committee
February 11, 2022
Olympia Conditioning Hiking Series has Something for Everyone
Becky Andrade

Join the Olympia branch for our upcoming Conditioning Hiking Series (CHS) course, offering participants the chance to improve their fitness level and hike with many of the same people throughout the course. 

Beginning in March and running through September, the course provides a structure of increasing challenges. Participants will commit to going on two CHS hikes a month and a graduation hike. The hikes increase in distance and elevation gain each month. 

"I keep coming back to the Conditioning Hiking Series because it brings serenity, a level of physical fitness I was looking for, and a sense of satisfaction. I have learned so many hiking tips, gained cherished memories, and had the opportunity for great photo opportunities. If you are new to hiking or even an experienced hiker who wants to challenge themselves more, I encourage you to try this course and discover why hiking can be beneficial for you!"

-Nicole Zock, two-time graduate of the Olympia CHS and a future hike leader


The CHS course is designed for new hikers, experienced hikers, hikers who haven't hiked for a while or who are recovering from an injury, and those who have just moved to the area and are wanting to learn what hiking is all about here in the PNW. In other words, this course is for anyone who would enjoy hiking the spectacular trails in our state in a supportive environment while improving their fitness level.


Course leaders have new and exciting things ahead this summer:

  • The Olympia CHS course now offers two levels of difficulty: Level 1 and Level 2. The main difference between the two levels is pace, with Level 1 being between 1.5 and 2.0 mph; Level 2 is 2.0 to 3.0 mph. 
  • We will be offering an optional camping weekend east of Chinook pass in July. Participants can hang out, explore, hike, eat good camp food, and enjoy the fellowship of their classmates.
  • We will host a graduation party and alumni hike in October.
  • We are implementing mentoring into the course, where experienced hike leaders or CHS graduates mentor a group of course participants.

REgister now 

Registration is open and filling fast! Reserve your spot in the Olympia Conditioning Hiking Course, and look forward to a summer of challenges, great adventures, and new friends.


Main Image: Hiking near Mount St. Helens. Photo by Becky Andrade.

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Rose McManus
Rose McManus says:
Feb 12, 2022 09:02 AM

I have become deconditioned during a long period of caregiving and other life developments. I would love to work my way back to fitness gradually and with the support of like minded souls.

Steven Payne
Steven Payne says:
Feb 15, 2022 08:39 AM

Welcome back, Rose!

Nicolya Hargrove
Nicolya Hargrove says:
Feb 12, 2022 06:52 PM

Seems like I saw on the previous advertisement for this course a possible vaccine requirement or negative test. On this ad I don't see any of that. What are the requirements? If any.

Steven Payne
Steven Payne says:
Feb 15, 2022 08:47 AM

Nicolya, individual trip leaders may require proof of vaccination or negative test prior to the hikes. See COVID-19 Response page here: https://www.mountaineers.org/membership/the-mountaineers-covid-19-response

LaRae Howell
LaRae Howell says:
Feb 15, 2022 07:09 PM

Hello Steve,
In my readings I saw that we have a mandatory meeting in March...Do you have at date, time and location ser for meeting yet? Looking forward to new adventures. ~LaRae

Steven Payne
Steven Payne says:
Feb 15, 2022 10:15 PM

Sending an introductory email to all participants very soon, LaRae. Thanks!