Conditioning Hiking Series - Olympia - 2020

Day Hiking Course

Conditioning Hiking Series

This course offers participants the chance to develop their fitness capabilities and hike with many of the same people throughout the duration of the course and reach new distance and elevation goals. Beginning in the spring, the course provides a structure of increasing challenges through hikes that are scheduled to bring you to new heights and discover new places as you gain fitness.


This course is designed for new hiker or experienced hiker who wants to increase their fitness level.  It is also designed to provide a small-group trip environment in which hikers can build friendships by hiking with the many of same people throughout the summer.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  To be successful in this course, you will need to be able to walk/hike at least 5 miles with some elevation beginning with your first hike.  You will also need to commit to developing your conditioning throughout the summer as each month, the hikes will become progressively more difficult.

What to Expect: The CHS course consists of two mandatory  classroom sessions on April 22 and 29, 2020 @ 6:00pm at the Friends Meeting House in Olympia, a minimum of two CHS hikes per month building in mileage and elevation gain from May through September, and a graduation hike in October.  Each participant in the course is also required to do one day of Stewardship in order to graduate as well as earn their free Low Impact Recreation Badge.

Course badges will be awarded to those who complete the April classroom sessions, ten CHS day hikes (two per month, May-September), one CHS graduation hike in October, one day of Stewardship and earn their Low Impact Recreation Badge. 

CANCELLATIONS must be received no later than April 8 to qualify for refund.

You must be  a current member of The Mountaineers to register for this course.


Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Conditioning Hiking Series initial Meeting
Olympia Friends Meeting House
Wed, Apr 22, 2020
Registration closes Apr 20
0 participants
0 instructors
Conditioning Hiking Series - Equipment Q&A
Olympia Friends Meeting House
Wed, Apr 29, 2020
Registration closes Apr 27
12 participants
0 instructors

Additional badges needed to graduate


Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
Course Materials
Name/Description Type
Course Manual

Olympia Branch Conditioning Hiking Series Course Manual Rev. 2018

File File
Pre-Workshop Homework

Olympia Branch Conditioning Hiking Series Pre-Workshop Homework.

File File
Ten Essentials

File File
Day Hike Checklist

File chemical/x-isostar File
Stewardship Project Report Form

File RealAudio document File
Clubwide Activity Standards - Hiking & Backpacking

Clubwide Activity Standards for Hiking & Backpacking