While P and A receive occasional help from myself, J, A and R, we are overworking them and leaving them with too much responsibility for organising and leading exploration hikes as well as the actual Sunday hikes. There are increasing numbers of Sunday hikers, especially at this time of year, and this sometimes means that faster and slower hikers are dissatisfied with each other and/or with the sheer size of the large groups.
It would be a good idea to offer more A and B hikes some Sundays, perhaps even with different start &/or end points, to cater for the different speeds, but this of course puts even more work on the shoulders of the small number of leaders. It would be great if other long-term group members could occasionally lead a hike or help in other ways to suggest/organise alternative hikes. Current hike leaders will be very happy to assist in any way they can if a new leader needs help with discussing ideas, mapping/gps support, transport logistics, putting hike descriptions & trip reports online, being a tail-end Charlie, and even ‘teaching’ a route.
My first lead, just a couple of years ago, was the Pilgrim’s Trail (and I got the timing wrong by one hour), so don’t think you have to discover some exotic new trail and know every inch of it before you can offer to lead a hike. There are many tried and tested routes to revisit and to take new people to. (It was great to take J somewhere local that she said she hadn’t been to before on my last lead.)
I would like to suggest that all hikers who have done over 20 hikes with us consider leading at least one Sunday hike during this current cool season, either individually or in pairs/groups (to pool skills and resources).
The evening mini-hikers are showing the way. These short late-afternoon hikes started with me leading small groups up about half a dozen different trails from easily-accessible start points but they have now become Mikeless and self-supporting with a couple of the participants leading weekly hikes. Well done ladies!
Of course, people who’ve done fewer than 20 hikes can also consider helping out.
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