MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Hi, I'm Laurel
I love hiking and am passionate about getting more people out hitting the trails with confidence. But I also know how afraid many people are and how confusing it is when you're starting out.
That's why I compiled my 25+ years of hiking experience and created this hiking for beginners course. Hiking has changed my life and I want to get YOU out on the trail to experience its benefits.
Growing up in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains I've always had hiking at my doorstep and have done hundreds of hikes there. I currently live in Munich, Germany and hike in the Alps almost every weekend.
In addition to weekly day hikes, I also do long-distance treks which has lead me to hike in Italy, France, Switzerland, Spain, Ireland, Scotland, Nepal and Jordan.
Through my love of adventure travel, I've also done day hikes in the U.S. Kyrgyzstan, Kazakstan, South Africa, Rwanda, Madagascar and many other destinations. I don't say this to brag, but to point out that I've hiked in many different types of places and know what I'm talking about.
And I've also been trained on hiking in bear country by Parks Canada as part of a volunteer project collecting grizzly bear hair DNA for research purposes.
All of this is to say, that you're in good hands and I can't wait to help you hit the trail with confidence.