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*NEW* Silent Forest Hike, A Tech-Free Experience

*NEW* Silent Forest Hike, A Tech-Free Experience

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Created Mar 2024

FROM THE TRIP HOST

Embark on a journey of discovery and inner peace as we explore the beauty of the forest in silence. Rediscover the joy of being present and connect with nature in its purest form. Let the forest be your teacher, and let silence open the door to a world of wonder and renewal.

Our Silent Hike is more than just a walk through the woods; it's an invitation to connect deeply with the natural world and discover the profound peace that lies in simply being present.

This trip is rated BEGINNER. See General Information below for more details.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Why Go Silent?

In our ever-connected world, silence has become a rare commodity. Yet, it's in silence that we often find our deepest moments of clarity and connection. This hike is designed to encourage mindfulness and inner tranquility, offering a sanctuary from the digital overload that characterizes much of our daily lives.

Here are just some of the benefits:

  • Stress Reduction: Research has shown that spending time in nature can significantly lower stress levels, reduce heart rate, and decrease cortisol levels, promoting overall well-being.
  • Enhanced Mindfulness: Engaging with natural environments helps enhance mindfulness, encouraging a state of active, open attention to the present. This mindfulness can improve mental health, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  • Boosted Creativity: The tranquility of nature can boost cognitive functions, including creativity and problem-solving skills, by allowing the brain to rest and recover from the demands of constant attention switching associated with technology use.

To ensure a fully immersive experience, we ask that all guests leave their cell phones and other electronic devices in their vehicles during the hike portion of this trip. This commitment to disconnection allows us to reconnect more deeply with ourselves, each other, and the world around us.

Throughout our hike, we will engage our senses, focusing on the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of the forest. We'll cultivate a practice of mindfulness that enriches our experience and fosters a deeper appreciation for the natural world.

The below is our anticipated itinerary*

  • 11am Arrive at destination
  • 11:20am Begin trip
  • 12:30p Arrive at¬†midpoint
  • 1:30p Return to destination
  • 2:30p Conclude trip

*Subject to change.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

DISCLAIMER: We take mental health seriously. Please be advised that there will not be mental health professionals available to you during this trip (it's an insurance thing). Furthermore, our hosts are not professional mental health professionals. And although we will have professional guidance from members of this community to conduct this therapeutic exercise, it will be a self-guided experience, where you should only do what feels right to you. This experience should not be considered a formal part or substitute for any professional mental health therapies. Finally, although we hope that this experience triggers nothing but positive emotions, it may also unexpectedly trigger negative feelings. We strongly encourage you to consult your mental health professional before and/or after participating in this activity.

Please refer to mental health resources at NY Project Hope and CDC's Mental Health Guidance.


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General Trip Information

AFTER YOU BOOK

All the details about your trip - including the most up-to-date weather, packing list and itinerary (especially for pickups) - lands in your inbox 72 hours prior to your trip date.

The sender will be "Al at Outerthere" and the subject of the Welcome email will be "Welcome to [name of trip]" and is only sent from info@  outerthere.com.

Here's what it'll look like in your inbox:

Please make sure you let your Gmail/iPhone know that this sender and email address are important. 

Additionally, you should have received a confirmation for your reservation and a separate Thank You email with the subject, "You've reserved a trip on Outerthere!"

If your trip is within 72 hours and you still haven't seen any emails from us, please check your spam folder or "newsletters" folder in Gmail.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, ask us in the chatbox here or reply to any email you've received from our official email, info@ outerthere.com. 

 

ABOUT TRIP RATINGS

Guidance by Outerthere, Updated August 2023

PACE

Everyone goes at their own pace and regardless of the pace you're on, you will never get left behind or be made to feel as though you’re slowing down your group. Whether you’re coming out for fitness or to just enjoy nature, the pace of the group can accommodate you.

BEGINNER

Beginner trips and activities are for anyone physically active at least one to three times per week, including kids ages 5+.

Beginner hiking trips, for example, may cover 0 to 3 miles in distance where you will be walking across unpaved, natural terrain anywhere between 2 to 4 hours with plenty of breaks or an experience will include basic training.

Elevation is within 1,000 feet. And some features may require you to use your hands for leverage, balance, and even getting up or down.

Beginner trips are generally labeled "Easy" or "Beginner-friendly" and in the case of water-based trips (i.e. kayaking), will be on calmer lakes and slow moving rivers. For beginner camping trips, we may go from trailhead to campground without backpacking.

Regardless of the pace you're able to keep, you will not be left behind and will be supported with demonstrations or other instruction until you're comfortable performing the basic activity.

Beginner trips are recommended for anyone who little-to-no experience, but wants to get more acquainted with that activity.

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Like Beginner trips, but with more consideration to kids and pets. (For example, other parents/nannies will be present and are happy to support your kid, expect activities your kids will enjoy, baby changing stops and areas are considered, area is walkable with carrier or stroller).

INTERMEDIATE

Intermediate trips are a bit more challenging than Beginner trips, but completely doable for anyone active 3 to 5 times per week, including pre-teenagers.

An Intermediate trip may cover 3 to 7 miles, during which you'll be moving anywhere between 4 to 8 hours with breaks.

If you're participating in an Intermediate trip, you will be expected to have had some basic experience with this activity. You may already own some gear and/or equipment specifically designed for the activity and will be OK with unexpected weather. 

And you may even be asked to support Beginners transitioning up to Intermediate.

Elevation is within 3,000 feet. And some features may require you to use your hands for leverage, balance, and even getting up or down. You'll feel it in your calves, quads, hams, shoulders, back, and arms next day.

Intermediate water-based trips (i.e. kayaking, rafting) generally assume you're comfortable in open water and/or with fast-moving water. Although you don't have to know how to swim, if you're participating in an Intermediate trip, it's recommended.

You will need to focus and stay alert at all times for your safety.

When you’re done, you may say to yourself you’ll never do a trip like that again, but afterwards, you’ll look forward to the next one.

These trips are recommended for anyone interested in stepping up their outdoor game or anyone about to start a training program. 

ADVANCED

Advanced is intended for anyone (including teenagers) who is active almost every day and could probably put together their own trip, but prefers going in a group with other Advanced fam.

They may cover 7 or more miles during which you'll be moving 8+ hours. Destinations, elevation and weather will be challenging.

If you're participating in an Advanced trip, you will be expected to have had some basic experience with this activity. You may already own all gear and/or equipment specifically designed for the activity and are knowledgeable with how to use it. 

Advanced water-based trips (i.e. kayaking, rafting) will require you to comfortable in all types of water. You should know how to swim.

These trips are recommended for anyone thinking about DIY trips and need some additional guidance, anyone training to do epic, multi-day treks, and/or anyone interested in mixing up their normal weekly workout.

IMPORTANT HEAD UP ABOUT ADVANCED PACE: Please be aware that some fam will attend a trip convinced that they are prepared for an Advanced trip, including maybe you. However, they may have discovered on that trip that they are not as Advanced as they expected. That is perfectly normal and in no way reflects a miscommunication or misunderstanding by anyone. Like it says in Welcome emails, sh_t happens and your trip host can manage.

If that's the case, and you or someone else on your trip is having a challenging time, other fam may be asked to support anyone who is having a challenging time maintaining an Advanced pace. This can mean that someone is going at a slower pace due to injury, dehydration, affected mental state, anything. In any case, trips are safe spaces and no one will be made to feel as though they are being a burden or left behind.

SCOUTING

Scouting trips are meant for us to "test the adventure" (like breaking gadgets on purpose to see if they'll hold up to regular use) and figure out all the risks before planning a safe adventure for everyone else.

That said, since we won't always know what to expect, sometimes these scouting trips are very easy and even boring.

Or they are very challenging and extremely dangerous. We won't know until we try it.

Either way, they're fun for anyone who has already participated in Intermediate or Advanced trips, are open to anything and don't mind the unexpected inconveniences (weather, car issues, whatever) that come up on the way to a new experience. 

These trips are recommended for anyone with advanced outdoor skills, lots of experience in the outdoors and a variety of outdoor gear. 

DISCLAIMER

TIME, DATE & DESCRIPTIONS POSTED HERE ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE FOR ANY REASON. Details regarding your trip will be emailed to you after you book.