(photo above taken by WHOA Travel. Location: Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania)
Expectations when adventuring with ample movement.
All hikes are fat positive, fat friendly events. All folks are welcome. No diet culture discussion or comments about anyone's body, even your own. Absolutely no homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism etc. will be tolerated.
To hike with Ample Movement you must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 including up to date boosters. Masks are optional when hiking outdoors with the group but if you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, please wear one.
Hike/walk at your own pace. As a hike leader, I usually hike in the back (unless it's a very wide trail, there are only a few people etc.) and I will take lots of breaks. If you need more breaks, please ask for them. This is your hike! This is also about the journey, taking pictures (I take a lotta pictures) and enjoying each others' company. No hiker will ever be left behind.
There is detailed information about trail surface and trail width, elevation gain, distance and time we expect to be out for each hike. If you don't see what you need, please email email@example.com and ask for it.
Gear and clothing
You don't have to have any fancy hiking equipment. Comfortable walking shoes, some water or something to drink and a few snacks are important. Warm enough clothing for the weather is also important. For each hike I will check the weather but it's a good idea to do that yourself too! Here is a list of brands that do sell plus size outdoor clothing, in case you're in the market for something.
Want to bring your dog?
Leashed dogs are welcome on the hikes but please respect that not all people or dogs like to be greeted by strange dogs. If your dog isn't used to being around a lot of people or other dogs, maybe it is best if you leave them home so they are more comfortable. Please bring your own poop bags to pick up after your dog on the trail. Also bring enough water and a receptacle to give your dog water during the hike.
Please do not allow your dog to go up to other dogs on the hike without getting the okay from the other dog's guardian.
Please do not use a retractable (flexi) leash on our group hikes. With a lot of people on a trail, people can easily get tangled or hurt. A six foot leash is a better option when hiking in a group.
*Occasionally we will be hiking at nature preserves that don't allow dogs. I will always note if dogs are not allowed.*
I do not welcome the use of e-collars, or leash corrections while hiking with Ample Movement. If you can't walk with your dog without using these methods, please do not bring your dog. You may want to find a positive reinforcement, force free dog trainer to help you work with your dog. If you do not know where to find one, please ask. As a retired dog trainer myself, I have resources that may help you.