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The Chemeketans Climbing Training Hike Program is designed to keep climbers in shape through a series of training hikes.

Since these hikes are geared towards climbers, they take place usually on VERY STEEP trails. Some of these hikes are a steeper gradient than many mountains we climb.

These hikes are also open to non-climbers who are interested in a good workout.


Meeting Location: Typically, our groups meet at the Salem Motor Pool Park and Ride, 1100 Airport Rd SE. If meeting at the trailhead, plan accordingly.

Meeting Time:  After you sign up for a hike, the trip leader will inform you of the meeting time.   Be on time, as we leave promptly! 

Hike: Since these are training hikes, many times there will not be a specific "end" to the hike, but rather a "turn around time." The leader will establish a turn around time to get hikers back to the vehicles before, or shortly after, dark. 

Gear: Make sure you have your 10 essentials, plenty of water, rain gear, and a working headlamp. Trekking poles are HIGHLY recommended by many as the trails are very steep. 

Pace: There will always be varying speeds of hikers. A sweep will be designated to bring up the rear on each hike. Many times hikes break up into multiple groups going at different speeds. Don’t be afraid to come if you feel you are “slow”.


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