Organize your own hike!
We consider ourselves not a normal hiking group, but what is more important for us is to make a community of interested and open-minded people, where whoever has a nice idea for outdoor activity can share it with other people and accept everyone with open hugs to his/her event. We are not officially an organization and do not get any money for what we are doing. So the only way that this beautiful community stays alive and not be dependent on few people is that more and more people engage in organizing events.
Why should I organize a hiking trip?
Organizing a hiking trip without previous experience seems to be scary. It is understandable, because accepting the responsibility of taking some strangers to the forest seems not a very good idea. However, it is a very nice experience because:
you can go to your favorite place without waiting for someone to organize it for you
it helps you to grow. You can practice your organizing experience, how to communicate to people, how to lead, and how to make mistakes and deal with them
it helps you to gain your self-confidence
Over all of these reasons, we need to keep the number of attendees in our events limited (due to Corona), so having more events organized by other people is a big help for us and will give the chance to more people to have a beautiful weekend.
Before the event
Decide what you want to do
The main part of organizing a new hike is to decide what you want to do. There are some options:
You want to visit a specific point like a castle, a tower, a monument
You want to just walk freely in the forest without any destination
You want to go for another outdoor activity like boating, skiing, fruit harvesting, grilling, swimming, playing games, ...
For option number 1 you need to find an interesting destination. You could use Google and search for nice places and view points in the forests. You can also check the map of places we have visited and our Gallery to find something interesting. Our suggestion is that the people who are completely new in organizing trips, choose somewhere close to Jena rather than going far away since it sometimes requires more complicated organization.
If you just like to have the experience of organizing a trip and do not know where to go, just contact us and we will help you. We have a big list of interesting points and our open arms for you.
Choose the route
After deciding what you want to do, you should choose your way. For this, you can use easily Google Maps or some other professional software like Komoot, OmsAnd, ... The professional software are better to use since they show you the profile of your chosen way and you can see the uphills and downhills and adjust your way.
The very important things to consider while choosing your way:
Meeting point and starting point are different. Meeting point should be a very clear and easy-to-find place like bus station, train station, ... Consider that not everyone is living in Jena for a long time.
Length of the track: From our experience around 10-12 km is considered as normal hiking. You can organize shorter or longer if you want, but you need to give a roughly correct estimation to the people.
Transportation: Consider that there are proper transportation to the starting point and from the ending point. Adjust your route accordingly.
Finalize the trip with us
Then you need to contact us and finalize your trip with us. We would really like to see new faces organizing events and we would support you.
The next step is to make the events. In this regard you should fill this form out. It is a very nice form and we spent a lot of time to make it easy-to-use. Using this form, you do not need anymore to think about many details as you will be asked for automatically. The only think you should prepare is a photo for advertising your event. This photo will be asked inside the form.
As soon as we receive the data of your event, we will put it in our website, Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp. So all members will be informed immediately.
During the event
Leading a hike and attending the hike as a participant are two completely different experiences. You need to consider some points.
Show up at the meeting point: If you organize an event, you need to go there. If you cannot go there, you need to inform us so we can inform the people as we have their contact details. It is so bad if you just do not show up as it will waste people's time and destroy the trust.
Check all the names: We will give you the list of registered people and you need to check people who shows up. It is important since we need to give a list to authorities in case of Corona cases. Consider people who do not want to be in the photos when you are taking group photos later.
Be patient and nice: Sometimes you might get nervous on the way since you are checking the map most of the time and are worried about getting lost. But it is a good practice to learn to be patient and nice to others.
Consider others: Not everyone is as strong as you, so consider breaks if you see some people are getting tired after a steep heel. We are not a professional hiking group which wants to make records. So there is no rush.
Make group atmosphere: This is the most important thing. We are a group, so we need to have a friendly atmosphere. Think about some ice-breaking games and introduction rounds. Don not loose people, which means if someone is going to the toilet, make sure he can find the group again.
Be open to new cultures: As you might have already read on this website, our group is very international. So whereever you are from you are very welcome! Try to give this open-minded feeling to others as well: Accept cultural differences and try to be sensitive. You will also learn a lot about different countries!
After the event
We worked quite a lot on our Gallery and we would like to keep it complete and nice. If you appreciate our group and want to help us, it would be nice if you could write a text for about 2 paragraphs about the interesting things which happened during the event. We also share some selected photos and you might help us to choose them if you want.