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8. Challenges and Goals


Once you understand the components you need to include for a well-balanced walking and hiking training program, it is time to get moving. Remember, the conditioning program included here assumes that you are new to fitness walking, casual and strenuous hiking prior to joining Conquer The Canyon. If you are a seasoned runner or previous hiker, then use the information here as a supplement to your current regime. 


As a Conquer The Canyon participant, it is your duty to complete a comprehensive self-evaluation form to decide which portions of this program best suits you. Keep in mind that on each hike there are multiple distances and levels of difficulties from which to choose. You can select the one that best fits your goals.


We want to be sure we get you on the correct team and the information you provide us in your initial and follow up forms is key. So whatever your goal, whether it be hiking far and fast, a more casual paced and interpretive hike, to simply hiking with your choice of friends, use this guide as a starting point and begin training at a level that is best for you. Please remember, there are NO EASY trails during our hike.

NOTE: At the midpoint of your training program, you will be asked to complete a progress survey. The information you provide will allow us to modify the website content so that it caters to your hiking ability, fitness level and interests.


The physical demands of hiking the Waimea Canyon are in stark contrast to those found in fitness walking or hiking on relatively flat terrain. We are providing you with detailed trail description for our hike, so please read them so that you can train wisely and enjoy your entire adventure. 


Remember, strong knees, proper socks and well-fitting boots are a must. 



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