WHAT WE STAND FOR
MOVEMENT | CONNECTION | NATURE
We believe in movement's transformative power and we achieve this through hiking. It boosts mental and physical health, engenders respect for ourselves and our surroundings, and creates and strengthens a sense of community. We strive to ensure everybody can join our hiking experiences, no matter the fitness level, and we educate our guests on the trail options available to them.
Connection creates community
We unite a diverse hiking community through connection. Through large hiking group experiences, we believe that we can promote connection
with self, nature, and others, and nurture an evolving hiking community.
NATURE MUST BE NURTURED
We protect the places that we love, and when we are directly engaged with our surroundings through hiking, it invites a deeper personal connection to the land. This leads to a greater commitment to care for the trails health and preservation. We strive to comply with environmental protection standards and principles of sustainable tourism as an Eco accredited company.
The hiking trails in WA are an avenue for movement and connection, our pristine and diverse landscapes, flora and fauna are a source of enjoyment, and wellbeing, and we are able to provide this to our guests as an unforgettable experience.
Our mission is to mobilise the power of movement, connection, and nature to provide a high quality, inclusive, and authentic hiking experience on Perth’s best trails. With mental health awareness as a core element of our mission, we feel strongly about educating and empowering our community on what this looks like to Australians, and our hikers. Here are some powerful statistics on Australian mental health.
45% of Australian adults will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime.
1 in 5 Australians suffer from a mental illness in any one given year.
A growing body of evidence demonstrates that direct exposure to nature is essential for our psychological, emotional and physical health (Jordan & Hinds, 2016). In particular, therapeutic approaches that engage natural environments and are focussed on mindful awareness in nature, and building meaningful connections with nature, have shown good outcomes for individuals struggling with anxiety and stress symptoms (Mood Walks, 2015; White, 2012).
We believe that through creating a safe and inclusive foundation for hiking, we can help reduce the percentage of Australians suffering from mental illnesses. By providing hiking experiences that foster community and movement in nature, and encouraging hikers to participate in an environmentally sustainable and low impact activity to protect our trails, we can empower more people to take control of their lives, belong to something special, find an inner sparkle, and enhance their mental health.
Movement and brain health are inherently interconnected, and research suggests that physical exercise is just as beneficial for the brain as it is for the body. While the brain is the control center for the body, the body also directly impacts the functionality and health of the brain. Engaging in movement can reduce anxiety and depression, improve mood, boost self-esteem, minimise stress, and enhance cognitive functioning.
This study found evidence that higher levels of physical activity may causally reduce risk for depression.
Regular aerobic exercise can reduce anxiety by making your brain’s “fight or flight” system less reactive. It is through movement that our muscular, lymphatic, cardiovascular, and myofascial systems are able to recharge, strengthen, and improve. Not to mention, movement is like a purification of the soul, as it triggers the release of hormones such as endorphins, known as the happy hormone that gives us the warm fuzzy feelings.
Social connection improves physical health and psychological well-being. This study showed that lack of social connection is a greater detriment to health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure. Social connectedness therefore generates a positive feedback loop of social, emotional and physical well-being.
By allowing our hikes to reach group numbers of up to 100 participants, we are able to provide ample opportunity for hikers to meet new people, and build connections with other solo hikers. It also provides our community an opportunity to join in on group experiences more often, without exclusivity.
We also know that large groups isn't for everybody, so we do run occasional small group hikes, where the focus is on training for hiking with owner and personal trainer, Kate Gibson.
We know that so many new friendships have formed from our hiking events, and look forward to seeing so many more.
A Stanford-led study finds quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression. Specifically, the study found that people who walked for 90 minutes in a natural area, as opposed to people who walked in a high-traffic urban setting, showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression.
Without our national parks and heritage trails, waterfalls and rock pools, we wouldn't have the beautiful nature trails to enjoy. Therefore, we adopt a minimal impact and environmentally sustainable approach to hiking, and ensure our hikers acknowledge and understand the importance of this and how they can help make a difference to our trails. You can read our minimal impact policy here.