HIKING HIGHS meets KONG RUNNING for A Leki Poles Workshop
Date: Sunday 17th March 2024
Time: 10:00 - 14:30
Location: Kong Running, Keswick
Cost: £55 per person
Equipment: Leki demo poles will be provided to use and try before you buy (no obligation to buy)
Kit List: See Below
Master the art of using your poles efficiently in The Lake District fells. Get the poles bug, and learn to love your new skill and those hills!
This workshop is ideal if you are a speedy fell walker, entering ultra distance events and anything in between.
2 Hours basic techniques - begin with fundamentals of efficient use of poles, and how this changes the way your body moves once it becomes a quadruped (2 legs / 2 poles!).
2 Hour hike/jog will follow moving onto hill techniques for both uphill and downhill and over technical ground with ease.
We will have fun with our poles, even learning to skip for strength and fitness too.
You need to learn to walk before you can run - literally!
Our coach will teach you how to:
Please note that this session is all about technique and not about the hike or run, you can head off to practice after your course. The course will entail a 10km-15km hike/jog, dependent on participants and weather on the day.
Our Leki Poles Coach - Nicky Merrett
Nicky Merrett founder of "Hiking Highs" and formerly "Nics Nordic Walks" in 2015. She has taught over 1000 hikers and runners to move efficiently with Leki poles in the Lake District Mountains, and she prides herself on clients achieving a great technique by the end of a session. Nicky also delivers guided hikes and is a navigation coach, sharing these tools inspires folk in the Lake District Mountains to share her passion for exploring and pushing boundaries whatever their age or fitness level.
Nicky has worked alongside Leki since the beginning of her outdoor career in 2015, and partners up with Leki for national outdoor events and also races, to demonstrate techniques and advise on which poles and which length is right for their customers.
Living at the foot of Helvellyn, Nicky has the Helvellyn Massif as her playground all year round. Using poles in the fells and also teaching their magic is Nicky's passion.
KIT LIST REQUIRED for all Hikers heading into the fells with HIKING HIGHS guides/instructors:
Rucksack/running vest for your kit for the day, lunch, and spare kit
Boots or trail shoes/approach shoes with good trail grip
Walking Socks, or Waterproof socks if weather not in our favour
Waterproof top with hood - taped seams essential, so fully waterproof
Waterproof bottoms with taped seams, so fully waterproof
(waterproofs essential even on dry day, as these are your emergency layer)
Spare midlayer/jacket for emergency that you don't intend to wear for the walk
Gloves, or waterproof gloves if due to be wet
Lunch & snacks that are easily accessible in your pack
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