For those of you who may not be aware, I recently started a new MeetUp group in New South Wales – The Hiking Society NSW.
Why did I start another MeetUp group altogether let alone another one in another state?
The idea came to me late last year in an outdoors Facebook group I am a part of.
There was a girl who was coming down from Queensland to Melbourne and was keen on doing some hiking while she was here.
Another member pointed out to her that The Hiking Society MeetUp group was running several hikes during the time she was visiting.
Unfortunately, our hikes were either full or too far away from where she was staying in Melbourne, so it never eventuated.
However, what did eventuate was the idea to have a ‘sister’ group in another state and New South Wales seemed a good place to start.
So, similar to my story at the beginning of this blog, I came across another lady who was keen to get into the outdoors again but didn’t have anyone to go with.
After several conversations, she wanted to be a part it and is now the first organiser of The Hiking Society NSW.
We’ve added another organiser since then and we will have our first hike this Saturday in Wattamolla.
My goal for The Hiking Society NSW is to be a sister group for The Hiking Society here in Victoria and vice-versa.
If like the story at the start, someone from the New South Wales group is coming to Victoria, they already have a group that they are a part of and can join in.
And the same goes for people coming from Victoria to New South Wales.
This also allows leaders from both groups the opportunity to organise interstate trips and get help with planning and research about places that they may not know about.
Essentially, this all gets back to what The Hiking Society is all about – community.
This website and everything attached to it has always been about the collective rather than any one person.
I don’t profess to know everything about the outdoors and all of my content is just one man’s opinion.
I am also a big believer in knowledge sharing and am always eager to listen to other people’s ideas and thoughts on the outdoors.
It’s why I ask questions on the Facebook page and on the Instagram page because I love a discussing everything and anything to do with the outdoors.
Similar to The Hiking Society MeetUp group in Melbourne, I am really not too concerned with the size of the group.
All I want for it is for like-minded people to be able to connect with each other both in NSW and interstate and carry on the core ethos of The Hiking Society.