Our Mates

This page is dedicated to the outdoor brands and businesses who share similar values to our own – our mates. If you or your business are interested in becoming mates with us at The Hiking Society, please feel free to get in touch via our Contact Page.

trails plus


Located in Melbourne, Trails+ is Victoria’s premier trail running company. Holding urban and mountain series events month-to-month, Trails+ events feature at some of Melbourne’s most iconic locations such as Marysville, You Yangs, Mount Macedon, Mount Bogong & Mount Hotham, Princes Park and more.

Visit their website here, and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.


52 hike challenge

52 Hike Challenge

The 52 Hike Challenge is a global movement empowering you to take a personal journey to discover the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits gained through hiking once a week for an entire year. Thousands of people all around the world are taking the challenge to help change their lives in a positive way, one step at a time.

The Hiking Society is proud to be partnering with the 52 Hike Challenge as their Australian partner. You can find them on Instagram and Facebook.

ladybirds outdoor adventures

Ladybirds Outdoor Adventures

Ladybirds Outdoor Adventures is an outdoor group for women aged 40 and over. They are based in Melbourne but run free events (mostly hikes) all across the state, with some events run by a third party that incur a fee. Ladybirds started when it was recognised that there wasn’t much out there in the way of outdoor activities for women specifically in this age group. You can follow all of their outdoor adventures on Instagram and Facebook.



Summit Strength

Summit Strength is a personal training service created specifically to help trekkers have the best chance of a safe, enjoyable, and successful bucket list adventure. Owned and run by Rowan Smith whose years of experience and testing his “Summit Success Method” on real-life adventurers, he is confident that his training can get you, fitter, stronger, and more resilient than ever before to tackle some of the world’s most iconic trails.

Visit the Summit Strength website here, and follow them via Facebook and Instagram.


Rob Embury – Pale Blue Dot Photography

Rob is very much an accomplished photographer through his own work, producing incredible outdoor photography that includes scenic landscapes, wildlife, and storm-chasing adventures through Tornado Alley in the USA. He is also a photography tutor and a guide for Explore Photography, where he’s able to run skills-based workshops and photography tours both locally and internationally.

You can visit his website here, and follow him on Facebook and Instagram.


Lighter Faster Hire logo. Ultralight hiking gear for hire in Melbourne

Lighter Faster Hire

Lighter Faster Hire is your gateway to using the very best ultralight hiking gear on your next trip. Their Melbourne based hire service allows you to try before you buy, or grab the perfect gear for your trip, without the expense and risk of buying. They have a range of ultralight hiking backpacks, tents, tarps, and bivys allowing you to save weight on the items that are usually the heaviest. When you minimise the weight you maximise the enjoyment, it’s that simple.