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SEBASTIANALADY Posts: 871
7/30/12 9:45 A

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I think many of the groups in the US owe their start to former US military families who enjoyed them in Germany and then brought the idea back with them. Although there are also parts of the US that still have social and fitness clubs that trace back to the immigrant social clubs and Turnverein.

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BOBOSENSEI Posts: 100
7/27/12 9:57 A

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There are really popular here in Germany. I've never heard of them until I moved here so I didn't realize it was such a widespread thing.

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SEBASTIANALADY Posts: 871
7/20/12 8:40 P

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Here's a link to the national group.

There are also state associations and a lot of local groups. They sponsor frequent group walks of 5k and 10k as well as do it yourself walks that are open year round or seasonally.

There are over a dozen walks in my county. I'm looking forward to getting started. Some of the walks are in town, several are on historic trails and there are some through wooded parks and nature preserves. www.ava.org/

Edited by: SEBASTIANALADY at: 7/20/2012 (20:41)
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7/19/12 1:50 P

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What is this? I've never heard of it and granted I'm not "cool" but you'd think I would have at least heard of this - off to teh google

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SEBASTIANALADY Posts: 871
7/19/12 11:40 A

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I was picking up new running shoes yesterday and realized that my local running store is also a control point for two (four if you count both 5k and 10k) local year round volksmarch routes.

Now I just need to get my hands on some record books and I'm good to go.

Not as exciting as bagging a peak, but this is a step toward being physically able to tackle longer, more demanding hikes.

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SEBASTIANALADY Posts: 871
7/16/12 7:29 A

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I think part of what I've identified is that I really am motivated by the idea of checking off the completed walks and km's.

It sort of makes me laugh because for years I've been trying to get my kids interested in some of the cool historic trails and longer, involved hikes where you hike several different segments to earn a patch with multiple segments.

I guess it turns out that that really is the right lure for me (even if it isn't for them).



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7/13/12 9:28 A

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I've gone on 'volkswalking' events and they were fun but not as much fun [to me] as a group walk or hike. What's the down side of just giving it a try to see for yourself if you're going to like it?

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SEBASTIANALADY Posts: 871
7/13/12 7:10 A

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Does anyone have experience with volksmarching?

Looks like it could be fun and there are a good number of year round events in my area, which you can complete at any time, not just on a big group hike.

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