The Hike Collective came about through a small idea and a big heart. Founder and owner, Kate Gibson, wanted to create a community for hike enthusiasts, beginners and dreamers, to enjoy and experience the best hiking trails that Perth had to offer while embracing movement, connection, and nature. Our experiences are designed to be engaging, explorative, experiential, and entertaining, and they leave our guests feeling safe, and relaxed after exploring Western Australia’s most incredible natural assets.
At the heart of our hiking experiences is our team of passionate and high quality guides, who care deeply about the guest experience, and the places they are sharing with their guests.
Movement Matters. We believe in movement’s transformative power to boost mental and physical health, engender respect for ourselves and our surroundings, and create and strengthen a sense of community. We believe in uniting a diverse hiking community from around the world through connection to self, nature and others.
Connection creates community. We unite a diverse hiking community through connection. Through group hiking 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 certified company.
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.
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 increase access and awareness to hiking in the Perth Hills region highlighting it as an unforgettable and sustainable experience.
Kate started the Hike Collective in 2017 after noticing a gap in opportunity for people to get out into nature on the trails in a safe way and she has an unwavering love for the trails of Western Australia. Her background as a personal trainer and event manager prior to starting the Hike Collective has proven the perfect combination to bring the visions of THC to life. Living the “juggle Life’ , Kate has a toddler to keep her busy when she is not on the trails or getting creative in the office.
Kelly possesses a deep passion for nature and all things outdoors, hiking allows her to combine the things she loves and share it with people from all walks of life. Time spent connecting with and moving in nature is like a recalibration, a reset button – ” I’m always left with a feeling of calm, contentedness and wellbeing.” Her favourite trails usually offer spectacular vistas, including Piesse Brook, the Wadjemup Bidi network on Rottnest Island, and Darling Range sections of the Bibbulmun track.
Anna has joined us all the way from the USA, where she worked as a park ranger for the National Park Service. With an MSc in Environmental Psychology focused on the health benefits of spending time outdoors, Anna brings a wealth of trail knowledge and know-how to her role as hike leader. She loves exploring the trails of WA and the diversity that they offer from the trails of America. When Anna isn’t guiding our guests along the trails, she can be found running them, as an avid trail runner.
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.
Social connection improves physical health and psychological well-being. Lack of social connection is a 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.
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.
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.
The Hike Collective understands the importance of impact, and partnering with organisations who share the same vision as us allows us to reach more hikers, and have a stronger impact. We have made a commitment to partner with the following organisations who are also dedicated to addressing environmental issues, or creating a mentally healthier WA.
We believe that our environment is changing and deteriorating and it is a priority to us to provide an environmentally sustainable experience. The Hike Collective is committed to the use and purchase of environmentally and socially responsible materials, products and services. We believe that we can make a sustainable difference.
The Hike Collective believes that education is important for increasing awareness about where our environmental positioning is at the moment and the role ecotourism can play in achieving sustainability. We are committed to educating our guests on the threats and impacts to the environment in which we operate, and provide best practices to help mitigate the threats and impacts.
The Hike Collective acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we hike. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past and present. The Hike Collective is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society.
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