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Pole Trekking Instruction and Hike – Redwood Regional Stream Trail

Wednesday, October 11, 2023, 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) (UTC-08:00)
Redwood Regional Park, Redwood Gate, Canyon Meadow Staging Area
7867 Redwood Rd.
Oakland, CA  94619
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Jeanette Ward
6509547476 (c)
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Redwood Park Canyon Stream Trail
Ernie Pole Trekking

  Pole Trekking Instruction and Hike With Ernie Adams
                    at Redwood Regional Stream Trail 

            $10 for Ashby Village Members
            $15 for non members

RSVP required (limited to 15): 
Jeanette Ward, or 650-954-7476 You must be registered to attend the class, which is limited to 15.

When: Wednesday, October 11 AM (approximately 2 hours)
Where:  Redwood Regional Park at Redwood Gate, 7867 Redwood Rd, Oakland, CA, at the Canyon Meadow Staging Area.

Open to: Members and volunteers - contact Jeanette with questions or concerns. We can run a waitlist for possible cancellations, and we may offer another class, if needed.

Ashby Village: Pole Trekking Instruction and Hike
Wednesday Oct 11, 2023, 11am - 1pm

Ernie Adams is a Certified Feldenkrais Movement Educator, Pilates and Fitness Coach, and former professional dancer with over 30 years’ experience. He will be offering this class to the Ashby Village community to learn the basics of how to use trekking poles in a magnificent redwood forest setting. 
Some of us have used poles with our hikes but may want to fine tune our skills. Some will have less experience with poles. During the first 30ish minutes Ernie will introduce the basics at the trail head and lead you through novel ways to practice strength and balance exercises with your poles. After this introduction he will walk with us on the Stream Trail and assist one on one, as needed. Occasionally we’ll stop to practice specific techniques on different kind of terrain, such as going up and down steep sections, navigating stairs, or rocky unstable terrain. This will be an out and back trail hike on the Stream Trail.

Trekking pole walking shares many of the same benefits as cross country skiing, which is considered one of the best sports for physical and aerobic fitness. Here are a few of the benefits:

Improve power and endurance when walking uphill
Protect knees, especially when walking down steep hills
Aid balance on uneven trails (think of yourself as a 4-legged deer)
Improve upright posture, increase oxygen uptake (aerobic power)
Increase speed and control, especially going downhill

Ashby Village is offering a discounted fee to members. Cash or check:

Members $10
Non-members $15
You should bring your poles (more on that, below) and there may a couple of sets to borrow.

Note: If you are not able to be registered that is because the class is full, contact Jeanette to be waitlisted and added, in case of cancellations. We may also be able to offer another class at a later date, if interest is there.

Directions and Where to meet:Come to Redwood Regional Park's   “Redwood Gate,” 7867 Redwood Rd, Oakland, CA. We will meet in the  parking lot (which is all the way to the end) - Canyon Meadow Staging area. Please allow time to get there and park. We will want to start on time!

From Berkeley/No Oakland area:
Take Hwy 13 south to the Redwood Road Exit. Turn left off the exit, and follow Redwood Road east, 2.25 miles past Skyline drive. Turn left into the “Redwood Gate and follow the entry road past the kiosk to the LAST parking area, the parking space for the Canyon Meadow Staging Area. If it is full, park at the lot before it and walk to Canyon Meadow Staging Area.

What to bring:Cash or check for fee, Trekking poles if you have them. We will have some extras, but Ernie recommends REI for good poles that may be returned, if you decide trekking is not for you. Wear good hiking shoes or boots for the trails, layered clothing for variable weather, water and snacks, as needed.
Restrooms are available at the trail head and one along the Stream trail in the Canyon Meadow.


More about the training and Ernie:

Ernie Adams, GCFP, provides small class sessions in pole trekking to enhance balance, strength, and flexibility.

Click HERE  for short video samples of instruction