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Questions & Answers

Q. Do I have to be in great physical shape?


A. Our hikes and recreational activities are geared for all fitness levels and abilities.   After a review of your medical questionnaire, we will match you according to your individual fitness level and ability to the proper distances and paces of a variety of different levels of hikes and outdoor recreational activities.


Q. What do I need to bring along?


A. A Clothing and Personal Item List is provided.  The weather in mountainous regions can be both beautiful and sometimes unpredictable.  The priorities to ensure a safe and great adventure are to  have comfortable and functional clothing and gear.  You can expect clear warm days and crisp, cool starry nights, however there are no guarantees regarding weather conditions.  We follow the scout motto: Be Prepared.  We suggest rain gear and hiking boots that have a liner composed of Gortex or some other similar material that is waterproof yet breathable.


   Clothing and Personal Item List


  • Light hiking boots (broken in with good ankle and arch support and treaded soles

  • Sneakers or running shoes (with same qualities as listed above)

  • Day pack and water bottles (2-32oz containers)

  • Rain jacket with hood and rain pants (Gortex or similar)

  • 5 T-shirts (polypropylene or capilene)

  • 1 long sleeve shirt (polypropylene or capilene)

  • Swimsuit and underwear

  • 1 pair of water shoes

  • 1 pair of sunglasses (with a keeper band)

  • Sunblock/sunscreen factor 15

  • Chapstick with sunscreen

  • Bug repellent

  • Flashlight

  • Camera and film


  • 3 pairs hiking shorts

  • 6 pairs hiking socks (wool or synthetic blend NO cotton)

  • 1 sweater (wool or fleece)

  • 1 jacket (wool or fleece)

  • 1 pair of lightweight gloves (Gortex or similar)

  • 1 sun hat or sun visor

  • 2 pairs of jeans

  • 2 cotton bandanas

  • 1 fleece hat or headband

  • 2 pairs of sweat pants and sweatshirts

  • Casual Town/dinner clothes

  • Hiking Poles (optional)

  • Skin lotion and toiletries

  • Books and reading material

  • Personal journal book


Special Note:

Leave extra room in luggage for souvenirs and, if you have difficulty locating any of the items listed, please let us know and we will assist you.

Q. Do I have to participate in every activity?


A. We offer a large selection of activities and services to meet your expectations of a life enhancing experience.  We will work with you in helping develop the itinerary that best suits your needs and wishes.  You may plan to do as much or as little as you want to do; the choice is always up to you.


Q. Are private trips available?


A. Private Trips are available upon request.  Advanced scheduling is necessary to ensure the dates available fit in with your schedule.


Q. What are the ages of the participants?


A. We only take adults on our adventure vacation/spa/retreats.  The ages of participants range from 18 to seniors.  We offer a Seniors Silver and Bold package which is specifically geared for our mature and active clients 60 years or older.  Most of our clients range from age 30 to 50.


Q. What if an emergency comes up before or during my trip?


A. We highly recommend travel insurance which covers trip cancellation, trip interruption, travel delay, baggage loss, baggage delay, emergency medical expenses, air flight accident, and other assistance services.



I've known Dr. Vernon Jenkins for over 17 years, and I can say that he truly lives up to his title of DOCTOR because, to be a doctor is to be a teacher, and Dr. Jenkins is a born teacher. His knowledge of the healing arts - be it nutrition, acupuncture, chiropractic, exercise and physical training - cause him to be labeled a 'standout', but couple that with the fact that he practices what he preaches, walking a path of health, puts Dr. Jenkins in a lofty category few ever reach.

I've had the opportunity to personally observe Dr. Jenkins demonstrate his breadth of knowledge of the outdoors numerous times over the years on various outdoor adventures. From the mountains to the oceans, Dr. Jenkins behaved as though he was at home.

His knowledge of nature alone makes him an excellent guide, but coupled with his healing and teaching skills eminently quality him as a must see, must spend time with, must learn from 'attraction'. Simply put, to spend time with Dr. Jenkins on his Hike to Health retreats is to improve your health, your spirit, and your life.

~ Dr. Jeff Thompson, D.C., Whidbey Island, Washington




I have been on numerous camping and hiking adventures with Dr. Jenkins since about 1990. Some outings involved just hiking, while others were specific to herb hunting and natural wild foods. He is very enthusiastic and committed.

Dr. Jenkins is a unique chiropractic physician, as he is accomplished in several disciplines including nutrition, specific adjusting, acupuncture, and meditation. I would highly recommend Dr. Jenkins for any of the above procedures, as well as an outing and nature adventure guide with Hike to Health.

~ Dr. Fred C. Madsen, Ph.D., Scientist, Highland, Illinois




I have been using Alternative Health Care since 1973. Beginning in 1998, I saw Dr. Jenkins, who performed chiropractic adjustments, massage, and acupuncture on me. He also provided nutritional advice, mind/body personal development informational tapes and workbooks, and prescribed herbal and nutritional supplements.

All of these procedures, services and goods helped a lot in relieving various health challenges and providing me natural health and wellness. You are missing the boat if you pass up the opportunity to experience Dr. Jenkins' Hike to Health spa and health retreat.

~ Anne Harshbarger, Business Owner, Atlanta, Georgia




Because of my high-stress job as office manager, my spirit and soul yearned for a break. Hike to Health was the perfect solution. Immediately upon arrival, the staff began to pamper me, and the stress began to melt away.

Coming from a big metropolitan area like Tampa and going into the wilds of Yellowstone National Park was no problem at all. I felt safe and secure on the hiking trails and soaking in the hot springs. The food and lodging exceeded my expectations. My stress level dropped to zero and my spirit soared.

The sightseeing and wildlife viewing were spectacular. I've even put some of the photos on my computer screen so I can view them and put my mind in a state of serenity. Dr. Jenkins and his staff were very considerate of my needs and physical limitations. I felt totally rejuvenated in mind, body, and spirit.

Co-workers and friends are truly amazed in the difference this vacation made on my life. They are considering a Hike to Health vacation for themselves.

I'm looking forward to seeing you again next year, and I will be bringing other family members to participate in this one-of-a-kind health retreat experience.

~ Tamara Bennett, Office Manager, Tampa, Florida




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