Originally Posted by fatbob
Go to town in mountains. Go to tourist office. Ask them. They'll also have maps of local hikes you can do without guide you can buy or sometimes get for free.
That's wonderful .. so it is not a rule to sign for an official agency for any outdoor activity.
I'm now in Heathrow Airport and going to Geneva the next half hour. UK looks amazing from the airplane. Geneva should be wonderful too.
I have to take a tour in Geneva city for shops, near park .. etc. After one or two days I have to look for the mentioned in this thread.
Originally Posted by sibhusky
The right shoes are far more important than doing it with a group. Leaving the footwear aside, why would you need a group? Get a map, follow it. Don't pick the trail rated high in difficulty until you've hiked one low in difficulty to get a feel for the rating system. Bring water. Check what the weather is going to be, but be prepared for anything. Tell someone where you are going. Don't expect your cellphone to work. Pay attention to your surroundings, looking back on occasion to see what that looks like in case you need to retrace your steps.
Hiking is very popular in Europe, so a well known hiking trail is likely to have plenty of people on it.
I had a guy in a Pennsylvania ask me once where he could take a hiking class.....
You directed me to a serious picture of hiking.
This is summer so hiking should be popular to popular places.