In the period of 17th and 19th of June, 2021, the first offline meeting for the project #HIKETOGETHER was held in Rijeka, Croatia. Project Hike together contributes to raising awareness of the importance of health benefits of physical activity through walking in nature as a natural exercise through increased participation in hiking and trekking.

Project Hike together is more focused on young people from disadvantage background, to promote hiking and walking in the nature is a basic to many sporting activities, well-being and fitness. The partner countries from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia and Italy got together in order to start the planning and implementation of the future mobilities. On behalf of Bulgarian sports development association, project partner from Bulgaria, in the mobility took part Kalinka Gudarovska, Emilia Tsanova and Diyan Atanasov. The partners and participants arrived on the 17th and on the 18th, the first big hike was done and the top of Snježnik was concurred. On the 19th, the official partner meeting was held with presentation of the future plans and hopeful implementations the project activities.

Specific goals of Hike together project:
• To increase the knowledge, acquire new knowledge and experience of using hiking as a tool for social inclusion of young people from disadvantage background and promotion of equal opportunities and bringing together people, regardless of their age, sex, origin, financial status, etc.
• To create an innovative network of professionals, devoted to active living from different parts of Europe, who will be committed to the project not only during project life, but also after the project end with development and growing network of mountain guides.
• Raise awareness on the added value of hiking and physical activities in relation to the personal, professional and social development of individuals through all planned project activities, in particular with the dissemination events will implement in the partner countries as well as local hiking events.
• to promote access to volunteering in sport and strengthen volunteers skills and management of activities related to nature environment of hiking clubs and improving their role as a professional providers of services in local communities.

Hike together is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.