Our free 6-week winter hiking challenge, which began on December 14th, embraces nature during these colder months.

Friluftsliv (pronounced free-loofts-leev), is one Norwegian word that encompasses the significance of bonding with nature, whatever the weather. It means Free, Air, Life – literally! And where better to experience that than in YOUR Cincinnati Parks? We’ve challenged you to pull on your all-weather jacket, some good shoes, and a sense of adventure to get outdoors this winter season!

Did you miss the first few weeks? No worries! You can complete this challenge on your own time and enjoy some fresh air and activity outdoors.


Select the week below to view the guides:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6


The Women’s Committee of Cincinnati Parks is a network of community leaders, bonded by the mission of enhancing the landscape of Greater Cincinnati. Members help support the work of Cincinnati Parks Foundation, which funds preservation and programming initiatives that strengthen our parks and our community. 

Since 2006, Women’s Committee members have raised $40MM of private support for the development of John G. & Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront Park. In addition, over $2M has been raised through the annual Hats Off Luncheon, sponsored by the Women’s Committee. 

The Women’s Committee presented the recent Friluftsliv Hiking Challenge and offers volunteer opportunities and workshops throughout the year.  Now is the perfect time to become a member of this impactful group! There are no mandatory obligations and member ship includes engraved recognition at Smale Riverfront Park. 

Learn more and join today!

Liability Waiver & Publicity Release

The individual named below (referred to as “I” or “me”) desires to participate in the Friluftsliv Hiking Challenge in connection with Cincinnati Parks Foundation, an Ohio non-profit corporation, located at 421 Oak Street, Cincinnati, Ohio (the “Foundation”). As lawful consideration for being permitted by the Foundation to participate in the Activity, I agree to all the terms and conditions set forth in this agreement (the “Agreement”). I AM AWARE AND UNDERSTAND THAT THE ACTIVITIES ARE DANGEROUS ACTIVITIES AND INVOLVE THE RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY AND/OR DEATH AND/OR PROPERTY DAMAGE. I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT ANY INJURIES THAT I SUSTAIN MAY BE COMPOUNDED BY NEGLIGENT EMERGENCY RESPONSE OR RESCUE OPERATIONS OF FOUNDATION. I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I AM VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATING IN THE ACTIVITIES WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE DANGER INVOLVED AND HEREBY AGREE TO ACCEPT AND ASSUME ANY AND ALL RISKS OF INJURY, DEATH OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, WHETHER CAUSED BY THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE FOUNDATION OR OTHERWISE. I hereby expressly waive and release any and all claims, now known or hereafter known in any jurisdiction throughout the world, against the Foundation, and its officers, directors, employees, agents, volunteers, vendors, contractors, affiliates, shareholders, successors and assigns (collectively, “Releasees”), arising out of or attributable to my participation in the Activity, whether arising out of the negligence of the Foundation or any Releasees or otherwise. I covenant not to make or bring any such claim against the Foundation or any other Releasee, and forever release and discharge the Foundation and all other Releasees from liability under such claims. I further consent and authorize the Foundation and any of its subsidiaries, and anyone else they may authorize, to use photographs, audio recordings and/or video recordings taken of me in connection with the Activity, including my name, likeness and voice, as well as any testimonial statements made by me (“Publicity Items”), and any reproduction of them in any form, for the purpose of publicizing, promoting and advertising the Foundation’s activities in any media now known or later developed, in perpetuity and throughout the world. I acknowledge that I will receive no fee for the use of my name, statements and Publicity Items herein. I further acknowledge that the Foundation is the owner of all rights in and to the photograph(s), motion pictures and video of my image described above. This Agreement constitutes the sole and entire agreement of the Foundation and me with respect to the subject matter contained herein and supersedes all prior and contemporaneous understandings, agreements, representations and warranties, both written and oral, with respect to such subject matter. If any term or provision of this Agreement is invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any jurisdiction, such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability shall not affect any other term or provision of this Agreement or invalidate or render unenforceable such term or provision in any other jurisdiction. This Agreement is binding on and shall inure to the benefit of the Foundation and me and our respective successors and assigns. All matters arising out of or relating to this Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Ohio without giving effect to any choice or conflict of law provision or rule. Any claim or cause of action arising under this Agreement may be brought only in the federal and state courts located in Hamilton County, Ohio, and I hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of such courts. BY FILLING IN MY INFORMATION BELOW, I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD ALL OF THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT AND THAT I AM VOLUNTARILY GIVING UP SUBSTANTIAL LEGAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO SUE THE FOUNDATION.