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Hiking

Activity Description

hike-iconHiking is a terrific, low-impact sport. Exercise in the great outdoors while you breathe fresh mountain air. And be amazed by the beauty of it all. For you, this activity can be a simple stroll or a full-on hike of a 4000-footer, all depending on what you desire. We have intimate knowledge of the White Mountain’s trails inside and out (we are “redliners,” meaning we are hiking all the trails) and can thus offer secluded, special adventures to out-of-the-way locations. We know the hidden gems, so to speak. Join us.

Activity Offerings

Knowing the White Mountains as we do, we have a huge selection of offerings: sunrises, sunsets, foliage tours, waterfall excursions, mountain views, secluded forest treks through pristine woodlands, picnics, even summit attempts to various mountains large and small including our very own 4000-footers. Our hiking offerings begin with a half day, lasting 3-4 hours or so. We can double, triple, even quadruple this as needed, depending on your objective. A typical 3 to 4000-footer, for example, would be a full day lasting 6-8 hours or so, while some 4000-footers, especially in winter, may be a lot longer — and we do offer extended (9-12 hours) and hyperextended (12-16 hours) hikes for those who have lofty goals like winter Bonds traverses (ask for pricing). Please include any special objectives or desires you may have, if applicable, in the comments box of our Booking Form.

What to Wear

To ensure everyone’s safety and comfort, we offer this important clothing information. When dressing for hiking you always want to note the following:

  • Think layers. While a ski jacket, for example, may be warm and waterproof, if the insulation can’t be separated from the rain/snow protection layer, it really isn’t suitable. You will overheat if you need rain/snow protection while hiking. Bring independent layers. Having our “Ready Pack” will solve the matter offering all you need.
  • Never wear cotton, even at the underwear level. Synthetic materials, wool, and especially performance/wicking materials should be your clothing of choice. For hiking, since cotton won’t dry and doesn’t insulate while wet, it can pose a hazard. You will want to wear the right type of sports or hiking clothing and you will want to bring extra.
  • Bring more than you think you need. Mountain weather can be very tricky and unpredictable. While it may be nice in town, the mountains can be very different. Being prepared can save your life.
  • For footwear, sneakers or trail runners may be suitable for summer hikes, but for spring or fall something a little sturdier and warmer like a three-season hiking boot is recommended. And in winter, wear winter-rated or even mountaineering boots are needed.
  • And speaking of winter, notably above treeline, you will want to prep for Denali. On some days. Seriously. Adding gear such as the following as a minimum is expected: Heavy-duty hooded parka, overmitts with liners, crampons, balaclava, and even a set of goggles.

Necessary Gear

For your hiking gear needs, in addition to your own non-cotton base layers, hiking/climbing pants (or shorts in summer) with shirt, and footwear, as described above, we offer three options (which are modified by the season). Click to expand.

Gear Option 1 - Open
Rent our “Ready Pack” for $45/person/day. This option will satisfy all your gear needs to include all your layers from mid-layer up, everything, even your food and water needs for the duration of the activity, including all specialty gear. This only leaves a need for personal items such as…

  • Personal first aid kit/meds.
  • Personal hygiene items.
  • Camera/phone (weather-protected).
  • Lip balm, sun block.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Proper footwear (see information above).
  • Proper clothing layering (see information above).
  • Seasonal specialty clothing (see information above).

SPECIAL NOTE: You may get a “Ready Pack, Lean” without food and water for $30/person/day.
SPECIAL NOTE: You can also order just food and water for $15/person/day. (Available with any option.)

Gear Option 2 - Open
Bring your own pack containing, in addition to the items above, the gear shown in the list below, as needed per the season and objective, but rent any necessary specialty gear items in the sub-list below that…

  • A lined pack with hip belt and room for the items below (~30-40 liters).
  • Rain jacket and pants, or rain poncho (mountain weather can be quite wet).
  • Mountain-rated insulated layer (mountains are much colder than in town).
  • Seasonally-rated mid-layer (much colder).
  • Food for the day, plus extra.
  • Water for the day, at least 2 liters, plus extra (or filter, if not winter).
  • Seasonally-rated hat, gloves/mittens.
  • Headlamp with spare batteries (or backup device).
  • Whistle or sound-making device (sternum strap whistles are okay).
  • Tarp, bivvy, or personal shelter.
  • A lightweight emergency sleeping pad.

Plus any of these applicable Specialty Gear Items, which may be rented…

  • Headlamp, $5/person/day.
  • Trekking poles only, $5/pair/person/day.
  • Trekking poles, Gaiters, Microspikes, $15/set/person/day (ice season).
  • Trekking poles, Gaiters, Microspikes, Strap-on Crampons, $25/set/person/day (ice season).
  • Strap-on Crampons Only, $15/pair/person/day.
  • Snowshoes, $15/pair/person/day (winter).
  • Balaclava, Goggles, Mitts, $15/set/person/day (alpine).
  • Down blend puffy, $25/person/day (winter).
  • Gear Insurance, $10/person/day.
  • Plus any outsourced gear items, call for current pricing.

SPECIAL NOTE: If any outsourced gear such as mountaineering boots with step-in crampons is needed, as might be the case on above treeline, winter hikes, we can rent it ahead of time for you for $40 plus the applicable rental fees.

Gear Option 3 - Open
Bring everything and rent nothing. In which case, you will need everything from the above lists appropriate to your activity, time of year, and expected conditions. Contact us if you have questions, mention it on the booking form, or simply note it when we call to finalize your booking.

Okay… Let’s Do This!

Here is the pricing and other information you’ll probably want to know.

Half Day Hike Pricing
For one person $125
For two people $175
Added people $75 each
Full Day Hike Pricing
For one person $200
For two people $325
Added people $150 each
Premium Hike Options
Make it private Add $75
Sunrise or sunset Add $100
Extensions Ask or Call
Other Information
  • The difficulty of this activity is as requested.
  • This activity has a 1:4 guide/client ratio.
  • The maximum group size is 8 with 2 guides.
  • For parties larger than 8, please contact us.
  • Gratuities not included; 15-20% is customary for a good job.

Not ready for this? Try out our Intro to Hiking course. Otherwise, go ahead and BOOK IT NOW!

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