Viewing streams and waterfalls when we hike is just one of the many perks of the sport. Hiking trails will often follow the gentle meander established by nature keeping hikers close to the action. Close but separate — which is best in the interests of convenience and safety. Eventually the combining of waterways and trails, however, will cause hikers to have to cross over or walk through said courses. This is where we come in. We can help reduce the risks offering the advantage of outdoor education, specifically our River Skills course.
In this latest class, which was led by Redline Guide Mike Cherim (along with Pat Ferland and Mike Maciel), we began by really looking at rivers, understanding how they form and flow. We then explored the science of rock hoping — which is enormously valuable here in the northeast what with our rocky trails and talus-strewn alpine. Other stay-dry methods were also explored for as experienced hikers know, eventually fording will become necessary so we cover various methods of managing that backcountry task as well.
What follows are some photos of our class (the bulk of which were taken by Mike Maciel).