Special Note: The half day indoor portion of this course is now available virtually.
This course is designed to take a person off the street and prepare them to hike in the White Mountain National Forest, or anywhere for that matter. It takes more than setting out on an afternoon whim with 16 ounces of water, flip-flops, and a sweater to safely hike a mountain. This course will reveal what it takes. It’s broken down into three to four segments covering planing and preparation, packing and gear, then the arts of hiking covering myriad aspects of being on trail from scrambling to etiquette. The fourth segment, which is part of the full day offering only, takes a more in-depth, more intensive look at being on trail. If you want to hike right, this course is for you.
As alluded to above, this course is available two ways. First we have a half-day nuts and bolts course lasting 3-4 hours, or so, as well as a more in-depth, more intensive full day class lasting 6-8 hours hours, or so. Both offerings will get you outside and on trail, though the half day’s final segment is more informative than demanding. Of course, being that our programs are custom-tailored we are fully prepared to do it your way so please include any special objectives or learning desires you may have, if applicable, in the comments box of our Booking Form.
What to Wear
This course takes place both indoors and out (though the half-day offering won’t be too, too far from the urban world), you will want to be dressed to hike and with respect to the season. The information below will help you with this:
- 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 help.
- 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, in the warmer months you can wear hiking boots, trail runners, even sneakers. In the colder months you will want winter hiking boots as a minimum.
- And speaking of winter, notably above treeline (a place we won’t be going during this class) you will want to prep for Denali. Seriously. On some days. We will elaborate on this subject during the course.
For your hiking intro course gear needs, we offer three options. Click to expand.
Gear Option 1 - Open
Gear Option 1 - Close
- Personal first aid kit/meds.
- Personal hygiene items.
- Camera/phone (weather-protected).
- Lip balm, sun block.
- 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 $40/person.
SPECIAL NOTE: You can also order just food and water for $15/person. (Available with any option.)
Gear Option 2 - Open
Gear Option 2 - Close
- A lined pack with hip belt and room for the items below (~30-40 liters).
- Hardshell 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.
- Food for the day, plus extra.
- Water for the day, at least 2 liters, plus extra.
- 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 (winter).
- Trekking poles, Gaiters, Microspikes, Strap-on Crampons, $25/set/person/day (ice season).
- Balaclava, Goggles, Mitts, $15/set/person/day (full day, deep cold).
- Down blend puffy, $25/person/day (full day, deep cold).
- Gear Insurance, $10/person/day.
- Plus any outsourced gear items, call for current pricing.
SPECIAL NOTE: If any outsourced gear is needed, though this is unlikely for this course, we can rent it ahead of time for you for a convenience charge of $40 plus the applicable rental fees.
Gear Option 3 - Open
Gear Option 3 - Close
Okay… Let’s Do This!
Here is the pricing and other information you’ll probably want to know.
|Half Day Course Pricing|
|For one person||$125|
|For two people||$175|
|Added people||$75 each|
|Full Day Course Pricing|
|For one person||$200|
|For two people||$325|
|Added people||$150 each|
|Make it private*||Add $75|
- The difficulty of this activity is as requested but it’s not tough.
- This activity has a 1:4 instructor/student 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.
* Private premium auto-applied to groups of three or fewer.