Review these questions to make sure you have all the information you need.
Do I need to have a certain level of fitness?
Yes. We want you to feel comfortable and confident - while at the same time enjoying the challenge and adventure that is inherent in the experience of backpacking. In addition, everyone in the group affects everyone in the group - we are a team on the trail. We have provided some guidance here. And/or give us a call and we can help you!
How can I prepare?
Let us know if you need help in setting up a simple training plan for your hike. We are here for you!
What transportation is included?
All hikes include travel to and from the Arlington, MA area to the trailhead in Vermont (approx a 3.5 hr drive). We will meet at a location in Arlington at approx 7am, have a backpack/gear check to ensure packs and equipment are all set. We will plan to leave Arlington around 8am. In addition, we will stop on the way home at a favorite Vermont Farm Stand for an opportunity to purchase seasonal produce and amazing baked goods.
What is the 'mindfulness plan'?
We have collaborated with a local artist and created a BeBeads bracelet for you to use as a meditation tool during and after your journey. In addition, you will receive some guidance to start a simple meditation practice a month before your trip.
Will the trail be busy?
Note that these hikes are Wed-Fri. This is to maximize solitude on a popular part of the Green Mountain National Forest. An added bonus is that when you get home you have the weekend to rest, recover & bask.
Can I bring my own gear instead of rent?
Yes, absolutely - if you have gear you know you love, you can use it. However, all included equipment is high quality and lightweight to make this a comfortable and enjoyable experience for you. This is also an opportunity to try out different gear or before you invest in your own.
What if the weather is bad?
Trips will run rain or shine. If the weather is dangerous (i.e., severe thunder storm, excessively strong winds) we will either cancel the trip or change itinerary. All hikes are subject to change in itinerary due to weather or if it is determined by the guide to be preferable or a more safe & enjoyable experience.
What about the social-emotional aspect of trips?
We encourage and expect kindness, positivity, and good vibes from everyone. We will support all hikers to find this within themselves to maximize the good group mojo. We support and encourage times of silence on the drive and the trail - there should be no stress, pressure or feeling that anyone has to make conversation, fill-in the silence or entertain others. While hiking, we practice noticing the vast spaciousness of nature - and find the fullness that is there for us all.