Join WFR certified guide Aidan Caldwell hiking in Green Mountain National Forest learning the basics of hiking, camping and wilderness safety! Everyone welcome.
This nature retreat will introduce the basic knowledge needed to safely hike, camp and backpack in the wilderness of New England. Guests will learn how to efficiently pack their gear, plan multi day hikes, meal prep for extended stays on the trail and Leave No Trace etiquette. A day trip to beautiful Lye Brook Falls, a climb up Stratton Mountain and an overnight next to Stratton Pond will be the highlights of this retreat. Many campfires, S’mores, healthy eats and rock climbing.
Accountability on the trail, proper tools and clothing, handling emergencies, weather awareness, water purification
Basic First Aid
First Aid kit and its contents, minor injury treatment
Packing lightly and efficiently, planning a backpacking trip, fire starting, camping etiquette
Trail Nutrition and Food Prep
Nutrient dense foods, “food as fuel”, recovery food
Leave No Trace
Nature preservation and environmentalism
All ages welcome
Meet in Marblehead early in the morning, drive ~3.5 hours to the house
Get to house, set up sleeping arrangements
Cook dinner, campfire food
Up early, stretch and breakfast
Drive ~15 minutes to Lye Brook falls trail (4.8 miles)
Hike the trail, lunch by the falls, head back to the house
-Clothing: Outerwear, layering, sleepwear
-Food: Snacks vs meals
-Equipment: Hiking, first aid, firemaking, sleeping
Dinner and campfire
Up early and stretch
Drive ~30 minutes to Stratton Mountain, park in lot
6-7 miles to top, lunch by the fire tower
Continue another 3-4 miles to Stratton Pond
Set up camp:
-Tents, hammocks, slacklines and fire
Dinner on the campfire, hopefully see some stars
Up early, breakfast over the fire, enjoy the pond
Hike 3-4 miles back to car
Drive ~30 minutes back to house
Group stretch and dinner
Go over pictures, assign them
Bake some desert!
Wake up, drive home
Stop at Littleton Metrorock for some rock climbing??
Payment due upon booking.