Length: 1 Day Maximum Guide Ratio: 1:8 Difficulty Easy
Having a map and compass constitutes one the “Ten Essentials” as recommended by numerous recognized outdoors organizations. As such, if you play in the wild, you may indeed carry these tools. But do you know how to use them? There is so much more to be gained than just finding your cardinal points. Learn how to plot a course and confidently follow it. And expand that knowledge with insights into the myriad other navigation and route-finding tools at your disposal (other than GPS). Be a master of the wilderness by knowing where you are and where you’re going. After all, if you know these two things, you’re not lost!
1 person: $170/person
2 people: $150/person
3 people: $135/person
4 people: $125/person
Morning is classroom time. We will introduce the tools, demonstrate their use, then help you gain understanding and confidence in your own skills. Once you’re ready, together, as a team, we will formulate an intelligent plan for an afternoon bushwhack or two; where we will go will be decided at that time but it should amount to less than two miles of walking in somewhat challenging terrain. Before heading out, though, we will fuel up with a lunch (bring yours or buy it… wholesome food will be available at our morning location).
If you’re taking our two-day course, the second day’s activities will be decided by the group on day one, based on available options provided by your guide. This will most likely either be a much larger, more-involved bushwhack, or a special trail hike somewhere in the White Mountains with emphasis on outdoor education.
In the MORNING you will want to have a pencil with eraser, calculator or solid math skills, and a notebook if you want to take notes (recommended). You may also bring a proper hiking/orienteering *compass, a clear plastic ruler, and a proper White Mountains *map… if you posses these items.
At LUNCH, you will have an opportunity to re-visit your vehicle for exchanging gear and such.
In the AFTERNOON dress in weather- and hiking-appropriate attire, but as a minimum you will likely want a long sleeve shirt, long pants, hiking boots (sharp branches and ankle hazards exist in the woods we will be walking in), safety *glasses (goggles not recommended due to fogging potential), bug spray, water (1 qt. min), a small backpack to put it all in.
If you’re taking our two-day course, please refer to our AFTERNOON gear information, then add a lunch, water (another qt. at least), sunscreen, sunglasses, an extra layer of warm clothing, and some form of rain protection. (The mountains sometimes make their own weather, and it’s almost always colder, windier, and rainier. Be prepared.) If doing a trail hike, you may want also to bring trekking *poles, and if it’s really nice and warm, you will probably be able to get away with short sleeve shirt, maybe shorts, and perhaps trail runners instead of boots.
*We can supply these items for the length of the course. We have a full fleet of rental gear. If you need any of the required items just let us know!
On the One Day Navigation Course you will need one lunch and several snacks. For multi-day trips you will also need breakfast and dinner for each day on the mountain.
Lunch / Snacks
Your “lunches” are taken in the field throughout the day during short 10 to 15 minute breaks. We suggest crackers, pizza, candy bars, jerky, chips, cookies, trail mix, fruits, Gu, energy bars, and hard candies. Drink mixes such as Gatorade and Kool-Aid help flavor your water. Add peanut butter, cream cheese, hard cheese, or pepperoni for additional calories and taste. If you enjoy bread items, bagels work well. Include some salty snacks to replenish lost salts.
Single-serving instant oatmeal or Cream-of-Wheat makes a good main course fare. A variety of granola bars, pastries, fruit and a hot drink mix of coffee, tea, cocoa or cider are suggested.
Freeze-dried entrees are very convenient; it is best to be familiar with their taste in advance. Instant soups and Cup-o’-Noodles are great alternatives. To supplement, you might consider bringing chicken, pizza, sandwiches, pasta salads or stir-fry; something that doesn’t need to be cooked. A overnight favorite — bring coffee, tea, cocoa or cider to warm you up before bedtime.
Don’t worry too much about the nutritional aspect of meals; concern yourself more with a high calorie intake.
Don’t go over the top
When planning, don’t bring any items that require extensive preparation or cooking. We are able to provide you with boiling water, but do not have the ability to actually cook food items.
A non-refundable deposit of $50 per person secures your reservation. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check. Final payment is due on the day of the climb.
There will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 7 days before your program. Unfortunately, due to the time-sensitive nature of our business, and the difficulty in re-booking a trip close to departure, we cannot make exceptions to this policy.
Change of Date
Date changes are subject to availability and apply only to the current climbing season. Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 7 days prior to your departure date for a $25 fee per person. Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 3 days prior to your departure date for a $50 fee per person. There are no date changes allowed less than 2 days before departure.
Safety is NEM’s number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent in mountaineering such as avalanches, ice fall, rock fall, inclement weather, and high winds, but they cannot eliminate them. NEM guides draw from their wealth of experience and training to make sound decisions that improve your chance of reaching the summit without compromising the necessary margin of safety.
Please clearly understand that mountaineering is inherently a hazardous sport. You are choosing to engage in an activity in which participants have been injured and killed. While those accidents are indeed infrequent, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. We ask that participants acknowledge the risk and hazards of mountaineering, and make their own choices about whether or not to engage in this activity.
NEMs program plans and itineraries are subject to change or adjustment based on a number of factors. These include, but are not limited to, route conditions, weather, terrain, and many other factors. NEM has complete discretion to change plans to accommodate any of these or other factors, including discretion to change program schedule or itinerary, and change guides or staff, as necessary for the proper and safe conduct of the program.
We reserve the right to cancel any program due to inadequate signups, weather or route conditions. In such a case, a full refund is given; however, NEM cannot be responsible for any additional expenses incurred in preparing for the program (i.e., airline tickets, equipment purchase or rental, hotel reservations).
NEM reserves the right to dismiss the Participant from a trip at any time if NEM determines, in its sole discretion, that the Participant is not physically, technically, or psychologically prepared for or capable of participating in the program.
Northeast Mountaineering cannot guarantee that you will reach the summit. Weather, route conditions, your own abilities or the abilities of others may create circumstances that make an ascent unsafe, and you or your entire party will have to turn around without reaching the summit. Your program fee entitles you to one summit attempt on your specified dates.