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Am I (or my child) in good enough shape for your backpacking programs?

We ask that all of our participants make an effort to prepare, physically, for our backpacking programs. Usually this involves going on walks (make it a family event!) while wearing properly fitted hiking boots and a weighted backpack. On our youth programs we...

We ask that all of our participants make an effort to prepare, physically, for our backpacking programs. Usually this involves going on walks (make it a family event!) while wearing properly fitted hiking boots and a weighted backpack. 

On our youth programs we expect our 8 – 12 year olds to hike one to four miles per day, our 12 – 14 year olds to hike four to eight miles per day, and our 15 – 18 year olds to hike five to ten miles per day while wearing a backpack that could weigh up to one-third of their body weight. Our adult programs spend very little time hiking but still require a small amount of physicality. Ultimately, you and your doctor will be in charge of making a judgment call in response to this question but our staff is available to talk about this on an individual basis with participants, parents or youth. 

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