Adventure Trips

The Journey is the Destination

 

Adventure Trip Philosophy

 

We promote responsible wilderness leadership through challenge and active reflection, to foster interpersonal development and personal growth.

 

Trip Categories

     

       Junior Adventures                 Entry Level Trips                 Intermediate Trips

         Advanced Trips                          Elite Trips

 

2018 Adventure Trips: Dates & Rates

 

Junior Adventures (for 11 & 12 year olds)

Adirondack Waterways

JUNE 24 – 29; JULY 15 – 20; AUGUST 12 – 17

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Ride the wild waves of the Adirondacks!  Enjoy the thrill of mastering the techniques to propel you across Lake George in the largest sail boats of our fleet. Sailing northbound into a group of islands known as The Narrows, we dock and establish camp for the night. On day two discover the hidden secrets of the lake as you kayak along the eastern shores, stopping to explore the lake’s largest waterfall. Returning to camp, we switch gears and drive north to experience the wildest waters of the Adirondack Park. You will surf the rapids on the Hudson River, tackling the white-water with your whole group as you raft down river with an experienced raft guide hitting the biggest water the Adirondacks has to offer. Round out this wild week by learning the basics of whitewater kayaking with your guides on the smaller moving waters of the Hudson River. This trip is designed to give you the opportunity to try your hand at all the great water activities available, building basic paddling and sailing skills to further develop in the future.

Rates:   Tier 1: $1,160 • Tier 2: $1,085 • Tier 3: $1,010

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Adirondack Explorers

JUNE 24 – 29; JULY 22 – 27; AUGUST 12 – 17

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Sample the best the Adirondack Park has to offer all in a single week. You will be based in the heart of the park at the Heart Lake Campgrounds venturing out for the day’s excursion. You will begin the adventure day hiking in the pristine wilderness of the High Peaks Region, maybe even climbing one of the highest peaks in the state to gaze down upon the other 6 million acres of the largest park in the lower 48 states. Next you will get an introduction to basic trail riding at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, learning the mountain biking skills that will take you through the wooded single track trails. Then you will learn the ropes as you climb the sheer rock faces in the famous Keene Valley area. You will experience the wildest waters of the park as you surf the rapids of the Hudson River. Tackling the white-water with your group as you raft down river with an experienced raft guide, hitting the biggest water of the Adirondacks. Finally you will head back to camp to take a final dip in the beautiful waters of Lake George.

Rates: Tier 1: $1,215 • Tier 2: $1,140 • Tier 3: $1,065

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Entry Level Trips

 

Adirondack Explorers Teens

JULY 1-6; AUGUST 5 – 10 (Ages 13+)

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Sample the best of the Adirondacks by land and by water. We’ll be day hiking in the High Peaks region, getting an introduction to basic trail riding at Mt. Van Hoevenberg on mountain bikes, learning to rock climb in the famous Keene Valley, whitewater rafting on the Hudson, and war canoeing on Lake George.

Rates:  Tier 1: $1,215 • Tier 2: $1,140 • Tier 3: $1,065

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Adirondack Waterways Teens

JULY 29 – AUGUST 3 (Ages 13+)

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Ride the wild waves of the Adirondacks! Enjoy the thrill and technique of sailing and kayaking on Lake George. Camp among the hundreds of islands that dot the lake, and then head northwest for more water adventures: white-water rafting and kayaking on the Hudson River. Build paddling and sailing skills toward peak performance on this great sampler of water activities.

Rates:  Tier 1: $1,160 • Tier 2: $1,085 • Tier 3: $1,010

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Bike Martha’s Vineyard

AUGUST 5 – 10 (Ages 13+)

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Ferry to Martha’s Vineyard to experience the cyclist’s haven of Cape Cod as you enjoy a week of riding along the bikeways. Sample Cape cuisine, swim at the beautiful beaches, become awestruck by the amazing cliffs of Aquinnah, enjoy pedaling through the sunset-lit forest, visit the local landmarks, and more. Using the youth hostel in West Tisbury as your home base you will head out to explore the various parts of the island.

Rates:  Tier 1: $1,420 • Tier 2: $1,345 • Tier 3: $1,270

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Intermediate Trips

Adirondack Grand Slam

JULY 1 – 13 (Ages 13+)

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An expansion of our Adirondack Explorers trip, these two action-packed weeks will have you exploring the water and land all over the spectacular Adirondacks. We’ll fit in a multi-day canoe trip along classic canoe waterways and have time to play in a variety of boats in the whitewater of some of the big rivers like the Moose and the Hudson River Gorge. By land, we’ll mountain bike the extensive networks of trails, hike in the High Peaks, and rock climb in the famous Keene Valley area. We will camp at state campgrounds and backcountry sites along the way.

Rates: Tier 1: $2,150 • Tier 2: $2,050 • Tier 3: $1,950

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New England Grand Slam

JULY 15 – 27   (Ages 13+)

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Begin your experience exploring the green mountain state by kayaking on the 6th largest inland body of water, Lake Champlain. You will delve deeper into the Green Mountains, exploring the Smugglers Notch area and hiking Mount Mansfield, the highest mountain in Vermont. Then reward all your hard work with a visit to the birthplace of the world famous Ben & Jerry’s and round out your time in Vermont with some of the best mountain biking in New England. New Hampshire’s White Mountains will be the backdrop of your first vertical excursion as you rock climb in the famous Franconia Notch region. You’ll hike over the jaw-dropping Franconia ridgeline with 360-degree views of the entire White Mountains and presidential range, maybe even running into a few Appalachian Trail thru-hikers. Your final destination in Maine is Mount Desert Island where you will bike old carriage trails, climb the sea cliffs on the Atlantic Ocean, hike to spectacular views of the shoreline, and tackle an overnight excursion to the ocean islands by kayak. You will take on some of the biggest whitewater in New England as you raft down the Kennebec River and be the first person in the US to watch the sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain. This adventure-packed two weeks will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Rates: Tier 1: $2,230 • Tier 2: $2,130 • Tier 3: $2,030 

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Maine Multi-Sport

JULY 29 – AUGUST 10 (Ages 13+)

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The land and waters of Maine offer a paradise for adventures. Powerful rivers give way to waterfalls, dramatic coastlines give way to the open ocean, and you will experience the best of it all. You will start by getting a lay of the lands when you hike to the top of some of the Bigelow Mountains, gaining great views of the large inland lakes. You will explore the lakes of Flagstaff by canoe and camp along its shores.  Swapping the glassy lakes for the rambunctious Kennebec River offers your first look at Maine’s amazing white water as you join the experienced raft guides to navigate the wild rapids. You will later put these skills to the test when you tackle the huge waters of the Penobscot River. You will get to dry off for the day high on the rock faces of Acadia National Park, climbing some of the only sea cliffs on the east coast. Maneuver your way up these sheer rock faces with the Atlantic rolling in under your feet. Mountains abound for summiting as you hike in Baxter State Park, the home of Mount Katahdin, the highest point in Maine and the end of the 2189 mile Appalachian Trail.

Finally you will explore the coast, with its wild, rocky shoreline rich with sea life along which you’ll paddle for several days in sea kayaks, camping on the small islands off the coast enjoying the best of Maine.

Rates: Tier 1: $2,230 • Tier 2: $2,130 • Tier 3: $2,030

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Major Rock of the Northeast  

JULY 15 – 27 (Ages 13+)

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This adventure has us literally climbing the walls. Each day of this two-week, rock-climbing extravaganza offers new routes and challenges. From the best climbing in the Adirondacks and White Mountains to the ledges above the salty waters of Maine, you’ll develop your skills in top roping, sport climbing, traditional climbing, bouldering and even multi-pitch routes. Starting in the Adirondacks you will be joined by our in-house climbing specialist that will guide you through basic safety procedures, belay school and coach you in your climbing technique. Each day you will be climbing at a new spot in the Adirondacks from the Keene Valley area, Chapel Pond and Lake George. With your newly acquires skills and techniques you will head out to discover the best of New England’s rock. Landing in the White Mountains of New Hampshire you will tackle some of your biggest challenges yet with a massive multi-pitch climb with the AMGA guides. Feel the thrill of approaching a 400 foot cliff face and working together to overcome this impressive feat.  But you’re not done yet. Finally you will head over to the sea cliffs of the Maine shoreline. You will find yourself scaling the rugged Otter Cliffs as the waves of the Atlantic crash below your feet with the perfect backdrops to keep you company.

Rates: Tier 1: $2,230 • Tier 2: $2,130 • Tier 3: $2,030

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ADK Great Range (46er Part 1) 

JULY 8 – 13 (Ages 13+)

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Begin your journey towards becoming an aspiring 46er with some of the most impressive mountains in the Adirondacks. You will have an introduction to backpacking as you head into the John Brooks area to set up base camp. From here you will venture out to hike over the longest range of the 46 high peaks tackling it in manageable sections. You will cross rivers, streams, huge slabs of rock as you learn some of the basics skills needed for a backpacking trip and lay a solid foundation for future extended trips into the wilderness. Explore the caves on top of Gothic Mountain, keep an eye open for beavers in the ponds on Giant Mountain and enjoy the 360 views of the 6 million acres of wilderness known as the Adirondacks from the summit of Mount Haystack.

Rates: Tier 1: $1,110 • Tier 2: $1,035 • Tier 3: $960

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Leaders-In-Training (LIT)

JULY 1 – 13; JULY 15 – 27; JULY 29 – AUGUST 10 (Ages 15+)

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This two-week leader-in-training adventure trip will have you exploring the Adirondacks and your own leadership potential. Investigate leadership styles, interpersonal communication, and trip-leading skills through hands-on learning in a variety of workshops and adventure activities. Plan your own backpacking trip in the Adirondacks and assist with local community service. Each participant will have the opportunity to lead the group along the way. Ages 15 to 16.

Rates: Tier 1: $2,005 • Tier 2: $1,905 • Tier 3: $1,805

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SCUBA Camp

AUGUST 5 – 10 (Ages 13+)

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Find out what lies beneath the surface of Lake George in this PADI Open Water Dive Course hosted at Camp Chingachgook. Certified instructors take you through the basics of SCUBA diving beginning at the Chingachgook waterfront and progressing to other locations throughout Lake George. You will begin with the basic safety instruction and try dives in shallow water eventually progressing to a 60 foot deep dive to explore the depth of the crystal clear waters of Lake George. Evening seminars prepare you for your daily dives to explore shipwrecks and the underwater environment.

Those who successfully complete the Open Water Dive Course are then eligible to stay for the Advanced Scuba Camp program the following week. Put those dive skills to the test for two weeks exploring the depths of Lake George!

Rates: Tier 1: $1,205 • Tier 2: $1,130 • Tier 3: $1,055

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Advanced SCUBA Camp (Discounted rate if you sign up for both SCUBA and Advanced SCUBA in the same summer!)

AUGUST 12 – 17 (Ages 13+)

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Delve deeper beneath the surface of Lake George in this PADI Advanced Training for Open Water Divers Course hosted at Camp Chingachgook. Certified instructors introduce you to specialty diving and fine tuning your basic SCUBA diving skills. Beginning at the Chingachgook waterfront and progressing to other locations throughout Lake George developing skills in underwater navigation, search and recovery, deep diving and even a night dive. You will learn the skills needed to explore the inside of wrecks and dive to greater depths reaching 100 feet below the surface. This trip will give you the opportunity to master the skills you learned in the Open Water Cert and explore the joy of the underwater world. Evening seminars prepare campers for your daily dives to explore shipwrecks and the underwater environment of the lake.

A prerequisite for the course is to have a current PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent rating which can be achieved as a returning participant of the introductory Scuba Camp program earlier in the summer or as a returning participant from last year’s course. 

Rates: Tier 1: $1,205 • Tier 2: $1,130 • Tier 3: $1,055

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Kayak Lake George End to End

AUGUST 12 – 17 (Ages 13+)

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Paddle all 32 miles of one of the northeast’s most beautiful waterways. You will begin your journey at the southern end of Lake George launching from Million Dollar Beach with its incredible views as you look towards the northern end of the lake. You will hug the shoreline as you head north past scenic bays and majestic mountains. You will camp among the hundreds of glacier-formed islands while seeking hidden natural treasures that have made Lake George one of the most popular lakes in the Adirondacks. As you progress through the dramatic channels of the Narrow Islands you will have the opportunity to take a dip in huge waterfalls, track Bald Eagles, hike the highest peak on the lake and listen to the call of the loons as you fall asleep each night. Experience the magic of watching the sunrise over the mountains and shimmer across the waters as you take a sunrise paddle past the enormous rock faces of Rogers Rock as you head to your final destination, Ticonderoga. During this trip, you will hone your skills in paddling, wet exits, open water crossings, island camping and kayak packing to give you a unique set of skills.

Rates: Tier 1: $1,110 • Tier 2: $1,035 • Tier 3: $960

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Adirondack Voyageurs

JULY 8 – 13 (Ages 13+)

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Explore the Adirondacks the way generations have before, through the lakes and rivers in the Adirondack Lakes Region. Camping along the waterways as we go, this is a true Adirondack adventure born more than a century ago by early Adirondack guides. You will launch your adventure from Long Lake and paddle north, camping on the shores in the northern end of the lake and enjoying the heat of a campfire as you watch the sunset over the western mountains. Next you will leave the open waters behind and head into the network of rivers and streams.  As you snake downstream in the shallow waters, keep your eyes open for all the wildlife scattered along the shores. You will have an introduction to the skills of portaging around waterfalls and work together to pass this obstacle as well as build on your encampment, paddling and navigation skills as you make your way towards Tupper Lake, your final destination.

Rates: Tier 1: $1,110 • Tier 2: $1,035 • Tier 3: $960

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Advanced Trips

Appalachian Trail Hut 2 Hut 

JULY 1 – 13 (Ages 13+)

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A brand new trip for the summer of 2017 is building off our backpacking trips in the Adirondacks as we venture out onto the Appalachian Trail (AT). The AT originates in Georgia and continues through 14 states up to the top of Maine covering a distance of 2,189 miles. This trip aims to be a gateway to discover what an Appalachian Trail ‘thru-hiker’ would experience by hiking a two-week section in the White Mountains in New Hampshire. Not only is this one of the most beautiful sections of the entire trail but it comes with the luxury of being able to stay in mountaintop huts all with 360-degree views of the surrounding White Mountain wilderness. These huts are iconic stops for the ‘thru-hikers’ with breakfast and dinners provided, comfortable beds and guest speakers during the evenings.  Don’t think this trip is for the faint of heart.  During this backpacking trip, the campers will cross the world-renowned Presidential Range with some of the highest winds ever recorded along with some of the most rugged terrain in the northeast. Explore the culture of the AT and everything the White Mountains have to offer.

Rates: Tier 1: $2,230 • Tier 2: $2,130 • Tier 3: $2,030

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Western High Peaks (46er Part 2)

JULY 15 – 27 (Ages 13+)

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Work towards your 46er with the second part of our section hiking trips. You will head into the western region of the High Peaks aiming to summit Seymour, Panthers, Santanoni and the Seward Range. Learning more in-depth skills of trail navigation as you follow the unmarked herd paths in this region, crossing beaver dams, streams and scrambling over rock faces to eastern views of the rest of the rugged High Peak Mountains. Along with these western peaks, you will head into the Dix Range, Heart Lake and Whiteface areas as you work around the High Peaks to experience each area’s unique climbing and summits. From the blustery Dix Range with its scree fields to gazing down into Avalanche Pass from Algonquin, the second highest peak in New York, to exploring the most north mountain of Whiteface and the summit’s weather station, you will work to support one another as you explore the first American wilderness. You will build upon your solid foundation of encampment skills, having the opportunity to take the lead in navigation, backcountry cooking, leave no trace and campsite selection, all with the knowledge of your leaders to help you problem solve. These are skills that will carry with you for the rest of your life along with close bonds that you will make with your fellow campers as you all work together towards a common goal and love for these mountains.

Rates: Tier 1: $1,735 • Tier 2: $1,655 • Tier 3: $1,555

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Colden + Flowed Lands (46er Part 3)

JULY 29 – AUGUST 10 (Ages 13+)

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Complete your 46er with the final part of our section hiking trips or just tackle the depths of the central High Peak Region and the most remote and wild areas of the Adirondacks. This exceptional journey has you backpack into the heart of the Adirondacks, crossing the boulder fields of Avalanche Pass down to Lake Colden to set up camp. From this base camp you will venture out to the surrounding mountains climbing the sheer slides of Mount Colden and the highest peak in New York, Mount Marcy, just to name a few. You will relocate deeper into the wilderness as you camp along the wild shores on the Flowed Lands and tackle the long journey up Mount Allen, the most remote high peak of the 46. This trip will truly put your backpacking and camping skills to the test with your leaders guiding you in the most efficient ways to pack, cook and camp on an extended backpacking trip. These skills will show you how to work closely as a group, creating a tightknit community as you help one another accomplish these impressive achievements.

Rates: Tier 1: $1,735 • Tier 2: $1,655 • Tier 3: $1,555

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Canadian Waterways

JULY 29 – AUGUST 10 (Ages 14+)

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Follow in the footsteps of generations of native people on a paddling and camping journey through Canada’s vast wilderness. Algonquin Provincial Park offers an extensive labyrinth of pristine canoe routes. Paddle along shorelines filled with moose, loon and beaver then establish camp by the water and gaze upon the millions of stars. Navigate these waters as you link smaller bodies of water with huge open lakes as you learn the skills of boat control and the feeling of accomplishment from portaging. The second week will have you venturing out into the islands of Lake Huron exploring the vast coastline by sea kayak along the Georgian Bay. Search for the perfect spot as you camp on one of many islands, cooling off by taking a dip in the crystal clear waters and maybe exploring the shoreline for some freshwater mussels. To round out the full experience of the Ontario’s waters you will take on the white waters of the Ottawa River as you raft down the huge rapids. Don’t forget to pick up some of Canada’s finest maple syrup on your way home. Passport required.

Rates: Tier 1: $2,145 • Tier 2: $2,045 • Tier 3: $1,945

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Elite Trip

Adirondack 46er

JULY 1 – AUGUST 3 (Ages 14+)

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The Adirondack 46er is an intense backpacking classic that will take you through an incredible 5-week journey of self-discovery. This trip is offered for the physically prepared, experienced hiker that will strive to take you to become an Adirondack 46er, climbing all of the 46 peaks over 4000 feet in the High Peaks Region. You will be a part of a tightknit community, with a common objective that you will support one another to achieve as you immerse yourselves in the first American wilderness. This exceptional journey has you backpack into the heart of the Adirondacks, crossing the boulder fields of Avalanche Pass, climbing the sheer slides of Mount Colden, tackling the long journey up Mount Allen, the most remote high peak of the 46, and standing above New York on top of Mount Marcy the highest point in the state.  You will also explore the caves on top of Gothic Mountain and truly experience the 6 million acres of wilderness known as the Adirondacks.

This trip will truly put your backpacking and camping skills to the test with your leaders guiding you in the most efficient ways to pack, cook and camp on an extended backpacking trip. These skills will show you how to work closely as a group and create relationships to last a lifetime as you help one another accomplish this impressive achievement, having the privilege of being part of the exclusive 46er club.

Rates: Tier 1: $3,950 • Tier 2: $3,850 • Tier 3: $3,750

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*NEW IN 2018!* The Vermont Long Trail

JULY 1 – AUGUST 3 (Ages 14+)

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The Vermont Long Trail is the oldest long distance trail in the United States. Backpack the entire 273 miles over the course of this five week epic journey and graduate as an elite wilderness leader from our most demanding trip ever. This trip is offered for the physically prepared and experienced Backpacker looking to take the next step up from the Adirondack 46er as you refine your leadership skills, develop internal strength and become immersed in the ‘Thru-hiker’ culture. Hiking through the Green Mountains from the southern end of Vermont up to the Canadian Border, scrambling through this rugged wilderness, past pristine ponds and over the highest peaks in Vermont including massive Mount Mansfield.

Rates: Tier 1: $4,000 • Tier 2: $3,900 • Tier 3: $3,800

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Additional Information

Small Groups

Small-group sizes emphasize the importance of community, communication, respect and responsibility. Co-ed groups limited to 8 or 10 participants encourage personal investment and team-building and leader-to-participant ratios of one-to-four or one-to-five allow our co-ed Trip Leaders to focus on individual facilitation.

Safety

Safety is a top priority at Chingachgook, so our Trip Leaders are all certified in wilderness medicine and lifeguarding. Our Trip Leaders are mature adults over the age of 21 with extensive outdoor experience and trip-specific training that emphasizes physical and emotional safety as well as group development and personal growth. Trip Leaders serve as a role-model and maintain an atmosphere of safety and respect on all of our trips.

Challenge

Challenge serves as an outstanding catalyst for growth and is thus the keystone to our Adventure Trip Program. Our staff understands the value of experiential learning and the importance of group development, so each trip is somewhat flexible to accommodate variations unique to each group’s ability level. However, our program is designed into three general levels of difficulty to help guide participants selection of the best fit adventure. It is important to point out that longer trips present unique mental and social challenge in addition to the physical aspects of the respective activity.

 

 

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