If you long to hike in the mountains but lack the knowledge and skills that only come from years of experience, this trip is for you. We combine mountain hiking in the Snowy Range with instruction in everything you need to know: basic technique, clothing and equipment, conditioning and nutrition, safety considerations, trip planning, weather, and navigation with map and compass. The Snowy Range of Wyoming provides a fantastic setting for this challenging day hiking trip with a focus on acquiring or refining high altitude skills, as well as enjoying alpine beauty. The wild west setting is full of granite spires, crystalline lakes, and cowboy sunsets. We'll hike among fields of brilliant wildflowers and see lots of wildlife. While the daily mileage is low (six miles or less) the terrain and altitude are sure to provide ample challenges and rewards. By day we'll day hike in breathtaking places and at night we'll sleep in comfortable modern lodgings. This adventure is also great training for a Level 4 or 5 international trip! Max group size: 10 pax.
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This trip is rated a 3 and is appropriate for women who have been hiking before but want to learn the essentials of high alpine hiking. While this trip is geared toward hikers of varying abilities, you will get the most out of the spectacular scenery if you train with aerobic conditioning and basic balance exercises prior to the trip. You will only carry a daypack each day and while there are some sustained ascents and descents, the mileage is moderate to allow time to acclimatize to the high elevation and practice skills. Rating: 1 2 3 4 5.
This is a hiking trip where you can enjoy far flung remote beauty but only have to carry your daypack. This trip is a perfect opportunity to hone your alpine skills and experience the joys of the Snowy Range in a supportive group environment. We'll practice Leave No Trace principles, how to navigate a talus field, altitude sickness prevention, and much more! Previous hiking experience is required. The mileage will be low, but we will be hiking at high altitude with rocky terrain.
Two nights will be spent at a modern hotel in Laramie, Wyoming that has a convenient airport shuttle and indoor pool. The following three nights will be spent at a family owned and operated historic hotel in the small mountain town of Centennial, gateway to our hiking adventure. Finally our last night will be spent at the charming western Vee Bar Ranch, a picturesque and relaxing reward, complete with hot tub and a river on property! There are three full trip single supplements available on this trip, and three partial single supplements available, otherwise rooms are shared at the first and second location. At Vee Bar Ranch, each participant will have her own room with a shared jack and jill bathroom between another AGC participant's room. The partial single supplements involve private room and private bathroom in Laramie, shared bedroom and shared bathroom in Centennial and private bedroom and shared bathroom at the Vee Bar Ranch.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
Excellent opportunity to assess your capabilities after hiatus or perhaps a milestone birthday. I learned so much, too.
The Art of Mt Hiking became an extra special trip for me. I found the guides were exceptional. Well versed in all aspects of the active days; equally at ease with each participant, in all settings. Their firm resolve to be where we were with each of us, and to have so much knowledge and experience to share. Additionally, our after hike and meal activities were engaging and lots of fun! I am going to suggest that this trip is an excellent one for so many people. I plan on repeating and hope to bring others with me.......
The enthusiasm and knowledge of the guides made this a special trip. The Snowy Range was sooo beautiful. The group of women were welcoming and fun.
We had a wonderful group of women and two fantastic guides, and of course the hiking was spectacular.
Gorgeous scenery, challenging but doable hikes, excellent camaraderie, and superb guides. This trip exceeded my expectations!
I wanted to test how I did with high altitude hiking, and this was great for that. Great group of women and guides, as always with AGC. I enjoyed the learning element and picked up a couple of very specific, very helpful tips, even though I am an experienced hiker. And finally, our accommodations and food at the Mountain View and the Vee Bar Ranch were wonderful.
Sharing this trip with my daughter was amazing. Brenda and André were terrific! They both shared their knowledge of hiking and the environment. We soaked it in!
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