Although hiking is essentially putting one foot in front of the other, there are many tips that can make hiking both more enjoyable and safe. There are two ways to acquire the knowledge necessary to hike safely in a variety of terrains: either through experience, or by learning from others with that experience. If you want to jump start your learning and your experience, join us for five days of experiential education in the Georgia Mountains with two experienced hiking guides. Maximum group size: 12
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This trip is for women in good physical condition who can hike for two to four hours a day in mountainous terrain. While intermediate hikers who want to hone their skills are welcome, the trip is primarily designed for novice hikers with no or limited previous hiking experience. If your interest is more in hiking than in combining hiking with learning, we suggest you look at one of our other hiking trips. A rating of 2 is suitable for any woman who regularly walks at a brisk pace 3 to 4 days a week for 35 - 45 minutes. Rating: 1  3 4 5.
This is a hiking trip with a focus on learning all about hiking in the mountains. In addition to hiking, there will be teaching sessions designed to teach you all the fundamental of hiking including using a map and compass.
We will spend four nights at Retreat on the Ridge , a luxurious 7-bedroom 5.5 bath majestic mountain home where you can enjoy the north Georgia mountains in luxury, style and convenience. It's seven miles north of Downtown Dahlonega with spectacular panoramic views, a saltwater pool, and a firepit.
There are seven bedrooms that are a mix of single and shared rooms, plus a "bunkroom" with four beds (two singles and one bunkbed). There is a discount for the bunkroom, and three single rooms are available for a single supplement; otherwise, rooms will be assigned randomly.
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.
the guides--knowledgeable, sense of humor, good cooks, delivered on the learning component; this was my fifth AGC experience and I enjoyed this particular group the most--of course that might be serendipity owed to the particular women who signed up for this trip, but our interactions were promoted by the particular setting, with several different areas in which spontaneous conversation could occur--porch, pool, large kitchen, living room; and I always enjoy the challenge of hiking if the mileage is manageable for me
Gourmet food we had, nice lodging, great company with other hikers, and excellent guides.
Leigh Saint and Claire Lukas, the trip leaders, were outstanding. The participants were friendly and engaging. I especially liked the second day's hike, including Springer Mountain. And the food. OMG, the food. Dare I say it, I had my doubts about the utility of trekking poles but I'm sold on them now. I wish I could take them everywhere. :)
I was concerned about hiking in Georgia in July due to heat and amount of miles being hiked but the weather for our hiking locations was cooler most days than Dahlonega forecast and the guides provided breaks at the right moment and locations. A few times, we had enough time to get cold water from stream, change shirts/socks etc as needed. Food was provided for all meals including lunch and snacks. Food was generally very healthy and well prepared by our guides.
The effortlessness with which the guides, Leigh and Claire, generously imparted their extensive knowledge and cultivated inclusivity was particularly notable. I felt an easiness that drew me in and opened the door to bonding with these adventurous women. The sensory-kinesthetic, aural, olfactory, visual, tactile-immersion of hiking on the AT validated my love of walking, of being in the woods. And the meals were exceptional!
The hiking and compass class. But hiking was the best
This trip was exactly as advertised and fulfilled my expectations.
The trip far exceeded my expectations. Leigh and Claire were professional and knowledgable. And boy can they cook! I was not expecting home cooked meals from my guides. That glory bowl was out of this world.
Gaining knowledge of hiking from kind and competent guides.
I was interested in the compass instruction and pleased with that. Understanding how to use poles properly, the rest step and reviewing first aid kit and water filtration were also good.
Trip was exactly what I expected and I needed. Great first experience on the AT and a nice opportunity to learn the art of hiking.
The guides are extremely friendly and helpful, and very knowledgeable. They made me feel comfortable since I knew nothing about any of the equipment I bought, and learned more than I expected to learn from this trip. No matter how one is not ready for prime time, the guides are with you all the way and never left anyone behind, and always patiently waiting for you to be ready.to continue.
Personal interactions with the guides and everything was so organized!
The education, the guides, the accommodations, the fellow participants
From the minute I step into hiker hostel Jesse's warm welcome and information to Lee and Claire's getting down to business and not wasting time meals including snack and lunch preparation for the days hike! Very very well organized! Thank you 😊
I enjoyed the hikes and learning how to use an old school compass. The Hiker Hostel was a great location!
The talks about various outdoor skills were very good. I especially appreciated the discussions of layering and water treatments. T
The hiking was awesome. The meals were fantastic.
I learned a lot
The chemistry of the group was amazing! Would have liked to have hiked more miles. More of the instruction could have taken place on the trails. Food was great, Leigh went above and beyond accommodating dietary needs.
Hiking, companionship and good food.