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White Mountain Adventures

Welcome to White Mountain Adventures!! This March Intensive course is designed to teach winter hiking and camping skills and to introduce students to the beauty of the White Mountains. We also devote significant time to developing an understanding of group dynamics.

Cost: The cost for the course is $285/student. We work hard to keep the cost as low as possible. There is need-based financial aid available - please complete the Need-Based Scholarship Application if you need financial aid. contact any of the White Mountain leaders.

Cell Phones: There is no cell phone coverage where we will be hiking. The AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) maintains radios in the huts that the caretaker uses to check in and get weather each morning. Otherwise these are only used for emergency communication, so you should not expect to be in contact with students between Tuesday morning and Friday afternoon.

Itinerary:

  • We will divide the students into two groups, each with approximately twenty students and three adult leaders. One group will spend their time at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Lonesome Lake Hut. The second group will be based at the Zealand Falls Hut.
  • We will leave HHS at 8 am on Tuesday March 13th, arriving at our hiking destinations around 11 am.
  • Groups will hike into their respective huts on Tuesday, we will assign jobs and generally get ensconced in the place.
  • Wednesday and Thursday will be spent hiking, preparing meals, playing games, sharing, all as a group.
  • We will hike out to the bus on Friday March 16th, likely returning to HHS around 3 pm. If there’s time we will stop for lunch at P & H truck stop.


Safety: We will be hiking outside in the weather of the day. Conditions are highly variable at this time of year, temps over the last few years have ranged from -20 degrees F to over 70 degrees F. Our leaders are Wilderness First Aid and/or Wilderness First Responder certified. We carry a robust kit of first aid supplies, extra warm gear and keep a close watch on all members of the group. The adult chaperones have been to these locations, with students, many times in the past and know the areas well. We will plan our hikes to fit with the daily conditions and the abilities of the students.

Leaders: John Phipps (Science Teacher), Colin Tindall (Social Studies Teacher), Julia Gartner (Science Teacher), Justin Campbell (HHS Principal), Mike Lepene (RMS Principal), Austyn ReseK (HHS Athletic Trainer)

Packing Checklist

PACKING CHECKLIST FOR WHITE MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES

*Below is a list of required gear, no exceptions*
Only Optional items are optional

Download a Printable Checklist

Clothing


Base Layer (absolutely NO cotton)

__ 2 polypro liner socks

__ 2 long underwear tops (synthetic or wool)

__ 2 long underwear bottoms (synthetic or wool)


Warming/Insulating Layer

__ 3 pair of hiking socks (wool)

__ fleece or wool pants

__ 2 pair fleece or wool mittens

__ fleece jacket and/or wool sweater


Outer Layer

__"buff" or neck warmer

__ 2 fleece or wool hats

__ waterproof over mitts or gloves with shells (dry hands!)

__ waterproof jacket/shell

__ waterproof snow pants/shell

__ gaiters


Hut Clothing
(comfy warm clothing, hut does not rise above 45°)

__ hut shoes (slippers, crocs with socks, but NO sneakers)

__ pants

__ top


Equipment

__ sleeping bag rated to 0 °F

__ backpack 60-80 liter

__ snowshoes

__ hiking boots
(leather, synthetic, or combo-waterproofed. If older reproof with snowseal etc. If new wear for 2 weeks to school prior to trip.)

__ newspaper (to stuff your boots for faster drying)

__ insulated mug (this cuts down on dishes/work)

__ small tupperware for packing trail lunches

__ insulating sleeve for H20 bottles
(an old wool sock works too)

__ 2 nalgene water bottles filled with water
(hard plastic or steel)

__ headlamp

__ extra batteries

__ 3 plastic garbage bags
(one to line main compartment of backpack, another to put sleeping bag in, one extra just in case)

__ small ziploc bags or waterproof bag
(for camera, book etc to keep watertight)

__ 4 sets of hand & toe warmers


Personal

__ underclothing
(your skivvies ala USMC) 4 pair and a SPARE !!!!!

Toiletries:

__ toothbrush

__ toothpaste (travel size)

__ other items you absolutely need in TRAVEL SIZE

__ any items of medical necessity


Optional

__ snacks (personal)

__ sunglasses

__ pack cover

__ game (cards, small)

__ book

__ camera


Items for BUS ride

__ money (buy lunch on way home)

__ 1 set of clean clothing for return trip to Hanover

Forms

To ensure all participants have all the gear they need, everyone must complete this Gear Survey form.

All participants and parents/guardians must print, sign, and return the Permission Form.

Where we hike?

We will divide the students into two groups, each with approximately twenty students and three adult leaders. One group will spend their time at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Lonesome Lake Hut. The second group will be based at the Zealand Falls Hut.

What will the weather be like?

What do the students eat?

When are money and forms due?

What happens if there is a snow day?

First Aid & Safety Information