Conditioning Hiking Series - Seattle - 2018

Day Hiking Course

Conditioning Hiking Series

Conditioning Hiking Series - Seattle - 2018

Info
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You must be a member of The Mountaineers to register for the course. Registration is open during the month of February as follows:

  • Feb 1-14: registration for first-time participants only; and
  • Feb 15-28: registration for everyone (including former participants and prior graduates). 

Overview: This course is for hiking enthusiasts who are interested in challenging themselves to go on day hikes of 16+ miles.  The Conditioning Hiking Series (CHS) kicks off in March, and is designed to prepare hikers who are currently experienced at the upper easy/moderate level for the challenges of strenuous, long-distance day hiking.  All hikes are limited to participants in the course.

Minimum Qualifications: Although there are no prerequisites for this course, it is NOT for beginning hikers. You must be capable of a minimum sustained pace of 1.5 miles per hour (think 80 minutes up Rattlesnake Ledge Trail or 2 hrs 45 min up Mt Si trail). Participants are strongly encouraged to build physical fitness and spend time outside of the course keeping themselves in shape. You should be available and committed to go on eleven hikes over the course of the summer. You should also enjoy group hiking and socializing with your fellow participants.

What to Expect: The 2018 CHS course consists of a mandatory daytime class on Saturday, March 24 at the Seattle Mountaineers Program Center, a minimum of two CHS hikes per month building in mileage and elevation gain from April through August, and a graduation hike of 16+ miles in September. The class session on March 24 is designed to teach basic information that is needed to prep for longer hikes, and also to go over course guidelines and expectations.  Each participant in the course is also required to do one day of trail maintenance in order to graduate.

Prior to your first hike in April, you will choose a track of moderate (CHS1) or fast (CHS2) paced hikes. If you are uncertain which level is best for you, you may sign  up for a pacing hike on March 25 and our leaders will help you select a pacing group.

Course badges will be awarded to those who complete the March classroom session, ten CHS day hikes (two per month, April-August), one CHS graduation hike in September, and one day of trail maintenance.   

Enrollment Process and Costs: You must be a member of The Mountaineers to register for the course. Registration is open during the month of February as follows:

  • Feb 1-14: registration for first-time participants only; and
  • Feb 15-28: registration for everyone (including former participants and prior graduates). 

Online or telephone registration only; mail-in registration forms will not be accepted. Enrollment will be limited to 88 participants.  If the number of signups exceeds 88, you will be waitlisted for the course and may receive a slot if someone drops the course prior to our May hikes.

The course fee is $125.00. As with all club hikes, participants are expected to contribute toward carpooling costs if they are riding as a passenger. Our optional overnight trips have extra costs associated with them. We frequently stop for an inexpensive meal or snack following our hikes.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
CHS Mixer (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Mar 3, 2022
Registration opens Jan 26
73 participants
CHS Orientation
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Mar 12, 2022
Registration opens Feb 1
119 participants
CHS 2 Pacing Hike (optional)
Tiger Mountain Trail
Sat, Mar 26, 2022
Registration opens Mar 12
8 participants
CHS 1 Pacing Hike (optional)
Lord Hill Regional Park
Sat, Mar 26, 2022
Registration opens Mar 12
8 participants
CHS 2 Hike (optional)
Wilderness Peak Loop
Sat, Apr 2, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Teneriffe Falls
Sat, Apr 2, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Grand Prospect
Sun, Apr 3, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Baldy (Yakima Canyon)
Sat, Apr 9, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Oyster Dome
Sat, Apr 9, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
6 participants
Lily & Lizard Lakes
Sun, Apr 10, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
May Valley Loop
Sat, Apr 16, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Umtanum Ridge
Sat, Apr 16, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Margaret's Way to Chybinski Loop Trail
Sun, Apr 17, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Black Canyon (Umtanum Ridge)
Sun, Apr 17, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Hoh River
Sun, Apr 24, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Wallace Falls
Sat, Apr 30, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Chuckanut Ridge
Sun, May 1, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Poo Poo Point via High School Trail
Fri, May 6, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Middle Fork Snoqualmie River
Sat, May 7, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
6 participants
Grand Prospect
Sat, May 7, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Bridal Veil Falls & Lake Serene
Sat, May 14, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Eagle Creek to Tunnel Falls
Fri, May 20, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Mount Si Old Trail
Sat, May 21, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Multnomah Falls, Angels Rest, Devils Rest & Wahkeena Falls
Sat, May 21, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Coyote Wall—The Labyrinth Loop
Sun, May 22, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Talus Loop via Teneriffe Trailhead
Sat, Jun 4, 2022
Registration opens May 25
8 participants
Squak Mountain: Sycamore Access
Sun, Jun 12, 2022
Registration opens May 25
8 participants
Navaho Pass
Thu, Jun 16, 2022
Registration opens May 25
8 participants
Perry Creek
Sat, Jun 18, 2022
Registration opens May 25
8 participants
Klahane Ridge
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
Registration opens May 25
8 participants
The Enchantments/Colchuck Lake
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
Registration opens May 25
6 participants
Mount Si Old Trail
Sun, Jun 26, 2022
Registration opens May 25
8 participants
Rainbow & Island Lakes
Fri, Jul 1, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Royal Basin
Sat, Jul 2, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Mount Teneriffe
Sat, Jul 2, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Tunnel Creek
Sat, Jul 16, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Indian Bar-Cowlitz Divide
Sat, Jul 23, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Third Burroughs Mountain
Sat, Jul 23, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
6 participants
Berkeley Park
Sat, Jul 23, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Ridge & Gravel Lakes
Sun, Jul 31, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Shoe Lake
Sat, Aug 6, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
6 participants
Wonderland Trail: Longmire to Reflection Lakes
Sat, Aug 13, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
8 participants
Indian Bar-Cowlitz Divide
Sat, Aug 20, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
8 participants
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Sat, Aug 20, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
8 participants
Around Mother Mountain
Sat, Aug 27, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
8 participants
Pacific Crest Trail: Snoqualmie Pass to Windy Pass
Sun, Aug 28, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
8 participants
Enchantments Traverse
Sat, Sep 3, 2022
Registration opens Aug 24
6 participants
Marmot & Jade Lakes
Sun, Sep 4, 2022
Registration opens Aug 24
8 participants
CHS 1 Hike (optional)
Squak Mountain: Bullitt Fireplace Access
Sat, Apr 2, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
6 participants
Little Si & Boulder Garden Loop
Mon, Apr 4, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Pratt River Connector Trail
Tue, Apr 5, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Baker Lake
Fri, Apr 8, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
6 participants
Dirty Harry's Balcony
Sat, Apr 9, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Ebeys Landing
Sat, Apr 16, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Tiger Mountain Trail
Sat, Apr 16, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Margaret's Way
Mon, Apr 18, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Discovery Park
Sun, Apr 24, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
6 participants
Bowman Bay
Sun, Apr 24, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
6 participants
Little Si
Wed, Apr 27, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
6 participants
Lily & Lizard Lakes
Sat, Apr 30, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
6 participants
Kamikaze (Teneriffe) Falls
Mon, May 2, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Squak Mountain: Bullitt Fireplace Access
Thu, May 5, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Wallace Falls Loop
Sat, May 7, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
6 participants
Icicle Ridge
Sat, May 7, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
0 instructors
Little Si & Boulder Garden Loop
Tue, May 10, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
6 participants
Snoquera Palisades
Sat, May 14, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Lost Valley Loop
Sat, May 14, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Ingalls Creek
Sun, May 15, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
6 participants
Poo Poo Point via High School Trail
Mon, May 16, 2022
Registration opens Mar 23
8 participants
Mount Sawyer & Tonga Ridge
Sat, May 21, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Iron Bear
Thu, May 26, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Monte Cristo
Sat, May 28, 2022
Registration opens Apr 20
8 participants
Cashmere Canyons Preserve
Fri, Jun 3, 2022
Registration opens May 25
8 participants
Fragrance & Lost Lakes
Sat, Jun 4, 2022
Registration opens May 25
6 participants
Skyscraper Mountain
Sat, Jun 4, 2022
Registration opens May 25
8 participants
Twin Falls (Olallie State Park)
Mon, Jun 6, 2022
Registration opens May 25
8 participants
Mount Washington (Snoqualmie)
Mon, Jun 13, 2022
Registration opens May 25
8 participants
Navaho Pass
Sat, Jun 18, 2022
Registration opens May 25
8 participants
Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)
Sat, Jun 18, 2022
Registration opens May 25
8 participants
Lake Serene
Sun, Jun 19, 2022
Registration opens May 25
6 participants
Scorpion Mountain
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
Registration opens May 25
8 participants
Gem Lake
Wed, Jul 6, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Dirty Harry's Peak
Mon, Jul 18, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Tubal Cain Mine, Buckhorn Lake & Marmot Pass
Tue, Jul 19, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Lake Valhalla
Sat, Jul 23, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
6 participants
Third Burroughs Mountain
Sun, Jul 24, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Cutthroat Lake & Pass
Tue, Jul 26, 2022
Registration opens Jun 22
8 participants
Lake Valhalla & Mount McCausland
Sat, Jul 30, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
8 participants
Summerland & Panhandle Gap
Thu, Aug 4, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
8 participants
Indian Henry's Hunting Ground
Sat, Aug 6, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
8 participants
Third Burroughs Mountain
Thu, Aug 11, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
8 participants
Kendall Katwalk
Sat, Aug 13, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
6 participants
Spider Meadows
Thu, Aug 18, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
8 participants
Mailbox Peak
Mon, Aug 22, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
8 participants
Thompson Lake
Mon, Aug 29, 2022
Registration opens Jul 27
8 participants
Indian Bar-Cowlitz Divide
Sat, Sep 10, 2022
Registration opens Aug 24
8 participants
Mount Teneriffe-Mount Si Traverse
Mon, Sep 12, 2022
Registration opens Aug 24
8 participants
Royal Basin
Sat, Sep 24, 2022
Registration opens Aug 24
6 participants
CHS - Just for Fun (optional)
Dungeness Spit
Sun, Jun 26, 2022
Registration closes Jun 24
11 participants

Additional badges needed to graduate

Completed

Roster
Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)

Trekking poles and snow traction devices (YakTrax, Microspikes, Stablicers, etc.) are highly recommended, but not required. 

Course Materials

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