Conditioning Hiking Series - Seattle - 2018

Day Hiking Course

Conditioning Hiking Series

Conditioning Hiking Series - Seattle - 2018

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Please email info@mountaineers.org with registration questions.

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 2 Hike (optional)
Scott Paul Trail & Park Butte
Thu, Aug 5, 2021
Registration closed Aug 3
5 participants
Ridge & Gravel Lakes
Sat, Aug 7, 2021
Registration closes Aug 5
3 participants
Excelsior Peak & Damfino Lakes
Fri, Aug 13, 2021
Registration closes Aug 11
4 participants
Necklace Valley
Sat, Aug 14, 2021
Registration closes Aug 12
4 participants
Crystal Mountain Backcountry
Sat, Aug 14, 2021
Registration closes Aug 12
5 participants
Surprise Mountain
Sat, Aug 14, 2021
Registration closes Aug 12
2 participants
Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake
Sun, Aug 15, 2021
Registration closes Aug 12
7 participants
Thunder Creek–Fourth of July Pass
Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Registration closes Aug 19
1 participant
Sourdough Mountain
Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Registration closes Aug 19
4 participants
Marmot & Jade Lakes
Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Registration closes Aug 5
4 participants
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Sun, Aug 22, 2021
Registration closes Aug 19
2 participants
Pacific Crest Trail: Snoqualmie Pass to Windy Pass
Thu, Aug 26, 2021
Registration closes Aug 24
1 participant
Phelps Creek to Spider Gap
Sat, Aug 28, 2021
Registration closes Aug 26
7 participants
Marmot Pass & Buckhorn Mountain
Sat, Aug 28, 2021
Registration closes Aug 26
0 participants
Enchantments Traverse
Sat, Sep 4, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
7 participants
Gladys Divide
Sun, Sep 5, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
7 participants
Grand Ridge (Olympics)
Sat, Sep 11, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
6 participants
Seven Lakes Basin & High Divide
Sat, Sep 18, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
7 participants
Snowgrass Flat, Goat Lake & Hawkeye Point
Sat, Sep 25, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
7 participants
CHS 1 Hike (optional)
Panhandle Gap
Fri, Aug 6, 2021
Registration closed Aug 4
3 participants
Shoe Lake
Sun, Aug 8, 2021
Registration closes Aug 6
2 participants
Thompson Lake
Mon, Aug 9, 2021
Registration closes Aug 7
2 participants
Summerland & Panhandle Gap
Wed, Aug 11, 2021
Registration closes Aug 9
1 participant on waitlist
Kendall Katwalk
Fri, Aug 13, 2021
Registration closes Aug 11
1 participant on waitlist
Coldwater Peak
Sat, Aug 14, 2021
Registration closes Aug 12
8 participants
Excelsior Peak
Sun, Aug 15, 2021
Registration closes Aug 13
4 participants
0 instructors
Little Giant Pass
Wed, Aug 18, 2021
Registration closes Aug 16
3 participants
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Fri, Aug 20, 2021
Registration closes Aug 18
1 participant
Rainy Pass to Cutthroat Pass
Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Registration closes Aug 19
0 participants
Stilleto Peak Lookout
Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Registration closes Aug 19
7 participants
Glacier Basin
Fri, Aug 27, 2021
Registration closes Aug 25
3 participants
Tubal Cain Mine, Buckhorn Lake & Marmot Pass
Sat, Aug 28, 2021
Registration closes Aug 26
7 participants
Maple Pass Loop
Fri, Sep 3, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
6 participants
North Fork Skokomish River & Flapjack Lakes
Mon, Sep 6, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
10 participants
Ptarmigan Ridge
Fri, Sep 10, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
6 participants
Surprise Lake & Mountain
Sat, Sep 11, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
7 participants
Mount Teneriffe-Mount Si Traverse
Mon, Sep 13, 2021
Registration closes Sep 11
4 participants
Indian Bar-Cowlitz Divide
Sat, Sep 18, 2021
Registration opens Aug 25
6 participants
CHS - North Cascades Campout (optional)
Colonial Creek Campground
Thu, Aug 19, 2021
Registration closes Aug 17
7 participants
$7.50
Colonial Creek Campground
Fri, Aug 20, 2021
Registration closes Aug 18
12 participants
$7.50
Colonial Creek Campground
Sat, Aug 21, 2021
Registration closes Aug 19
13 participants
$7.50
Colonial Creek Campground
Sun, Aug 22, 2021
Registration closes Aug 20
0 participants
$7.50
CHS - Just for Fun (optional)
Maple Pass Loop
Sun, Aug 22, 2021
Registration closes Aug 19
10 participants
Alderbook Nature Trails
Sun, Oct 31, 2021
Registration opens Oct 18; Instructor registration open now
4 participants
7 instructors
Tiger Mountain Trail
Sun, Nov 28, 2021
Registration opens Nov 15; Instructor registration open now
8 participants
2 instructors

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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