Conditioning Hiking Series - Seattle - 2018

Day Hiking Course

Conditioning Hiking Series

Conditioning Hiking Series - Seattle - 2018

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 1 Hike (optional)
Thunder Creek–Fourth of July Pass
Fri, Jun 22, 2018
Registration closes Jun 20
1 participant on waitlist
Crystal Lakes (Mount Rainier)
Sat, Jun 23, 2018
Registration closes Jun 21
1 participant on waitlist
Mount Washington (Snoqualmie)
Sun, Jun 24, 2018
Registration closes Jun 22
2 participants on waitlist
Beckler Peak
Sat, Jun 30, 2018
Registration closes Jun 28
4 participants on waitlist
Pratt Lake Trail
Sun, Jul 1, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
10 participants
Colchuck Lake
Wed, Jul 4, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
6 participants
Strawberry Mountain
Sat, Jul 7, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
7 participants
Goat Lake (Monte Cristo)
Sun, Jul 8, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
10 participants
Alpine Lookout/Round Mountain
Wed, Jul 11, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
11 participants
Navaho Pass
Sat, Jul 14, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
11 participants
Granite Mountain
Sun, Jul 15, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
11 participants
Norse Peak
Fri, Jul 20, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
10 participants
Kachess–Domerie Loop
Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
11 participants
Summerland & Panhandle Gap
Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
10 participants
Eastside Trail (Mount Rainier)
Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
11 participants
Shriner Peak
Sun, Jul 22, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
11 participants
Cutthroat Lake & Pass
Wed, Jul 25, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
11 participants
Marmot Pass & Buckhorn Mountain
Sat, Jul 28, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
10 participants
Appleton Pass
Sat, Aug 4, 2018
Registration opens Jul 25
10 participants
Coldwater Peak, Harry's Ridge & Pumice Plain
Sat, Aug 4, 2018
Registration opens Jul 25
11 participants
Snowgrass Flat & Goat Lake Basin
Sun, Aug 5, 2018
Registration opens Jul 25
11 participants
Tubal Cain Mine & Buckhorn Lake
Sat, Aug 11, 2018
Registration opens Jul 25
7 participants
Scott Paul and Park Butte Loop
Fri, Aug 17, 2018
Registration opens Jul 25
10 participants
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Sat, Aug 18, 2018
Registration opens Jul 25
10 participants
Maple Pass Loop
Sat, Aug 18, 2018
Registration opens Jul 25
11 participants
Cutthroat Lake & Pass
Sun, Aug 19, 2018
Registration opens Jul 25
11 participants
Kendall Katwalk
Sun, Aug 26, 2018
Registration opens Jul 25
11 participants
Tuck & Robin Lakes
Sun, Sep 2, 2018
Registration opens Aug 22
7 participants
Benchmark Mountain via West Cady Ridge
Sat, Sep 8, 2018
Registration opens Aug 22
10 participants
Around Mother Mountain
Sat, Sep 15, 2018
Registration opens Aug 22
11 participants
CHS 2 Hike (optional)
Alpine Lookout/Round Mountain
Sat, Jun 23, 2018
Registration closes Jun 21
1 participant
Enchanted Valley Chalet (Quinault)
Sat, Jun 23, 2018
Registration closes Jun 21
0 participants
0 instructors
Middle Fork Snoqualmie River
Sun, Jun 24, 2018
Registration closes Jun 22
0 participants
Navaho Pass
Sat, Jun 30, 2018
Registration closes Jun 28
3 participants on waitlist
Deer Ridge & Blue Mountain
Sun, Jul 1, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
10 participants
Rock Mountain
Sat, Jul 7, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
11 participants
Colchuck Lake
Sun, Jul 8, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
6 participants
Royal Basin
Sat, Jul 14, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
11 participants
Hope & Mig lakes
Sun, Jul 15, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
10 participants
Indian Bar-Cowlitz Divide
Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
9 participants
Third Burroughs Mountain
Sun, Jul 22, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
11 participants
Surprise Mountain
Sun, Jul 22, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
11 participants
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Sun, Jul 22, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
11 participants
Wonderland Trail: Carbon River to Mystic Lake
Sat, Jul 28, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
11 participants
Pacific Crest Trail: Cady Ridge to Red Pass
Sun, Jul 29, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
11 participants
Benchmark Mountain via West Cady Ridge
Sat, Aug 4, 2018
Registration opens Jul 25
11 participants
Ridge & Gravel Lakes
Sun, Aug 5, 2018
Registration opens Jul 25
10 participants
Tatoosh Lookout
Sat, Aug 11, 2018
Registration opens Jul 25
11 participants
Klapatche Park
Sat, Aug 11, 2018
Registration opens Jul 25
10 participants
Hawkeye Point & Goat Lake
Sun, Aug 12, 2018
Registration opens Jul 25
11 participants
Cutthroat Lake & Pass
Sat, Aug 18, 2018
Registration opens Jul 25
10 participants
Cascade Pass & Sahale Arm
Sun, Aug 19, 2018
Registration opens Jul 25
10 participants
Pacific Crest Trail: White Pass to Chinook Pass
Sat, Aug 25, 2018
Registration opens Jul 25
10 participants
Mount Aix
Sun, Aug 26, 2018
Registration opens Jul 25
7 participants
Horseshoe Basin via Cascade Pass
Sat, Sep 1, 2018
Registration opens Aug 22
10 participants
Wonderland Trail: Mowich Lake to Westside Road
Sat, Sep 8, 2018
Registration opens Aug 22
11 participants
Upper Wildcat Lake
Sun, Sep 9, 2018
Registration opens Aug 22
7 participants
Grand Ridge (Olympics)
Sat, Sep 15, 2018
Registration opens Aug 22
10 participants
Gladys Divide
Sat, Sep 29, 2018
Registration opens Aug 22
11 participants
CHS Campout - Queen Bed (optional)
Elk Ridge Campground
Fri, Jul 20, 2018 -
Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
6 participants
Elk Ridge Campground
Sat, Jul 21, 2018 -
Sun, Jul 22, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
6 participants
CHS Just for Fun/Other (optional)
Sourdough Gap
Fri, Jul 20, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
11 participants
Sauk Mountain
Fri, Aug 17, 2018
Registration opens Jul 25
11 participants
CHS Campout - Tent Site (optional)
Elk Ridge Campground
Fri, Jul 20, 2018 -
Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
40 participants
Elk Ridge Campground
Sat, Jul 21, 2018 -
Sun, Jul 22, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
40 participants
CHS Campout - Bunk (optional)
Elk Ridge Campground
Fri, Jul 20, 2018 -
Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
8 participants
Elk Ridge Campground
Sat, Jul 21, 2018 -
Sun, Jul 22, 2018
Registration opens Jun 20
8 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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Hike Leader Resources

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