LEVEL 1: Moderate. Walking surface typically developed (paved, gravel, groomed or other) although uneven surfaces, hills or stairs may be encountered.
LEVEL 2: Moderate to difficult. Surface is typically maintained/ groomed, but with occasional obstacles. May be rough, steep, involve un-bridged stream crossings and may take place at high altitude.
LEVEL 3: Difficult to strenuous. Outings typically in more remote and rugged locations. Hiking/snowshoeing may take place on trails not well maintained or go off trail. Conditions may be very rough, steep and at altitude.
Need more information? Please call our Adventure Program Manager, Erick Amero at (603) 236-4695 or email him at email@example.com
Each Season in Waterville is unique and may call for different types and amounts of equipment. However, at a minimum for most outings, each participant should have the following:
- Backpack (30-50 litter capacity)
- Trekking poles (not necessary but useful)
- Water (32-64oz.)
- Snacks/ lunch
- Rain gear (also works well as a wind layer)
- Extra socks (wool or synthetic)
- Warm Hat (wool or synthetic)
- Gloves or mittens (wool or synthetic)
- Warm layer (wool or synthetic jacket/ sweater)
- Comfortable,quick dry clothing to hike in (avoid cotton)
- Hiking boots or trail sneakers (please make sure the footwear is “broken in” prior to trip)
- Personal medications
- Small flashlight or headlamp (extra batteries)
- Cell Phone/ camera
- Quick dry sun hat, bandana, and or Buff (these can not only help with the sun, but for bugs as well)
- Sunglasses, extra glasses or contacts
Please note that weather conditions can change rapidly in the mountains, it is important to have adequate equipment for your safety. Please contact WVRD prior to your trip if you have any questions.
In New England the Black Bear (Ursus americanus) is a common inhabitant of the forest. This is not an animal to fear and is rarely seen, hence its nickname of “Phantom of the forrest”. It is not an aggressive species of bear and plays a very important role in the ecosystem. Your Guide will have various tips on avoiding unwanted bear interactions and both State and Federal Park websites have good information on bear safety.
For many guests, the local knowledge of trails, geology, and natural and cultural history is a big bonus. For others, it's the affordable cost of programs (especially the discounts with a WVRD membership!). Many guests new to hiking appreciate that WVRD guides do all of the planning and provide transportation.
Our guided programs are affordable, carefully run outings with all Guides certified in Wilderness First Aid (at a minimum). Your safety is our top priority at all times.
The short answer is Yes. Keep in mind that even on short outings you should at least bring water and a snack. It's very important to stay hydrated and energized with appropriate levels of water and food. Carry at least 32oz. of water and healthy snacks such as nuts, trail bars, and dried fruit. Try to keep your food light weight and packable and avoid items that can spill or spoil.
Cotton is not the best choice for outdoor activities because it absorbs and retains moisture. When cotton clothing gets wet from your body’s perspiration or from rain, it takes a long time to dry, that means you stay wet and cold! The wet clothing can become very uncomfortable and can easily lead to chaffing and blisters.
Ideal clothing for outdoor activities should be made from high quality wool or synthetics. These garments do not absorb as much moisture and will dry much faster, allowing you to stay drier, warmer, and much more comfortable in all kinds of weather.