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262 Washington Street, Boston
Boston, MA 02108
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Join Ridj-it Adventurer Cindy Zhou for two informative classes about how to stay outside safely this winter with fellow hikers. The first class will cover appropriate gear so you can get a head start on addressing your existing gear and budgeting while the second portion will focus on staying safe
1st class: Sign up here - http://p.ridj-it.com/app/trips-search?id=18762
How do I keep my water from freezing? How do I stay dry? When do I use snowshoes vs microspikes/crampons? All of these questions and more will be used to help you learn techniques about how to manage your heat and stay dry with the right gear. Appropriate boots, socks, gaiters, and layers will will be pointed out during the heat management process, and then material covering traction will follow. If you're not sure if the gear you have is enough for winter hikes, bring it to class so more experienced hikers can help analyze its utility.
2nd class: Sign up here - http://p.ridj-it.com/app/trips-search?id=18767
What weather would stop me from going hiking? How do I recognize hypothermia? What are the big differences between Alpine and in-forest hiking? Learn how to avoid misery as well as identify when you're in the middle of one. Addition differences between summer vs winter hiking will be presented, especially as objects like cairns are covered in snow and no longer provide reliable direction. The physiological effects and causes of dehydration, hypothermia, and frostbite will be presented along with steps to avoid them in the first place.
Benefits of taking the courses
1. Ridj-it adventure sparks will be more likely to accept you on trips if they see you've taken these courses.
2. Meet fellow hikers to set up winter trips based on your experience and needs.
3. Learn about how to be an adventure spark so you can get outside more often.
4. Address the doubts you've had about winter gear with the more experienced members of the community.
More about your teacher
Cindy Zhou is WFA certified and has completed all 48/48 4,000 footers in New Hampshire during four seasons of hiking. (Not sure what 48/48 means? No worries - we'll let you know). In addition to her hiking accomplishments in NH, she has also climbed in the western USA as well as MA, ME, and in China. Cindy is currently shadowing guides in New England to make the transition into a full-time outdoorswoman and looks forward to inspiring you to hike all year.
1. Can I attend one class and not the other? Yes.
2. Can I pay with cash? No. Please sign up for the course here as a non-carpool member:
3. Will trips be planned for people who take the classes? Attending these courses is an opportunity for hikers to plan adventures with each other based on their experience and comfort level. Other community members will be around to talk about potential jaunts.