Mountain Leadership School

DATE: May 19, 2018 Saturday
END DATE: May 19, 2018 Saturday

Trip/Event Location: Waterville Valley NH

Trip Leader(s)

Campton, NH United States

Meeting Time: 9:00 AM

Max # People: 15

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level:

Easy to Moderate

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Region: New England

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Disclaimer: The club and its members take no responsibility and will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur during club events. Outdoor sports are inherently dangerous and accidents will happen. By joining the club or participating in any events posted on the GayOutdoors web page you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. Anyone with an internet connection can post a trip on the GayOutdoors web site. It is your responsibility to determine if this person has the experience and competence to lead the trip. GayOutdoors does not certify or confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips.
Be Prepared: Please be prepared to be self-sufficient. Have your own provisions such as first aid kit, food, water, extra clothing for unplanned weather, etc. Have your EMERGENCY CONTACT SHEET completed and in your backpack; it may save your life, and help reach someone who greatly cares!
Pace: There may be activities when the group is either slower or faster than your current ability. Please know that because this is a group activity, it's hard to accommodate everyone's pace perfectly. Our desire is not to leave anyone, however there have been times when it is in the best interest of all to split up. Please do your part by knowing your own abilities, communicating with the organizer head of time if you would like to start early and have us catch up or fine with finishing on your own.

This one day leadership training program is an amazing opportunity to hone your leadership skills, discuss best practices, explore new ideas, share your experiences, and connect to the GayOutdoors! For GO members, this is an amazing next stop in your involvement with GayOutdoors. Trip leadership will make you an integral part of the GO community.  

Everyone is welcome to attend – leader wannabes, new leaders, new members, experienced leaders, members who just want to learn what leadership is all about.

The purpose of this course is to prepare potential trip leaders for planning, organizing, and executing successful outdoor adventures with fellow GayOutdoors members. We will cover a variety of topics including: activity planning, screening participants, leadership styles, decision making, trailhead procedures, creating a welcoming environment, managing challenging participants, accident scene management, Leave No Trace, Trail Navigation [Map/Compass].  

We will have an indoor session to start in the morning and then we will suit up/pack for an easy/moderate hike in Waterville Valley. Everyone will take turns trip leading and we’ll discuss various situations that you may encounter as a trip leader and how you can handle them. Our goal is to foster a positive learning environment where leaders and leaders-in-training can improve their skills and gain confidence to run trips!

The skills presented will apply specifically with leading a hike, and will benefit anyone planning to lead a one day activity, a weekend trip, or maybe something more ambitious. For everyone, the school is a great chance to connect - visit with old friends, make new ones, and participate in a conversation about leadership within our community.

There is no fee to attend. Saturday’s session will run from 9:00AM to 4:00PM.

Why Get Involved With MLS?

Getting involved in GayOutdoors Mountain Leadership School (MLS) is an important step in any individual’s outdoors journey regardless of whether you hike solo, with friends, or intend to lead groups  As a participant you will gain skills and confidence to enjoy the freedom that the mountains provide and enable others to share in that experience as well.

How Should I Prepare for MLS?

You must be prepared by carrying what you normally have for a day hike. This includes proper foot wear, clothing, food and hydration. No jeans. Wear hiking boots on your feet and dress in layers [no cotton]. Don't forget water, lunch and snacks. If you have questions about this school, please contact us.

Accommodations – Bunk beds are available at our house Friday and/or Saturday night [with Wi Fi] near Waterville Valley, NH. The rate is $25 for Friday night, and $35 for Saturday that includes dinner. Coffee/bagels each morning and linen/blankets/towels are provided. Space is limited so email ASAP to reserve a bunk! We cannot let you Friday night until after 7PM.

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

Take I-93 and use Exit 28. At the end of the ramp take right onto Rte 49 East for 3.5 miles and take a left on Burbank Hill Road.

During this 3.5 miles, you'll pass a traffic light where there is a dam on your right, then pass a White Mountain National Forest campground and then see a restaurant for sale on your left. About a mile after the restaurant, you'll see Burbank Hill Road on the left (Goose Hollow Campground sign). If you cross the Mad River on the bridge, you just missed the left turn.

Take a left onto steep Burbank Hill Road and you’ll quickly reach the top of the hill where you take your first right onto Upper Mad River Road (Hiking Sign). The road will soon turn into gravel, you'll pass two apartments on your right and then a house. My property begins right after this house and after about 200 yards you’ll see a mailbox with "676" which is our house. The house is not very visible from the road. Our address is 676 Upper Mad River Road, Thornton, NH 03285.

Drive down the driveway to park your car. We only have space for a couple of cars. Otherwise, drop off your gear and drive back up the driveway to park at the upper lot.  

If you cannot find the house, call us at 603-726-7558.

Trip Leader


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Campton, NH

United States

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