Hiking &
Backpacking

 

We are fortunate to live in a region with such grand and accessible natural beauty. Let us take you to the places you've always wanted to explore and teach you the skills necessary to pursue enjoyment of the wilderness for a lifetime. 

 
 

 
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Hiking/Backpacking Instruction

Perhaps the best way to enjoy the wilderness of New England is a day or multi-day backpacking trip. Who needs monotonous StairMasters or elliptical machines when we have challenging mountains with breathtaking views just a short drive away?

To ensure safety and effectiveness in the backcountry, there are many factors to consider.

At Functional Adventure, we teach our hiking/backpacking clients the following:

  • Planning and preparation 

  • Backcountry essentials

  • Field communications and emergency response plan (ERP)

  • Wilderness medicine and environmental exposure mitigation

  • Preparing for and managing weather extremes

  • Gear procurement and packing

  • Time control plans (TCP)

  • Field navigation with maps and compass

  • Campsite selection, set up, cooking, water sourcing/treating and other camp skills

  • Wilderness survival skills

All of our sessions and outings follow Leave No Trace (LNT) wilderness ethic.

Functional Training for Hiking & Backpacking

Don't let a perceived lack of fitness stop you. We provide Functional Training specific to hiking/backpacking and to your fitness level.

  • Functional Assessment at your home or fitness center

  • Functional Sessions (actual hiking) to establish baselines and gauge improvement

  • Functional Training, at home or in your gym to improve general and sport-specific fitness

 

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  • Half-day (up to 4 hours) or full-day (4 to 8 hours) training options

  • We provide patient instruction with very experienced guides

  • Please call for overnight rates or customized backpacking options


Common destinations

We'll expose you to great hiking trails throughout the North Shore of Massachusetts, New Hampshire or Maine. Our favorite trails include:

  • The White Mountains

  • The Presidential Range

  • Mount Moosilauke and the Kinsman Ridge