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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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Lynn Hudak Nov 29, 2015 at 09:48 AM

Hi, I am going on the 6120RJ Death Valley trip 2/28 -3/4/16. I'll need a roommate, unless they just assign someone. Any female going alone that week as well? I am physically fit, but don't hike regularly. My friend who has done this trip 2x says it is not moderately challenging. I did an 8 mile hike a couple weeks ago; he says I can handle this trip with no problem.
R Eph Nov 29, 2015 at 10:39 AM

I just finished this trip. It was far easier than I anticipated. There are a few places with some uphill challenge, but I am a novice hiker and I had no problem. There are a few places where you have to be a little careful with your feet placement because of rocks, but there was never a time when assistance was unavailable. Bring your hiking pole(s) and go for it.

Gene Newman Oct 27, 2015 at 01:24 PM

What will happen to the trip schedule in view of the damage done by the rain two weeks ago? I am on the December trip. Will RS send out the new trip description? Here's a video of some of the rain event.

R Eph Jul 21, 2015 at 07:06 AM

Thanks very much for your responses. I plan to sign on to this trip in November.

karen huntzinger Jul 20, 2015 at 10:14 PM

What the others have said. The more you train, the more options you will have. I did this trip twice, as I posted earlier. It is no longer given at the challenging level, but you will be happier if you bring hiking sticks are comfortable doing 4-5 miles/day and can do ~500 feet elevation. There is optional scrambling that is very nice, but requires some agility. (climbing up/down rocks)

Barbara Stutzman Jul 20, 2015 at 02:40 PM

Please do not worry about moderately intermediate level. I went in November 2013 the weather was perfect and the hiking was as advertised. Just be sure not to do all your walking on flat land. Do stair, go to a park walk on uneven Terran and good hiking shoes for comfort and water is very important while there. The desert is very dry. Hope your trip was as great as mine. The small group are great. Tell JJ I said hello, Jabber Jaws. She is a lot of fun and she loves the desert. Hope to go again. I was 73 when I did it.

R Eph Jul 20, 2015 at 01:00 PM

I am occasional hiker and would usually take a moderately intermediate level. I note that you recommend this trip for experienced hikers while listing it as moderately challenging. I think this would be a good trip for me but are you suggesting that this is a trip for people who hike regularly?
Harry Jones Jul 20, 2015 at 01:22 PM

You should be fairly fit for this trip and able to do a minimum of three miles and 400' elevation gain. The staff can accomodate different levels of fitness. There is steep, rocky, difficult terrain in places that requires good hiking shoes and sticks and maybe a butt slide.

Martha Rine Feb 19, 2015 at 07:00 PM

Fun, Fun, Fun!! Great geology explanations by experts in the field for a non-geologist. Beautiful views, friendly, helpful staff. Moderate hiking with 2 difficult choices during my week. Plan to return soon!

Gena Raftery Feb 07, 2015 at 12:28 AM

Leaving LA (Venice Beach) Sunday 2/8 for Death Valley. Carpooling welcome...603-361-1850

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