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While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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.
Doug from Inverness, FL Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 06/21/15 - 06/27/15
Indeed, all is relative, but if you fit into the category of the average Road Scholar trekker you will have to work for this one. Read the description/comments ever so closely and do your homework meticulously, for the final equation contains but you and the mountain. On the plus side, Road Scholar provides you with fine accommodations, excellent food and the best in the business with Lee and Jan. So... Do you want to have fun? Are you ready to take a glaring self inventory in the process? Although these peaks are not all that glaring in the continuum, they are indeed challenging for most of us and will push the envelope for the unprepared. Happy trails.

David from Naples, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/21/15 - 06/27/15
Just returned from the Mummy Range Hike, and I echo all that has been written in other reviews. I must repeat that this is an exceptionally challenging trip - way beyond, in my opinion, merely "challenging". If there was a category of "Ultimate Challenge" then this would be it! No matter how fit you think you are I would recommend that you go the extra mile in your preparation for the hike, remembering that you will be exposed to an initial altitude at a base camp of 9000 ft with hikes to 12,000 feet plus, and round trip distances of approximately 10 miles. In truth we came from Florida (essentially sea level!) so the effect of altitude on endurance was especially acute. A special word of appreciation to Jan and Lee who were truly supportive and a pleasure to be with. Accommodation was indeed modest - student dorms after all, but the showers were hot and always available. Food was copious and perfectly adequate, although hardly haute cuisine! - again, student accommodation on the mountain campus of CSU. One delightful aspect of the trip was the exposure to young people, specifically the students of CSU. Their optimism, courtesy, and general upbeat demeanor was infectious and give us all an unexpected boost! Great trip among some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet. Highly recommended!

Zara from West Chester, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/22/14 - 06/29/14
This was a wonderful trip. Beautiful vistas, challenging hikes, and beautiful people. The hike leaders were top notch and very knowledgeable. I had a great time. I highly recommend this program to those who love hikings. Just remember, the hikes are strenuous and long, so you need to be in good physical shape.

Sandra from Midlothian, VA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/22/14 - 06/29/14
This was a terrific Roads Scholar adventure! I’m a 57 y/o female and previously completed the Grand Canyon Rim to River program (I have done other, non Road Scholar, hiking and backpacking). I found the Mummy Range Program much more demanding than the Grand Canyon Rim to River. Both were excellent, but I like the Mummy Range program better because I was challenged in new ways. I was at best in the middle of the pack in terms of ability and strength and this program really stretched me. The leaders (Jan and Lee) were truly excellent. I really appreciated their attention to detail, flexibility, approachability, and creativity in fostering the best experiences for a group with diverse levels of experience and strength. They were concerned with safety first but in that context participants had the opportunity to really stretch themselves and try new things (e.g., boulder climb, glissading). Some of us missed one summit when the group was turned around because of incoming bad weather. However, I had a delightful time in the wildflower covered alpine tundra and would rather be held back than be chased off the mountain by lightening. Stronger hikers did summit that day. The hikes involved more elevation gain than currently described in the printed materials/web. So if it looks hard on paper now, know that it is actually about 25% harder than it looks!! The summits I made were spectacular and well worth the effort. I love to hike and I had a ton of fun. The camaraderie and support among the group members was especially impressive given the great diversity among participants. There were many food choices in the cafeteria and unlimited seconds on most items. The staff at Pingree were exceptionally friendly and accommodating. The rooms were modest but comfortable with private baths. Overall an excellent experience. I would recommend it to a friend and I might do it again myself!

Norm from Oak Park, MI Number of programs attended: 27
Date attended: 06/22/14 - 06/29/14
Arguably the most difficult Road Scholar hiking trip in the US, and one of the best. If you like strenuous day hiking, this is the trip for you. Great leadership shown by the trip leaders Jan and Lee who work so well together. Hiking in small groups in the gorgeous Mummy range just north of Rocky Mountain National Park is an opportunity that shouldn't be missed if you think you can meet the challenge.

Eric from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/22/14 - 06/29/14
I can't give the "Hiking Colorado's Mummy Range" program enough praise. It was a fantastic week exceeding all of my expectations. The Leaders/Instructors Jan and Lee were top notch in every way and the hiking tested all of my limits. I would recomend it to anyone who wants to see what they have inside but PAY ATTENTION to the description as far as the difficulty goes. While Jan and Lee did a superb job of catering to the varying abilities of the participants this is not a program that, regardless of how fit you think you are or how hard your experience has been on other programs has been, you should go to with out some preperation in the way of working on your fitness levels. This is the Granddaddy of the Road Scholar active programs. If you want to take full advantage of all of the hikes coming out of the Pingree valley don't think you can just get up off of the couch and show up. But if you take your preperation seriously this is a week that I would rate 11 out of 10! Eric Duerksen, Tucson AZ.

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