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Couch to Summit – Fall 2021

September 14 - November 2



Everything You Need to Know to Climb Your First Mountain

In this course, you will be empowered with both physical and skills training to climb your first mountain! Everything from basic first aid to nutrition to map/compass skills will be covered for you.

Each section of this course includes an informational workbook and training to keep you both informed and entertained!

In the words of Jack Kerouac, “Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”

The Basics:

  • In-person training at Rochester-area parks Tuesdays for 8 weeks
  • Includes both physical skills & physical training
  • Starts Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at 7:15 pm and runs through Tuesday, November 2.

Who is this course for:

  • Beginner hikers and aspiring mountaineers
  • People interested in getting outside
  • Anyone willing to put in the effort and commit to 2-3 hours per week of training

What you’ll need for training:

  • Comfortable Shoes (hiking, trail running, etc)
  • Weather-appropriate exercise clothes (think gym clothes)
  • Backpack (most backpacks will work for training, will discuss other options in week 3)
  • Water Bottle (any water bottle will work)

Weekly Breakdown:

Week 1: September 14 – Clothing for Mountaineering / Workout 1
Week 2: September 21 – The 10 Essentials / Workout 2
Week 3: September 28 – Backpacks & More / Workout 3
Week 4: October 5 – Nutrition/Hydration for Mountaineering / Workout 4
Week 5: October 12 – First Aid / Workout 5
Week 6: October 19 – Navigation/ Workout 6
Week 7: October 26 – Leave No Trace / Workout 7
Week 8: November 2 – Putting it All Together / Workout 8

What’s Included:

  • 8 weeks of in-person skills & physical training
  • 2 additional physical trainings per week
  • Weekly worksheets
  • Binder for weekly printed worksheets
  • Private Facebook group
  • Beginner gear advice and suggestions

Price $349

Limited spots available




September 14
November 2
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Rochester Area Parks




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