In order to give campers and parents an inside look at Frost Valley’s Female Leadership – White Mountains Hike and Climb Adventure Trip, Adventure Director Zach Eigenbrodt answered some questions parents and campers might have about the trip.
1. Can you describe the campers this trip would be well suited for?
“The trip is for girls entering ninth and tenth grade. It will give campers the opportunity to challenge themselves both physically and mentally. Campers should be open to trying new things and exploring new parts of the country, and it’s helpful if campers are not afraid of heights since the trip involves rock climbing.”
2. What prior experience or approval is necessary to register for this trip?
“There is no approval necessary. It’s beneficial for campers to have experience camping overnight in a tent though it’s not necessary. They should, however, have an interest in camping outside.”
3. Why was it important to make this an all-female trip?
“We got some really positive feedback on our All-Female Long Trail Adventure Trip last year, both from the trip leaders and the campers. One of the trip leaders expressed the value in this type of trip, saying ‘an all female trip was so important because it gave campers the chance to step out of their comfort zones in a very safe and non-judgmental environment. All the girls were able to take on leadership roles, learn skills, and open up in a way that, at this age, they might not be able to do in a coed group. While I see a lot of value in coed trips, all female trips give young women the unique opportunity to grow and challenge themselves. All our participants ended last year’s trip feeling competent, strong, and confident in their ability to face adversity together.’”
4. Who will lead the trip? Can you speak about their qualifications/experience?
“Since this is an all-female trip, there will be two female Frost Valley trip leaders. Our Frost Valley staff members have Wilderness First Responder certification, which is the premiere emergency medical training for leaders in remote areas. They also undergo a rigorous two-week training process at Frost Valley prior to leaving for the trip. Our trip leaders will also be assisted by the Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing Guides.”
5. Which trails will the campers will be on?
“Campers will hike and explore scenic trails in the Franconia Notch State Park, which is located in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire.”
6. What skills will they learn during the program?
“Campers will learn different climbing skills such as belaying, tying knots, and finding handholds. This trip is also a great opportunity for the campers to work closely as a team, learn conflict resolution skills, and gain confidence and leadership skills.”
7. What Leave No Trace Seven Principles© will they learn?
“In order to create as little environmental impact as possible while on the trip or camping out, campers will learn the Leave No Trace Seven Principles© including: Plan Ahead and Prepare, Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces, Dispose of Waste Properly, Leave What You Find, Minimize Campfire Impacts, Respect Wildlife, and Be Considerate of Other Visitors.”
8. What kind of meals will the campers have during the trip?
“The campers will have breakfasts that include things like oatmeal, granola, and cereals. The campers will do a lot of snacking during the day to keep their energy up. They’ll have things like tortillas with soy nut butter and granola bars. Dinner will include hot meals that include pasta and other grains, vegetables, bean burritos, and soups.”
9. What other activities will the campers participate in outside of hiking and climbing?
“Campers will experience backcountry camping. They’ll learn how to use a camping stove, and how to take care to create as little impact to the environment as possible. They will also learn interpersonal skills. They will participate in activities that promote teamwork, confidence, and conflict resolution such as games that encourage campers to discover their values and celebrate their differences.”
10. Is there anything you’d like campers to know about the Female Leadership White Mountains Hike and Climb Trip?
“Campers will hike in valleys and up an open rock face where they will soak in breathtaking views from atop some of the biggest and most magnificent mountains in the Northeast. This trip will give campers a wonderful opportunity to try something completely new, to break out of their comfort zone, and to step boldly into a leadership role in a supportive environment of their peers. Campers will gain a newfound confidence in themselves and their abilities. They will leave stronger, feeling more capable and more connected to the natural world and their fellow campers.”