Hiking the High peaks

For their fall expedition, the Second Graders have a classic alpine adventure hiking and camping near Independence Pass. They’ll practice setting up and taking down a tent, dressing and eating for a successful summit climb, and observing how plants and animals adapt to the high-mountain environment.

With each successive trip in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade, children develop the skills to become successful campers, hikers, climbers, backcountry skiers, and mountain bikers. Even more importantly, they gain a sense of confidence, resilience, and joy from a rich trove of outdoor experiences.

Sample packing list

In a duffle bag

  • hiking shoes/sturdy trail runners
  • extra pair of shoes in case the first get wet
  • sleeping bag with stuff sack
  • sleeping pad (best are the ridged foam kind that don’t need to be inflated)
  • backpack for day hike
  • wide-mouthed plastic water bottle (1 qt. Nalgene-style)
  • 1 small sunscreen
  • 1 chapstick
  • toothbrush & travel-size toothpaste
  • sunglasses
  • headlamp or small flashlight
  • 1 wool polypro long-sleeved undershirt
  • 1 t-shirt
  • 1 pair of hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of long pants
  • 2 pairs underwear
  • warm jacket (down or ski jacket)
  • hat with a visor
  • 1 pair lightweight gloves
  • 1 winter hat for warmth
  • rain jacket & rain pants
  • 2 pairs of wool socks
  • 1 warm fleece layer
  • 1 pair long underwear
  • TWO face masks
  • TWO days of lunches and snacks

Complete instructions and staffing lists arrive via ParentSquare shortly before each trip. At least one certified Wilderness First Responder accompanies every expedition. NOLS Risk Services of the National Outdoor Leadership School has recently completed a comprehensive analysis of policies and procedures for the Outdoor Education program at Aspen Country Day School. This program operates under special use permit from the USDA Forest Service, White River National Forest.