Conditioning Trek Information and Schedule
We love being in the back-country and would enjoy having you join us for a conditioning trek in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our routes are typically 10-15 miles on moderate gradient - very pleasant!! If you're new to trekking or even the outdoors, these treks are tailored to provide light instruction premised on safety and success in the back-country. Building your confidence is our goal. Best of all - it's free to S2 members and prospective clients. You'll have the benefit of a highly qualified mountain guide who can provide a personal assessment of your preparedness.
WHERE WE MEET: Assemble at 0600 in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express at the corner of Gaskins and Hwy 64 in Richmond (9933 Mayland Drive, Richmond, VA 23233), just across from the Starbuck’s. We’ll carpool to the trailhead from there after a quick stop for coffee.
WHAT TO BRING: An updated weather report will be provided to group members a few days before the trek. These are strength and conditioning treks, so layering is a must. At a minimum, please bring snacks, water, warm socks, boots, a top and bottom base layer if the temperature is chilly, hiking pants or shorts, top layer, gore-tex jacket, trekking poles (optional), a hat and a great attitude. You should certainly modify this list according to your experience and personal comfort. We will also update the gear list based on conditions.
WHO TO BRING: You are most welcome to extend an invitation to friends and family who would also like to join us. There is one caveat - some of our treks include team members preparing for expeditions overseas who are given priority. In an effort to reduce our impact in the back-country and keep group sizes enjoyable, we limit these treks to 8-10 participants. Although group sizes vary, our treks typically fill during peak climbing season. Mark your calendar and RSVP early.
RSVP: Please drop us an e-mail if you would like to participate. We'll add you to the list and stay in touch with details as the trek approaches. You should expect to get a message from us the week of the trek to provide a weather report and updated information. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.
* Conditioning Trek: March 25, 2023 (Saturday) / Assemble at 0600.
* Conditioning Trek: April 8, 2023 (Saturday) / Assemble at 0600.
* Conditioning Trek: April 29, 2023 (Saturday) / Assemble at 0600.
* Conditioning Trek: November 11, 2023 (Saturday) / Assemble at 0600
* Conditioning Trek: December 9, 2023 (Saturday) / Assemble at 0600
* Conditioning Trek: January 6, 2024 (Saturday) / Assemble at 0600