An introduction to primitive skills
Awareness, shelter, water, fire, food. These are the essential elements people need to live in the landscape. Learn some ancestral methods of how to be aware, make shelter, find and purify water, make fire with friction, identify wild edible and medicinal plants, and some basic hunting techniques. Today, you'll join a group of fellow resourceful women and female guides. There will be plenty of time for practice and questions over the course of your moderate hike.
This trip is part of Women in the Outdoors Week and is open to women only.
- Your lunch
- Ample snacks
- At least two liters of water
- A backpack. Need a recommendation? Meet Gregory.
- Weather-appropriate clothing. For a great selection and discounts, visit our partners.
- Notebook and pen
- Knife (optional, fixed blade or locking preferred)
- Comfortable athletic clothing
- Hiking boots
- Expert guides
- Park permits
EASY ACTIVE — PERFECT FOR ACTIVE FIRST-TIMERS
Level 3 trips will give you a broad sense of what hiking is all about. Test yourself on intermediate terrain, including light rock scrambles and ascending multiple peaks. The trips will invigorate you and inspire you to continue strengthening your hiking skills.
Three to five hours is standard. Prepare for the trip by jogging three miles or exercising two or three days a week.
Plan on getting starter miles under your belt. You’ll be hiking three to six miles on this trip, the average distance run in an hour-long basketball game.
You’ll be hiking on rolling terrain with bare rock surfaces, steeps, roots and small boulders.
There could be up to 1,000 feet per day.
Up to 4,500 feet.
Drive to Meet OptionHave your own transportation? Select the "drive to meet" option at check out. You'll receive directions to the trailhead by the Thursday before your trip. You can also contact our office at 212-579-4568 or [email protected] for more information.
What is Women in the Outdoors Week?
Women in the Outdoors Week is a week of events focused specifically on women and their relationship with outdoor adventure. Events include panels, speakers, classes, social events, and outdoor trips.
Why is it important?
The outdoors is a source of empowerment, confidence, and community and we believe that those tools can help women succeed in all areas of life. Women's success benefits everyone in a community and society, contributing to economic gains, increased creativity, and a higher standard of living. In today's current climate, it is more important than ever for women to feel confident and connected.
Is it just for women?
Some events are open to everyone while others are open specifically to women and those who identify as women. Each event page indicates whether the event is public or for women specifically.
We think it's important for men to hear and be a part of conversations about outdoor inclusivity so we invite everyone to attend our panels and hear our speakers. However, our goal is also to give women their own space to practice skills and ask questions. While we acknowledge that we have a community of supportive, accepting men, many women do still feel intimidated in mixed groups. Through women's only events, we aim to help attendees build confidence and feel comfortable as they grow in their outdoor sport.