Trip Category Descriptions
Hiking & Backpacking
No previous experience required unless noted! Trip ratings indicate the necessary fitness level necessary to comfortably accomplish the hike given the terrain, average temperatures, speed and carrying load. EASY: relatively flat and/or ample rest opportunities. MODERATE: includes several elevation changes and switchbacks. STRENUOUS: contains extreme conditions and/or elevation changes. A very good level of fitness is required for these hikes.
These activities are offered by skilled outdoor trip leaders or by third party outfitters. In the latter case, we organize the group and take advantage of an educational discount. You can’t beat these prices! Activities range from skydiving to horseback riding for all levels of adrenaline seekers!
Whitewater & Flatwater
Whitewater has been the lifeblood of Touch the Earth for many years. We continue celebrating the founders of TTE with a wide array of excellent watersport trips. Join 30+ year veterans of the program as they guide you down some of the cleanest and most scenic waters in the country. Choose your weapon: Kayak, Canoe, Raft! Most of our trips require good swimming ability with the exception of raft trips. Many trips require no experience. Some whitewater canoe/kayak trips require experience and permission to register.