In the morning, your leaders will wake up before the rest of the group to make plans for the day. Then they’ll wake up the FOOTies, and everyone helps with morning tasks—fixing breakfast, taking down the shelter, and packing up camp. After a good breakfast, the group stretches for a few minutes and then sets off on the trail.
Depending on the trip and the terrain, mileage can vary. Usually, a group will hike between three and six miles per day. The hiking is meant to be challenging, but doable. There are plenty of stops for water and GORP—resting frequently keeps hikers healthy! Each day, you will probably climb some small peaks and experience beautiful, and even breathtaking, views of the New England countryside. While on the trail, you have plenty of time to talk with the people near you or play trail games.
Routes are designed so that almost all lunches can be eaten at a scenic site, like the top of a mountain. Everyone gets the chance to take off their packs, relax, and eat. Sometimes, lunch can even take place at the next campsite if it’s a short day and the afternoon can be spent swimming in mountain streams, taking a nap in the sun, or taking an exploratory walk without your packs. However, there’s usually more hiking to be done before the group arrives at the campsite for the night!
Once at the campsite, packs come off and everyone helps set up camp. Leaders will show their FOOTies how to construct a dry, comfortable shelter; set up an area for hanging food overnight; cook dinner over a portable stove; and gather water. These tasks are simple and go quickly, allowing for relaxation and discussion while dinner cooks.
After dinner, all the food and packs are stored safely for the night, and everyone gathers in the cozy shelter they’ve constructed. At night, the group can relax and enjoy each other’s company, play games, or just talk. Usually this lasts until the tired groups falls asleep in their tarp-tent, ready for more hiking the next morning.