Choosing a Trip That is Right for You
Moderate-Difficult trips usually provide car-camping or indoor accommodations with longer day hikes (4+ miles) and more demanding physical work. If backpacking is included, the hike is less than 3 miles to basecamp. The work may include heavy lifting, lots of bending, shoveling, picking, chopping, and/or sawing.
Strenuous-Very Strenuous trips usually require backpacking more than 3 and up to 10 miles into base camp. Generally these projects are rated strenuous due to the backpacking distance and terrain or elevation. Prior backpacking experience is strongly recommended. The work may include heavy lifting, lots of bending, shoveling, picking, chopping, and/or sawing.
Backpacking: Trips involve backpacking to base camp. You must provide your own camping gear and be prepared to carry your personal gear (and possibly a portion of food/tools) to base camp. We highly recommend prior backpacking experience to participate in these trips.
Paddling: A limited number of trips include paddling to basecamp. These trips will be similar to backpacking in that the crew will be self-sufficient on the gear they bring with them in the canoe. You must provide your own camping gear.
Improved Tent Sites/Car Camping: Base camp will be car accessible. Most improved tent sites will offer running water and bathroom access (but this is not guaranteed- check the trip details for what is offered at your campsite). You must provide your own camping gear.
Primitive Tent Sites: Base camp will be in an undeveloped backcountry location. Most primitive tent sites will not have access to indoor bathrooms. (Check the trip details to see if any amenities are offered at your campsite). You must provide your own camping gear.
Indoor Lodging: Base camp will be indoors (i.e. shelter, cabin, lodge, dormitory house). Check the project description online for details on what to bring. Some projects will provide linens and some will require you to bring linens or a sleeping bag.
Trips are rated to help you find a project that suits your needs and physical ability. While trips do not require prior trail maintenance experience, all of our projects require participants to be in good physical condition and will involve 30-40 hours of physical labor during the week. Projects are rated from ‘easy’ to ‘very strenuous’.
Please read the project descriptions carefully, honestly assess your physical capabilities, and choose one that fits your experience level and current health.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need assistance selecting a trip. Full project descriptions can be found with each project listing.
- Cancellations received at least 8 weeks prior to the start date of the project will receive a 50% refund of the original registration fee paid. The membership fee is non-refundable.
- No refund will be made if cancellation is made less than 8 weeks prior to the start date or if the participant fails to show up for the project. This includes instances of injury or illness.
- If notice is received at least 8 weeks prior to the start date of the project, participants may switch to another project during the same calendar year, subject to an additional $50 administrative fee.
- We understand that things might come up that would prevent you from participating in your scheduled trip. If you are unable to take part in your assigned project for any reason, please let us know immediately so we can notify the project host and crew leader.
Project Confirmation/Booking Travel
If you submit your registration online, you should receive an automatic confirmation that your registration has been submitted and received. Once the minimum number of volunteers has been met and all details have been confirmed with the project host, we will send you a project confirmation, via email. These are generally sent out 6-8 weeks in advance of the project start.
- Do not to book non-refundable transportation until receiving the project confirmation.
- AHS is not responsible for lost funds due to cancelled or modified travel itineraries.
Liability and Insurance
All trip participants must provide their own health and accident insurance; in case of injury or illness while on their trip. Each participant is required to fill out an Assumption of Risk and Release Form prior to participating on any trip. Please consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance to cover you in the event that you are no longer able to participate in your scheduled trip. Trip cancellation insurance protects you against financial loss if you must cancel a trip because of illness or injury to yourself, a family member, or traveling companion.