Couch to 4k is a series of hikes intended to introduce participants to the basic skills and knowledge required for safe and fun outdoor experiences. Hikes are organized into three levels of difficulty, starting with local walks with little elevation gain and culminating in treks up four-thousand-footers of New Hampshire.
Couch to 4k trip leaders will highlight important skills for safe hiking such navigation, hydration, nutrition, and proper attire. Most Couch to 4k events are on the weekends, but look out for weekday night local hikes as well.
Sign up for as many (or as few) hikes as you would like, building from Level 1 hikes all the way to Level 3, or as far along as you would like to go.
Be sure to review trip descriptions to see which hikes are right for you. Here's a rough guide to how the Couch to 4K hikes are leveled:
Level 1 hikes include little to no elevation gain, and move at a moderate pace. These hikes are great opportunities to get to know your leaders and fellow participants and to review some basic skills for hiking.
Level 2 hikes are on the longer side, around 5 miles, and include some elevation gain with rock scrambling and ledges. At this level and above all participants are expected to have appropriate footwear, clothing, water, and other essential gear.
Level 3 hikes are 4ks! These hikes include some of the shorter 4ks with lower elevation gain. Expect rock scrambling, ledges, and stream crossings.
The intended audience of the Couch to 4k program is young members (YM - hikers in their 20s and 30s), but all are welcome.
Sean has been hiking with the AMC for four years now. He is currently working on his Northeast 111, which includes all 48 4000'ers in New Hampshire and all 46 4000'ers in the Adirondacks. When he's not hiking, you'll see him running with November Project.