All Wilderness Corps Volunteers’ service trips are for folks who are in good physical shape (not look in great physical shape) and are able to contribute to the work project – working several hours each day on a variety of tasks. Additionally, you must be able to hike to the work site, which can be several miles from the campsite. The best thing you can do to assure you’ll have a great time is to be in tip-top shape for the trip.
We suggest beginning getting in shape several months before your trip. Most Wilderness Corps Volunteers’ begin a moderate program of training that includes walking and upper body strengthening. A moderate build up to a more strenuous level of training as the trip date approaches. The level of fitness needed for a Trail Crew trip requires regular aerobic exercise for at least one to two hours 4-5 times per week. This may include aerobic fitness classes, power walking, running, cycling on hills, hiking with weight (20#) and/or swimming. On the weekends, hike several miles with weight on your back or a weight vest. Don’t like getting in shape alone? Check out your local area for a Meetup group.
We recommend Weight Watchers if you need to safely and effectively lose weight.
If your trip is at altitude (above 8000-ft.) — being “in shape” does not necessarily guarantee good performance at altitudes, but it helps.
Remember, a Wilderness Corps Trail Crew trip is a cooperative venture between the volunteers and the land agency – you want to be ready, it’ll be worth it!
Be sure you have all the gear that you need. Check out our gear list.