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Each Experience Montana Field Course offered is rated based on the level of physical activity required. Mileage, difficulty, elevation gain, anticipated weather, and mode of activity (snowshoeing, hiking, etc.), among other factors, help determine the level. Though we do our best to create safe and enjoyable learning environments for each course, we do ask that you carefully evaluate your own physical ability level before committing to any of the field courses. Please also review the individual course page you are interested in for more details on the specific activities for that course.
Field Courses marked as "easy" are ideal for novice and/or senior hikers. Elevation gain and mileage covered are minimal. The course may include hiking or other activity equivalent to a two mile hike.
Field Courses marked as "moderate" are suitable for people with previous hiking experience and/or people who exercise regularly. Elevation gain and mileage covered require good stamina and appropriate gear (as described in the individual course descriptions). Participants may hike 4-6 miles. Weather conditions may be a factor. Additionally, special equipment such as snow shoes or hiking poles may be required.
Field Courses marked as "strenuous" are designed for people who are very active and who engage in rigorous aerobic activity on a regular basis. Elevation gain and/or mileage covered will be extensive, and other challenges may be faced (such as exposure to heights, hiking off trail, extreme heat or cold, snow, etc.). Special equipment such as snow shoes, skis, or hiking poles will be required.