Hike Leader Qualifications

The Connecticut AMC Chapter offers many opportunities to learn the skills that make a good hike, ski, or other activity leader. These include the SOLO Wilderness First Aid class, CPR training, Leadership Training School, and Leadership Training Sessions. In addition you may be interested in Conservation meetings and programs presented by the Fairfield County Group or the East of the River Committee.

AMC and the Connecticut Chapter have adopted new Leadership Requirements and Guidelines. This document, developed by the Outdoor Leadership Development Committee of AMC, establishes training guidelines for AMC activity leaders.

To register as a hike leader, contact Peg Peterson, Leader Recruitment Co-coordinator, 203-775-1813, by email [Click to reveal email] or complete the Hike Leader Qualification Form. The mailing address is on the form.

HIKE and BACKPACK LEADER QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

All Leaders must be current members of the AMC at the time of the event.
Day Hike Leader Class 1   Day Hikes at Less than 4000ft Elevation – All Year Round
  • Successfully complete either a Connecticut Chapter Leadership Training Session* or Leadership Training School* AND
  • EITHER Co-lead an AMC hike OR have experience of leading hikes with a similar organization
Day Hike Leader Class 2   Day Hikes at Greater than 4000ft Elevation – April to November Only
  • Achieve Class I Day Hike Leader Status and have led 3 or more AMC day hikes  AND
  • Successfully complete AMC’s Mountain Leadership School* AND
  • Successfully complete a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course*
Day Hike Leader Class 3    Day Hikes at Greater than 4000ft Elevation – All Year Round
  • Achieve Class 2 Day Hike Leader Status and have led 6 or more AMC day hikes AND
  • EITHER Co-Lead a winter day hike at over 4000ft elevation and receive a recommendation from the leader of that hike OR successfully complete a Winter Day Hike Workshop*
Backpacking Leader Class 1    Backpacking at Less than 4000 ft Elevation – All Year Round
  • Achieve Day Hike Leader Class 1 status AND
  • Co-Lead a Backpack trip and receive a recommendation from the leader of that trip
Backpacking Leader Class 2   Backpacking at Greater than 4000ft Elevation – April to November Only
  • Achieve Day Hike Leader Class 2  Status AND
  • Achieve Backpacking Leader Class 1 Status
Backpacking Leader Class 3   Backpacking  at Greater than 4000ft Elevation – All Year Round
  • Achieve Day Hike Leader Class 3 Status AND
  • Achieve Backpacking Leader Class 2 Status AND
  • EITHER Co-Lead a winter backpack trip over 4000 ft elevation and receive a recommendation from the leader of that trip OR successfully complete a Winter Backpacking Workshop*

* Other comparable training may be accepted.

All leaders must remain active within the classification in a two year period or re-qualification may be required.

After the requirements for a desired class are satisfied, the candidate should submit a letter to the Excursions Committee’s Hike Leader Coordinator which lists his/her experience and the items satisfying the requirements (e.g.: letter of recommendation and/or copy of WFA card)

Current hike leaders with similar experience and training may be “grandfathered.”  They must submit a letter of explanation to the Excursions Committee’s Hike Leader Coordinator who will decide the Classification for that individual in conjunction with the Excursions Committee and the Education Committee.

Advanced leaders may be asked to act as mentors and accept prospective leaders as co-leaders in their Classification.

Individual hikes and trips require approval by the Excursions Committee. For hikes and trips over 4,000 ft leaders will be required to confirm that they are familiar with the terrain in which they plan to lead their hike or trip. For hikes over 4,000 ft it is also strongly recommended that leaders have previously hiked on the trail on which they plan to lead their hike or trip.

Form Name PDF Format MS Word Format Description
Leader Qualification Application Download 289KB Download 29K Form for new hike leaders.