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Winter Waterfall Ice Hike @ Ricketts Glen State Park - Full Day or Half Day
Full Day Ice Hike trip: $85.00 | Half Day Ice Hike trip: $70. Valley to Summit, LLC (www.ValleyToSummit.com) is offering this amazing Winter Waterfall Ice Hike Excursion as a Full Day or Half Day trip. Both trip options run every Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 5 - March 17). VTS is offering the Full Day trip at a discounted rate of $85.00 and the Half Day trip at a discounted rate of $70. All the details about both trips can be found here: http://valleytosummit.com/?p=4583 . The discount codes and booking instructions are provided at the very bottom of this page, so please scroll down. Please share the discount codes with all your friends. A RSVP does not reserve your spot, but it is a helpful indicator. You must book in advance to reserve your spot. Please read below for booking and payment instructions to reserve your spot. Please note that this trip is not exclusive to this Meetup Group. Please contact Valley to Summit [masked] or [masked]) for an up-to-date booking availability to determine how many spots are filled and remain. Please do not just show up at Ricketts Glen without first booking with and receiving a confirmation email from Valley to Summit, LLC. Please note that this is NOT an ice climbing trip. We will not be climbing up vertical ice. We hike a mostly frozen trail system using crampons, ice axes and other related gear. No prior experience necessary. With crampons under your boots and an ice axe in hand, join VTS on this magical winter adventure. You will explore waterfalls and ice formations as you trek through the ravines of the majestic Ricketts Glen State Park in the Pocono Mountains. We will hike along the Falls Trail and explore the Glens Natural Area, a designated National Natural Landmark. The trail system boasts dozens of wild, free-flowing waterfalls, each cascading through rock-strewn cliffs in this ancient hillside. Many of the waterfalls and streams freeze, as do the walls of the cliffs and the banks of the trail, creating glistening ice formations and an awe inspiring experience. Ganoga Falls, the tallest waterfall, is 94 ft. and when it freezes you’ll find yourself in an amphitheater of icicles—truly an awe inspiring experience. This trip transports you to a frozen-in-time waterfall wonderland. The guides set hand-lines at certain sections of the trail as we hike on an ice-packed trail system—it is an incredible experience. The Falls Trail system is closed to the public during the winter, except for those with a permit, crampons, ice axes and rope. That means we will have the trails mostly to ourselves! Trip Details: ******* Please make sure you review in detail this trip's webpage on Valley to Summit's website at http://valleytosummit.com/?p=4583 ************ Meeting Location: Ricketts Glen State Park 695 State Route 487, Benton, PA[masked]https://goo.gl/maps/evMoPirHv1J2 Exact meeting location and detailed driving directions will be provided via email after booking. Dates: Every Saturday and Sunday - January 5, 2018 - March 17, 2018 (including MLK & Pres. days). Private group trips are also available - weekdays are available. Please visit http://valleytosummit.com/?p=4583 Arrival/End Time: Varies based on date of trip. Please visit http://valleytosummit.com/?p=4583 Lunch & Hot Chocolate Break: VTS provides Hot Chocolate, but NOT Lunch. It is BYO Lunch. Provided Gear: - Crampons - Ice Axes - Helmets -Harnesses - Rope - MSR Whisperlite Stoves - Foam Insulation Pad - First Aid Kit - Comprehensive List of Required Personal Gear (http://valleytosummit.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Winter_Gear_List.pdf) (VTS does not provide personal gear) Weather: We monitor the snow and ice conditions of the Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen. We want everyone to have an authentic experience. Please note that the waterfalls do not have to be frozen for us to run the trip. There are a number of factors we consider, such as weather, temperature, the amount of ice and snow on the trail system and the amount and quality of the ice formations on the walls surrounding the waterfalls. If there is insufficient ice or if rain is forecasted for the whole day, we will cancel the trip. A few rain showers won’t keep us away. As for snow, we welcome it, but the presence of snow is not required. A big snow storm, however, could impact our decision as we rather not have you drive in unreasonable hazardous conditions. We do our best at monitoring the weather. We will contact you as soon as we think a storm may interfere with a trip. Lodging Considerations: We understand that many participants travel up to 2 hours or more to attend this magnificent trip. As such, we recommend you to consider making lodging arrangements (http://valleytosummit.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/LODGING-OPTIONS-NEAR-RICKETTS-GLEN-STATE-PARK1.pdf) for the evening before your trip. Please also consider lodging arrangements for after the trip as you may be tired. Also, having lodging options is great in the event of inclement weather forecasted for before or after the trip. Cancellation: - Operator Cancellation: If we cancel a trip, you can reschedule, apply your funds to another trip category or request a refund. - Client Cancellation: Full refunds are available if you cancel at least 14 days before the date of your trip. For all other cancellations except no-shows and day-of cancellations, you may reschedule at no additional cost or apply your payment to any other VTS trip category. No-shows and day-of cancellations can reschedule and will incur a $25 administrative fee per ticket. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Online Booking Instructions: 1. Visit: http://valleytosummit.com/?p=4583 2. Scroll down & click the "Book Now" button for the Full Day or Half Day trip 3. Click the "Click here to redeem Gift Card / Promo Code" link and enter promo code "icehike85" for the Full Day Ice Hike trip and enter promo code "icehike70" for the Half Day Ice Hike trip. 4. Click yellow "Apply Code" button. 5. Select desired Date and Time 6. Select number of Tickets by clicking the (-) and (+) buttons 7. Enter Contact Information 8. Click yellow "Continue" button at bottom of page (you may have to scroll down) 9. Enter credit card information (all major credit cards accepted). 10. If the information is correct, then click "Process Booking" 11. You will receive a detailed confirmation email 12. Questions? Call[masked] or email [masked]

Ricketts Glen State Park

695 Route 478 · Benton, PA

Respond by: 1/5/2019
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Are you a seeker of adventure? Do you daydream of the great outdoors? Is your soul itching for a wild wilderness immersion cleansing? Are you longing for crisp mountain air, meandering mountain streams, the sounds of silence and ridge-line hikes? Or do you have a longing to experience outdoor rock climbing and rappelling, or exploring the winter landscape with snowshoes and crampons?

Well, you’ve found the right place to quench your thirst, to satisfy that urge, to expand your comfort zone and to reconnect or deepen your connection with nature. We arrange day hikes, backpacking trips, outdoor rock climbing and rappelling adventures, white water rafting trips, snowshoeing trips, frozen waterfall exploration hikes and other exciting adventures. We're a group of outdoor adventure travel enthusiasts who love to explore Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, as well as other out-of-state destinations.

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We have attracted a dedicated group of outdoor professionals to assist and guide us in our journeys. All trip leaders are at least certified in wilderness first aid or as wilderness first responders. We also have guides who are certified by the America Mountain Guiding Association as Single Pitch Rock Instructors and guides with decades of experience in their respective skills. Still others have relevant water-based certifications from the American Canoe Association. And many are either Leave No Trace Master Educators or Trainers. VTS carries insurance and, where required, operates under permits.

Mother Nature gifted our region with a plethora of unique outdoor recreation opportunities. We offer the adventurous soul who is seeking an escape from the daily grind many options to get out there. Our goal is to facilitate fun, informative, inspirational and recreational outdoor adventure experiences.

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