Come join the Bike Girls as we journey boldly into the wild places! We will form lasting friendships as we learn the art of mountain biking, with the Green Mountains of Vermont as our home. We will live, play, laugh, and learn the beauty of riding our bicycles, all the while experiencing the magic of living in nature, crafting with our own two hands, and sleeping under the stars. As a pack of wild and adventurous girls, we will practice biking skills, navigate the forest roads and single-tracks, and learn to fix our own bikes, taking home with us new skills as bike mechanics. In the evenings we gather around the fire to share stories and to set our intentions for tomorrow’s adventure. We will come away from this expedition empowered as females, ready to use our new riding muscles to face the challenges and experience the beauty of the world! No previous mountain biking experience is necessary and bikes are available for rent!
To be a rescuer takes more then perfecting a specialized skillset: it is a mindset and a way of being, being of service to others, being observant and present in the moment, being at the right place at the right time, taking calculated risks and making well-thought-out split-second decisions, decisions that could save lives. Our first-ever week-long river rescue course offered to students will begin with developing a thorough understanding of the power of moving water, it’s currents, eddies, obstructions, constrictions and other obstacles hidden from sight of an untrained eye. We will focus on swimming in turbulent current and moving safely up and down the rapids in order to reach the person and equipment in need of help. Next we will focus on recovering swimmers and boats. Special focus will be placed on broached boat recovery and studying haul systems and associated knots and rope techniques. Finally, we will cover foot entrapment and hydraulic recovery. On the last day of the course students will take part in complex simulated rescue requiring all of their new-learned skills, teamwork and leadership.
There is no adventure sport more secretive and alluring than caving. Hidden deep in the infamous Berkshire Hills are miles of underground passages with hidden entrances off the beaten track. Many of these caves were just discovered within the past 10 years! We begin the week at Kroka Village exploring abandoned mines and practicing vertical rope skills. From here we head west and establish a wilderness camp at the base of Mount Greylock. With map and compass and our traveling gear we will set out each day to explore the region's known caves and search for those that have not yet been found. We will swim in pristine waterfalls, descend into abandoned quarries, and visit natural marble bridges. We will cook delicious meals over the fire, share stories, and learn a wilderness craft. The journey ends with a 3-day expedition to a mountain peak, an exciting day of multi-pitch climbing, and a day-trip through one of the longest and most notorious caves in the Northeast.
WARNING: Caving requires a love of tight, dark, wet, muddy spaces as well as a thirst for adventure and discovery of secret places. Students should be physically fit to carry an overnight backpack up and back down the mountain with a smile!
Do you love taking care of animals, helping others and digging in the dirt? Do you love exploring and playing in the natural world? Kroka’s farm program may be just the program for you! Farm Magic is filled with extraordinary adventures both on the farm and in the forest! Together we will uncover the mystery of how, from tiny seeds, we grow amazing things to eat. The magic of the living earth will present itself in front of our eyes as we sow seeds, water, weed, and harvest the gifts from our organic gardens. We will visit the animals, collect eggs, observe the bees at work, make yogurt and cheese, and work with Brita, our horse. Afternoons will be filled with swimming, paddling, rock climbing, games and searching for hidden treasures in the forest. There will be time for crafting, singing, telling stories and, of course, making new friends!
A sequel to Intro to White Water I, this program can also be a point of entry for those with previous white water paddling experience as well as students seeking to start at a higher level of challenge.
Become part of the infamous Kroka white water paddling crew! Upon arrival you will jump right in with your first kayaking lesson on Kroka’s pond. Traveling to our wilderness home on the Deerfield River in Berkshires, we will camp in a magical forest by the side of a clear mountain stream. Each day we will hike down to the river to practice rafting, kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, and white water swimming. Working in small groups allows us to focus on the individual needs and learning styles of each student, making sure everyone experiences success. Students will learn skills enabling them to have a blast in Class II white water. In addition to paddling students develop appreciation for the vital role of water in the web of life and develop sound judgement and common sense inherent to adventure sports. The week will culminate with a run down the famous class III Zoar Gap! This program will prepare students for the next white water challenge: Paddlers Journey Up North.
Join us in discovering the adventure of backcountry bikepacking! After tuning up our bikes and practicing riding techniques on Kroka’s bike course, we will head into the forest for a week filled with spectacularly wild mountain bike adventures. The rich history of New Hampshire has left our forests full of wondrous dirt trails alongside abandoned root cellars, mines, and wilderness lakes. We will return to Kroka for campfire meals and cozy dwellings during the first half of the week. Our next adventure will be a two-day overnight expedition. Each day will include discovering and playing in wild swimming holes, games, and evening stories by the campfire. In addition to technical riding, students will learn how to take care of their bikes and participate in community service projects. This introductory program is excellent preparation for our mountain bike expeditions!
In order to sustain human civilization on Earth we need to redefine our relationship to the Living Planet from consumptive to regenerative while transforming human relationships from those of survival of the fittest to those of cooperation and brother/sisterhood. Kroka has been experimenting with regenerative practices and cooperative living for the past 26 years are we are now ready to share our successes and challenges with our students through a formal two-week long Sustainability Adventure program. We will begin by settling into life at Kroka village with reduced ecological footprint. While drawing water from a shallow well, cooking farm-grown food on a fire with the wood we have harvested and composting our manure we will examine water, nutrient and carbon cycles. Each day will have a formal class focusing on Earth systems and regenerative practices, followed by a practical skills workshop ranging from building a healthy compost pile to cooking with seasonal ingredients harvested on our farm. We will take care of our bodies through healthy outdoor living and exercise which will range from swimming and yoga to hiking and climbing. We will develop intentional community through practice of seeing the needs of others. During the second week of the program we will travel by bike visiting many sustainability projects in our local area and camping in nature.
New this summer, join us for a multi-element challenge of teamwork and trust as we immerse ourselves the world of technical climbing – and learn what to do when things go wrong. We start our week at Kroka Village where we will travel to the local crag to learn about knots and anchors and practice climbing and rappelling. We will study wilderness first aid and CPR while preparing for the expedition ahead. With a solid foundation of technical skills, we will set out by foot into the mountains, traveling for several days to a rock face perfect for practice. Here we will set a wilderness a camp at the foot of a cliff and cook delicious meals over the fire. We will fill our days discovering high-angle rescue techniques: pickoffs and haul systems, assists and belays. In the afternoons we will travel to a nearby waterfall to swim and relax in the joys of summer. Students will gain a strong technical foundation for a future of climbing or guiding, and a Wilderness First Aid certification.
This unique adventure links together several exciting trail networks in New Hampshire’s Piedmont and Southern Green Mountains. Its route, running through the heart of Kroka’s adventure area, has a unique variety of terrain and rich cultural features. After two days of conditioning on local trails and preparing for expedition, we will begin a 10-day journey northwest. Along the way we will pick berries, cliff-jump in refreshing swimming holes, scramble up rock faces, and share nourishing meals cooked over the fire. We will also face many challenges: ferrying our bikes across the river in a canoe, helping neighbors with a service project, and testing our navigation skills as we wind our way from one forest trail to the next. Finally, we will reach a spectacular underground cave which will test our bravery, strength, and teamwork, inspiring a sense of wonder and awe for the world.
This is a moderate, vehicle-supported expedition on a combination of single and double tracks with a mix of dirt roads. Students will carry light loads. For students who have completed No Brakes or have other prior mountain biking experience.
Join us on this exciting expedition of white water paddling, rock climbing and exploring the rugged canyons of the Upper Deerfield River Valley. This introductory multi-element adventure will begin by rafting down class II and III rapids on the Deerfield River as we learn to paddle, read the river, and practice swimming in white water. The next day we will summit Negus Mountain. From here we will hike across the plateau before descending a steep ravine to a Tyrolean traverse across the river. Throughout, we will sing songs, roast bread-on-a-stick, and tell stories around the camp fire cultivating a strong community of explorers.
Students should be comfortable swimmers, and be physically fit to carry an overnight backpack up and back down the mountain with a smile!
Join us in reliving the time when canoeing was the fastest way to travel, a shelter of bark and leaves was a welcomed home, and berries were the snack of the day. On this expedition we learn to combine the gifts of the land with the modern tools of today. The sun, the land, and our map and compass will guide us on our trip. Once we reach our wilderness camp, we will enjoy sleeping comfortably under the stars. We will study the ancient art of fire by friction, coal-burn wooden spoons, and learn how to cook on an open fire. When we are ready, we will begin our hike over the mountains and down to the river, opening up new opportunities for paddling, sewing moccasins, swimming, and the myriad of adventures that may cross our paths! As caretakers of the land, we work together, creating a true community. On this journey, we experience a way of life whose roots stretch back thousands of years, but whose skills and philosophy apply to all times.
Don't miss this unique adventure that combines rock climbing and underground exploration! Our expedition begins with a hike to an impressive rock face hidden deep in the woods. After a day and a half of climbing, we will continue on our hike, ending at a spectacular waterfall. Refreshed by plunging into crystal clear pools it is time for caving! We will search the woods for caverns that take us deep into the glittering underground world. As we gain experience, we will scurry through tunnels, wade through underground streams, and witness beautiful rock formations that showcase millions of years of geologic history. To wash off the cave mud, we will spend our afternoons swimming in a mountain river and at our wilderness camp learning to live in harmony with nature. Each day concludes with campfire stories and songs.