Holderness School took the first step of its Mountain Day journey at the Chapel of the Transfiguration, which sits in the shadow of the mountains and rock faces that students would climb that day. The granite and wood beam architecture of the chapel creates a deep sense of sanctity while the stained glass softens the space with radiant natural light. It’s the perfect place to gather for a brief moment of meditation before entering an equally sacred and wonderful wilderness.
We recently sat down with Director of Outdoor Programs Erik Thatcher ’08 and asked: “What should we pack for Mountain Day?” Erik, an experienced outdoor guide, told us how to prepare for a day in the White Mountains – from how much water to bring to why hiking Mount Washington is like visiting the high arctic. Here’s what he told us to bring: