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Alpine Mushroom Foray Above 10K'

foraging

Alpine Mushroom Foray Above 10K'

Paused until 31 July. To protect the health of our community, Airbnb Experiences in many regions are paused due to COVID-19. Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
5 hours
Group size
Up to 6 people
Includes
Food, Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English
foraging

Alpine Mushroom Foray Above 10K'

foraging

Alpine Mushroom Foray Above 10K'

Paused until 31 July. To protect the health of our community, Airbnb Experiences in many regions are paused due to COVID-19. Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
5 hours
Group size
Up to 6 people
Includes
Food, Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

Discover one of Colorado’s best kept culinary secrets - wild edible mushrooms! Enjoy an alpine hike above 10,500ft as we learn about the magic and mystique of these fungal forest dwellers. We will meet in Aspen at 2:30pm then drive guests to a secret location within an hour. During the drive we will discuss the basics of local mushrooms and their ecology. We'll trek through the woods and forage for 2-3 hours. Expect stunning vistas, high alpine meadows, mixed conifer forests, and beautiful wildflowers. We typically cover 3-6 miles, walking moderately and looking down for yummy mushrooms. Trent and Kristen will be close by to share knowledge and point out likely habitat. Guests will learn to spot 5 key mushrooms that are safe & easily identifiable: Porcini (Boletus edulis), Chanterelle (Cantharellus cibarius), Puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum, Lycopedon pyriforme), Hawk's Wing (Sarcodon imbricatus) and Milky Cap (Lactarius deliciosus). After the hunt, we will gather together, inspect our findings, & enjoy refreshments. At this time we'll discuss the cleaning, preparation & preservation of wild mushrooms. We will drive back to Aspen and should have you back around 7:30.

Your host

Learn more about Trent

Trent

Self proclaimed “mushroom geeks”, Trent and Kristen Blizzard, reside in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. They’ve been trekking the woods of the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond for over 5 years. At first a hobby, the hunt for fungi quickly became nothing short of an obsession for these two. Each year they travel to Oregon in May to gather burn morels, and rush back to Colorado to find some late asparagus and eagerly await the beginning of the local season. They are not mycologists but love to utilize the science behind edible mushrooms to help them locate prime terrain.

What's included

Food
Cheese & Crackers, Chips Just a few yummy snacks to refuel
Drinks
Water, Wine, Beer We will have a cooler and encourage you to bring any beverages you prefer and we will keep them cold
Equipment
Mushroom bag and knife Walkie Talkies

Where you'll be

We’ll be exploring National Forest land in and around accessible high alpine areas of Aspen. Within 30 minutes you’ll be above 10,500ft! The exact spots we go will be secret until we get there. Expect moderate hiking, 3-5 miles, +/- elevation of several hundred feet. If you live at low altitude, please acclimatize at least 24 hours before trying this trek. The weather at high altitude can change on a dime, be prepared for extremes!

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 10 and up can attend. All levels of hikers are welcome but you must be in good physical shape and capable of hiking 1-2 hours up potentially steep inclines at over 10,500ft.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

What to bring

Wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes

More tips

We scramble off-trail & do some bushwhacking - this requires good footwear (boots vs shoes) and pants (to avoid scratched legs). Expect mosquitos and bring your own repellant.

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Trent
Alpine Mushroom Foray Above 10K'
New experience
£123/person
New experience
£123/person