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In the morning you'll meet your instructor at the trailhead and receive your gear for the weekend. We'll kick things quickly off with our first lesson: how to efficiently and comfortably pack your backpack.
From the trailhead we'll make our way to camp, where we'll set-up our homes for the night; pitch our tents, filter water and make a backcountry meal. We'll also have the option to hike further without our heavy packs and explore other trails.
In the morning, we'll enjoy breakfast by the river and break down camp. As we hike out, you'll have the chance to reflect on the last 24 hours and ask any lingering questions.
Over the weekend you will learn:
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
We will host this retreat rain or shine. If the weather is poor we will propose alternative activities such as technical skills lessons (anchor building, self-rescue, multi-pitch) or hiking. If poor weather would make you want to cancel we recommend looking into Cancel For Any Reason.
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
MT. BAKER NATIONAL FOREST
The majority of women come to our retreats alone - somewhere around 90%. If you are hesitating to join because you would be coming solo, please know that we expect a majority of our participants to be joining by themselves, seeking community.
We generally have a wide range of ages at our retreats. The average tends to fall anywhere between the ages of 26 to 45. But we have had quite a few women in their 60's join as well. It really is up to the attitude and physical ability of the participant.
ABSOLUTELY. We will teach everything from how to pack a backpack to cooking gourmet meals in the back country. However to maintain a positive experience for everyone hikers need to be able to hike four miles with a backpack that weighs 35 pounds over varied terrain.
People with food allergies are absolutely welcome to join us at our program! We have food options that are vegan, gluten free, lactose free. Of course, if it would make you more comfortable, you are also welcome to pack your own meals.
To make two payments, apply the discount code "deposit" at checkout to make a 50% deposit, which 10% of the total cost of the trip is non-refundable. The full payment is required two months prior to the clinic start date.
We know you love your fur babies but unfortunately, we cannot allow pets on any of our group trips or clinics.
We want everyone who wants to attend one of our events to have the opportunity to come. Regardless of their financial status. We have decided to provide unlimited scholarships to our core programs to help lower the financial barrier to entry.
We want to make the process simple and trust based. We trust that individuals will be truthful about their financial situations, and will allow this program to serve those who need it.
To qualify we ask that possible participants consider the following and identify with at least two of the following statements:
If a participants identifies with two or more of the above statements they are permitted to utilize one of our scholarships by applying the discount code Backpacking275
Our office staff reserves the right to get in contact with any participant to confirm that they identify with at least two of the above statements.
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