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This program is an opportunity to immerse yourself in nature and grow your backpacking skill, under the guidance of an experienced and certified instructor.
Over the weekend, you'll have the chance to push your limits and connect with other adventurous women.
Each retreat is hosted in a new location.
July 10 - July 14, 2024
Surrounded by lush old growth forest, we'll follow the Hoh River up stream to Blue Glacier. One day 2 we'll set up basecamp and do a majority of the elevation to Blue Glacier without our camping gear.
Difficulty: Hard (37.0 miles roundtrip, 3700 ft)
July 31 - August 4, 2024
Join us on for a weekend on Ross Lake. We'll take the taxi boat across the lake our campsite near the base of Desolation Peak. We'll day hike up to the peak and enjoy lunch at the lookout, soaking in our accomplishments. Although this is a steep hike, we only have day packs with us, making this trip more approachable than our others locations.
Difficulty: Moderate (9.4 miles, 4,400 feet)
September 19 - September 22, 2024
This weekend you will adventure into the North Cascades and visit one of its iconic alpine lakes. With its rugged granite peaks, wildflower meadows, waterfalls and pools of glacial melt, you'll be surrounded by one of nature's most impressive places.
Hiker requirement: Hard (20.6 mi roundtrip, 4,271 ft of elevation)
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
TRAVEL & TRANSPORTATION:
Melena H. (Multi-Day 2022: Marmot & Jade Lakes)
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 up to 8 miles a day at the speed of 1.5 MPH with 800 feet of elevation gain, while wearing a backpacking weighing 30-40 pounds.
Yes we have 2 types of payment options:
Please visit our PAYMENT PLAN page for more information.
We have a very strict cancellation policy. Please review it before committing to this retreat.
We will not modify our cancellation policy under any circumstances (if you get sick, injured, or have an emergency). For this reason we highly recommend purchasing trip protection. HERE is a great article by Forbes that covers their favorite plans.
This must be purchased through a trip insurance agency.
All of our retreats are rain or snow or smoke or shine. We do our best to choose dates where this won't be an issue, but it's always a possibility. Even more so with the changing climate. If poor weather occurs we will propose an alternative location within the state.
If poor weather will ruin your experience we suggest that you purchase "cancel for any reason" trip protection as we will not be providing any refunds due to weather related issues.
Each trip is held at a different location to best highlight Washington's beauty at different months. We plan to use the Hoh River Trail, Marmot & Jade Lakes and Ross Lake area for our trips, Depending on the time of year and how the seasons are going we may need to relocate the trip to best accommodate our group. All trails are located in Washington and transportation is provided from our hotel.
If you are traveling from out of town, we recommend flying into SEATAC Airport and taking public transportation to our hotel conveniently located in downtown Seattle. Take the Seattle Lightrail to from the airport to Westlake Station and walk 4 minutes (0.2 miles) to our hotel.
If you are driving, valet parking is available at our hotel.
When you register for the program you will have the opportunity to add any backpacking gear that you might need for the weekend.