August 1-4, 2022
We will support you and your kids on an adventure to remember! Our experienced guides will help you prepare, and be there to mentor and advise you, while you learn everything you need to know to go backpacking. You and the other families will hike, camp, share meals, and play together but will also have enough independence to break away for quality time with your kids if you choose.
Meet Where and When?
We will meet at Bond Park in Petaluma (near the playground on Banff Way) and carpool/caravan to our trailhead.
Meet Aug 1 @ 6am, leave asap
Return Aug 4 @ approx 5pm
Where are we going?
The exact trails will be determined closer to the trip based on the ages of the kids and on weather, snow, smoke, and other conditions. With families, I usually prefer to hike into a basecamp and stay there for 3 nights. This allows two full days for swimming, exploring, and maybe even fishing. We have lots of itineraries to choose from and amazing guides lined up to accompany our trekkers on an adventure to remember!
In the past, I have taken groups of kids to Five Lakes Basin and Emigrant Wilderness. This trip would be similar but probably with less hiking. These videos of past trips give you an idea of what to expect:
Link to the YouTube video of the 2021 coed trip:
Link to the YouTube video of the 2019 girls trip:
Link to the YouTube video of the 2019 coed trip:
What will you learn?
The goal of this trip is that moms and kids will learn enough to feel comfortable planning their own trip next time. Our focus will be primarily on the moms but any kids who are interested are welcome to join in!
- What and how to pack
- Basics of navigation
- Where and how to set up camp
- Wilderness cooking (not freeze dried!)
- Leave No Trace principles
- Fire building (if permitted)
- Safe stream crossing
- Basic wilderness safety, how not to get lost but what to do if you are and more…
- Community building
- Personal reflection
- Time away from technology
- Appreciation of simplicity
- And of course, making new friends
Included: 4 days/3 nights backpacking, breakfasts and dinners, specialty gear (like cooking supplies, water purifiers, etc), professional guiding and instruction, all wrapped up in one epic adventure!
Not included – Childcare – all moms will be responsible for their own children. Lunch and snacks (a list of suggestions will be provided). Personal Gear (backpack, tent, sleeping bag, pad). We will help you choose the right gear to buy or rent.
$600 / mom, $150 / child
**$100 deposit is due upon sign-up, 50% is due 60 days before trip date and balance is due 30 days before trip date. In case of cancellation: 60 days prior – deposit is fully refundable. 30 days prior – deposit is non-refundable*, other payments are refundable. 15 days prior – deposit and 50% of cost is non-refundable*. Exceptions will be made in case of positive Covid test or symptoms.
(*unless you find another family or we can easily find another family to take your place ie. waitlist).
***Please fill out a separate sign up for Mom and each child attending. ***
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