July 26-29, 2022
Meet Where and When?
Drop off/Pick up will be at Bond Park in Petaluma (near the playground on Banff Way).
Meet July 26 @ 5am, leave asap
Return July 29 @ approx 5pm
Where are we going?
The exact trails will be determined closer to the trip based on weather, snow, smoke, and other conditions. We will hike 3-5 miles the first 2 days and the 3rd day will be a rest day so that we have time to relax, swim, play games, and explore our surroundings. And then our last day tends to be the longest with stronger legs, lighter packs, and milkshakes in our near future. 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, we have gone to Five Lakes Basin and Emigrant Wilderness. These videos of past trips give you an idea of what to expect:
Link to the YouTube video of the 2019 girls trip:
Link to the YouTube video of the 2019 coed trip:
Day 1: Meet at 5am, load cars, to-go breakfast available for kids, final questions answered/paperwork confirmed, drive to trailhead, hike 3-5 miles, set up camp, swim & relax, make dinner, campfire (if permitted) and games, sleep
Day 2: Up at dawn, hike 4-5 miles with breaks and lunch as needed, set up camp, swim & relax, dinner, etc. (Up at dawn?! Hiking in the heat is the WORST so we will aim to be at our next camp before it gets hot. Then we can enjoy the heat of the day relaxing in the sun or shade and swimming in a fresh mountain lake! Ahhhhhh!)
Day 3: Rest day to swim, play games, and relax
Day 4: Leave time determined by nature of return hike, hike 4-6 miles with breaks and lunch as needed, final swim or dip in creek?, stop for burgers and milkshakes, arrive home – tired, dirty, and happy 🙂
What will they learn?
- 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, food, specialty gear (like cooking supplies, water purifiers, etc), a low youth – guide ratio (4:1 max), all wrapped up in one epic adventure!
Not included – Personal Gear (backpack, tent, sleeping bag, pad). We will help you choose the right gear to buy or rent.
**$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 child or we can easily find another child to take your child’s place ie. waitlist).
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