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This program is designed for beginner to intermediate backpackers. You’ll receive instruction in the overall basics of backpacking such as food, cooking, clothing, backpack essentials, overnight gear choices, safety considerations and “Leave No Trace” principles. All this in a friendly, low-stress outdoor setting.

This should not be your first hike this year!  You will need to be able to carry a backpack containing gear described in the trip checklist.

The class will include a half-day to get together for gear check, meal planning and a hike before the backpacking weekend.

 


Comments from previous Women’s Backpack programs:

“Amazing, knowledgeable, patient, inclusive… Leaders and volunteers. Beautiful people. Love their programs.”

“Thanks so much for all your encouragement & inspiration! You have many wonderful gifts. Thanks for sharing yourself & accepting each of us.”

“At first it feels like you’re the only one who’s ever gone through something painful. Then you discover you’re not alone. Each of us has a story. We just have to step out, grab onto a friend’s hand & jump! I have an army of friends, so proud of me for doing this trip. Expect a few more nurses signing up next year!”

“Amazing people! You will love the programs offered by these passionate leaders.”

COST

$150 per adult
$25 per youth, aged 13 to 18, accompanied by a parent or guardian

CALL US FOR AVAILABILITY OF SPOTS. THIS PROGRAM IS FUNDED FOR INTRODUCING YOUNG WOMEN TO OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES. PREFERENCE WILL GO TO YOUTH WITH ACCOMPANYING ADULT.

Price includes:

  • Trail guide and historian
  • Plant and animal biologist
  • First aid backup and satellite phone
  • Training regarding gear and backcountry camping techniques

PHYSICAL DEMAND

All participants must be in good health and have average physical fitness. Daily distances and elevation gain will be moderate, enabling beginners to enjoy their first backpacking experience.  See ITINERARY for a summary of distance and elevation gain/loss required each day.

This should not be your first hike this year!  You will need to be able to carry a backpack containing gear described in the trip checklist. Pack weight should ideally not exceed ~14 kg (30 lbs) including food and water.

ITINERARY

Pre-Trip Meeting

TBD

Friday, July 26

TBD

Saturday, July 27

TBD

Sunday, July 28

TBD

ITINERARY & MEETING PLACE MAP

TRAIL MAP

MEETING PLACE

Meet at Hope Recreation Centre
(1005 – 6th Avenue in Hope)

MEETING PLACE MAP

TRANSPORTATION

Participants will need their own vehicles to get to Hope. Car pooling will be arranged from there.

WHAT TO BRING

Participants will need the following items. Gear is available for rent at Mt. Waddington’s Outdoors in Chilliwack (604-846-1984) and Valhalla Pure in Abbotsford (604-850-5523).

CLOTHING
* Sturdy hiking boots.  Should provide ankle support and be sealed against moisture.  Must also be broken in so they don’t blister you.
* Socks — A thin synthetic (not cotton) inner sock and a thick outer sock (preferably wool). Bring 1 extra pair of back-up socks
* Long pants and shorts or zip-off pants (no jeans)
* Nylon rain pants
* 2 undershirts (cotton or polypropyl)
* 1 sweater
* Rain-proof jacket
* 1 pair gloves
* 1 toque

GENERAL GEAR
* Sleeping bag — rated to -10 celsius
* Foamy — Thermarest or any closed-cell foamy
* 3-season tent or bivvy sac
* Stove, fuel, pots
* Cup, plate, cutlery
* Sun glasses
* Camera
* Chapstick
* Toilet paper and hand sanitizer
* Head lamp
* Utility knife
* Basic first aid and moleskin for blisters
* Matches/lighter
* 10 ft. of light cord or rope
* Hiking poles (highly recommended)
* Day pack for light hiking
* Bug repellent/head net

FOOD
* 2 litres of water
* Hi-energy snack food (gorp or Power Bars)
* 3 lunches on the trail
* 2 dinners in camp
* 2 breakfasts in camp

ADDITIONAL INFO

Liability Waiver Form

Everyone age 19 & over must sign a liability waiver form in order to participate in this program. Please take the time to read this form because you must understand and agree to it when you sign it. By signing it you are waiving certain rights, including the right to sue. These forms will be available to sign when you check in. Please seek legal counsel if you have any questions.

Informed Consent Form

Everyone age 18 & under must have an informed consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian in order to participate. Please contact us if you need this form prior to arrival at this program.

CANCELLATIONS

If a registration is cancelled 14 days or more before a program starts, HMCOL will refund the program fee and equipment rental fees (as applicable) minus an administrative cost of $20 per person. Program and equipment rental fees will not be refunded if a cancellation is received less than 14 days before the start of a program. A program may be cancelled at the discretion of HMCOL. If a program is cancelled, participants will receive a full refund of program and equipment fees.

Please be aware that our programs run regardless of weather conditions, unless we determine that it will affect the safety of participants and/or equipment.

A NOTE ABOUT LIABILITY

Hope Mountain Centre carries liability insurance and maintains excellent safety records. Due to the nature of outdoor programs, these trips do involve some personal risk. Hope Mountain Centre assumes no responsibility for personal injury or damage to personal property and we will require each participant to sign a liability release and assumption of risk form before participating in this program.

Please be aware that activities typical of this program involve many risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to: accidents which occur during transportation or travel to and from events; slips and falls; loss of balance; impact, cold water immersion; repetitive strain injuries; dislocated shoulders; hypothermia, frostbite, sunburn; changing and inclement weather conditions including storms, blizzards, whiteouts and high wind; steepness of terrain, tree wells, crevasses; avalanches, cornices, landslides and falling ice, snow and objects; encounters with domestic or wild animals; negligence on the part of releasees and other participants.

While we love animals of all kinds, we ask that you please leave pets at home.


This project was made possible by a grant from The North Face Canada Explore Fund.

PROGRAM PARTNERS

Register now online or reserve your spot by calling 604-869-1274, or by email at atyler@hopemountain.org for more information.