This course is for women interested in honing their skills for multi-day trips and connecting with other women who enjoy backpacking.
The main goal of this program is to provide instruction on the overall basics of backpacking for multi-day trips. Choosing a hike, pre-trip planning, meals for multiple days, gear, safety, weather, backcountry navigation and Leave No Trace principles will be covered. Depending on the skills of participants, a preparatory hike or meeting will be organized a week or two before the trip. Instructors with strong experience in backpacking and group leadership will lead and teach the program. Overnight backcountry experience is necessary as a prerequisite for this class. Preparatory hike or meeting will include:
- Choosing the location of the overnight backpack. We will take into consideration attendees’ preferences, skill level, terrain, trail conditions and snow melt.
- Gear review. If you do not own your own gear, please contact the instructors early to arrange rental or loan of the equipment.
- Meal planning. We will arrange cooking groups and discuss potential menus with the food items you will be bringing.
The July 24-26 backpacking trip will include:
- Instruction in Leave No Trace principles for multi-day trips.
- Coping with weather and health conditions on the trail.
- Monitoring progress, location and group ability while on the trail.
- Choosing campsites and camp kitchen while on the trail.
- Backpacking using the motto “have fun, be safe, leave no trace.”
$185 – Price covers backcountry skills learning and experienced leaders with wilderness first aid training. Maximum group size will be 12, which includes trip leaders.
Hiking will be mostly on level to moderately-inclined terrain with some more challenging sections. Previous backpacking experience is required and 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 for at least 10 km per day for 3 days. Pack weight should not exceed 13.6 kg (30 lbs) including food and water.
TBA (a weekday evening approximately two weeks before the start of the backpack weekend).
FRIDAY, JULY 24 10:00 AM – Meet in Hope (location will be provided) for backpack weekend check-in 10:30 AM – Leave by car pool to trailhead
SATURDAY, JULY 25 Enjoying the mountains all day!
SUNDAY, JULY 26 4:00 PM – Back to Hope
Hope, BC. Specific location will be provided to participants.
Participants will be travelling in their own vehicles. Two-wheel drive vehicles will be sufficient to reach trailhead. Car pooling is encouraged.
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.
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.
If you are bringing children that you are not parent or legal guardian for, you need to get the informed consent form done ahead of the program and bring it along to participate.
If a registration is cancelled 7 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 7 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.
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 Fido at home.