This is a class designed for women interested in beginning backpacking in a friendly, low stress situation.
The main goal of the program is to provide instruction on the overall basics of backpacking–food, cooking, clothing, backpack essentials, overnight gear choices, safety considerations and “Leave No Trace” principles. All this in a friendly, low stress and fun outdoor environment.
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 up to 10 km each trail day. Pack weight should not exceed 13.6 kg (30 lbs) including food and water.
The program will include a half-day to get together for planning, gear check, meal planning and a hike before the backpacking weekend. Participants will get together on Sunday, July 13th for this pre-meeting.
SUNDAY, JULY 13th
Orientation meeting and day hike to go over gear, clothing, food tips and introduce Leave No Trace backcountry concepts (this day is a prerequisite for the backpack program).
12:00 pm – Meet in Hope (location will be provided to participants)
5:00 pm – Return to Hope
FRIDAY, JULY 25th
4:30 pm – Meet in Hope (location will be provided to participants). Final gear check and food check. Car pool up to Manning Provincial Park.
7:00 pm – Arrive at Manning Park for dinner and “car camping.”
SATURDAY, July 26th
Morning – After breakfast, drive to trail head and hike to campsite.
Midday – Arrive at campsite and setup camp.
Afternoon – Explore the area and instruction.
SUNDAY, July 27th
Morning – Break camp and return to vehicles
3:00 pm – Back in Hope
The group will make car pool arrangements from Hope, BC.
Connie is an avid backpacker and outdoor enthusiast. She has been backpacking for over 20 years and has enjoyed leading groups of youth and adults since 2000. In 2005 she completed a five and a half month backpacking trip on the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. Connie is a volunteer master educator for Leave No Trace, an organization that promotes low impact camping skills. She is certified in mountaineering-oriented first aid and is a nurse practitioner in her professional life.
For some people, like Stephanie, the outdoors comes through heredity. Her grandparents were active backcountry guides and brought the family up with a strong respect for the environment that has carried through the generations. She enjoys nature and has honed her outdoor skills with six seasons of forest firefighting in BC’s remote and wonderful wilderness. She loves getting out to the wilderness when she can and enjoys spending her time with her partner hiking, fishing and camping.
Stephanie has many years of wilderness travel under her belt and will be sharing her extensive knowledge of backpacking in this area. She currently works as a Backcountry Ranger with BC Parks.
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.
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.
Reserve your spot by registering online. Please contact us at 604-869-1274 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.