August 22-25, 2019 - Pseudo-Solo Backpacking Trip - Some Experience Required - Superior Hiking Trail

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August 22-25, 2019 - Pseudo-Solo Backpacking Trip - Some Experience Required - Superior Hiking Trail

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Start learning how to solo backpack and use electronic navigation/search-and-rescue tools, while having an experienced guide nearby.

We will run through the navigation tools the night before departure and refresh it again the morning before we leave.  We will hike out together, setting up individual tents a distance from one another at a group campsite.  The next day, each participant leaves when they are ready, navigation tool in hand, and heading toward a group of scattered campsites, setting up camp entirely on their own.  The Trip Lead will tail the group while staying in contact with each of you via the electronic navigation tools.  Help will always be literally physically close to you on the trail for this trip.

We also provide all of the major gear you will need on trail. We use only the best gear so that you are comfortable while carrying a lighter pack.  If you prefer to use your own gear, please let us know.

We also provide all food you will need on the trail and can accommodate most dietary restrictions.

Spend your days backpacking the stunning Superior Hiking Trail and your nights on the shores of a pristine lake, next to a rushing river, or in the quiet woods, all while starting to learn how to solo backpack and use electronic navigation tools using high-end, lightweight gear.  

Your on-trail instructor is an experienced backpacker and a NOLS-Certified Wilderness First Responder.  Your instructors always carry a beacon locator device in case of an emergency. The beacon locator can also be pre-programmed to send “check-in” messages to your loved ones by text or email so that they know where you are and that everything is going well. 

Our goal is to create peers on the trail and to help you leap-frog the hard lessons, all while creating lifelong memories.

Trip Rating: 3 - Beginning Backpacker (Click here for Ratings Descriptions)

$925/person*

*Friendly note:  Backpacking 101 - Classroom Orientation (free) is highly recommended prior to any Pseudo-Solo backpacking trip (see "Upcoming Trips" for orientation schedule). This separate classroom orientation provides hands-on instruction to familiarize you with gear, clothing and lists prior to hitting the trail.  Learn key essentials such as how to pack a backpack, use a water filter and stove, set up a tent, run through your gear list, and more. It also gives you an opportunity to meet your Trail Lead. If you live outside of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area, we can discuss alternatives to the Classroom Orientation.

ITINERARY: 

Thursday, August 22nd

  • 5-9 pm – Electronic navigation instruction with mini trail tests

  • Dinner will be provided

  • Lodging is on your own

Friday, August 23rd

  • Morning – Meet near trailhead and run through navigation tools again (specific timing to be set soon)

  • Start our hike together

  • Camp at a group campsite, choosing our own spot 

Saturday, August 24th

  • Morning – You depart camp when you are ready, checking in with the Trip Lead on the way out of camp

  • Hike your own hike to a pre-determined cluster of sites, choosing your own site

  • Your Trip Lead will tail the group, once all participants have left the first camp

  • You will have help near you on trail for the duration of your Pseudo-Solo trip

Sunday, August 24th

  • Morning – You depart camp when you are ready, checking in with the Trip Lead on the way out of camp

  • Hike back to your vehicles, aiming for a noon arrival so that you can return gear


Maximum of 6 Participants.

POLICIES FOR A SUPERIOR HIKING TRAIL – PSEUDO-SOLO TRIP

REGISTRATION:  

Once you have signed up for an On-Trail Trip, you will receive a receipt by email with a link to Waiver and Health Assessments, which need to be signed and returned to us prior to trip departure. 

Registration for an On-Trail Trip is not complete until we have had the opportunity to speak with you via telephone about the demands of the trail. 

To get the most out of your trip, we suggest that you have a medical physical 90 days prior to departure.

Participants must be 18 or older (unless individual arrangements are made or the specific trip lists otherwise). All minors must be accompanied by an adult.

WHAT WE PROVIDE:  

Fees include food as indicated on the itinerary (please advise of any dietary restrictions as we can accommodate most of them).  

We use only high-end, lightweight equipment and provide all major gear: solo tent or shared double tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, water filtration equipment, cooking and eating gear, all food, maps, and group first aid kit.  

We will provide you with a beacon locator device so that you can learn how to use electronic navigation and familiarize yourself with search-and-rescue tools.

We always carry a beacon locator device in case of an emergency. The beacon locator can be pre-programmed to send “check-in” messages to your loved ones by text or email so that they know where you are and that everything is going well. 

We include transportation at trip’s end to vehicles parked at the starting trailhead.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:  

To have a successful trip, you need to have appropriate footwear (backpacking boots or trail shoes that have been broken in) and adequate rain gear, in addition to your clothing and personal items, which will be clearly indicated on the gear list that we provide to you.  You must arrive prepared with these or we reserve the right to refuse admission onto the trip in order to keep you and other trip participants safe. If this unlikely event happens, we will unfortunately be unable to refund the cost of your trip.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:

Transportation to the starting trailhead and first night’s lodging are not included. Some meals are not included and are indicated as such in the itinerary. State Park entrance or camping fees and personal trip insurance are not included.

CANCELATION AND REFUND POLICY:

If you wish to cancel your registration, please note the following deadlines:

  • 21 days prior to your scheduled trip, we will refund 100% of the trip cost

  • 10 days prior to your scheduled trip, we will refund 50% of the trip cost

  • Less than 5 days of a scheduled trip, we will be unable to refund any portion of the trip cost

Backpack The Trails LLC reserves the right to cancel a trip without cause. We will do our best to ensure that this never happens. In the unlikely event that this happens, you will be notified as soon as possible, upon which time you can request a full refund or choose a different, similarly-priced trip, if there is still space available.

TRANSFER POLICY: 

If you wish to transfer your registration to a different trip, please note the following deadlines:

  • 21 days prior to your originally-scheduled trip, 100% of your trip cost is transferrable

  • 10 days prior to your originally-scheduled trip, 50% of your trip cost is transferrable

  • Less than 5 days of your originally-scheduled trip, none of the trip cost is transferrable

INSURANCE:

Backpack The Trails LLC carries business insurance and does not provide travel insurance to clients. You may wish to consider purchasing your own travel insurance before heading out on trail.