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Hiking & Camping

  • Price: $2,249.00
  • Duration: 5 Days, 4 Nights

This five-day program introduces you to Fundamental Mountain Skills like hiking, campcraft, navigation, and outdoor preparedness at Cameron Pass which is around 10,000’ high in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.

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Overview:

Wilderness exploration and nights under open skies provide an authentic sense of freedom and clarity for many outdoor enthusiasts.  Guided Hiking and Camping at Cameron Pass will build the skills and experience you need to comfortably and confidently begin your journey in the mountains.  In five days, our professional guides teach you how to plan your day hikes and overnight camping trips so you can explore your passion for the mountains on your own and confidently camp with friends or solo under the stars.

This five-day program is the thorough initiation you are looking for especially if you are just beginning to explore the mountains.  We start from the very basics and introduce you to the fundamental joys of exploring natural landscapes, hiking, campcraft, safety, and preparedness. The first 2 days and nights will focus on hiking and group travel skills while staying at the Colorado Mountain School Yurt at Cameron Pass.  On the 3rd and 4th days and nights, you will learn and apply backcountry camping skills near Lake Agnes or the American Lakes.  By the end of this course, you will be able to plan short day trips into the mountains as well as overnight camping excursions, and you will be better prepared for new challenges and rewards of your life in the mountains so you can enjoy the freedom of the hills.

Details:

Learn about Hiking and Camping from the comfort of the beautiful Seven Utes Yurt situated in wild Cameron Pass.  Let us take care of all your food and meals during your stay!  This big Yurt has a loaded kitchen, propane and wood heat, a giant deck, plenty of comfortable cots, water super close, and portable toilets. The Seven Utes Yurt is at approximately 9400’ elevation and is located right off the road with plenty of parking nearby.  2 of the 4 nights you will stay at the Yurt, and 2 of the nights you will camp in tents in State Forest State Park.

Sample Itinerary:

Day One (11am – 7:30pm): Welcome to the Seven Utes Yurt at Cameron Pass in State Forest State Park. Learn about trip preparation and group travel techniques and go for an afternoon hike in State Forest State Park. Enjoy the comforts of the Seven Utes Yurt overnight with a hot, delicious meal from the kitchen and breathtaking views everywhere outside.

Day Two (8am-4pm):  Enjoy the backcountry and learn navigation techniques on a day hike in State Forest State Park. Return to the Seven Utes Yurt before departing in the afternoon.

Day Three (9am-6:30pm):  Review camping principles before launching into the field for the first night of backcountry camping at the American Lakes.

Day Four (9am-6:30pm): Learn more camping skills and enjoy day hikes and leisure time in the wilderness.  Spend another night camping at Lake Agnes or the American Lakes.

Day Five (8am-4pm): Transference.  Return to the Seven Utes Yurt for a Course Debrief.  Depart from the Yurt in the afternoon.

Meeting location:

Seven Utes Yurt on Cameron Pass, State Forest State Park, Colorado

Lodging:

Lodging at Colorado Mountain School’s Seven Utes Yurt at State Forest State Park on Cameron Pass is available for you and is included for the first 2 nights. The 40 foot yurt is spacious and comfortable with propane heat and a wood-burning stove for especially cold days. Enjoy beautiful mountain views and stargazing from the large deck. The yurt is located directly off the road next to the Michigan River. There is plenty of parking and access to pristine hiking trails. It has a full kitchen with appliances, dishes, and utensils for all our cooking needs, 16 comfortable sleeping cots, and portable toilets nearby.

For the following 2 nights, you will camp in a tent in State Forest State Park. 3-season tents will be provided for all participants to use.

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The first steps toward your backpacking and camping objectives:

  • Personal clothing and equipment selection
  • Packing your backpack
  • Setting up your tent
  • Planning and timing for day trips and overnight excursions
  • Camping and cooking techniques
  • Minimum-impact travel techniques
  • Navigation skills
  • Body temperature regulation
  • Water filtration techniques
  • Self care and teamwork in the mountains
  • Camping stove techniques and fuels
  • Group travel and pacing strategies
  • Outdoor physical fitness and training

Prerequisites:

None

Preparation:

You should be prepared to hike a maximum of 6-8 miles per day during the excursions, yet some days will be less. Of course basic physical fitness and training will make the experience more enjoyable.

Time:

See Sample Itinerary

Duration:

5 Days, 4 Nights

Minimum Age:

Please call to register participants under 18
Experience Level

Beginner, Intermediate

Activity Level

Moderate

Duration

Multi-Day

Category

Fundamental Mountain Skills

Includes:

  • Trained and/or certified guide
  • Essential group camping equipment including tent, cookstove, cook pots and pans, and water filters.
  • The price includes 2 nights of lodging at the Seven Utes Yurt on Cameron Pass, 13 meals, 2 nights of camping in the field with lessons about hiking, mountain travel, navigation, and campcraft.

Excludes:

  • Backpack, clothing, and personal equipment like a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and hiking boots.
  • Snacks
  • Gratuity
  • Rescue Insurance
  • Trip Insurance
  • State Park fee (where applicable)
  • Expenses due to unforeseen circumstances outside the control of Colorado Mountain School

Item Description Quantity Example Purchase At Rent At Equipment Type
Backpack: 18-25 liter

This small pack is carries one’s approach shoes, water, food, extra layers, and toilet kit on the route. This pack should close completely so that no items can fall out.

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CAMP M2 20L

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Backpack: 35-50 liter

Packs smaller than this tend not to be able to carry the necessary amount of equipment and clothing.

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CAMP M4 40L

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Baselayer Bottoms

Synthetic or Merino Wool, Lightweight or mid-weight are recommended.

1

Men: Rab Syncrino Leggings
Women: Rab Syncrino Leggings

Rab

Clothing
Beanie or Fleece Hat

Should cover the ears and fit under a helmet. Hats with fluff balls on top do not fit under helmets.

1

Filament Beanie

Rab

Clothing
Bowl, mug, fork, and spoon

Personal utensils

1

Sea to Summit Delta Camp Set

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Compass

Used for navigation and orientation. A compass with adjustable declination is preferrable.

1

Silva Ranger CLQ

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Face Mask – PPE

Should be made with at least two layers of fabric. Your mask needs to cover your nose and mouth without large gaps. The mask should have ear loops or ties so you can adjust it. Look for a mask with a bendable border at the top so you can mold the mask to fit the bridge of your nose and prevent your glasses from fogging.

2 Clothing
First Aid Kit

Your guide will have an emergency First Aid Kit. You should bring a small kit including blister prevention and care products such as a role of athletic tape and Moleskin. Your kit should also contain a few Band-aids, some Tylenol and Ibuprofen.

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Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Hardshell Pants

These should be non-insulated pants with ankle cuffs wide enough to fit over your ski or ride boots.

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Men: Rab Khroma Kinetic Pant
Women: Rab Women’s Khroma Kinetic Pants

Rab Stores

Clothing
Headlamp

Load with fresh batteries. Critical for hiking before sunrise and great to have in the pack in case you are caught out after dark.

1

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Hiking Shoes

You can use walking shoes, running shoes, hiking shoes, or hiking boots. It’s your call!  You should aim to try footwear walking, hiking, backpacking, and then camping to learn about what works best for you. You will hike no more than roughly 5-7 miles per day during the mountain excursions.

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Men: La Sportiva Nucleo High II GTX

Women: La Sportiva Nucleo High II GTX Women

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Lightweight Baselayer Top

Synthetic or Merino Wool; Worn against the skin and is considered a “wicking” layer that facilitates the movement of moisture away from the skin and through the layers. Hooded base layers add extra versatility.

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Men: Rab Syncrino Base LS Tee
Women: Rab Syncrino Base LS Tee

Rab

Clothing
Lightweight Gloves

Synthetic; Thin gloves used when hiking the early morning approach. Belay gloves can suffice if full-fingered.

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Rab Vapour-Rise Glove

Rab Store

Clothing
Lip ScreenSPF 15 or higher.

Non-SPF rated lip balms can actually increase your chances of getting burned.

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Rocky Mountain Sunscreen Lip Balm

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Long and Short Sleeve T-shirt

Cotton or Synthetic and Merino Wool; Bring a variety of short-sleeve or tank tops, and a few long-sleeve. Synthetic shirts are not required, but many prefer the feel and quick-dry performance. If your program includes crack climbing, a long sleeve cotton shirt adds a layer of comfort.

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Rab Mantle Tee

Rab Store

Clothing
Midweight Baselayer Top

Synthetic or Merino Wool; Adds extra warmth and protection from the cold and wind without creating a moisture barrier as a jacket would. Having at least one base layer that is hooded adds versatility, protecting the neck and ears from cold winds.

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Men: Rab Ascendor Light Hoodie
Women: Rab Ascendor Light Hoodie

Rab

Clothing
Neck Gaiter

“Buffs” are quite versatile in their uses. They can be used as light beanies, neck warmers, and can offer face protection from the cold wind or sun.

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CMS Neck Gaiter

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Personal Care Items

Medications, glasses or contacts, feminine products, etc.

1 Optional
Personal Toilet Kit

At minimum, bring a small Ziploc with toilet paper. Consider bringing a travel sized package of hand-wipes. Idealy, purchase, or for free from the RMNP Backcountry office, bring a “Rest Stop.” The Rest Stop, known as “Blue Bags” in the Pacific Northwest, or the “Wag Bag” in other areas, are poop-in-a-bag systems that include toilet paper and a sanitizing hand wipe.

1

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Sleeping Bag (10° to 35°)

Down or synthetic sleeping bag is acceptible.

1

Rab Neutrino 400

Rab Store

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Sleeping pad

Insulated air mattresses or foam are ideal. Uninsulated air mattresses are not recommended.

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Sea to Summit Comfort Light Insulated

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Smart Phone App

There are a plethora of apps that assist in navigation. These apps use your phone’s GPS functions and can work in the mountains offline.

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Avanet; Gaia Maps; Topo Maps

Optional
Smartphone

Great for taking photos and videos. Smartphone batteries tend to shut down in freezing temps – keep your phone in a warm inner layer. A tether is ideal in the mountains to protet against dropping your phone.

1 Optional
Snacks

An assortment of snack bars, gels, or trail mixes.

1

Made in NatureThrive Tribe

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Softshell and Fleece Jacket

Water-resistant, windproof, yet it “breaths,” which means it allows moisture to move through. Hoods are ideal. There are multiple thicknesses of Softshell jackets. A lightweight or medium-weight jacket is preferred. Fleece jackets are acceptable.

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Men: Rab VR Summit Jacket
Women: Rab VR Summit Jacket

Rab

Clothing
Softshell Pants

Softshell material is stretchy, wind-proof, water-resistant, and resists abrasion. Mid-weight is recommended and light-weight pants can work for warm days. Typical thin, nylon “hiking pants” are generally not tough enough.

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Men: Rab Sawtooth Pants
Women: Rab Women’s Sawtooth Pants

Rab Store

Clothing
Sports Bra

Provides support and allows for full range of motion

1

North Face Beyond the Wall

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Sun Hat

A billed hat to keep the bright mountain sun at bay.

1

Rab Trucker Logo Cap

Rab

Clothing
Sunglasses

“Wrap-Around” style sunglasses with 100% UV Protection.

1

Julbo Shield

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
SunscreenSPF 30 or higher.

Travel size.

1

Rocky Mountain Sunscreen SPF 50

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Synthetic or Down Puffy Jacket

Fits over all other layers and is worn at breaks and on really cold days. Synthetic puffies are more durable, are easily laundered, and dry out quickly if wet. Down puffies are lighter weight, pack smaller, and provide exceptional warmth, but once wet, they stay wet.

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Men: Rab Mythic Alpine Light Jacket
Women: Rab Mythic Alpine Light Jacket

Rab

Clothing
Synthetic or Merino Wool Socks

Wool and synthetic blends are great for long days on the trail. “Ski” and “Snowboard” socks are especially useful when warmth is desired.

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Point 6 AT Hike Light Crew

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Toiletries

Bring enough for the trip. Toothpaste; brush, floss, deodorant, lotion, eye drops, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.

1 Optional
Trash Bag

Lining the inside of your pack with a heavy duty trash bag will keep the contents of your pack dry on rainy days.

1 Optional
Trekking Poles

Adjustable and without powder basket.

1-2

CAMP Backcountry

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School

Optional
Water Bottles

1 liter bottles are the standard. Bladders such as Camelbacks and Platypus are acceptable for above freezing temps, but only in conjunction with another bottle. Bladders are not acceptable during sub freezing temps. Sports drinks are also acceptable.

2

Nalgene, Hydro Flask

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Water Purification Tablets

Iodine or Chlorine-based treatments; To keep packs light in the summer during early morning approaches, your guide may suggest only carrying a liter or two of water, with the plan to refill during the day at a stream.

6 tabs/day

Aquamira, Potable Aqua

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Waterproof Shell Jacket

Non-insulated, Gore-Tex, Dermizax, Event, or other waterproofing system is required. Mostly, this jacket sits in the bottom of your pack and comes out when the weather gets nasty with precipitation. This jacket should fit over all other layers.

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Men: Rab Khroma Cirque GORE-TEX Jacket
Women: Rab Women’s Khroma Cirque GORE-TEX Jacket

Rab

Clothing

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