What we're about
If you have seriously considered thru-hiking or tackling long sections of trails such as the Colorado Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail, the John Muir Trail or the Tahoe Rim Trail but aren’t sure if you are ready, this is the group for you. It's also for people who simply like longer, multi-day hikes.
This group is about getting prepared and working the kinks out of you and your kit before it’s go-time. We will take multi-day hikes (two to six days) in the mountains near-ish to Denver and hike up to 15 miles per day on established trails like those on the Colorado Trail, Lost Creek Wilderness and many others.
We will try to get in a few of these long hikes in late spring, summer and early fall. We will hike rain or shine since that is part of basic preparedness. We will also organize some day hikes and informational meetings such as how to make your pack lighter and more efficient.
This group is for people who have some experience hiking and camping. You do not need to be an expert, however you should be relatively fit and be able to hike most of the day at altitudes between 6,000 and 12,000 feet. The expectation is that you will have most of your gear ready at the time of the trip. Things you will need include: shelter (tent, hammock or tarp), backpack, sleep system, warm clothing for nights and appropriate hiking clothing, food and cook system, bear bag hang or bear canister, water filtration or purification system, foul weather gear, a headlamp, a very basic med kit, insect protection, tp and whatever luxury item(s) you want to bring.
Why should you trust us? Well, we've done this kind of thing before. In 2015 Hamilton successfully thru-hiked the Colorado Trail (486 miles). In 2016 he and his wife thru-hiked the Tahoe Rim Trail (170 miles). In 2017 it was the Wonderland Trail (95 miles) all the way around Mount Rainier. In 2018 he hiked 767 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail--from Campo to the Sierra Nevada--in six weeks. Our other event leader is a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) with years of backcountry experience and a successful thru-hike of the Wonderland Trail under her belt. It's fair to say that we have a decent amount of experience and knowledge. It's also fair to say that we love this stuff and want to pass along what we have learned so that everyone can enjoy what the wilderness has to offer.
Although we are not “ultra light” backpackers it is fair to say that we go “light.” Our goal is to carry as little superfluous weight as possible. This allows us to hike longer distances more comfortably.
If you are trying to get your pack lighter we will be more than happy to share our packing list with you. Check the internet also for others’ packing lists if you are not sure what to bring or buy. If you are overwhelmed by the choices out there we are happy to help you. You should pack to be self-sufficient and not depend on the kindness and generosity of others, although we hope that all who join us on our trips will be kind, generous and fun to be around.