What we’re about
Who we are:
US Hiking & Backpacking Club (US-HBC) is an United States based outdoor group led by volunteers. Our mission is to model and contribute to a healthy life-style while leaving an ever-decreasing footprint.
US-HBC was founded in 2015 by, then, Washington, DC resident Jin Zhang, a passionate outdoor lover. In 2021 she created another outdoor club, Budget International Travel & Trek Club (BITTC), to focus on outdoor exploration via international travel, hiking and backpacking while making it affordable to most outdoor enthusiasts.
The Club promotes and supports both local and national hiking, trail maintenance and watershed cleanup organizations and participates in such volunteer endeavors.
Your participation in any club activity resulting in bodily injury and/or death, and personal and public property damage or losses is your sole responsibility. You are responsible for your own safety, preparedness and mental & physical wellbeing. You need to know your trip-related skill level, experience, physical fitness and medical condition. Event hosts may suggest alternative route to you for the benefit of yourself and the group. You are expected to be fully cooperative.
You are solely and fully responsible for any cost or fees accrued to you in case of search, rescue and evacuation involved.
Your attendance on any organized event signifies that you have read and accepted the terms of this liability waiver and absolve the US-HBC of any responsibility.
We focus on hiking, bike-packing, backpacking, kayak/canoe paddling, touring and other activities.
These are the main activities US-HBC plans to have:.
Class A: Hiking and Backpacking.
Class B: Trip leading related training, skills & certificate classes.
Class C: Canoeing, Kayaking, SUP paddling, Swimming and Sailing.
Class D: Camping.
Class F: Trail maintenance & watershed cleaning voluntary events.
Class G: Sightseeing and traveling.
Class H: Other events hosted by the Club.
Class I: Other events not hosted by US-HBC leaders.
Class J: Other events cross posted by other groups.
Any success of a group depends on the contribution from all the members. We welcome and encourage all our Club members to participant in leadership by self-learning, training, co-leading and leading trips. It's a great personal growth and leadership skill learning opportunity.
EVENT FEES USAGE
“Pay it forward … according to need.”
MEMBERS & MEMBERSHIP
(1) Everyone is welcome to join DC-HBC, free of charge. Members are encouraged to learn, to share and to grow through participating in our events.
(2) Members are expected to follow Hiking Etiquette and "Leave No Trace 7 Principles" while participating in hiking events.
(3) Members should try their best to avoid last minute cancelation or "NO SHOW" to the event they signed up. Unexpected things do happen, please change your RSVP or message the Event Host ASAP.
Upcoming events (4+)See all
- ONLINE (self-paced) Wilderness First Aid available ALL DAYS NOW until Sept 30thLink visible for attendees
In your own home, at your own leisure (anytime -- not just the date of this event): now you can learn a ton in the online portion of Disaster + Travel + Wilderness First Aid! COURSE TOPICS VIDEOS are almost exactly as MEDIC SOLO always presents them with the latest on disaster and wilderness medical science. Intermixed at several points we guide you to practice various skills.
Choose one of two ways to learn:
A) On-line only- view our 7-hour course at home, do the self-guided practice and receive a certificate of completion. Fee: $115.
This option, more INFO and REGISTRATION / TO GET STARTED: www.solowfa.com/online-course.htm
B) Blended learning-view our 7-hour course at home NOW, and receive a 3-year credit to attend one of our in-person dtWFA classes in order to practice skills learned with one of our seasoned instructors. Upon the successful completion of the in-person class, you will receive a 2-year SOLO WFA certification. Fee: $245.
This option, more INFO and REGISTRATION / TO GET STARTED: www.solowfa.com/blended-learning.htm
Sneak peek at the course:
• "Fantastic online program."
• "The quality of teaching and the personality of each instructor was ABSOLUTELY STELLAR. There is a lot more to learning than just the textbook curriculum, especially with medical situations."
• "It was much less stressful having the opportunity to be taught on my own schedule rather than having two intensive days."
• Much appreciation for the ability to click "pause" to take notes and write down questions (which MEDIC will answer), and ability to rewind and replay demonstrations, explanations, etc. -- can't do that in a live class.
• Full transparency, all feedback surveys, unfiltered: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18qcXYJt-CUoLW0hqLtFRmGv7H858iflrq7fguSk6zfM/edit?usp=sharing
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Let's all please do our part to maintain social distancing, and do what we can to prevent problems and treat injured people, so as to reduce demands on hospitals. Exercise outdoors, where allowed, is great to boost your immune system; however we've found many people on trails are not respecting social distancing when passing by. If you decide to go out, when you see someone you'll pass by, please proactively step off trail at least 6 feet. Try to leave no trace as best you can, stepping only on durable surfaces like bare rock when possible. Thanks!
Now is a time when your dtWFA skills may be needed most.
• Hospital beds are filling up and we need to reduce their demand. If with dtWFA skills you treat someone and they no longer need to go to the hospital, fantastic and so helpful in many ways.
• Some parks are seeing their highest-ever mid-week daytime visits. More people are outdoor adventuring and most don't have the skills you're considering learning, and may be in need especially as more first-timers go explore the outdoors.
• Hopefully the following will never happen: fewer EMTs staffing ambulances and thus a call to 911 for medical assistance is less responsive, or outbreaks occur within hospitals and those entire facilities end up being quarantined and unavailable ... leaving it up to dtWFA-trained folks to provide care.
Thank you everyone, for all that you do to strengthen our communities, making disaster and wilderness areas safer for all.Not open
- Everest Base Camp Trek (Oct 2023)Needs location
Everest Base Camp trek is a "classic" for good reasons. But in addition to what this trek is known for such as the world-class sceneries and Everest, we are organizing a trek that is led by female guides guides and a team of male & female porters to create equity and inclusion in the trekking tourism industry.
This trek is open to both men and women and supports the mission of the non-profit human rights organization, The Porter Voice Collective (PVC), which advocates for Workforce Equity for porters in Peru, Nepal & Tanzania. Hence, the trek ensures porters and guides receive fair wages, accident and illness insurance, essential gear for the trek, and proper meals & accommodations.
TRIP DATES: OCTOBER 6-21, 2023 (16 DAYS / 15 NIGHTS)
ITINERARY - SUMMARY
(Read the itinerary in full & all trip details VIA THIS WEBSITE LINK)
DAY 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
DAY 2 City Tour & Gear Preparation
DAY 3 Flight to Lukla. Hike to Phakding (8,563 feet / 2,610 meters).
DAY 4 Phakding to Namche Bazaar (11, 290 feet / 3,440 meters)
DAY 5 Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar
DAY 6 Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (12,664 feet / 3,860 meters)
DAY 7 Tengboche to Dingboche (14,469 feet / 4410 meters)
DAY 8 Acclimatization day in Dingboche
DAY 9 Dingboche to Lobuche (16,109 feet / 4,910 meters)
DAY 10 Lobuche to Everest Base Camp to Gorakshep (17,000 feet / 5,182 meters)
DAY 11 Gorakshep to Kala Pattar to Lobuche (17,575 feet / 5,357 meters)
DAY 12 Lobuche to Pangboche (12,894 feet / 3930 meters)
DAY 13 Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (11, 290 feet / 3,440 meters)
DAY 14 Namche Bazaar to Lukla (9,383 feet / 2,860 meters)
DAY 15 Fly to Kathmandu & Farewell Dinner
DAY 16 Fly home.
TREK STYLE: This is a STRENUOUS trek. Recent hiking and/or backpacking experience is highly recommended. You will need to prepare for a cardio workout and consult with your doctor before joining the trip given the high altitude reaching up to almost 6000 meters / 20,000 feet. However, this is a supported trek; hence, you only carry a daypack with your essentials (porters are hired to carry your belongings). You will be staying in teahouses each night.
Per person for a group of
1 person: $3895
2-12 persons: $2895
Maximum group size: 12
3 nights hotel stay in Kathmandu with breakfast
Kathmandu city tour.
Round trip domestic flight (Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu).
Round trip domestic flight for the guide (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
All meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
All teahouse accommodations during the trek.
Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
Guide and porter salaries.
Guide and porter insurances.
Assistant guide salary & insurance for a bigger group.
National Park entry fee.
Equipment for staff.
All trekking permit fees.
Land transportation and airport transfers.
Trip informational & preparational meetings prior to your trip departure.
Laundry and dry cleaning services.
Water, beverages & snacks outside of the itinerary.
Tips for guides and porters.
Internet and phone services.
Travel & medical insurance.
Non-scheduled meals in Kathmandu.
Trekking equipment (available as rentals).
Any other expenses outside of the scheduled itinerary.
TO BOOK: Go to this page and click on BOOK NOW. Along with completing the booking form, you will need to send the trip deposit to secure your spot.
- Nepal's Annapurna Circuit Trek (Oct 2023)Needs location
Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the highlights of the Great Himalaya Trail in Nepal due to its world-class scenery with the views of the Annapurna range while experiencing the local villages and culture along the way. This trek is led by female guides and a team of male and female porters to elevate the roles of women in the trekking tourism industry. This trek is open to both men and women and supports the mission of the non-profit human rights organization, The Porter Voice Collective (PVC), which advocates for Workforce Equity for porters in Peru, Nepal & Tanzania. Hence, the trek ensures porters and guides receive fair wages, accident and illness insurance, essential gear for the trek, and proper meals & accommodations.
TRIP DATES: OCT 22 - NOV 6, 2023 (16 days / 15 nights)
DAY 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1336 meters)
Free day & trip preparation. Transport to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
DAY 2: Kathmandu to Besi Sahar to Dharapani
Drive to the start of the trek.
Highest elevation: 1860 meters
DAY 3: Dharapani to Chame
Hiking time: 6 hours / Highest elevation: 2670 meters
DAY 4: Chame to Pisang
Hiking time: 5 hours / Highest elevation: 3300 meters
DAY 5: Pisang to Manang
Hiking time: 3 hours / Highest elevation: 3540 meters
DAY 6: Acclimatization in Manang
DAY 7: Manang to Tilicho Base Camp
Hiking time: 7 hours / Highest elevation: 4150 meters
DAY 8: Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho lake & back
Hiking time: 5 hours / Highest elevation: 4150 meters
DAY 9: Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka
Hiking time: 6 hours / Highest elevation: 4050 meters
DAY 10: Yak Kharka to Thorung High Camp
Hiking time: 5 hours / Highest elevation: 4833
DAY 11: Thorung High Camp to Thorung La Pass to Muktinath
Hiking time: 8 hours / Highest elevation: 5416 meters
DAY 12 Muktinath to Jomsom
Hiking time: 1.5 hours
DAY 13 Jomsom flight to Pokhara
DAY 14 Pokhara to Kathmandu
The drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu will bring back the memories. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Drive time: 7 hours
DAY 15: Sightseeing in Kathmandu & farewell dinner.
DAY 16: Fly home.
TREK STYLE: This is a STRENUOUS trek. Recent hiking and/or backpacking experience is highly recommended.
PRICING: Per person for a group of:
1 person: $3570
2-12 people: $2670
The maximum group size is 12.
- 3-night hotel stay in Kathmandu.
- 1-night hotel stay in Pokhara.
- Round-trip airport pick up and drop off.
- Half day city tour in Kathmandu
- Accommodation & three meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek in tea houses.
- Ground transport to the start of the trek.
- Ground transport from Pokhara to Kathmandu at the end of the trek.
- Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.
- Guide and porter salaries.
- Guide and porter insurances.
- National Park entry fee.
- Trekking Information Management Service (TIMS) fees.
- Trip informational & preparational meetings prior to your trip departure.
- International airfare.
- Visa fee.
- Laundry and dry cleaning services.
- Water, beverages & snacks outside of the itinerary.
- Tips for guides and porters.
- Internet and phone services.
- Travel & medical insurance.
- Non-scheduled meals in Kathmandu.
- Trekking equipment (available as rentals).
- Any other expenses outside of the scheduled itinerary.
To learn more about this trek in detail, go HERE.
TRIP MEETING: Join us on May 16 at 7pm EDT for a trip meeting.
- Disaster+Travel+Wilderness First Aid (In-Person) Certification CourseWashington, Washington, DC
Hands-on learn how to save life & limb, when mired in the wilderness of an urban disaster zone, travel or rural area far from hospital, or natural area miles from an access point, during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance arrival. Come away with actual do-it-yourself care-giving skill and confidence, and 2-year SOLO certification. Counts as WFR Recertification, too. No prerequisites.
YOUR SPOT IS NOT RESERVED UNTIL YOU'VE COMPLETELY REGISTERED AT WWW.SOLOWFA.COM *Spaces are limited. REGISTER: www.solowfa.com or 434.326.4697
Can't make these dates? Check out more course locations and dates on our website.
WHO: Open to the general public, adults & teens with solid attention spans. Know your loved ones are safe wherever they are.
WHY: Mired in a disaster zone, travel or rural area far from a hospital, or natural area miles from an access point ... accidents, destructive weather, and terrorism happen, and all-too-often members of a group are not capable of dealing with the emergency. This leads to improper care of the patient, and endangers the entire group. Many recreational accidents are preventable, and improper care of trauma can compound even simple injuries. Very few first aid programs actually address the issues of providing emergency care in a setting where 911 is overwhelmed or not immediately reachable. In this course, classroom instruction and Q&A are interwoven with practical work and problem-solving exercises. Hands-on experience - a most powerful learning tool - during scenarios comprise ~50% of class.
TIMING: This is a 2-day class, Saturday and Sunday, 8:00am -7pm each day.
Fee: $295 (Earlybird)
Note: another organization in the region charges $350! You save $55.