Frequently Asked Questions
Who can register for this course?
This course is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
How physically fit does my child need to be?
This program is inherently physically strenuous. Participants do not need to have prior experience backpacking to sign up for this course, but should be physically active. Above all else, it is important that participants have a positive attitude.
Will the group be co-ed?
Yes, the group will be co-ed. To ensure participants’ comfort in discussing and dealing with medical and general issues, will have a both male and female staff for this program.
What are the sleeping arrangements like?
Students will sleep in 4 person tents and will be separated by gender.
How will I know if my child is safe?
- The Program Lead on this trip is a Wilderness First Responder and has extensive experience with risk management in the backcountry as both a guide and program director. All program staff has a minimum of first aid and CPR training.
- The SPOT device that we will utilize is equipped with GPS tracking that will allow the Stone Canyon admin to track the group during their time in the backcountry. The device also has emergency communication capabilities that will allow the group to contact emergency services in the event of an incident.
- Base Camp at Stone Canyon will have a copy of the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) that the group will use in the event of an incident while on the trek. The EAP includes detailed information about potential risks and how to mitigate and respond to such risks and detailed evacuation procedures.
- No communication is good communication. The group will have limited contact while in the backcountry. The SPOT device will allow the group to contact and notify the appropriate agencies in the event of an emergency.
What equipment will my child need?
All food and group equipment is included in the cost of this program. To see what participants are expected to pack, click here for the packing list.
What if there is inclement weather?
Although we will monitor the weather including wildfires leading up to our departure, the weather in the Flat Tops is unpredictable. Our staff is trained to assess and manage risks, including weather related risks in the backcountry. In the event that the weather is too dangerous to continue, the group will alert the Stone Canyon Administration of a non-emergency evacuation due to weather using the SPOT device and the group will return to the vehicles.
Will there be bears?
There is a variety of wildlife in the Flat Tops. Our Program Lead is working with rangers from the Meeker Ranger Station in the Flat Tops to stay up to date on wildlife activity in the area. While in the backcountry the group will follow Leave No Trace guidelines and food storage procedures to mitigate the risk of wildlife encounters. Although an encounter with a bear is unlikely for a large group, the group will carry bear spray as an added precaution.