Suiattle River, Miners Ridge, Image Lake Trek (Trip) - Grade 12

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Suiattle River, Miners Ridge, Image Lake Trek (Trip) - Grade 12

850.00

Monday, August 5 - Sunday, August 11, 2019

Note: Registration priority on this advanced trip will be given to those with previous backpacking experience.

Pre-trip Meeting (Mandatory) Saturday, August 4, 2019.

This backpack is a journey that takes advanced backpackers through a variety of scenic areas. It begins in a verdant old-growth forest, following the mighty Suiattle River. Hikers will steadily climb their way up above the treeline, where meandering meadows stretch out below tattered ridges and summits draped with active glaciers, while below hikers wander through dense forest beside glacier-fed streams.

Along the climb up, hikers will have the opportunity to explore the still-occupied fire lookout tower on Miner’s Ridge. Views from this lookout are bound to daze and amaze! A two-night stay at Image Lake offers company with one of the jewels of the North Cascades range. The ticket to admission to this area is a well-trained body and attitude that can take on the rigors of these mountain miles, ranging from 32-50 total, depending on our choices.

Participants on this advanced trip will help plan more aspects of the journey, including pre-planning, route choices, food preparation, trip leadership, and follow-up. Training for this trip is essential - thanks for your commitment! See here for a trip overview.

Total trip miles: 32 miles with full packs, collaboratively decided additional distance in day hike explorations can add additional miles.

Elevation Gain: to come ft. Max. Elevation 6,000ft.

$850

Scholarship application available during registration.

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2019 Itinerary - Dates, locations, and times all tentative and to be updated ASAP

Monday, August 5 - Sunday, August 11, 2019

Pre-Trip Meeting (Mandatory): Sunday, August 4, 2019. Time: 12:30-4:30PM. Location: Cascade Montessori Middle School, 2710 McKenzie Ave, Bellingham. Directions. Participants should bring backpack and everything on the gear list they plan to bring on the trip. While this meeting is for participants only, we're happy to fill parents in on everything we discuss! 

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Pick-up: Cascade Montessori Middle School, 2710 MacKenzie Ave, Bellingham in the early evening (time depends on trail and road travel time + traffic). Expect a text or call from the road for exact ETA (likely 8:00-10:00PM).

Learning Outcomes: Lessons learned and concepts covered on this adventure include daily in-depth exploration of the bridge to young adulthood and all its attributes, challenges and changes; living out the Wild Whatcom mottos; healthy and supportive interpersonal communication, Leave No Trace (TM) ethics, collaborative leadership development, common sense camping, analyzing hazards and how to mitigate their risk, living with integrity, exploring how our thinking affects our reality, self care, ecology and botany of subalpine and alpine ecosystems, multiple intelligence theory, wilderness awareness and ethics, glaciers and our connection to them, geology, survival priorities, navigation, preparedness, human impact on mountain ecosystems, wildlife and their adaptation to humans, working with and through fears, mountain weather systems, accepting and working with emotions, advanced backpacking skills, practicing gratitude, understanding personal potential, safe emotional and physical edge-stretching, advanced backpack planning skills, overcoming discomfort on longer hiking days, human and natural history...and more!

Participant trip questionnaire and tetanus immunization required to participate.

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