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Welcome Packet

Last updated: March 12, 2019

You’ve been offered a spot on a 2019 trip and have confirmed it. Now what?


I will send you an invoice via email. Deposits are due within 14 days. Balances are due 60 days from the start of your trip. I will send out a reminder beforehand.

For payment instructions, go here.

After I receive your deposit, I will mail you a copy of my book, The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide, which will be extremely useful during the…

Planning Curriculum

This 9-part course will get you prepared for your trip with us. Participation is required. The more time you invest in it, the more you will get out of it.

To get you set up with the Curriculum, I will add you to:

  • Google Groups, our email list platform; and,
  • Google Drive, a cloud-based document-sharing platform.

For the program syllabus, please go here. It gives a better explanation of Groups and Drive, and provides a week-by-week list of topics that have or will be covered.

All trips started the Planning Curriculum in mid-February, but you will be able to access anything you missed by reviewing the syllabus, archived Google Groups messages, and the Google Drive files.


The trip schedule, its entry and ending points, recommended airport, and other important logistics information can be found under Trip Logistics.

To help coordinate with other members of your group and reduce the travel cost and burden, refer to the shared travel-sharing document in Drive. Reach out to members of your group who appear to have similar logistical plans.


Based on the information in your application, you were assigned to a trip that should be within your physical abilities. But your experience will be more enjoyable and comfortable if you maintain or improve your fitness. More info: Trip Intensities and Training Tips