Applying for a 2023 guided trip? This fee should be paid shortly before or after you submit your Application Form.
This fee will be credited to the cost of your trip, and is meant to discourage half-hearted applications.
This fee will be applied to the cost of your trip. It can be paid before or after you submit your Application Form. The purpose of this fee is to discourage halfhearted applications that prove noncommittal when they are offered a spot. These applicants consume administrative time and temporarily occupy spots that are wanted by more serious applicants.
Your application for a guided trip will be reviewed only after the fee is paid.
Do not pay this fee if:
- You are carrying a trip credit from a previous year (e.g. due to wildfire or Covid);
- You are with a group. In that case, the trip leader can pay one fee. (If the leader pays for multiple applications or if each group member pays, that’s fine too — it will come out in the wash.)
The fee is essentially be revenue-neutral:
If you accept a spot on a trip: the amount will be credited to the cost of your trip.
If you are offered a spot on a First Choice trip but refuse it: the amount will not be refunded.
If you are not offered a spot on a First Choice trip and refuse a Second Choice option: the amount will be fully refunded back to your credit/debit card. I issue refunds periodically throughout the season and for a final time in November after the season is over.
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