Alpine Lakes Backpacker (Sunday-Friday) *FULL*
Camp begins SUNDAY, August 14 and returns FRIDAY, August 19.
Join Portland Audubon’s expert staff for this amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience! Laugh harder than you have in years and create community as you build your strength, confidence and wilderness skills while backpacking in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness located east of Seattle in the Central Cascades.
Using the wilderness as our classroom we will work together to learn the skills behind backcountry skills such as Orienteering, Leave No Trace principles, Basic First Aid, Survival Skills, Camp Hygiene, Choosing a Campsite, and Backcountry Cooking.
We will stay at Lake Easton campground for the first two nights, learning backcountry skills in preparation to hit the trail. After we divide group gear, load up our food, and check each other’s packs we will head into the backcountry to put our new skills to use.
This spectacular 20+ mile loop will be our home for three nights as we climb passes, cross creeks, dip in crystal clear alpine lakes and immerse in the community that we build throughout the week.
All transportation and meals are provided. Participants supply their own camping gear.
Note: Please be prepared to carry 30-40lbs and hike 4-8 miles per day over varying and sometimes steep terrain. Preparing for this trip by hiking with weight in your backpack in the weeks leading up to this trip is essential for you to appreciate all that this program has to offer!
Required Pre-trip meeting TBD, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. to review the route, share gear suggestions and have a Q&A. Will be held at Portland Audubon.
Week-long Camp: SUNDAY, August 14, 8:30 a.m. – Friday, August 19, 5:30 p.m.
Grades: High School
Drop off Location: High school camps meet at Upper Macleay Park, which neighbors Portland Audubon on Cornell Road to the east.
Type of Camp: Expeditions travel with Portland Audubon for 6 days across the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Summer campers will sleep in yurts or camp in tents.