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Advanced Youth Backpacking Trek

Sonoma Ecology Center
Event organized by Sonoma Ecology Center

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June 18-21, 2018 – Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Ages 12 to 17

Cost: $430 SEC members/$470 non-members

This small group program is dedicated to middle school and high school students that have some experience in camping, and ability to hike several miles per day up steep inclines. This is considered a strenuous backpacking trip that will circumference Hood Mountain and Sugarloaf Park over 4 days. The trip will begin in Sugarloaf, summit Bald Mountain and then drop down into the McCormick Addition. The group will them summit back over Hood Mountain and finish at Sugarloaf. Distance will range from 5-7 miles per day with up to 1500 feet elevation gains. The course will push participants to some incredible scenery, gorgeous vistas and rarely traversed backcountry of the Mayacama Mountains. Food and all backpacking gear are included. Participants will learn advanced “Light” and “Ultralight” backpacking strategies, simple wilderness first aid, and wilderness ethics, while also being immersed in the ecology of the Mayacama Mountains with interpretation from guides. This camp encourages long lasting memories, appreciation for the outdoors, and a better awareness of ourselves and the world around us.