Hey Everyone -
We're so glad you can join us this year at Trek. We are really looking forward to a great experience and a great time of growth in our relationships with Jesus.
There is a lot of information on this page. Make sure you see it all.
The biggest thing you need to be aware of right now is the Wilderness Expeditions 2021 Medical Release, which must be signed by a doctor. This must be the Wilderness Expeditions form...not just a generic medical release. Okay, we're going to say that again. It must must must be the Wilderness Expeditions form. Not a school form, daycare form, athletics form, hospital form, NASA form, covid form, Amtrak form, Disney form, or any other kind of medical form you might possibly find. No substitutions or changes. (just like the genie says in Aladdin) We always have at least one person who turns in a generic medical release even after we make a big deal of this...please don't do that.
Trek 2021 Info
Alright, now that we got all of that introduction and medical release stuff out of the way, now it's time to get to the good stuff. This webpage will let you know all of the details you need to know.
Meet at 4:00am on Friday, July 9, for departure.
We'll spend the night at a church in Pueblo, Colorado, then go to Salida on July 10.
We'll return very late on Saturday, July 17.
(all of this is tentative...but this is the current plan)
Things you need:
1. Trek medical release signed by a doctor - Turn in by July 4. Click here to go to the Trek Forms Page
If you want a quick and easy way to get your medical release signed, Integrity Urgent Care in Jones Crossing in CS will fill out the form for $25. (cash pay, not insurance... and take your form with you when you go) Here is a link to their location (contact info is near the bottom of the page): https://www.integrityuc.com/blog/articleid/190
If you are visiting the doctor anytime between now and Trek, just take the form with you. However, if you schedule an appointment for this form, ask about pricing in advance. Some doctors consider this a "sports physical" and we have had some families who have told us they paid around $300 to get the form signed.
2. Rafting Release -
Turn in by July 9. Here is a link: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/606e367f59138/web/?auto_tag=fh_id_83616479
3. Memory Verse page -
The verses you need to know are this: John 1:12, Ephesians 2:4-5. You can click here (will be available soon) to go to the online submission page. Do this by July 4. https://amchurch.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/469/responses/new
4. Bible Study -
Go to the YouVersion Bible App and pick a Bible study to do on your own. Do this by July 4. Once you have completed the Bible study, click here to go to the online submission page and let us know what Bible study you did. https://amchurch.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/470/responses/new
If you do not have the Bible App or have another Bible study you are already doing, that's fine. Just tell us what Bible study it is or what you have been studying in the Bible.
5. Service Hours -
We are asking everyone to complete 5 service hours before going to Trek. The reason behind this is that you will be doing a lot of serving and making sacrifices while at Trek. You'll be serving the entire time we are on the mountain by helping others in your group (carrying each others gear when needed, cooking for each other, helping with things around camp, etc.) Okay, but if you do not do these hours, we're still going to let you come to Trek. It's just a request, not an absolute requirement. Click here to go to the online submission page and let us know what you did for your service hours. https://amchurch.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/471/responses/new
6. Final payment - due July 4.
If you need to know how much is owed, email dyan (at) amchurch (dot) net. Also let us know if you need extra time to pay. It's not a problem.
The packing list for things on the mountain can be found in the Trek Participant Handbook. (Click here to go to the page where the handbook is located.) Additional things will be needed before/ after we go on the mountain. You will see those things below.
You will need to pack in two bags. Here is what should go in each bag:
Bag #1 - Overnight bag/suitcase with these things:
-Clothes and toiletries for Friday night, along with a sleeping bag and pillow.
-Clothes for Saturday. Specifically, clothes and tennis shoes for a morning workout...clothes or swimsuit for river rafting...and clothes to wear after our showers on Saturday.
...okay, here are some specifics about river rafting. We will go rafting on the Arkansas river on Saturday after lunch. You will want some kind of clothing which can get wet or a swimsuit. You will likely want to wear your river clothes on the bus from Pueblo to Salida. (2 hour ride) You will also want sunscreen.
-Stuff for a shower...this includes a towel. (We'll shower after the river rafting)
-Clothes for Sunday morning. (this may just be shorts and a t-shirt or it may be a little nicer. We're still working on this and will let you know once we know more.)
Bag #2 - Suitcase/big bag with these things:
-Everything you'll need for the mountain (all of the things listed on your Trek Participants Handbook)
-Clothes for Friday evening (after we get down from the mountain), Swimsuit (we'll go to Salida Hot Springs pool for showers...and we'll have a chance to swim while we’re there.)
-Clothes for Saturday (on the way home.)
(We have put a lot of additional notes about packing and things to bring further down on this page,)
Although Trek is an expensive 9 days, we work really hard to keep this trip as cheap we can. You can save money by not buying something at every gas station and by eating less expensive meals or drinking water at food stops. All of our meals on the mountain are already paid for. We do have to pay for some meals while traveling.
In order to save your family some money, we'll be buying some breakfast and lunch meals in advance and providing the meal for you. There will be 7 meals we will provide while traveling. There will be 4 additional meals you will need to pay for, all but one of these will be fast food meals.
Students will need money for 4 meals while traveling. Here are the meals:
Before the mountain:
Friday breakfast - (you may want to eat something before we meet - we will also have some breakfast food for the group at our first stop)
Lunch - fast food - group
Supper - fast food - students pay
Saturday breakfast - group
Lunch - group
Supper - restaurant in Salida - students pay (possibly Mo Burrito, if you want to check it out online)
Sunday - breakfast - group
Lunch - group
After the mountain:
Saturday - breakfast - group
Lunch - fast food - students pay
Supper - fast food - students pay
Again, bring money for 4 meals at restaurants.
Extra things you might want to bring money for (these ere optional); souvenirs from Colorado or Trek, picture of your group rafting, money for snacks/drinks at rest stops, etc.
Friday - Travel to Pueblo, stay overnight in a church, guys in one room, girls in another
Saturday - Travel to Salida, go rafting (Independent Whitewater, half day Browns canyon),
shower, eat supper
Sunday - Worship, lunch, check in at Trek at 1:00pm
Monday thru Friday - on the mountain
Friday afternoon - off the mountain, back to Salida, shower, banquet and closing devo
Saturday - Travel home
Are You In Shape?
Please, please, please, be in shape for Trek. If you can't go 2 miles in 20 minutes or less, you are not meeting the minimum requirement for Trek. Make no mistake, Trek is AWESOME, but If you haven't been getting in shape, it's time to really get after it, PLEASE do not come without spending some time building up your endurance and strength. If you do not exercise, you will be letting yourself and your backpacking group down. So go take a long, fast walk, or jog. Or go find some stairs and go up and down for a long time. Or put some heavy stuff in backpack and go take a long walk.
On the Bus:
Since the trip to Colorado is a wee bit longer than other trips we generally take in the bus, we suggest bringing cards, games, your Bible, books, etc., to play/read. We'll have some movies to watch on the bus. You're welcome to bring DVD's for the group, but they must have ZERO profanity and be clean enough that you would not feel uncomfortable with any movie content if your grandma was watching it with us. Please do not bring any music devices or earbuds.
Cell Phones and Electronics:
It's been a while since we have been on a youth trip...so just a reminder that all cell phones will be put in a cell phone box in the bus. We will pass out phones once before we go on the mountain and once afterward for you to call family. We will probably have envelopes ready for everyone to put your phones in when you check-in on Friday morning.
Electronics other than cell phones and cameras are not allowed. This includes tablets, e-readers, little laser zappers, small jet-packs, and portable electronic dolphins. A word about phones: we will keep the phones in our phone that bag/box which will probably be left in our bus that we park at the trailhead. The bus will be locked. We have never had a problem with things being taken from our buses at the trailheads, but we can't guarantee it will not get broken into. We'll do our best to keep your phone safe, but we can't guarantee it. Keep this in mind when you're deciding whether or not to bring your phone.
Altitude Sickness Information:
Traveling to high elevation can sometimes lead to altitude sickness. We will do our best to help everyone get acclimated easily to the altitude. Because carbonated drinks and caffeine can contribute to altitude sickness, we'll encourage you to not drink carbonated drinks or caffeine from the time we leave College Station until the time we get off the mountain. If you want more info about Altitude Sickness, you can read about it here:
Colorado Altitude Research Institute Information
Extra Info about Service Hours:
Service hours can be backdated to January.
If you need help earning service hours, let us know.
Service hours are encouraged, but we're not going to make this a deal-breaker for you to go on this trip.
A link to the service hours form can be found near the top of this webpage.
Reminder about Medical Releases:
These must be the Wilderness Expeditions 2021 medical releases- they will not accept any other medical releases. Make sure you make an appointment in plenty of time to get it signed by your doctor. Turn these in to the youth box in the HS room by July 4. We have copies in the Refinery in the youth kitchen or you can get a copy on the Forms Page.
Extra Info about Packing and Traveling...which is not listed in the Participants handbook:
Extra things on trail:
These are things not listed on the packing list but might be helpful while at Trek: Wet wipes (these come in many varieties; hand wipes, body wipes, personal wipes, face wipes, etc.,), powdered drink mix, foot powder, snacks (possible snack ideas: beef jerky, trail mix, granola bars, raisins, etc.), 2-3 extra ziplock bags (for trash or items you want to keep dry), anti-bacterial hand sanitizer.
Important Things to know:
-The items listed on the packing list include the clothing you'll wear the day we go on the mountain. For example: the packing list suggests 2-3 shirts and 2 pair of shorts. If you wear shorts and a shirt the day we go on the mountain, your backpack will only have 2 shirts and 1 pair of shorts in it.
-They say "non-cotton" on the packing list for shirts and socks. This is primarily because of getting wet in the rain. We have always taken regular cotton t-shirts (and socks) without any problem. We keep them dry by wearing rain gear. You're welcome to do whatever you think best.
-For long pants, they say "non-jeans." Jeans are usually not light-weight and are especially uncomfortable when wet. We strongly suggest not bringing jeans on the mountain.
-Long underwear - probably not needed unless you get cold easily.
-We will provide everyone with the 55 gallon trash bags listed on the packing list. We'll give those to you in Colorado.
-Travel pillow — this is helpful on the mountain. If you'd rather use a rolled up t-shirt or towel, that's fine...but it's not very soft.
Wal-mart usually has small pillows for less than $5. Other travel pillows can be found in many places.
-On the packing list a Bible with preferably OT and NT is listed. Both OT and NT are always needed. so, bring a Bible with both, And the smaller the Bible, the less it will weigh.
-Lotions or deodorants with high concentration of perfume will attract bugs. Don't bring these.
-You might consider putting Scotch Guard on your outer layer of clothing and hiking boots. Scotch Guard can be found in the laundry care section at Walmart (near the laundry detergent.)
-Gallon size ziplock bags can be really helpful when packing your backpack. If you pack in ziplocks before you leave home, you can just transfer your ziplocks to the backpack without having to make decisions about what to put in your pack. Ziplocks also keep all of your clothes dry in case your backpack gets wet.
-When we arrive, we will be transferring our things from our bags to the backpacks. (They provide the packs.) It will save us time when we get there if you will have your stuff separated according to what you need for the mountain and what you need for the trip home. Ziplock baggies also work really well — especially if you will pack all of your "backpack stuff" into the ziplock baggies before we go to Colorado. Then you can just grab the baggies and put them in pack and "walla" you're done.
-When thinking about the items you are bringing, give extra consideration to weight, for instance, don't bring more toothpaste than you need...bring a light-weight cup and plate...give consideration to the weight of deodorant, bug spray, sunscreen, flashlight, etc.
-There is a daypack listed in the participant handbook. Any school backpack is good for this. You will need this for the day we attempt the summit.
Things not to bring (as listed by Trek):
Knives, fireworks, electronics, radios, cd players, mp3 players, video games, cell phones, alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs. And for all of you who bring a knife even when we ask you not to, please do not do this for Trek. The guides take this very seriously.
If you are still confused about packing, here is a quick review:
-Everything you'll need on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning should be put in a small bag that will be packed separately from the rest of your stuff. You'll need your sleeping bag and pillow the first two nights as well.
All of the stuff you'll need on the mountain and after we are off the mountain will go in a different bag. We will not get these things out until Sunday when we check-in at Trek. Basically, everything you need for the mountain (including everything for your backpack) and everything you need after we are off the mountain will be in your bag which we do not get out of the trailer until Sunday when we check-in at Trek.
Here are some questions other families have asked, which might be helpful to you:
What about the rain pants? Do we really need them? No, only if you want them. Some people bring them, some do not. I usually scotch guard some lightweight pants and bring them. The biggest need for rain pants is if we have to hike in the rain. Having rain pants is probably better than not having them, but you can save the extra cost and extra weight/space by not having them.
Can we bring biodegradable toilet paper? Yes, but it's not worth the cost of getting it.
What if I have food allergies? Talk to Monty and Heather as soon as possible.
What kind of Bible do we need? Any kind with an OT and NT is fine. You need to have a ziplock for it to live in while on trail. We usually bring one that is not our nicest Bible.
Another helpful idea: there are no mirrors at the campsites. If you want a mirror to see your face, bring a small one.
Will siblings be in the same group? Yes. Unless you tell us to put them in separate groups.
Do the Trek people tell students how to organize their backpacks? Yes, either the Trek guides or I will go over all of that with students when backpacks are distributed.
When students get off the mountain, they will need swimsuit and change of clothes, right? The info sent out says that is in bag 2, or the big bag. But they also need a swimsuit in bag 1, smaller bag. So 2 sets swimsuit/other clothes for 2 episodes of swimming? It can be the same swimsuit if they want. Or two different ones. We will use the swimsuit for rafting on Saturday (7/10). And then we will swim (real swim, in a pool) on Friday (7/16) after we get off the mountain. So it just depends on whether they want the same swimsuit both times (which is what many do) or two different swimsuits. And there will be enough time for swimsuits to dry out and be put back in the gear that stays at basecamp when we go on the mountain.
If you have questions, let us know. We're here to help!