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Date(s) - 07/29/2018 - 08/04/2018
All Day

Sneffles Wilderness, CO


Hut-to-Hut Trekking & Via Ferrata

Dates: 7/29-8/4 Time: Multiday
Early Registration Deadline: 5/11 Early Bird Cost: $595/$650
Registration Deadline: 7/18 Regular Cost:$695/$750
Pre-Trip Meeting: 7/18 @ 6pm   Location: Sneffels Wilderness, CO

Trip Description:

Experience the beauty of the wilderness without the discomforts! This trip treks through the Sneffels Wilderness in Southern Colorado from hut to hut through the mountains. Each hut is includes sleeping bags, bunks, mattresses, cook gear, and composting toilets. Hikes will range from 6-9 miles per day. Begin the trip with time to explore the mountain town of Telluride, or try your hand a Via Ferrata, Italian for “Iron Road”. Via Ferrata allows one to safely ascend to height up a rock face. Experience an adventure of a lifetime, with the comforts of home.

Trip Cost:

Early Registration: ($150 deposit due at registration):

$595 with a TCU ID, $650 as a sponsored guest

Regular Registration: ($250 deposit due at registration)

$695 with a TCU ID, $750 as a sponsored guest

  • Prices reflect the TCU student/faculty and sponsored guest rate.
  • Please read our cancellation/refund policy carefully before registering.
  • Price does not include meals on the road



Packing List

Physical Challenge




Outfitting & Food


Pre-Trip Meeting:

7/18 @ 6 pm (Remainder of balance due by pre-trip meeting)

Pre-Trip meetings are required and are held the date of the Sign-Up deadline (listed above – generally the week of or week before the trip), from 6-7:30pm at the TCU Climbing Wall.  You will meet the leaders and other trip members, as well as cover all details such as weather, menu, safety issues, and clothing requirements. You will also be issued all of your equipment at this time (sleeping bags, pad, tent, etc.).


7/29: Load vans and depart from TCU in the morning and drive to San Juan County. Stops will be made along the way for restroom breaks and meals. Arrive in Telluride, Colorado approximately 15 hours later.

7/30: Option to explore the mountain town of Telluride or try Via Ferrata

7/31-8/2: Hike to each hut location along the Sneffels Trail. Spend each night in a new hut.

8/3: Last day of hiking, spending spend the night near Ouray.

8/4: Load vans and depart from CO in the morning. Arrive at TCU in the evening.

 Packing List

We are limited on space, and the less stuff you bring, the less you have to carry around. Ask yourself…What would I want in the coldest weather or the hottest weather? Pack to be prepared for both!

Things that should be packed inside your personal day pack and kept with you inside the van:

  • Small day pack
  • Money for road meals
  • A warm layer
  • Headlamp
  • Travel size pillow
  • Water
  • Snack food
  • Camera


  • Sunglasses w/retainer strap
  • Personal stuff- extra contact lenses, chapstick, sunscreen, baby wipes, baby powder, ear plugs, hand lotion, medications you usually take…
  • 2 durable crush proof one-liter water bottles or a hydration pack
  • Eating utensils
  • Plastic bowl
  • Mug/insulated cup
  • Hand sanitizer


  • Wide brimmed shade hat
  • Beanie/ stocking cap
  • Bandana
  • Gloves
  • Tennis shoes with good ankle support
  • Hiking Socks
  • Hiking Shoes/ Boots
  • Cotton or synthetic blend hiking shirt (breathable layer)
  • Cotton or synthetic camp shirt (a clean shirt to wear at camp)
  • Synthetic Long Sleeve Top(s) – Polypro, Capilene, or polyester.
  • Fleece jacket or sweatshirt
  • Sports bra
  • Windbreaker
  • Nylon shorts
  • Lightweight long pants/ cotton or synthetic hiking pants
  • Rain Pants
  • Sweatpants
  • Underwear
  • Synthetic long underwear (top & bottom)
  • Bathing suit
  • Headlamp
  • Camp chair
  • Pack Bag: to hold all of the above items PLUS your personal gear and clothes
  • Expedition First Aid Kit
  • Ground Tarp
  • Stoves, fuel and all cooking gear-pots, pans, spice kit etc.
  • Repair kit for tents, stoves, packs, etc.
  • Water bags -2+ gallon bags for camp use
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert

Physical Challenge

Backpacking and hiking can be strenuous on the legs. Designated trails may be non-existent, especially due to snow. We could be hiking several miles over rough terrain as we explore and over multiple days, so your endurance will be tested. Staying well hydrated, taking your time, resting when necessary (but not for too long), and keeping your energy level high is essential. Trip members should be in good physical condition for hiking on rocky and rugged terrain.

TRIP RATING 2 out of 3 – This is a beginner friendly hiking trip.


There are numerous risks and hazards associated with hiking through the Rocky Mountains. Not dressing appropriately can result in heat or cold illnesses (Hyperthermia or Hypothermia). Not drinking enough water results in dehydration and not being in adequate physical condition can result in sore muscles. Trip members must make a conscious effort to be safe. One person’s disdain for safety will always result in more hardship for the group. If we do have an accident or injury that requires medical attention beyond the scope of our leader’s experience, the trip is immediately over without refund. Our leaders are trained to administer first aid in an outdoor environment; however, while they may be able to treat injuries they cannot always prevent them.

Hygiene / Comfort

While hiking, we will be stopping at designated ski huts along the trail. The huts will include compost toilets, water, wood burning and propane stoves, a fully-equipped kitchen, beds with mattresses, and sleeping bags.


The trip leaders will research the weather conditions in advance to assess the situation. The trip will be cancelled if the weather is dangerous. If you do not receive an email about this, then please be prepared to be out in the weather. Please follow the weather and use your best judgement as well as the packing list to determine what you will personally need to stay warm and dry during the entirety of this trip. Layers are recommended for cold weather and failure to bring proper attire will be detrimental to your experience.