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Hut to Hut Trekking

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 05/10/2022 - 05/17/2022
All Day

Location
Wichita Wildlife Refuge

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Hut to Hut Trekking

Dates: 5/10 – 5/17 Time: Multiday
Early Bird Deadline: 4/1 Cost: $595/$650
Registration Deadline: 4/25 Cost: $695/$750
 Pre-Trip Meeting: 4/27 @ 6pm Location: Telluride, Colorado

Trip Description:

Maybe you’ve only ever seen in flurry or maybe you grew up spending your winters under ten feet of snow. Either way, you’ll have the experience of a lifetime spending a week in the Rocky Mountains learning to walk in snowshoes and backpacking your way to ski huts along the scenic route. Challenge yourself as you test your strength and endurance while also getting to spend each night in a warm ski hut with running water and beds. If you crave adventure but also don’t want to sacrifice your modern comforts, this trip was made for you.

Trip Cost:

Early Registration: $59with a TCU ID, $650 as a sponsored guest

Regular 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

Trip Registration:

Register in-person at the Campus Rec Front Office or online @ mycampusrec.tcu.edu

Pretrip

Itinerary

Packing List

Physical Challenge

Risks/Safety

Hygiene/Comfort

Weather

Outfitting & Food

Registration/Cancellation

Pre-Trip Meeting:

4/27 @ 6 pm

Pre-Trip meetings are required and are held the date listed above from 6-7:30 pm 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.).

Itinerary

Day 1: 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 Ouray, Colorado approximately 15 hours later.

Day 2: Hike out to the Via Ferrata and climb across!  

Day 3-6: Hike to each ski hut location along the Sneffels Trail. Spend each night in a new Ski Hut.

Day 7: Finish up the last day of hiking and then head off to go white water rafting! 

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

Physical Challenge

Backpacking and snowshoeing 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 – Hiking in winter-like elements will make the hiking trails more challenging.

Packing List

**Please don’t purchase any of the following items before the pre-trip meeting, as your trip leader will have advice on what/where to purchase any required gear**

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

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:

  • Sunglasses w/retainer strap
  • Personal stuff- extra contact lenses, chap-stick, 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

CLOTHING LIST:

HEAD:
  • Wide brimmed shade hat
  • Beanie/ stocking cap
  • Bandana
HANDS:
  • Gloves
FEET: NO FLIP FLOPS!!
  • Tennis shoes with good ankle support
  • Hiking Socks
  • Hiking Shoes/ Boots
UPPER BODY
  • 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
LOWER BODY:
  • Nylon shorts
  • Lightweight long pants/ cotton or synthetic hiking pants
  • Rain Pants
  • Sweatpants
  • Underwear
  • Synthetic long underwear (top & bottom)
  • Bathing suit
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT PROVIDED BY TCU:
  • 15-30˚ sleeping bag and Thermarest sleeping pad
  • Tent with rain fly (sleeps 2-4)
  • Head lamp
  • Camp chair
  • Pack Bag: to hold all of the above items PLUS your personal gear and clothes
GROUP EQUIPMENT PROVIDED BY TCU:
  • 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

Risk/Hazard/Safety

There are numerous risks and hazards associated with the snowshoeing through the Rocky Mountains. Snow, ice, and cold temperatures require extra caution when hiking. 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.

Weather

The trip leaders will research the weather conditions in advance to assess the situation. The trip will be canceled 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 judgment 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.

Outfitting

We take great pride in the equipment we provide our trip members. We fully realize that sleeping warm and comfortable, staying dry and being able to see in the dark, just to mention a few items, is essential to a successful and safe trip. We carry top of the line backpacks, dry bags, rain gear, head lamps, and much more. The cost of your trip includes complete outfitting.

Food

TCU works hard to prepare meals that are nutritious, delicious and sustainable. Most of our menu incorporates sustainable meals as we believe eating lower on the food chain is both healthier for us and the planet in the long run. Our primary goal is to expose and educate our trip members to the joys of eating good food while camping and adventuring. We have found, over many years that our trip members thoroughly enjoy the food. In addition, when travelling by vehicle to and from our outdoor destinations, we make every effort to stop at locally-family owned restaurants and eateries so as to ensure the majority of the money we spend stays in that community and with the family.

Please contact Taylor Craig, the Adventure Trip Program Manager with any questions. taylor.craig@tcu.edu