USA: APPALACHIAN TRAIL
Backpacking/Climbing Adventure 2018
(For Ages: 13-Adult)

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TRAVEL PACKAGE DETAILS

USA: Appalachian Trail
Backpacking/Rapelling Adventure
August 8th-14th, 2018

(FOR AGES: 13-ADULT)


Duration: 7 Days

Physical Challenge Level: Moderate

Departure City: Hiawasee, TN

READY... SET... ADVENTURE!

Enjoy all the splendor and majesty that the Appalachian Mountains have to offer as we section hike the amazing National Scenic Trail affectionately known as the "A.T.".

On this Trip we'll immerse our Travelers in a beginner mountain backpacking experience that will rival all others. We'll spend our first few days at base camp, focusing on training and gear preparation. Then we’ll gear up, head out and enjoy hiking the remote reaches of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.).

This is an All-Inclusive Trip

All you need to bring are your hiking boots, appropriate clothing, and a few small incidentals. EVERYTHING else will be provided for you.

This Trip is a great opportunity to stretch yourself, get outside, enjoy nature and challenge yourself to experience Adventure in a whole new way! You come as strangers, but you leave as lifelong friends. Our Travelers experience God in a entirely different way than they did before they came.

What You’ll Experience

This Adventure begins long before departure day. Once registered, you'll begin to receive information on attending the pre-trip online classes LIVE with your Trip Leader. These classes are a great way to get all of those initial questions answered, remove any anxieties about the Trip, and to get to know each other better long before we actually meet in person.

 

We'll spend the first two days at base camp getting to know each other a bit better;  attending equipment workshops, prepping our gear, and learning the basics before we depart for the trail. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in a SUPER fun rapelling workshop as well!

Each day of this Trip will be begin with devotions, breakfast, camp tear-down, re-packing backpacks and lots of hiking and backpacking! Be prepared for an awesome Adventure in God's amazing creation as we take time out to look deeper into ourselves, challenge our physical abilities, and truly see how everything we do relates to our Savior!

After our backpacking Adventure comes to a close, we'll enjoy a refreshing swim, a hot home-cooked delicious meal and a final night's sleep complete with the creature comforts of base camp! A great way to celebrate such an awesome accomplishment with new friends!

This trip is for everyone ages 13 and up. Families, Husbands/Wives, Fathers/Daughters, Mothers/Daughters, Fathers/Sons, Mothers/Sons, Friends, Single Adults, High School and College Age Students. THIS TRIP IS FOR YOU! It’s a great way to get outside your normal circle of friends and activities and experience something totally new!

Why not?
Venture out and make some memories that will truly… last a lifetime. Allow us introduce YOU to the world of backpacking Adventures.

This travel package offers a great introduction to camping, backpacking, hiking, and rapelling… all in one Adventure-filled trip.

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SPECIFICS OF THIS TRAVEL PACKAGE

IMPORTANT DATES & DETAILS

The Minimums Date is the date by which this trip must reach the minimum number of travelers. If minimum is not reached, all travelers will receive 100% refund of their Trip Fee. We do not publish our registration numbers because they change daily. Travelers will be notified within 5 business days of the Minimums Date.

Pre-trip Online Classes help prepare you for an awesome trip. These classes are held once per week in the weeks leading up to the trip departure date. These classes are hosted LIVE online with the Trip Leader (and Foreign Language Instructor if applicable) in our secure private classroom. We recommend all travelers attend these classes LIVE. Travelers can view the recordings anytime if necessary at their convenience.

This trip is open to Ages: 13-Adult (All travelers must be able to comply with the Physical Challenges required on this trip.)

Students Traveling Alone: Student travelers are welcome on this trip without a parent or guardian, provided they are 14 years of age prior to the trip departure day.

Background Checks:
For safety and security, criminal background checks are conducted on anyone age 25 or older. This is standard practice on all of the trips we offer, without exception. There is no additional cost to the traveler for this safeguard.

Physical Challenge Level: MODERATE

Travelers should be able to walk the equivalent of up to three, 5k races on active days. (6-9 miles)

Physical training prior to departure: RECOMMENDED. We strongly suggest training (i.e. longer distance fast-paced walking) prior to the trip.

Examples of actual on-trip challenges may include:

  • Prolonged periods of fast-paced walking and/or standing and fatigue
  • Possible exposure to high/low temperatures and/or inclement weather (cold & wet)
  • Navigating uneven terrain on active days
  • Overcoming occasional physical, emotional or mental challenges on active days (trip will include a limited number of non-active days as well)
  • Navigating all personal items up/down multiple levels with no assistance

Please note that this trip does NOT accommodate handicap accessibility.

Most MEALS will be prepared by Ministry Partner staff. Several MEALS will be backpacker-style and include a limited selection of choices.

Backpacking Meal Examples:  Instant mashed potatoes, tortillas, pepperoni with sealed cheese, Ramen noodles, Lipton pasta packets, vacuum-sealed tuna, salmon, or chicken breast, granola/breakfast bars, pop tarts, freeze dried foods, pastas, oatmeal, dried fruits, peanut butter, jelly packets, nuts, m&m's, raisins, sunflower seeds, trail mix, etc.

Please keep in mind that on this trip it will be mostly individuals that will be serving us by preparing our group meals. We apologize but do not permit any dietary adjustments to our group meals.

Snack foods are not included. Travelers are welcome and encouraged to bring their own ready-made pre-packaged snacks as well as pre-packaged food items to use as a selected meal replacement if needed.

Typical SCHEDULE on this trip:

8:00am Breakfast / Pack-Up

8:30am Devotions (Personal or Group)

9:00am Backpacking

1:00pm LUNCH (On-Trail)

2:00pm Backpacking

5:00pm Set-Up Camp / Rest

7:00pm Dinner / Clean-Up

8:00pm Free Time

Keep in mind that our trips are planned “as the Lord leads us” which means the schedule will ALWAYS be subject to last minute adjustments. (We know this might be hard for you “schedule” people.) Rest assured, it will be an amazing trip no matter WHAT we’re doing! Allowing for flexibility in our daily schedule truly frees us up to serve as the Lord leads us from day to day. This has freed us up for MANY an unplanned adventure!

Remember, your Trip Leader is an expert... you’ll be in great hands!

All on-trip ACCOMMODATIONS are included in your Trip Fee.

For part of our trip we'll be sleeping at a base camp (cabin or large tent-style) provided by our Ministry Partners. On trail ACCOMMODATIONS include hammocks and two-man tents provided by our Ministry Partners.

Most cabin/room layouts will include roommates in bunk-style ACCOMMODATIONS. (Adult travelers always get first dibs on beds!)

We apologize but we are unable to provide any upgrades, roommate requests or adjustments to our group ACCOMMODATIONS.

We encourage all travelers to protect their travel plans by purchasing Travel Insurance.

Mission:Adventuring is a full service travel agency and can help direct you to some great plans. Please let us know if you are interested in receiving a quote.

Note:  The most comprehensive plans are usually only available for purchase within 15 days of when your initial deposit is made.

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TRIP FEE Includes:
(per person)
ALL ACCOMMODATIONS
ALL MEALS
ALL TRANSPORTATION
ALL GEAR & EQUIPMENT USAGE
ALL TOURS, TIPS, TAXES & FEES
ALL PRE-TRIP PREPARATION CLASSES (LIVE, Online)
TRIP ADMINISTRATION FEE
MISSIONARY CONTRIBUTION
TRAVEL INSURANCE (Contact us for a quote)
TRIP FEE CHECKOUT
$850

TRIP FEE

$850
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PAYMENT PLAN OPTION #1:
Trip Fee Only
Your Estimated Monthly
Payment Would Be:
Register in May 2017: $97.22 / mo
Register in June 2017: $109.38 / mo
Register in July 2017: $125.00 / mo
Register in August 2017: $145.83 / mo
Register in September 2017: $175.00 / mo
Register in October 2017: $218.75 / mo
Register in November 2017: $291.67 / mo
Register in December 2017: $437.50 / mo
Register in January 2018: $850.00 / due in full
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Trip Fee (per person):
$850

TRIP FEE INCLUDES:
ALL ACCOMMODATIONS
ALL MEALS
ALL ON-TRIP TRANSPORTATION
ALL GEAR & EQUIPMENT USAGE
ALL TOURS, TIPS, TAXES & FEES
PRE-TRIP ONLINE CLASSES
TRIP ADMINISTRATION FEE
MINISTRY PARTNER CONTRIBUTION
Have Questions About This Trip?
Interested In Setting Up A Payment Plan?
JUST CLICK HERE TO EMAIL US!
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"I had one of the greatest times on the trip I have ever had on the Appalachian trail. Some of my fears were not taking showers for three days and sleeping in a tent/hammock instead of a bed. Sleeping in a hammock wasn't bad after all I was able to sleep fine. These experiences were amazing. I loved the bible study/reflection group that we did. Mrs. Henriksen was an amazing trip leader she did so much to make sure we were all comfortable. I definitely appreciated what I took as an every day need such as water.

I would love to travel with Mrs. Henriksen again."

Traveler Feedback 1
J.T. M., North Carolina
(Student Traveler-Age 13)

"My son, Daniel, took a backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail with Jen in June, 2015. At the time he was 17 years old. The trip was an excellent experience for him. It was well planned and thought out. There was good communication between Jen and the parents. My initial fear was finding the drop off and pick up locations since we were unfamiliar with the area and we were driving from out of state to meet the group. However, we had no trouble finding the locations and the drive was definitely worth it. He thoroughly enjoyed everything about the trip. The level of physical activity and the camaraderie provided not just a good time but also a great environment for learning and growth. I was at ease in leaving Daniel in Jen's care because the preparations for the trip had been handled very well. I could see that the leadership was well equipped and had left no detail to chance. For anyone considering a trip with Jen,

I would highly recommend that you take the plunge and dive in!"

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LISA H., Mississippi
(Parent of Student Traveler)
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