About This Trip
We backpack in the beautiful Flat Tops Wilderness of Colorado! Our courses help you to the learn necessary skills to begin from scratch your outdoor adventure journey or hone your skills as a seasoned backcountry leader in effort to confidently explore God’s beautiful creation. Creatio’s experienced guides will lead you on this adventure in nature and in spirit. We provide meals, group gear, and itinerary so all you have to do is join us here in Colorado.
Registration Deadline: 07/13/2024
Location: Flat Tops Wilderness Area (Near Vail, CO)
Date: July 23-28, 2024
Difficulty: Moderate to High Difficulty
Skills Required: Hiking, Camping
Skills Acquired: Hiking, Camping
Transportation from Denver to Flatops
All Food and Lodging
All Group Gear (tents, cooking supplies, shelter)
Personal Gear (backpacks, sleeping pads and other items are available to rent)
Transportation to Denver
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The Flat Tops Wilderness Area lies deep in the mountains of Colorado and encompasses over 235,000 acres of land! We will be backpacking a 15 mile loop (about 5 miles per day) (Longer for longer trips, fix and insert here) that takes us along the Sweetwater Creek, past Rim Lake and down the Shingle Peak Trail. This wilderness area offers wide open skies, aspen forests, and gentle running streams that all combine to make for an unforgettable outdoor experience!
Hiking in Colorado is world-famous and a truly privileged experience for those of us who call Colorado home. Despite the incredible beauty of the rugged backcountry, hiking and backpacking can pose serious health challenges and risks. Altitude sickness can affect all participants, regardless of fitness level. Constant hydration (water and electrolytes), proper nutrition, and regular exercise can help prevent altitude sickness. It is recommended that participants drink 3 L of water daily in the days leading up to the trip and approx. 4 L daily while hiking. Doing several hikes in preparation for this trip is recommended. Even better if you can train with your pack! Please alert Creatio if participants have sports related asthma, diabetes, or other pertinent medical conditions that may come into play in the backcountry. If you're not sure if you should say or not, err on the side of caution, better to be safe than sorry.
- Sleeping Bag and Sleeping Page
- Backpacking Pack (40-50L)
- Hiking Shoes
- Comfortable Hiking Clothing (No Cotton)
- Recovery Shoes
Camping bowl/plate and utensils
- Water Bottle/Blatter
- Sun Glasses/Sun Hat
- Snacks for the Hike
A Full Packing List Is Included In Your Participant Guide
Day One: Meet up at Creatio offices to drive to trailhead (3 hour drive). Arrive to Trailhead, divide up group gear. Begin hiking. Set up camp, dinner, activities, talks, & reflection, hangout
Day Two: Wake up/break camp and have breakfast. Backpacking all day with Lunch. Set up camp, dinner, activities, talks, & reflection, hangout.
Day Three: Wake up/break camp and have breakfast. Backpack to cars. Drive back to Denver. Sunday Mass in Denver.