The wild west is full of granite spires, crystalline lakes, and cowboy sunsets. Wyoming is home to one such well kept secret, Medicine Bow National Forest. Here you can walk among fields of brilliant wildflowers with everything you need on your back, warm your feet by an open fire, and relax at the end of an invigorating hiking day with a mug of hot chocolate. Backpacking done right! After a few nights in the wilderness, unwind at the legendary Vee Bar Ranch. This is a backpacking trip where you carry everything you need on your back, staying at designated campsites first and then in a dispersed camping wilderness setting. This trip is a perfect opportunity to hone your skills and experience the joys of camping in a supportive group environment. We’ll practice Leave No Trace principles, how to pack a backcountry backpack, outdoor cooking techniques, and much more! While previous backpacking experience isn’t required, it is preferable. The mileage will be low, but we will be hiking and camping at altitude in subalpine terrain. If you’ve never backpacked, we also recommend looking at our Introduction to Lightweight Backpacking trip with is offered each year by AGC in June. Max group size: 12 pax.
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This trip is rated a 4 and is appropriate for women in strong hiking condition who want to refine backpacking skills in a spectacular alpine setting. While you will be carrying a 30-pound pack on a trail where there are some sustained ascents and descents, the mileage is quite moderate to allow time to acclimatize to the high elevation and practice skills. Rating: 1 2 3  5.
This is a backpacking trip where you carry everything you need on your back, staying at designated campsites first and then in a dispersed camping wilderness setting. This trip is a perfect opportunity to hone your skills and experience the joys of camping in a supportive group environment. We'll practice Leave No Trace principles, how to pack a backcountry backpack, outdoor cooking techniques, and much more! While previous backpacking experience isn't required, it is preferable. The mileage will be low, but we will be hiking and camping at altitude in subalpine terrain. If you've never backpacked, we also recommend looking at our Introduction to Lightweight Backpacking trip with is offered each year by AGC in June.
We'll spend our first night in a convenient Marriott hotel near the Denver airport, in double occupancy (or single occupancy if you opted for the single supplement), the second night in a hotel in Laramie to continue acclimatizing. Then four nights in tents (two women per tent or you can bring your own solo tent as long as it's approved by AGC staff). Our last night will be at the charming western Vee Bar Ranch, a picturesque and relaxing reward after our nights spent outside.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
It was my first backpacking trip - learned quite a bit about what to do, not to do, what to bring, not to bring. I always am one to carry all weather needs in any pack I am using, this time, I needed even more. In the mountains you need a Plan D.
Met some wonderful women but most of all, the care given by rhe leaders, especially Karen, who took me under her wing and taught me tons. (I was the only newbie to backpacking on the trip.) Also, Karen and Gina patched me up when I took a header on the trail. In addition, Karen and Brenda took special care of us all on the final, snowy morning on the trail, bringing us hot cocoa and breakfast in our tents and making the wise decision to skip the bouldering planned for that day due to the cold, icy conditions. My only complaints are I felt we stopped to rest too frequently, and the leader should alway position herself in the middle of the pack and wait till everyone catches up before interpreting, so that everyone can hear.
Comradery among the participants. Lots of laughter and enjoying being outside. Guides were friendly, knowledgeable and capable. Biggest detraction was the guides working out their system of working together, and communicating to the group - something that should of happened before we got there.
As usual, our guides were amazing. It was very helpful to have Gina along(as a trainee) as her extra set of hands really helped since we had a very diverse set of capabilities in our group. Hiking at altitude in Wyoming was a treat. We saw such beauty and learned a lot about the Wyoming wilderness. Our guides always made sure we were safe and came up with a satisfactory Plan B after we experienced some unexpected wintry weather.
I'm rating the trip as excellent because all of the things that were within the control of the leaders were done so well. The trip was special because of the beauty of the terrain, the fact that I had never seen anything like it, and the company of my fellow travellers.
Sure did! The Snowy Mountains are even more beautiful than I anticipated.
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