Frequently Asked Questions
(provided by our certified guide, Eric Krumland)
Q: Where will we be hiking?
A: We will be connecting several trail segments across some of the highest and least busy parts of the Central Cascades. Our trail will begin just west of Stevens Pass, will briefly connect to the Pacific Crest Trail, pass a few alpine lakes, and then gain Icicle Ridge with beautiful views of Glacier Peak on one side and the Enchantments on the other.
Q: How hard will the hiking be?
A: I try to keep our trips approachable for people with normal physical capacity. Mountain travel is rigorous for anyone. I would consider this hike to be of moderate difficulty. Generally, hiking days are not longer than six miles and when that is spread across a whole day of travel, our pace is very gentle. The mountains are enjoyable for anyone who is willing to work hard and be a bit uncomfortable. I’ve never had anyone be physically unable to complete a trip.
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: A trip equipment list will be sent to you the month before our start date. That being said, we are able to provide all essential clothing and needed gear. The guides will check all participant clothing and equipment before hitting the trail in order to ensure that everyone has everything that is needed.
Q: I’ve never been hiking before; can I participate?
A: Of course you can. Hiking experience is not necessary at all. This is a fully-guided trip which means it is designed to allow you to just participate. The guides will cover all the logistics and decision-making. The participants can focus on their experience and what God may be doing in them.
Q: I often have back pains; will that be a problem for me?
A: No one will be turned away based on his or her health history. Many health situations can be accommodated, including back or knee pains, with hiking poles and properly-fitted packs. If you have questions about how we can manage any chronic conditions or recent injuries, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
Q: What will we eat?
A: Backcountry food can make or break a trip. It is a challenge to find food that is nutritionally diverse, light, packable, and tasty. We always pack more food than necessary so that participants are never hungry. We will be eating warm meals for breakfast and dinner, with generous snacking opportunities in between. Examples of some meals are breakfast burritos and chicken tater casserole. We also are very prepared to accommodate any food allergies or dietary needs you may have.
Q: What about bugs, bears, and cougars?
A: Coming in contact with mountain wildlife is one of the best parts of a trip like this. Although bears and cougars are very scary to come across while hiking solo, they present no danger to a group and are a wonderful opportunity to see the local residents. We practice good bear safety and, although we have seen many such animals, they have never presented an issue. Bugs are common in the mountains, but they tend to be worst in June and early July. Around camp, wearing head nets, long sleeves, and pants seems to be the best defense and is often enough. It is rare that bugs negatively affect a trip.