DB Outreach Colorado Adult Backpacking Trip @ A/U Ranches
Jul 13 @ 1:00 pm – Jul 17 @ 12:00 pm

“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”  Micah 6:8

Have you wanted to hike through what is affectionately called “God’s Country” in Colorado?   Have you wanted to spend the night under the Colorado sky without any city lights interfering with the view? Have you wanted to be on top of the world, above treeline with a 360 degree view of the Rocky Mountains?  Join an experienced back-country guide, a DB staff member, and a C.S. practitioner on an adventure through the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains.  Learn and practice back-country skills while hiking, camping, and attempting to peak a “Fourteener”.  Experience the feeling of achieving your goals in the outdoors with the support of other Christian Science adults and their friends of all faiths.

Adult Registration Adult Financial Aid Form Travel Form Download Flyer


Christian Science adults and friends.


July 13th – 17th, 2020


Buena Vista, CO
18325 Co. Rd 366, Buena Vista, CO. 81211


Adult Registration Fee: $480
Registration opens: May 1st
Final deadline to register: July 6th

Capacity – 12, spots are still available!

What’s Included – Professional instruction and guiding; meals as noted on the daily itinerary; group cooking gear; group first-aid kit, water purifying system; permit fees.


Financial aid is available for registration and air travel:
Up to $150 for registration.
Up to $150 for air travel.
Apply through the link above.


Yurts separated by gender for 2 nights; Back-country camping 2 nights (bring your own tent – see packing list for details)


*DiscoveryBound is not providing transportation for this event*

Arrive at A/U Ranches on Monday, July 13  between 12-1pm,
Depart A/U Ranches on Friday, July 17 between 11am-12pm

If flying, we suggest booking flexible travel plans. If interested, contact DB Headquarters for possible carpooling options.

Please let us know your travel plans by filling out the Travel Form for this trip through the link above.


Full payment is due at sign up (unless applying for registration financial aid – up to $150 per person available).

If you decide to cancel your trip, the following fees apply and are due when we receive notice of your cancellation:
Up to 22 days (June 21) prior to departure = 50% of the total trip cost is non-refundable
June 22nd = No refund deadline, 100% of cost is non-refundable

If DiscoveryBound cancels a program/event, you will receive a full refund of the registration fee. (If a participant decides to cancel a registration then the cancellation policy for that specific DiscoveryBound event / program applies.) As you are preparing air travel for these excursions, we encourage you to book flights allowing you the greatest flexibility in case there is a need.

What to expect

This trip is rated Vigorous. In the wilderness participants will be carrying their own backpacks with weights of 35 to 40 lbs up a gentle slope over a three mile distance. On peak day you will experience steep and rocky terrain with constant and dramatic elevation gain and/or loss exceeding 3,000′ or more (on peak day full pack not required but optional). In preparation, it is suggested for you to do day hiking with 35 to 40 lbs in the pack you intend to hike with on the trip and make sure your hiking boots are broken in. These practices will help to ensure a safe and successful trip. This is not a beginning backpacking trip. Previous experience is highly recommended.

Daytime temperatures usually range between 60° to 80° F, with evening temperatures dropping into the 40s to 50s. You may encounter freezing temperatures at some of the higher elevations. Afternoon thunderstorms are a distinct possibility so adequate rain gear is important.

Meet your back-country guide

Rusty is an avid outdoors-man.  He has peaked almost 40 of Colorado’s Fourteeners and spent many days on solo backpacking trips through the Rockies as well as backpacked with friends.  Rusty has many years experience training back-country skills in the Collegiate Peaks of Colorado for the staff at A/U Ranches in Buena Vista.  He has led numerous backpacking trips for the Ranches as well as for friends. Rusty maintains a  Wilderness First Aid certificate.  He is a middle-school teacher at Embark Education in Denver and is the Head Coach for the High School Mountain Bike Team which he helped start 4 years ago at the Compass Montessori School in Golden, Co.  Rusty has been a competitive runner most of his life and loves to be outdoors.  The mountains are his favorite place to be.

Tentative Trip Itinerary

Monday, July 13
Participants arrive by 1:00 pm, settle into yurts.
1:30 Meet up for introductions, get to know you activities, goal setting, team building.
2:00 Local hike. Snacks provided, bring your own water. Test out your boots and day pack.
4:00 Back-country skills in camp
6:00 Dinner and clean-up
7:00pm Trip info, gear check, food plan, map and route, cook schedule, how to pack, trip agenda.
Personal time

Tuesday, July 14
7:00am C.S. Lesson/sharing (optional)
8:00 Breakfast, pack a lunch, and clean-up
9:00 Day hike, snacks provided
10:30 Food prep with Mathew and Out-camp if needed
12:00pm Lunch
1:00 Orienteering lesson
4:00 Personal time and Out-camp prep
5:00 Dinner prep
6:00 Dinner and clean-up
7:00 Back-country skills practice
8:00pm Pack to leave yurts next day

Wednesday, July 15
7:00am Lesson/share (optional)
8:00 Breakfast, pack a lunch, clean-up
9:00 Depart yurts via shuttle for Winfield
Hike in to camp site, set up camp
Orienteering course
Campfire and back-country skills
Testimony Meeting
Highlights, challenges, goals, next day’s plan.

Thursday, July 16
2 Options for this day

(Option #1)
6:00am wake-up and lesson study (optional)
7:00 Breakfast and clean-up
8:30 Depart for Lake Ann
Hike back to campsite
5:00pm Dinner prep, eat, and clean-up
Campfire, debrief trip, s’mores, hot chocolate

(Option #2)
4:30-5:00am Wake up
Gather and depart for attempted peak of Mt. Huron
Peak breakfast on the trail.
Bring lunch supplies.
Return to campsite.
Dinner prep, eat, clean-up, Debrief around campfire, s’mores, hot chocolate

Friday, July 17
6:00am Wake up
Breakfast and tear down campsite
Hike out to trail head
Drive back to A/U Ranches

“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”  Micah 6:8

*Cancelled* DB Outreach National Event at CedarS Camps
Sep 4 – Sep 7 all-day

the DB National Event at CedarS camps has been cancelled for 2020

After much discussion, evaluation, and humble prayer, we have decided to not proceed with the in-person event at this time. This was not an easy discussion for the DB Outreach and Compass team, and we spent many meetings evaluating our options, but ultimately, we feel this is the right decision. A few of the reasons behind this decision include concerns about travel, group lodging, large group gatherings, and the hindrance on the way we would want to run this event with regard to Christian Science.
We are so grateful for the support of the CedarS staff in making this decision.  They understand this is a very different year for everyone, and fully support our reasoning. We are considering the possibility of partnering together for this event in an upcoming year.  The Outreach team is already exploring other options for how to reach teens and adults this fall in a meaningful, fun, and inspiring way to take the place of the National Event this year.  We encourage you to check back here soon to see what kind of regional activities are available!


Teens: 8th–12th grade (2020-2021 school year) Christian Scientists and your friends of all faiths.

Adults: Christian Science adults and friends




DiscoveryBound has cancelled this in-person event, so all registrants will receive a 100% refund of their deposit and payments towards registration costs.  These refunds will be completed by July 10th.

Check out photos from past National Events here: https://dbgallery.smugmug.com/DB-Outreach-events/DB-Outreach-National

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Click here for program details. 

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Click here for program details. 

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Finish your Compass year strong by visiting Boston with your friends. This is the third and final retreat for the 2020-2021 Compass group, and it will be filled with tours and interactive workshops at The Mother Church and Longyear Museum, fun excursions around Boston, and meaningful discussions.

Click here for program details.