DB Outreach: Adult Colorado Backpacking Trip (CANCELLED)

July 19, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – July 23, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
A/U Ranches
18325 Co. Rd 366
Buena Vista
Co. 81211
Susan Barner
(303) 779-3000 ext. 136

My Father has my treasure, and He will walk with me.” Christian Science Hymnal pg. 148 

The mountains are calling! Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to hike into the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains. Just imagine the peace and tranquility of sleeping under the stars without any city lights interfering with the breathtaking views. Experience a CS Testimony Meeting at 10,000’ and the feeling of achieving your goals in the outdoors with the support of an experienced backcountry guide, a C.S. practitioner, support staff and other Christian Science adults and their friends of all faiths. You’ll begin your adventure staying at the A/U Ranches yurts, doing a day trip, learning or re-visiting your backcountry skills, and prepping for the backcountry portion of the trip. By the end of this adventure you’ll have reached new heights – inspirationally and literally!

Registration is closed!

SPECIAL NOTE: This trip has been cancelled. We are planning to offer a trip next year so please check back in Spring 2022!

Adult Registration Adult Financial Aid Form Travel Form Download Flyer


Christian Science adults and friends of all faiths.


Monday, July 19 – Friday, July 23, 2021


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


Adult Registration Fee: $490
Registration opens: May 1st
Final deadline to register: July 12th

Capacity –  12 (Space is limited!)
Registration minimum: 8 participants (must have minimum registered by June 27 for trip to take place)
*** As of July 2nd, we do not have the minimum registrations needed to offer the trip. We have extended the date to July 6th. Please know if you register and the trip is cancelled by DiscoveryBound we will give you a full refund.

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.
Rentals – A/U can help provide certain limited equipment for a small rental fee:
Backpack: $10
Sleeping Bag: $10


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*

Driving (only):
Arrive at A/U Ranches on Monday, July 19 between 12-1pm,
Depart A/U Ranches on Friday, July 23 between 12-1pm

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 27) 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 40lbs 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.

Trip Guide/Leader: Rusty Rohde
DB Staff: Susan Barner, 303.779.3000 ext. 136

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 19
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
7:00 pm Trip info, gear check, food plan, map and route, cook schedule, how to pack, trip agenda.
Personal time

Tuesday, July 20
7:00 am 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
12:00 pm 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
8:00 pm Pack to leave yurts next day

Wednesday, July 21
7:00 am Lesson/share (optional)
8:00 Breakfast, pack a lunch, clean-up
9:00 Depart yurts via carpool for Crescent Mining Camp
Hike in to camp site, set up camp
Orienteering course
Campfire and back-country skills
Dinner prep, eat and clean-up
Highlights, challenges, goals, next day’s plan.

Thursday, July 16
2 Options for this day
(Option #1)
6:00 am wake-up and lesson study (optional)
7:00 Breakfast and clean-up
8:30 Depart for Pear Lake
Hike back to campsite
5:00 pm Dinner prep

(Option #2)
4:30-5:00 am Wake up
Gather and depart for attempted peak of Mt. Missouri
Peak breakfast on the trail.
Bring lunch supplies.
Return to campsite.

5:00 pm Dinner prep, eat, clean-up
Testimony Meeting around campfire
S’mores & hot chocolate

Friday, July 23
6:00 am Wake up
Breakfast and tear down campsite
Hike out to trail head
Drive back to A/U Ranches



  • Backpack 65 + L and pack raincover
  • Sleeping bag – Lightweight, Compressible, good down to freezing
  • Bedroll or Sleeping Pad
  • Tent and Footprint Lightweight for hiking (REI rentals
  • Camelback and 1 Qt Nalgene bottle or Three 1 Qt Nalgene Bottles
  • Hiking Boots (waterproofed) already broken in
  • Lightweight Camp Shoes
  • 2-3 Hiking Socks Synthetic/Wool
  • Extra warm Socks for around camp Synthetic/Wool
  • Long Underwear top and bottom lightweight synthetic/wool
  • Hiking Shorts or Pants Quick-Dry/Lightweight
  • 2-3 Quick Dry Shirts, Long and Short Sleeve Synthetic/Lightweight
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Puffy or Warm Layer
  • Rain Gear, Top and Bottom Lightweight, Compactible, Breathable
  • Winter Hat and Gloves
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries
  • Sun Hat
  • Bandana
  • Mess Kit Spork, Bowl, Mug
  • Personal Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc) include toilet paper, personal wipes, hand sanitizer, ziplock bags
  • Chapstick
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Lotion
  • Bible Lesson printout
  • 3 Masks or Buffs



  • Camera
  • Day Pack lightweight/compressible
  • Hiking Poles
  • Insect Repellent
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Compass
  • Backpacking Pillow
  • Personal water purifying system 
  • Pocket Knife
  • Backpacking Chair


DB Provides the Following Items

  • Group cooking gear / stove and fuel, etc.
  • Trowel kits
  • Group first-aid kit
  • Water Purifying Method Iodine tablet or filter system
  • All meals (Monday dinner thru Friday breakfast)


My Father has my treasure, and He will walk with me.” Christian Science Hymnal pg. 148