DB Outreach Colorado Adult Backpacking Trip

July 13, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – July 17, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
A/U Ranches
18325 Co. Rd 366
Buena Vista
Co. 81211
Susan Barner
(303) 779-3000 ext. 136

“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