Gold Adventurous Journey CaliforniaOpen Enrollment Camp for the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Program

California
California
5+ Days
5+ Days
Intensity
7/10
All Ages

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Pursue your Qualifying Journey in the care of expert guides

The group forms with the single purpose of completing the last hurdle of The Award. Its members are unfamiliar. The final outcome is unknown. With time distance closes, stories are shared, names take root, and lasting bonds begin to form-- forged by trial and task, tested against miles of trail, and made stable by the unifying clarity community and nature bring.

For the first few days, the group rises early to the chiding chickadee, learns outdoor skills throughout the day under a forested canopy, and falls asleep to the sounds of the whippoorwill, spring peeper, and cicada, whose chorus is matched only by the stars above. By camp’s end, with the challenging Practice and Qualifying Journeys behind them, it is not a group of individual parts, but a unit of one, all focused on the final few minutes of their time in nature, together, as one might focus on the last lingering rays of light at sunset.

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Level 7/10
California
5+ Days
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Here’s what you need

Bring

Essential Gear

Backpack (60 L recommended)
Waterproof backpack cover
Waterproof backpack liner (garbage bag will suffice)
Sleeping bag (can be rented for additional fee)
Sleeping pad (can be rented for additional fee)
Lightweight towel
Headlamp or flashlight
Lightweight bowl, mug, and utensils
Hiking boots (well used)
Lightweight wool socks (3 pair)
Hiking pants (2 pair)
Wicking underwear (2 pair)
Long underwear (depending on the forecast)
Wicking long-sleeved shirt
Wicking short-sleeved shirt
Fleece jacket
Rain jacket
Rain pants
Shorts, non-cotton
Warm hat (depending on the forecast)
Warm gloves (depending on the forecast)
Sunscreen
Bug repellent
Toiletries
Personal medication (x 2)
Two Water Bottles (Nalgene if possible)

Wear

Essential Clothing

Hiking boots
Lightweight wool hiking socks, multiple pairs
Long sleeve base layers (synthetic and moisture wicking)
Long pant base layer (synthetic and moisture wicking)
Light synthetic shirt or tank for warmer days
Hiking pants or shorts (at least one pair should be long pants)
Insulating mid layers (fleece jacket or vest, down jacket)
Waterproof, windproof shell
Light gloves
Warm hat
Balaclava or buff

What's Included

Included
  • Round Trip Transportation from Reno airport
  • Licensed and medically trained guide team
  • Meals as outlined in itinerary
  • Group equipment including stove, water filter, pots, pans and first aid kit
  • Park permits and fees

Flights

Registration begins at 12:00pm. Please schedule your flights to allow for pick up if necessary and arrival by this time. It is a 3.5 hour drive from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to the camp’s location. Please note, if the student chooses to leave the program early, it's the parent's responsibility to arrange transportation for pickup.

Weather

The weather in the Sierra Mountains can be wildly unpredictable during the summer, with snow possible at any point. Highs can reach 90F during the day, while lows can be at or near freezing, but typically hover around 50F. With such a wide range of weather possible, it is very important to come prepared with layers for both hot and cold conditions. Please refer to the packing list if you have any questions.

Training

This trip does not require technical climbing skills or experience. It does, however, require a moderate level of physical fitness. We strongly encourage our hikers to experience hiking while carrying weight. The difference in difficulty while carrying the weight of a fully loaded backpack can sometimes come as a surprise to hikers, so you are encouraged to try challenging day hikes with a weighted backpack. Those who are in good shape are more likely to enjoy the experience and the views along the trail.

Give yourself adequate time to prepare, particularly if this form and intensity of exercise is new. It is important that you arrive fit and ready to hike the mileage required of this course. The terrain and altitude of the Sierra Nevadas can make hiking very challenging. It is important that you arrive fit and ready to hike the mileage required of this course. The trails can be rocky, with sections ranging from scree, to boulders, to flat and wide open.