Catskills Backpacking

When: March 30th – April 1st

Where: Slide Mountain Wilderness

Description: Views, mountains, waterfalls, pushing your comfort zone, and exploring new landscapes. Climb the highest peak in the Catskills!  Join Quest on a 3-day winter backpacking trip through the Catskill Mountains in New York. We will be hiking three peaks in the Slide Mountain Area.  If you need a break from college life and have been craving to sleep under the stars with awesome likeminded people this trip is for you! Skills will be learned, good food will be eaten, and nature will be observed. Sign up now for the experience that will help you grow as an individual and leave you with the knowledge and confidence to continue exploring many trails to come.

Cost:

  • $70 Bloomsburg University Student
  • $100 For all others

Gear Quest Provides:

  • Sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tent
  • Tarp
  • Cook Ware (including stove options)
  • Backpack
  • trekking poles

Gear List:

clothing:

head:

  • synthetic or wool hat
  • balaclava (face covering)
  • sunglasses

core:

  • base layers (synthetic, long sleeve, light weight)
  • insulating layers (wool, puffy jacket, sweat shirts, no cotton)
  • shell jacket (with hood, water and wind protection)

hands:

  • gloves will be necessary. Liner gloves are also a nice option.

legs:

  • base layers (synthetic, long pants, lightweight)
  • Insulating layer (fleece pants or equivalent)
  • shell pants (water and wind protection)
  • gaiters (to prevent crampons from ripping through pants)
  • hiking boots/durable (preferably water resistant)

feet:

  • hiking boots
  • 3 pairs of socks

other:

  • Dry clothes for sleeping
  • undergarments

other gear:

  • Headlamp and extra batteries
  • 2 re-usable water bottles
  • trash bag for packing out trash
  • toilet paper
  • food (breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks)
  • sunscreen
  • toothbrush
  • camera

How to sign-up: Ideally, you should register early, weeks in advance, if possible.  In order for us to get prepared to get gear and equipment packed and ready, registration typically closes on the Wednesday before a activities occurring on a weekend, and a few days before activities occurring on a weekday, but if spots are still available there is a possibility that you may still be able to register.  Our office is not open on weekends or evenings.  Always call first to see if there is available space before coming to the office or sending in payment.  Spots cannot be reserved by calling or emailing.  Registration is not complete until payment is received.

Methods of payment: 1) cash in person   2) check payable to “Bloomsburg University” in person or via U.S. mail (with a note listing your name, email address and phone number and the date and activity your registering for).

If you need additional help or have any questions, call Susan at the Quest Office or email at quest@bloomu.edu.

Course Information: (read everything below to make sure that you are prepared for this trip)

Quest courses are designed for beginners, so you will not be expected to demonstrate high levels of ability, but they provide a physical, psychological, and emotional challenge.  Courses occur in areas that often involve steep terrain, rough and narrow trails, wet or muddy conditions, and inclement weather. Most Quest activities are movement-oriented activities involving some strenuous activity. Quest staff will provide you with a safety briefing to prepare you for the activities and any safety issues you might encounter or skills you need.

Quest will provide technical gear/equipment.  You may bring your own equipment and use it with the approval of Quest staff.

Forms We Need From You

*  A completed Quest AOR/Medical Form prior to participation in Quest activities.*  A completed Quest AOR/Medical Form prior to participation in Quest activities.  You can either print out the waiver and bring the completed form on the morning of the program or you will have to fill one out when you arrive.

*  Signed Parental Consent for participants who are minors (under 18 years of age).

Where will we meet?
Quest office on upper campus.

Instructors

Quest instructors are professional outdoor leaders, students, interns, and members of the community.  They are trained in specific outdoor pursuits, leadership, and first aid.  All are involved in on-going outdoor leadership training with Quest.

Policies

For safety reasons, participants are required to abstain from alcohol and non-prescription drugs while participating in Quest Activities.  Please respect the rights and health of others with regard to smoking.  Participants will be held responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged equipment belonging to Quest.

Safety

Safety is a primary concern during any Quest course.  A safety briefing precedes each activity, where risks and protection against these risks are explained.  Participants are expected to abide by all safety rules and procedures defined by Quest staff.

Quest Refund Policy is on our homepage.