Backpacking

Backpacking

Backpack some awesome trails with Quest! Challenge yourself to a weekend of adventure. Explore nature while you smile and laugh with friends, set up camp, and share stories with new companions over a warm fire.

Where: Loyalsock

When:  October 20th-22nd (evening departure)

Cost:

Students: $40

Community Members: $70

Where will we meet? Quest Office

We suggest you bring the following items to make your trip comfortable and fun:

Equipment

  • Backpack (about 4500-700 cubic inches or 65-80 liters)
  • Sleeping Bag (down or synthetic, Rated to 20 degrees)
  • Sleeping Pad – Foam or inflatable. Bring repair kit if inflatable.
  • 3/4 or 4 Season Tent
  • Crampons/ snowshoes (if needed: Quest can provide)
  • 2-3 quart sized water bottle
  • Several Large Garbage bags and zip-locks for keeping things dry
  • toothbrush
  • Camera – if you’re into that sort of thing
  • Personal Medical supplies (medications you’ll need.  Quest will have a course first aid kit and medical training)
  • Reading Materials
  • Stuff sacks for organizing gear
  • Knife/Leatherman

Clothing

Head:

  • Synthetic or wool hats
  • Balaclava (face covering)

Core:

  • Base layers (Synthetic, long sleeve, lightweight.)
  • Insulating Layers (wool, puffy jacket, sweat shirts, no cotton)
  • Shell Jacket  (With hood, water and wind protection)

Hands:

  • Gloves may 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)

Feet:

  • Hiking boots (No sneakers)
  • Socks (synthetic or wool, 3 pairs, NO COTTON!  NO ANKLE SOCKS!)

Food/ Kitchen:

  • Breakfast (oatmeal, pop-tarts, bagels, fruit, etc.)
  • Lunch (sandwiches, cheese, peperoni, tuna fish, etc. No Cooking for lunch!)
  • Snacks (gummy bears, snickers bar, granola bar, GORP etc. To fill in between meals)
  • Stove – per cook group
  • Fuel Bottle
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils

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.

Forms We Need From You

*  A completed Quest AOR/Medical Form prior to participation in Quest activities.

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

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 all necessary equipment including sleeping bags, tarps/tents/ground pads, cooking gear, Carbide Lamps, rafts, boats, spray skirts, dry bags, paddles, harnesses, helmets, ropes, skis, ski boots, ice axes, crampons, wetsuits, booties, lifejackets, hardware and first aid supplies.  You may bring your own equipment and use it with the approval of Quest staff.

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.

 See our Homepage for the Refund Policy

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