Backpacking Essential Eligibility Requirements
In order to participate in the Program, one:
- Must be able to understand and recognize the risks and hazards inherent in the activities of the Program, must be able to decide to assume those risks and hazards and must actually and voluntarily assume those risks and hazards.
- Must be able to withstand exposure to the outdoors including exposure to diverse climactic conditions during the trip, including temperatures ranging from below freezing to +100 degrees, potentially rapidly changing precipitative conditions from dry conditions to precipitation including monsoons and flash floods, for the duration of the Program.
- Must be able to monitor and evaluate changes in personal health condition including the onset of dehydration, hyponatremia, heat illness or stroke or hypothermia and must be able to communicate any changes in personal health condition or safety concerns to the guide(s).
- Must be able to participate in all activities at the time scheduled for each activity; e.g. to beat the heat, guest pick-up and hike start times during summer months may range between 3-6 a.m.
- Must be able to manage all personal care and mobility during extended periods of exertion of 10-plus hours per day, either independently or with the assistance of a companion or an approved assistive device.
- Must be able to enter and exit a multi-passenger vehicle either independently or with the assistance of a companion or approved assistive device.
- Must be able to withstand up to eight hours as a passenger in a multi-passenger vehicle, transporting up to 14 passengers at a time, either independently or with the assistance of a companion or an approved assistive device.
- Must be able to immediately comprehend and follow verbal instructions either independently or with the assistance of a companion or approved assistive device.
- Must be able to traverse wet and dry, sandy, rocky, uneven and/or unstable ground over a distance of 10-plus miles per day including elevation differential (gain and/or loss) of +3,000 feet per day, for a period of up to 10 hours per day, while carrying a backpack weighing 25-50 pounds, either independently or with an assistance companion or an approved assistive device.
- Must be able to self-manage and self-navigate unsupervised while in the designated camp area either independently or with the assistance of a companion or approved assistive device.
- Must be able to perform basic camping activities including sleeping on the ground, consuming water from back country sources, consuming food prepared in a backcountry setting and maintaining personal health and hygiene in accordance with guide directives either independently or with the assistance of a companion or approved assistive device.
1 In compliance with local and federal laws, Wildland Trekking does not discriminate on the basis of disability. Wildland Trekking is not required to provide any reasonable accommodation that would cause an "undue hardship" to the Company. A determination of undue hardship may be based on several factors including an evaluation of the nature and cost of the accommodation needed and the impact of the accommodation on the services provided by the Company. To the extent that a portion of the cost of an accommodation causes undue hardship, the Company may, in its discretion, ask the individual with a disability if s/he will pay the difference. If the Company determines that one particular reasonable accommodation will cause undue hardship, but a second type of reasonable accommodation will be effective and will not cause an undue hardship, then the Company shall provide the second accommodation. In addition, an undue hardship may exist where provision of a reasonable accommodation would be unduly disruptive to the services provided by the Company.
2 The use of an assistive device may not be appropriate for all Wildland Trekking program offerings. The use of an assistive device to meet any element of the essential eligibility criteria must be approved in advance by Wildland Trekking. Wildland Trekking reserves the right to approve or deny the use of an assistive devise, in its sole and professional discretion, based upon an individualized assessment of the specific program requirements and the needs of the individual. A guest shall notify the Company that s/he intends to use an assistive device to meet any element of the essential eligibility criteria for the desired program at the time of registration or as soon as practicable.