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Program Eligibility

This page describes the requirements to be eligible for one of our hiking and/or backpacking programs. The requirements include medical policies and Essential Eligibility Requirements (EECs) specifically for different trip styles and programs. As always, feel free to let us know if you have any questions by calling us at 800-715-HIKE (4453)!

Medical Policies

Pregnancy Policy: For safety reasons, no pregnant women, no matter what stage of pregnancy, are allowed on any backcountry trip, which are defined as backpacking, portered, mule-assisted and llama trips.

Additionally, no pregnant women, no matter what stage of pregnancy, are allowed on any frontcountry trip, which are defined as dayhikes, lodge-based and basecamp trips, in Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Death Valley and/or Southern Utah from June 15-September 15.

Cardiac Policy: A Dr.'s approval, using The Wildland Trekking Release Form, is required of any guest who has undergone an open chest procedure, including but not limited to, a coronary artery bypass or graft, or a valve replacement, within one year prior to the trip start date.

A Dr.'s approval, using The Wildland Trekking Release Form, is required of any guest who has undergone any procedure related to a cardiac stent, or a cardiac ablation or pacemaker, within three months prior to the trip start date.

Stroke Policy: A Dr.'s approval, using the Wildland Trekking Company Release Form, is required of any guest who has had a stroke or undergone any procedure related to a stroke within one year prior to the trip start date.

 

Backpacking Essential Eligibility Requirements
In order to participate in the Program, one:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Must be able to enter and exit a multi-passenger vehicle either independently or with the assistance of a companion or approved assistive device.
  7. 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.
  8. Must be able to immediately comprehend and follow verbal instructions either independently or with the assistance of a companion or approved assistive device.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
 

Stock/Porter, Lodge and Inn-based Essential Eligibility Requirements
In order to participate in the Program, one:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Must be able to enter and exit a multi-passenger vehicle either independently or with the assistance of a companion or approved assistive device.
  7. 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.
  8. Must be able to immediately comprehend and follow verbal instructions either independently or with the assistance of a companion or approved assistive device.
  9. 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 fully loaded backpack weighing 10-15 pounds, either independently or with an assistance companion or an approved assistive device.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
 

Day Hiking Essential Eligibility Requirements
In order to participate in the Program, one:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. Must be able to participate in all activities at the time scheduled for each activity; e.g. to beat the heat, hike start times during summer months may range between 4-6 a.m.
  5. Must be able to manage all personal care and mobility during extended periods of exertion of 8-plus hours per day, either independently or with the assistance of a companion or an approved assistive device.
  6. Must be able to immediately comprehend and follow verbal instructions either independently or with the assistance of a companion or approved assistive device.
  7. Must be able to traverse wet and dry, sandy, rocky, uneven and/or unstable ground over a distance of 6-plus miles per day including elevation differential (gain and/or loss) of +2,000 feet per day, for a period of up to 8 hours per day, while carrying a fully loaded daypack weighing 10-15 pounds, either independently or with an assistance companion or an 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.