Camping, even glamorous camping, is an outdoor adventure that puts you in touch with nature and typical outdoor elements and weather conditions. In order to be fully prepared to safely enjoy your time camping, please review the following Essential Eligibility Criteria to ensure this is a suitable activity for all members of your party.
1. Be willing and able to follow rules and obey authority figures.
2. Understand and follow instructions given to you, verbally or written, presented individually or to a group, including directives regarding hazards/risks;
3. Have the ability to perceive hazards/risks and respond to instructions regarding hazards/risks such as soft patches, loose rock, or approaching storms, etc.;
4. Effectively communicate with or to other participants or leaders regarding potential hazards/risks, personal distress, injury, or need for assistance up to a distance of 50 meters, where darkness, high wind or other factors may impede communication;
5. Act reliably and responsibly even when not directly supervised;
6. Perform necessary self-care in a remote and outdoor environment, including personal hygiene, adequate hydration, dressing appropriately for weather conditions and responsibility for and organization of personal gear;
7. Lift and carry weight, including personal belongings, gear or provisions;
8. Competently navigate a variety of uneven and challenging terrain. This includes but is not limited to: traveling on and off-trail;
9. Remain alert and focused for the duration of your outdoor experience.
10. Tolerate being outdoors for multiple days in all types of weather with a variety of stimuli, including bugs, extreme temperature changes, intense sunlight, wind, storms and wildlife;
11. Tolerate changes in diet, group living, long days filled with mentally and physically challenging activities, and a routine that is likely much different than your routine at home;
12. Learn skills and engage in tasks to support yourself and the group including those necessary for living in remote areas. This includes, but is not limited to: cooking, setting up and taking down camp, washing dishes, caring for group gear, packing dry bags and backpacks, and camp site clean-up;
13. Work effectively as a member of an expedition team. This includes taking personal responsibility for your belongings and behavior, effectively communicating ideas and concerns on an individual and group level, accepting differences, and possessing a willingness to put the needs of the group before those of the individual;
14. Respond appropriately in the face of unexpected challenges such as inclement weather, changes in itinerary, unfamiliar surroundings, and homesickness;