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All-Women Backpacking Trip to Doris Lake and Doris Peak

Madison Browning, Sally Stecher, Great Northern Wilderness Guides
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Madison Browning, Sally Stecher, Great Northern Wilderness Guides
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  • Retreat to Montana’s mountains on this all-women backpacking trip! Over the course of three days, you’ll be immersed in the alpine wilderness around Doris Lake and Doris Peak. If you’re feeling up to it, your guides will offer stretching, meditation, and journaling time every day. Spend your days swimming in lakes and your nights warming up next to a campfire. As you’ll have all meals included and plenty of optional activities to try out, you can relax and look at this trip as a quick getaway from your everyday life!

    • Start walking through conifer woodlands of Montana’s mountains. Go through backpacking basics, from gear to setup to map reading. Once you reach your campsite for the night near the Doris Peak, set up camp and spend the rest of the afternoon however you’d like. Relax at your camp and get to know your hiking friends or go for an optional hike to the peak without your backpack (about 3 extra miles with 1000 ft of elevation gain). Your guides also offer optional guided stretching, journaling, and meditation. After a delicious dinner and a warming fire, you’ll get cozy for the night in your tents with your new tent buddy.

      Hiking: 5 miles/ 8 km (2 miles to campsite, 3 miles to the peak and back)
      Elevation: +1660 ft/ 506 m
      Meals: Dinner

      A group of women and dogs in Montana mountains.
    • Watch the sun go up with your morning cup of coffee. To kick off your morning, do some guided stretching, after which you’ll have breakfast. Go over how to break down a camp, repack your backpacks, and set off to your new campsite. Once you arrive at your next stop, there’s an option to hike to Jenny Lake (8 miles round trip). Another option is to enjoy your time at the campsite or head on another shorter guided hike—your group can split into two and pick your goals for the day. Once you all regroup at the camp, stretch, journal, and meditate.
      Hiking: 3-8 miles/ 5-13 km
      Elevation: up to 2270 ft/ 690 m, max elevation 7222 ft/ 2200 m
      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dInner

      Alpine lake in Montana.
    • Rise and shine with more coffee and stretches. Take in your last morning swims and pack up at a leisurely pace to head out. Once back at the cars, you’ll have much deserved cool drinks and say your goodbyes.

      Hiking: 2 miles/ 3.2 km
      Meals: Breakfast

      View of Montana wilderness and alpine lakes.
    • What you get on this adventure:

        • Experienced, local hiking guides with extensive knowledge of the area — they will teach you how to pack your bag, set up camp, and live in the backcountry for a few days
        • 3 days of all-women backpacking
        • All meals
        • All camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, cooking system, hiking poles, daypack)
        • For the divorce-themed hiking trip, you also get…
          • Daily group coaching sessions with certified life coach
          • Six 1:1 virtual divorce coach sessions prior to the trip

      If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, make sure to notify your guide in advance of the trip. They will adjust the menu accordingly.

      What’s not included:

        • Transportation to Whitefish, Montana
        • Transportation to the meeting point
        • Accommodations before and after the trip
        • Guide gratuities — optional
    • No prior hiking experience is necessary for this backpacking trip! This all-women trip only requires a base level of fitness. The most you’ll hike is on day 1, when you’ll walk for 5 miles (8 km) with 1,660-foot (506-meter) elevation gain. Other days require significantly less hiking or hikes are optional. If it gets too much for you, you’ll simply take it slow with plenty of water, snacks, and swim breaks. If you want to hike more, your guide will pair you up with a hiking buddy and you can explore more on your own!

    • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

        • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag) — will be provided, but feel free to bring your own
        • Hiking poles — will be provided, but feel free to bring to bring your own
        • Sleeping bag and sleeping pad (provided by guide)
        • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
        • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
        • Spare clothes for layering
        • Waterproof rain jacket
        • Sunhat
        • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
        • Headlamp or flashlight
        • Sunglasses
        • Camera — optional (but recommended)

      The sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent, hiking poles, backpack, and cooking system can be provided by your guides. If you need hiking and camping gear, make sure to notify your guides in advance. Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

    • Group sizes and prices:

        • For this all-women adventure, you’ll have two women guides on your trip.
        • The maximum number of people is 10. It takes a minimum of 2 people for this tour to operate, and a minimum of 4 people for the divorce-themed trip to operate.
        • Price is per person and the cost does not decrease as the group grows. 

      Min. age requirements:

        • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
        • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

      If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

    • A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

        • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to one hundred twenty (120)  calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. 
        • For cancellations ninety (90) to one hundred nineteen (119) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. 
        • For cancellations seventy-five (75) to eighty nine (89) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total amount paid when Booking. 
        • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
    • To get to Whitefish, most people fly into Glacier Park International Airport, 15 minutes away from Whitefish. Glacier Park International Airport offers direct flights to 13 major US cities, including Seattle, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Las Vegas and Phoenix. From there, you can take a taxi or a shuttle service to Whitefish.

      Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, which will usually be at Whitefish Depot Park. It’s important to note that you can’t leave vehicles parked overnight at the park, which is why we recommend walking or getting a ride there.

    • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

      We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Montana, please refer to CDC’s guidelines for international travel to and from the United States and Montana’s COVID-19 information website.

      Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

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