BACKPACKING — Holden Village
, a Lutheran camp above Lake Chelan near the boundary of the Glacier Peak Wilderness , is offering a new summer program, “Holden On The Trail,” which combines backpacking with study and volunteer trail maintenance in partnership with the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
Sign up by the end of this week for any of six sessions, each about one week, planned accommodate multiple hiking skill levels. Depending on the session, hikers will cover 18.5 to 39 miles and volunteer between eight to 16 hours of trail maintenance during the week.
Cost is $350 for the six-night sessions, and $370 for one seven night outing. The fee covers food, program and major gear, including sleeping bags, backpacks, stoves and tents.
Each hiking group will include nine participants and three Holden staffers who are experienced hikers.
The staff will include a pastor, teaching staff member and leader trained in wilderness first aid and trail maintenance. Worship and teaching topics may include theology and religion, ecology and environment, health and wellness, global studies and politics, and visual arts.
Read on for a list of the scheduled hikes:
Scheduled hikes (subject to change due to weather, trail conditions, etc.) with approximate distance and hours of trail work are:
•July 21-27 – Hart and Lyman lakes, 21.4 miles, low-medium elevation gain, 16 hours trail work.
•July 21-27 – Ten Mile Creek/Company Creek, 18.5 miles, medium elevation gain, 8 hours trail work, hike concludes at Stehekin.
•Aug. 4-10 – Hart and Lyman Lakes, 21.4 miles, low-medium elevation gain, 16 hours trail work.
•Aug. 4-10 – Emerald Park, 23.2 miles, high elevation gain, 8 hours trail work, end at Lucerne.
•Aug. 11-17 – Emerald Park, 23.2 miles, high elevation gain, 16 hours trail work, end at Lucerne.
•Aug. 11-18 – Upper Agnes Valley to Stehekin, 39 miles, high elevation gain, 8 hours trail work, hike concludes at Stehekin.