Tents Without Gents
Explore the rugged weminuche wilderness with a rad group of ladies!
Tents without gents trip overview
Join Sarah Herron, Ability Advocate and Adventurer, Lindsay Gurley, Professional Life Coach and Adventure Guide, and San Juan Expeditions (USFS Permit holders) for a weekend of empowerment in the backcountry as we backpack in one of the remote wilderness areas in southern Colorado in our Tents Without Gents program. Imagine taking the train from Durango and being dropped off in the middle of the Weminuche Wilderness to hike around towering peaks, camp under the stars, and build confidence in yourself and in the outdoors.
We will spend four days and three nights in the backcountry as we hike to high alpine lakes, big vistas, and more. This is for anyone who identifies as female and is ready for an epic adventure.
If you are ready to build confidence in your body, your mind, and in your backpacking/adventure capabilities then this is the trip for you. If you want someone to cook your meals, carry your bag, and do all the hard work, then this trip is definitely not for you. You have to be willing to show up, carry your load, and try your best. We, as a group, will of course be there for one another and you have to be willing to face what comes up with your best effort! We will walk far, move through the water, take in the sights, purify our water from the creek, laugh our asses off, be courageous, and create an epic community of women who want more adventure in life.
This trip will be a smaller group. We are stewards of the beautiful places we visit and feel a smaller group is better for the landscape, as well as better for the group’s movement, camping, and overall experience. There are only 10 spots available.
- Pre-trip meeting August 11th @ 6pm in Durango, CO
- 7 am meeting in Durango + board the train
- Backpack to camp 1 + group programming
- Backpack to camp 2 + group programming
- Yoga/stretch session
- Stay at camp 2
- High alpine adventure
- Group programming
- Backpack out to train and head back to Durango
- Back in Durango at 5:15pm
*Plan and itinerary subject to change base on weather conditions and extenuating circumstances.
Where You Will Stay
Historical Durango is nestled in the Animas River valley. A high desert paradise, the downtown is laced with delectable restaurants and thirst-quenching bars and breweries. There are a variety of hotels to pick from but when considering the best option, convenience is king. Since this trip departs from the Durango & Silverton train station, we suggest finding a place to lay your head within walking distance to simplify pre and post-trip logistics. Some of our personal favorites include The Rochester Hotel, The Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn, and The Strater Hotel.
where we will meet
Prior to the first day of the trip you will meet with your guides locally in Durango to have a pre-trip meeting on the general trip plan and complete a gear check. After all your gear has been checked by your guide you will then meet at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad station the next morning at 7 am to load up your packs onto the train cars and find your seats for the trip into the mountains. The train station is located in downtown Durango and is very easily located.
What is Included in the cost?
– Three days with an AMGA certified & trained guide
– Federal land usage surcharge (USFS/BLM)
– Durango-Silverton train pass
– Nature yoga/stretch session (optional)
– Backpacking & backcountry education
– Adventure-based life coaching
– Photos of trip
– Guide gratuity
– Trip insurance
– Pre-trip fitness plan + trainer consultation
– Packing/gear list
– Pre-trip planning support + how to’s
– Pre-trip meeting w/ refreshments
– Personal clothing/gear
– Travel to/from Durango
– Lodging in Durango
– Long-term parking in Durango
– All meals/ beverages
– Travel/cancelation insurance
– Anything else not mentioned in included list
* If you need to rent equipment locally visit our friends at Backcountry Experience. If you are coming from the Front Range reach out our partners at Cripple Creek Backcountry.
Anyone participating in our programs must fill out a waiver beforehand. If you are under 18, please have your parent/guardian complete.
Please familiarize yourself with our Booking & Cancellation Policies.
Skiers/riders should be in good physical condition, and confident/comfortable on their method of snow travel (backcountry touring skis or splitboard).