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Trip SignUp Process

Our Trip Rating System

A good trip for you and your group relies on your physical conditioning and gear selection. Due to the distance traveled from San Diego and the altitudes at which our outings are conducted, all participants should have backpacking experience prior to embarking on one of our fantastic journeys.  

In order to select a trip appropriate for your skills and interests, please read the description closely and check the trip rating.  A trip rating of H10D, for example, can be translated as follows:

10 = the number of miles traveled on the longest day of the trip.  An H10D is a hard trip covering at least 10 miles one day and gaining at least 2001 feet on the hardest day.  For our bus trips, participants should also consider that these trips will be at much higher elevation than what is found around San Diego.  Our typical trailhead begins at around 7,000 feet and higher.

 

Difficulty 
E = Easy: Reasonable physical condition required and recent experience recommended, unless specifically stated in the outing description.
M = Moderate: You should follow a regular conditioning program, and have some experience with easy backpacks. Recent experience required, unless specifically stated in the outing description.
H = Hard: You should follow a regular conditioning program, and have comfortably completed a few moderate backpacks first. Look carefully at the mileage and elevation gain. Recent comparable experience preferred, unless specifically stated in the outing description.
S = Strenuous: A high level of conditioning and experience is assumed, and required. Talk about this outing with the leader. A fast pace or other challenges may be involved. 
V = Very Strenuous: Same as for Strenuous outings above.
 
 
Elevation Gain
A =  Less than 500 feet
B = 501 to 1000 feet
C = 1001 to 2000
D = 2001 to 3000
E = Over 3001 feet
 
 

Trip Sign-up Process
Please take a few minutes to understand the sign-up process - specifically the Priority Wait List.  We look forward to seeing you on the exciting trips we are planning.

 

Registration, Payment, and Refund Process

1. Read the Trip Details for the particular outing you are interested in and determine your trip preference. Begin at the Home page.

2. Click SignUp at the bottom of the Trip Details page and proceed to the Trip Information and Signup page.  Be sure to read and understand the standard refund policy.

3. If your desired trip is full and you wish to obtain a priority spot on the wait list, follow the Priority Wait List Registration Process below.  If your desired trip is not full, click Register and begin the Signup and Payment Process

 

Signup and Payment Process (for trips showing Availability)

  • After clicking Register, a signup screen is presented and you are asked if you are signing up only yourself or you and someone else.
  • Select Individual (you are only signing up yourself) or Group (you are signing up and paying for two or more individuals).
  • If you have not registered on our website before, you will need to complete a quick registration as part of the signup process.  This includes setting a password for your account.
  • Your registration is complete once you have completed your credit card payment through PayPal.
  • Please complete and return the required Participant Forms as quickly as possible.  Instructions are included in your Confirmation email.
  • As the trip date approaches, an email will be generated to all participants advising them of the date and time of the pre-trip meeting.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about an outing, see Contact Us for the coordinator email address of the outing you are interested in (e.g. Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day).

 

Priority Wait List Registration Process (for trips showing as Full)

Individuals who want to have priority access to any seat that open up on a currently Full trip, should click on the Register button for the trip identified as the Priority Wait List for the desired trip.  This works just like an airline Stand-By list.

After clicking Register, a signup screen appears. 

    • There is NO Group signup for Priority Wait List trips.  Select Individual if you wish to proceed.
    • If you have not registered on our website before, you will need to complete a quick registration as part of the signup process.  This includes setting a password for your account.
    • Your registration is complete once you have completed your credit card payment through PayPal.
    • As openings become available, the Priority Wait List people will automatically be moved to their selected trip in the order in which payment was received.  A confirmation email will be sent once a trip has been assigned.
    • You can monitor your place in line at any time by logging in to the website, navigating to the Trip Information and Signup page, and clicking on the Attendees button.
    • Priority Wait List individuals will be refunded in full if they wish to cancel their registration prior to being assigned to a trip or if they have not been placed on a trip within 7 days of departure. 

CAUTION:  Once a priority wait list registration has been moved to the desired trip, the standard refund policy applies immediately. 

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