We serve and equip Mountain View Community Church by providing purposeful experiences in God’s creation and wilderness ministry training.
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In a world that is increasingly busy and over connected, Backcountry allows people to get away, unplug, and push themselves in new ways. From week-long backpacking trips throughout Colorado, to day trips SUP-ing on Horsetooth Reservoir, Backcountry has opportunities for anyone to enjoy the outdoors and grow closer to God.
All of our trips are sent out with a team of highly trained guides or outdoor leaders who facilitate unique adventures and purposeful experiences to encounter Jesus. We have seen lives radically changed on the trail and always look forward to how God will continue to work through this ministry!
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Trips for summer 2021 will be posted soon!
How much hiking will there be?
Students can cover anywhere between 10-25+ miles per trip. Obviously, for middle schoolers this number will be on the lower side, but one of the most powerful aspects of backpacking is leading kids to the end of themselves (often times physically), so they experience God meeting them in their need. Students don’t need to have any hiking/backpacking/wilderness experience to come!
Where do you go?
We have a few typical routes that we have tried and tested. We try to keep these routes secrets, so that students can experience the true freedom of trusting the guides and ultimately God. If you would like to know more about our routes, let us know and we can talk more! We will also not know routes for specific weeks until a week or two prior the trip (due to weather and other external factors).
What do they eat?
The food on trail is delicious! We provide a variety of meals that taste good and give proper wilderness nutrition. The guides will cook all of the food and will bring extra snacks. We can totally cater to dietary and allergic restrictions – we are set up to serve DF & GF easily. Other stricter diets may need to be supplemented by the participant. Any student can bring additional snacks if they would like, but meals and snacks will be provided.
Where do students sleep?
Backcountry has a variety of tents that can hold 4-8 people. On each trip, boys and girls will sleep in separate tents.
What happens if someone gets hurt?
While it is rare, anything can happen in the wilderness. The guides have been trained and prepared in every way possible to deal with backcountry injuries and sicknesses. Every guide is Wilderness First Aid certified (which is a 16+ hour course) and every guide team is equipped with a satellite phone in case of a dire emergency where further help would be needed. More info can be provided on our safety procedures if you are curious.
Will I be able to communicate with my kid?
The short answer is no. With the satellite phone, each guide team will check in several times during the week and we will update parents with that info. If there are extenuating circumstances that may require you to communicate with your student, please talk to us.
What will a day in the backcountry look like?
Every day is different! Generally, there will be hiking, setting up camp, bible studies, devotionals, shared meals, testimonies, campfires, games, waking up early, intentional conversations, and whatever else the wilderness throws at us!
What gear is provided?
Backcountry provides nearly all the gear your student will need. The things your student will definitely need are clothes (more specifics will be included in the flyer and confirmation email), boots/hiking shoes, and personal items (toothbrush, contacts, etc.). If your student has their own gear they would like to use, that is more than welcome, but Backcountry cannot subsidize the price of the trip.