The wild west is full of granite spires, crystalline lakes, and cowboy sunsets. Wyoming is home to one such well kept secret, Medicine Bow National Forest. Here you can walk among fields of brilliant wildflowers and admire wildlife like pikas and big horn sheep. While the daily mileage is low (six miles or less) the terrain and altitude are sure to provide ample challenge to any level of hiker. By day we'll day hike in breathtaking places and at night we'll sleep in comfortable modern lodgings. This adventure is great training for a Level 4 or 5 international trip!Max group size: 12 pax.
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This trip is rated a 4 and is appropriate for women in strong hiking condition who want to refine backpacking skills in a spectacular alpine setting. While you will be carrying a 30-pound pack on a trail where there are some sustained ascents and descents, the mileage is quite moderate to allow time to acclimatize to the high elevation and practice skills. Rating: 1 2 3  5.
This is a hiking trip where you can enjoy far flung remote beauty but only have to carry your daypack. This trip is a perfect opportunity to hone your alpine skills and experience the joys of the Snowy Range in a supportive group environment. We'll practice Leave No Trace principles, how to navigate a talus field, altitude sickness prevention, and much more! Previous hiking experience is required. The mileage will be low, but we will be hiking at high altitude with rocky terrain.
Two nights will be spent at a modern hotel in Laramie, Wyoming that has a convenient airport shuttle. The following three nights will be spent at a family owned and operated historic hotel in the small mountain town of Centennial, gateway to our hiking adventure. Finally our last night will be at the charming western Vee Bar Ranch, a picturesque and relaxing reward, complete with hot tub and a river on property! There are two single supplements available on this trip, otherwise rooms are shared at the first and second location. At Vee Bar Ranch, each participant will have her own room with a shared jack and jill bathroom between another AGC participant's room.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
It was my first backpacking trip - learned quite a bit about what to do, not to do, what to bring, not to bring. I always am one to carry all weather needs in any pack I am using, this time, I needed even more. In the mountains you need a Plan D.
Met some wonderful women but most of all, the care given by rhe leaders, especially Karen, who took me under her wing and taught me tons. (I was the only newbie to backpacking on the trip.) Also, Karen and Gina patched me up when I took a header on the trail. In addition, Karen and Brenda took special care of us all on the final, snowy morning on the trail, bringing us hot cocoa and breakfast in our tents and making the wise decision to skip the bouldering planned for that day due to the cold, icy conditions. My only complaints are I felt we stopped to rest too frequently, and the leader should alway position herself in the middle of the pack and wait till everyone catches up before interpreting, so that everyone can hear.
Comradery among the participants. Lots of laughter and enjoying being outside. Guides were friendly, knowledgeable and capable. Biggest detraction was the guides working out their system of working together, and communicating to the group - something that should of happened before we got there.
As usual, our guides were amazing. It was very helpful to have Gina along(as a trainee) as her extra set of hands really helped since we had a very diverse set of capabilities in our group. Hiking at altitude in Wyoming was a treat. We saw such beauty and learned a lot about the Wyoming wilderness. Our guides always made sure we were safe and came up with a satisfactory Plan B after we experienced some unexpected wintry weather.
I'm rating the trip as excellent because all of the things that were within the control of the leaders were done so well. The trip was special because of the beauty of the terrain, the fact that I had never seen anything like it, and the company of my fellow travellers.
Sure did! The Snowy Mountains are even more beautiful than I anticipated.
See first comments above!