There’s nothing closer to honest worthwhile therapy than being outside in the wilds of our beautiful world. Allowing ourselves to push our limits mentally, physically and even spiritually can create a life-changing experience for all of us. We find this especially true when done with other women who are equally hungry for similar challenges in the outdoors. Giving ourselves the actual time and focus to strengthen our entire self, can sometimes be the very difference we've been looking for!
This backpacking retreat leads you to the heart of the Sawtooth Mountains over high elevation passes, alpine basins and meadows covered with wildflowers, rugged mountains spires towering above pristine lakes, and a sky full of stars. Participants must be physically capable of carrying a 30-40 pound backpack while hiking 5-10 miles each day. On the last day of the retreat, guests will enjoy soothing their sore muscles in a private natural geothermal hot spring overlooking the mountain range they just spent the past four days in. We are happy to be partnering with Sawtooth Mountain Guides to this beautiful location.
The Cirque of the Towers hosts rugged terrain with massive mountain spires towering above clear glacial lakes, colorful wildflowers, and alpine meadows. The route will cover up to 25 miles round trip averaging six miles per day with an elevation change near 1,700 feet. The hike varies from relatively flat trail on two of days through forested sections and visiting pristine alpine lakes to the summit day over high elevation passes and rocky terrain to reach the Cirque of the Towers. The trailhead is at 9,080 ft. elevation and the highest point may reach over 10,800 ft. elevation. This can be a challenging hike, yet the pace is more relaxed for beginner backpackers. Participants will have an incredible experience especially by preparing in advance to be in strong physical condition. *Must be able to carry a backpack weighing around 30-40 pounds each day. We are happy to be partnering with Thompson Outfitters to this beautiful location.
We will be backpacking with an awesome group of women through the magical and awe-inspiring Escalante Grand-Staircase Monument in the Southern Utah desert. The beautiful Navajo Sandstone canyon walls, the sparkling streams, arches, natural bridge, Fremont Indian pictographs and several waterfalls and swimming holes will make this hike a favorite. We are happy to be operating under the permit of Arizona Outback Adventures.
This route will cover up 26 miles with very minimal elevation gain. The trail crosses water often, so water shoes are recommended! Participants must be physically capable of carrying a 30-40 pound backpack while hiking 5-7 miles each day.
This route will cover up 26 miles with some off trail route finding, one steep sand dune, bypassing four waterfalls with light scrambling, a climb that involves scrambling down a 100-foot pitch of slick rock the ascends from the canyon floor at nearly a 45 degree angle, as well as the entry portal to the gulch which is literally a ‘crack-in-the-wall’ narrow slot. All ability levels are welcome; however, each person must be comfortable with light scrambling, exposure, and physically fit to carry a 30-40 pound backpack hiking 5-10 miles each day. The trail crosses water often, so water shoes are recommended!
If I bring my own gear, will the cost change?
The price does not change. The sponsored gear is an added bonus.
How many women come by themselves?
Most participants on the retreats have come by themselves and several participants have signed up with friends. The retreats are a welcoming space for any ladies looking for adventure and spending time exploring with like-minded women.
Will there be a packing list to look at to help me prepare for the trip?
Yes. After participants sign up, they’ll be sent a very detailed packing list, food menu, and will have personal phone calls with the lead guide / ambassadors about specific trip and packing details. The main gear required for backpacking and food is provided, so the packing list consist of mostly personal items.
What is the average age of the participant?
Each trip has had a range of ages from 22-61. The average age is around 32. The magic of ASDT Retreats is how participants connect on a soulful level through adventure where everyone brings special insights regardless of age.
What is the difference between the $795 and $895 package?
We have limited early bird tickets that we offer for the first handful of women who purchase their ticket!
For those who are flying, we will connect you with other participants for the option of sharing hotel rooms, rental cars, and carpooling.
Will someone be there to pick me up or do I need to arrange my own transportation to our meeting point?
Please plan to arrange your own transportation to the meeting location. Once at the meeting location, the transportation will be provided to and from the trailhead. Please see the below answer for connecting with other participants for carpooling.
Would it be possible to carpool with other participants? How can I get their information?
Absolutely! The participants will be connected with each other over a month before the retreat and are encouraged to plan travel together. ASDT will share appropriate contact information with the trip participants to assist with travel plans.
How old do you have to be to attend an ASDT Retreat?
Each participant needs to be over the age of 18yrs old.