July 26-31, 2020: Backpacking on the Continental Divide Trail (CDT)

July 26-31, 2020: Backpacking on the Continental Divide Trail (CDT)


Register now – Limited to 8 spots.


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What & Where

Backpacking 5 nights / 6 days along the Continental Divide Trail in the CO Sawatch Range


Free – but plan to pay for any shared expenses such as gas, group meals, etc. which will be split and paid to the organizer at the end of the trip.

Please Bring

  • Your own food
  • Your own gear
  • An open mind
  • A willingness to meet new people
  • A desire to offer a helping hand
  • A willingness to challenge yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually

Creatio Community Experiences

What are they all about?

Creatio Community Experiences are free and open to all young adults (18-39). We are striving to bring our mission of encountering the beauty of creation and the Creator to as many people as possible. These allow us to do that by gathering as friends on local hikes, backpacking excursions, campouts, and other adventures. The only requirement is an open heart and a desire to encounter beauty!

These Experiences differ from our standard Creatio Experiences in that they are not formally guided by Creatio staff. Instead, volunteers, missionaries, and friends all offer a helping hand in making these Experiences happen and costs for gas, food, etc. are split between one another at the end of the trip. The Experience organizer may screen participants to ensure they have the necessary skills, experience, and/or gear necessary to participate.

We are Catholic Christians, however, you do not have to be religious to join on an adventure with us. Members of all faiths or no faith at all are welcome to participate with us! Feel free to talk about faith, life, or whatever else.

Itinerary (Details Subject to Change)

Begin Hike on Continental Divide Trail (CDT)

Continue along CDT

Continue along CDT

Possible Mountain Summit Day

Possible Summit Day

Return to vehicles – to Denver

Health & Safety*

Here are the best practices we are following in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: (as of 6/23/20)*

1. Masks – Masks must be worn at all times within 10ft.
2. Carpooling/ Van Rides – Carpooling/Van Rides to/from starting points will require masks at all times in the vehicle, with every other seat taken, and participants will sanitize hands when getting in and leaving the vehicle.
3. Symptom Checking – Important! Participants must take their temperature 24 hours before and the day of, and report any symptoms to Creatio staff. They cannot participate if they feel ill. Daily symptom checking will be performed on the trip by the trip organizers each morning. Participants showing symptoms will quarantine themselves from the group in a separate tent and maintain as much distance as possible until they can return to their home.
4. Social Distancing – All participants must stay at least 6 feet apart from one another. If for some reason they need to be closer, they must wear masks.
5. Hand Hygiene – All participants are recommended to carry hand hygiene supplies – hand sanitizer (70%) or biodegradable hand soap. All participants will hand wash before and after all meals.
6. Food and Meal Times – When Creatio is providing meals, only guides will prepare meals, will wear gloves and masks. All participants will have their own bowl and spoon, will not share snacks or water, and will not touch each other’s bowls, spoons, or water bottles. After each meal, bowls, spoons, and cookware will be sanitized with boiling water. Otherwise participants will be responsible for their own food preparation and sanitizing without sharing.
7. Tents – All participants will sleep in tents only with members of the same household whenever possible. Tents will be reduced to 50% capacity otherwise, with participants sleeping head-to-toe with space between to maintain distance.
8. Travel Regulations – All participants and leaders will be required to follow government, state, and county regulations regarding travel distances and locations.

*subject to change pending current government regulations


Creatio’s spirituality is focused on strengthening the four relationships: relationship with self, with one another, with nature and with God. We encourage all of our missionaries to be open to experience a deepening of these relationships while on our trips.

Creatio takes a holistic approach to improving lives by addressing material and spiritual wellbeing of the people we serve. We do this with a Catholic worldview as our foundation, however, we encourage Catholics and non-Catholics to join us in encountering the beauty of creation and our Creator. All participants are encouraged to join in group activities such as discussions on faith-based topics or visiting holy sites, but nobody should feel compelled to participate in specifically Catholic traditions and practices.


While it is difficult (actually nearly impossible), to prepare for every type of challenge involving weather, altitude, terrain, or wildlife, we can prepare the one thing we do have under our control, our body (at least mostly). Creatio encourages those on a Community Experience to push themselves out of their comfort zones and try new things. This requires that we try to get into the best physical shape possible before the trip. In the 4-5 weeks leading up to your experience, make sure to hike with your pack full of weight (with around 40lbs) at least 1-2 times a week, and use the boots or shoes that you will be using on the Experience.

It is also encouraged that if at all possible you avoid injuring yourself through contact sports or other activities that might diminish your ability to participate in the outdoor activities that are tentatively planned for your Community Experience. If you have an injury that might inhibit your participation in rigorous physical activity (hiking 6-7 miles a day while gaining +1000 to +3000 ft), please reconsider joining on this experience.


  • Tent/ Hammock or other personal sleeping system with Waterproof capabilities
  • Cooking Stove (Backpacking)
  • Sleeping bag (packable, rated to 30 Degrees F)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Backpacking Pack (50-60L)
  • Hiking boots/ shoes – ask for recommendations, boots are necessary as we will be putting several miles in each day with significant weight
  • Camp Sandals (optional, but recommended) 
  • Non-cotton Dri-Fit Clothing – (1 underwear, 1 extra shirt – minimum)
  • Non-cotton socks / Hiking Socks (Merino Wool)
  • Hiking Pants and/or shorts (helpful to have non-cotton, also longer pants for cool nights and bugs)
  • Layers (Down Jacket / Merino Wool or Fleece layers)
  • Rain Jacket (Rain pants if you have them) – storms are unpredictable
  • Water Bottles/ Bladder (2-3 L Capacity)
  • Hat (Warm)
  • Gloves (light)
  • Sunscreen 
  • Sunglasses, hat
  • Headlamp / Flashlight
  • Camping bowl/plate and utensils
  • Prescription and non-prescription medications (notify Trip Leader)
  • Toiletries– toothbrush, toothpaste, contact case and solution (minimum)
  • ID (Leave in secure location in backpack)
  • Snacks for the hike (Cliff bars, Trail Mix, Candies)
  • Optional Items
    • Hiking Poles (Recommended)
    • Multi-tool and/or Knife
    • Compass
    • Phone (Camera)