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August 14-16, 2020 – Third Saturday Camping & Hiking near Mt. Evans

Cost

Free – any shared expenses such as gas, group meals, etc. are 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

Join us for a summer weekend near Denver at the foot of Colorado's most-visible 14er, the great Mt. Evans! Many adventure enthusiasts (including us quite often) shy-away from this peak (because you can drive to the top), but the wilderness surrounding it holds incredible beauty. Join us for a weekend of camping, conversation, hiking, or whatever!

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

4:00 P.M. Meet at the Creatio office if you would like to caravan out – 623 Fox St. Denver, CO 80204

5:30 P.M. Arrive – set up camp and hang out for the evening

5:30 A.M. Wake up (if you would hike or bike Mt. Evans)

6:00 A.M. Eat a quick breakfast before hike

6:15 A.M. Start hiking on from Campsite or Drive to the Trailhead (Echo Lake Start – 15.5 miles Round-Trip)

9:00 A.M. Begin Hiking from Summit Lake (for shorter hike to Mt. Evans Summit)

11:00 A.M. Get Together atop Mt. Evans

If you do not desire to hike Mt. Evans, there are multiple activities available for you to participate in – Mountain biking, visiting Echo Lake and canoeing, kayaking, or fishing. If hiking is not your thing, consider driving to the top of Mt. Evans and enjoying the view for awhile!

5:00 P.M. Dinner, reflection, rest

8:30 A.M. Breakfast, pack up camp.

You can continue to hang with us for a while on Sunday, or you may also choose to head back to town. If you can find a mass to attend, we encourage you to do so!

Packing

  • Tent or Hammock for yourself + housemates/family
  • Cookstove and cookware
  • Food
  • Sleeping bag (packable, rated to under 30 Degrees F)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Day Pack (20-35L)
  • Hiking boots/ shoes
  • 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
  • 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
    • Multi-tool and/or Knife
    • Compass
    • Phone (Camera)
    • Tracking beacon
    • GPS
    • Mountain Bike
    • Fly fishing gear
    • The venerable old Kukri

Health & Safety Information

Here are the best practices we are encouraging everyone to follow in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: (as of 6/1/20)

1. Symptom CheckingImportant! Participants must take their temperature 24 hours before and the day of, and report any symptoms to Creatio staff. They cannot participate if feeling ill.
2. Masks – Masks must be worn at all times
3. Carpooling – Carpooling to/from starting points and the destination will not be allowed unless from the same household.
4. Social Distancing – All participants must stay at least 6 feet apart from one another.
5. Hand Hygiene – All participants are recommended to carry hand hygiene supplies – hand sanitizer (70%) or biodegradable hand soap.
6. Travel Regulations – All participants and leaders will be required to follow government, state, and county regulations regarding travel distances and locations.

Map

Campsite location: 39.600542, -105.812724

Spirituality

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.

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