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August 26 – September 3, 2023: Flat Tops Wilderness Intro to Backpacking

About this Trip

Come backpack through the beautiful Flat Tops Wilderness of Colorado with Creatio this summer! This will offer a great opportunity for less experienced backpackers to the learn necessary skills in order to confidently explore the backcountry.

Creatio’s experienced guides will lead you on this adventure in nature and in spirit. We will provide meals, group gear, and itinerary so all you have to do is meet us here!

The captivating Flat Tops Wilderness is right at our fingertips, come explore them with us!

This backpacking adventure is 8 days so prepare to be challenged!

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Includes

  • Creatio guides
  • Permits
  • Group Gear
  • Ground transportation
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day
  • Opportunities for spiritual talks, reflection and backpack through the Flat Tops Wilderness!

Excludes

  • Travel expenses to and from Denver
  • Personal Gear

Location

The Flat Tops Wilderness Area lies deep in the mountains of Colorado and encompasses over 235,000 acres of land! We will be backpacking a loop that takes us along the Sweetwater Creek, past Rim Lake and down the Shingle Peak Trail. This wilderness area offers wide open skies, aspen forests, and gentle running streams that all combine to make for an unforgettable outdoor experience!

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 participants to be open to experience a deepening of these relationships while on our experiences. We go out into nature and beauty and hope that along the journey, we encounter the depth of ourselves and those around us.

Friendship and Community

“Community,” “deep conversation,” “friendship.” Many missionaries chose these words when asked to describe their Creatio Adventure experiences in one phrase.  Of course, backpacking through the outdoors is a great opportunity for silence, personal reflection, and soul-searching. But we are made for community, made for an encounter, and much of that soul-searching happens in communion with others. Those conversations that happen while preparing dinner, marveling at a mountain top view, or helping someone with their blisters (yes, they’re real) may be the ones that help change our lives. Come prepared to live out the beauty of Community!

Itinerary

*This itinerary is subject to change

Day  1

Meet at St. Joseph’s Church (600 Galapago St.) and we will drive to Flat Tops Wilderness and begin backpacking!

Arrive at Trailhead and hike (lunch along trail) to dispersed campsite along the Rim Lake Trail. Set up camp, eat dinner and hang out!

Includes: Transportation to Flat Tops, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

Day 2

Wake up, have breakfast, pack up camp.

Hike (lunch along trail) to next dispersed campsite.

Set up camp, have dinner, hang out/evening reflections

Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, guided hikes & ground transportation. 

Day 3

Wake up, have breakfast, pack up camp.

Hike (lunch along trail) to next dispersed campsite.

Set up camp, have dinner, hang out/evening reflections

Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, guided hikes & ground transportation. 

Day 4

Wake up, have breakfast, pack up camp.

Hike (lunch along trail) to next dispersed campsite.

Set up camp, have dinner, hang out/evening reflections

Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, guided hikes & ground transportation. 

Day 5

Wake up, have breakfast, pack up camp.

Hike (lunch along trail) to next dispersed campsite.

Set up camp, have dinner, hang out/evening reflections

Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, guided hikes & ground transportation. 

Day 6

Wake up, have breakfast, pack up camp.

Hike (lunch along trail) to next dispersed campsite.

Set up camp, have dinner, hang out/evening reflections

Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, guided hikes & ground transportation. 

Day 7

Wake up, have breakfast, pack up camp.

Hike (lunch along trail) to next dispersed campsite.

Set up camp, have dinner, hang out/evening reflections

Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, guided hikes & ground transportation. 

Day 8

Wake up, have breakfast, pack up camp.

Hike (lunch along trail) to next dispersed campsite.

Set up camp, have dinner, hang out/evening reflections

Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, guided hikes & ground transportation. 

Day 9

Wake up, have breakfast, pack up camp.

Hike out back to vehicles

Drive back to Denver and attend Sunday Mass

Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, guided hikes & ground transportation. 

*** Mileage each day will vary: between 5-10 miles ***

Health & Safety Information

Health Information

We recommend you and your group undergo a medical check-up before traveling to make sure you don’t have any kind of medical condition that could obstruct your participation in the backpacking adventure.

This backpacking adventure will be at a high altitude. The highest altitude we will reach is about 11,000 ft above sea level so you must make sure to stay hydrated and not overexert yourself!

Water Purification: Do not drink straight from the streams and lakes we will be crossing! Make sure that you always use water purification systems (will be provided by Creatio) when filling up your water bottle while backpacking.

Wildlife Safety: The Flat Tops Wilderness Area is full of wildlife, including bears. Make sure that you do NOT keep any food in your tent or on your person while sleeping. We will utilize bear canisters to prevent any unwanted visitors to our campsite.

Packing List

This list is subject to change.

Weather change from night to day is more drastic in the mountains. Expect the day time to be hot and sunny. Nighttime and early morning will be chilly so pack extra layers and knit hat.

RECOMMENDED: 60-80L Backpack

  • 60-80L Backpack
  • Sleeping bag (packable, rated to 30F)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water bottles or Camelbak (Recommend 3 nalgene bottles because it will be hot and you’ll need to hydrate! If you do bring a Camelback, also bring a water bottle to use in the evenings).
  • Headlamp
  • Hiking clothes
    • 3 shirts – base layer, we will only need a t-shirt most of the day
    • 1 long sleeve/light outer layer jacket for chilly mornings
    • 2 pairs of pants or hiking shorts
    • 2-3 pair non-cotton socks
    • Light outer shell raincoat
  • 1 set of light sleeping clothes – t-shirt and shorts
  • Good walking/hiking shoes
  • Sandals – Chacos, Tevas or Keens or the like
  • Camping plate/bowl and utensils (spork)
  • Sunglasses/hat
  • Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, travel size items or share)
  • SUNSCREEN
  • Prescribed and non-prescribed medications
  • Rosary or other spiritual items

Optional

  • Bible
  • Journal
  • Camera
  • Blister care – safety pins (2), needle, thread, band-aids, first aid tape, Vaseline, moleskin. Creatio will provide some. You can also buy these things along the way if you need them.
  • Wrist watch
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