UTAH KING’S PEAK EXPLORER
Utah’s highest peak has drawn many hikers to it’s challenge and beauty. This 50-miler out and back hike will have you weaving through forests, along crystal clear rivers, and through expansive glacial valleys, all on your way to the rock-scramble to reach the peak. Get ready to see the brightest night sky you’ve ever laid eyes on while camping under the stars.
BEFORE YOU GO
Basecampers going on Utah Kings Peak Explorer should prepare for:
Full days of outdoor activities led by two caring guides
Day hikes to viewpoints and mountaintops
A multi-day backpacking trip designed for first-time backpackers
A fun, supportive and wholesome Basecamp experience
We expect you to arrive to your trip fully prepared for all activities.
Preparing for the Hiking
On Utah King’s Peak Explorer, you will hike on well-established trails over a wide range of terrain, from meadows to hills to mountains. You’ll carry your full pack for 2 of the 4 days, and the other days (including the hardest day), you will carry a lighter day pack. While backpacking, you will carry all of your belongings (clothes, sleeping bag and pad), meals, snacks and water. Typically when backpacking, pack weights average about 30% of a hiker's weight. In the month before your trip, you should break-in your hiking boots (wear them a lot!) and complete the pre-trip training (see below). Once on your trip, you'll find that enthusiasm and a positive attitude will help to make the trip a success for you... and for everyone in your group.
4 weeks before your trip: three 45-minute hikes or walks in your boots.
3 weeks before your trip: three 60-minute hikes or walks in your boots.
2 weeks before your trip: three 90-minute hikes in your boots with a backpack loaded with 10% of your body weight.
1 week before your trip: four 2-hour hikes in your boots with a backpack loaded with 20% of your body weight.
Preparing for Basecamp
Backyard Basecamp trips are wholesome, structured experiences with high expectations of each student’s behavior. You are expected to be enthusiastic, positive, helpful and supportive of your trip mates and your leaders. We ask that you leave your cell phone and electronics at home (cameras are always welcome), so you can fully engage with your group and your trip. Arriving ready for a challenge—and prepared to contribute to an enthusiastic group—will go a long way toward creating a successful trip. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss preparing for your adventure!
UTAH KING’S PEAK EXPLORER
Start/ End Location
Salt Lake City, Utah (SLC)
Contact for Dates
Completing grade 6-12 in 2019
Groups limited to 12 Basecampers
6 (1-10, 1 is easiest)
Included In Trip Fee
Not Included In Trip Fee
Personal Gear & Clothing (see what to pack)
Airfare/ Transportation to and from trip start & end
Trip Insurance (recommended)