Our challenge starts in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This gateway to the Grand Tetons National Park offers breath-taking views from every angle. Low-lying valleys are surrounded by majestic mountain ranges. Lakes and rivers intermingle with Alpine terrain, home to elk, beaver and many other wildlife.
We will be enjoying daily hikes or bike rides through one of the most beautiful National Parks in the world. In the late afternoon we will return to our comfortable lodges for rest, dinner, and the chance to relish our achievements with new friends. We will also have wonderful opportunities to hear from leaders from some of our international projects. So you will leave feeling physically and spiritually refreshed!
Registration closes April 15 2016
Dates: July 31 – Aug 5
Location: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Age: You must be 18 and over to register for this event
Minimum fundraising: $5,000
Registration fee: $795 USD for hiker, $775 USD for cyclist
Experience level: All
Registration closes April 15 2016
Who’s the event for?
Women – previous participants have attended with sisters, friends, daughters, moms, even grandmas!
You do not have to be particularly fit to take part in this challenge – we have options for all abilities. So whether you are completely new to hiking or a pro there will be something suitable for you.
You just need to let us know in advance which level (easy, intermediate or difficult) you want to sign up to for the duration of the event.
Why trek with The Freedom Challenge
- Training guides, hints and tips to get you ready for the big challenge
- Lots of fundraising ideas and resources
- A Freedom Challenge T-Shirt
- Access to a Facebook group just for your trek, so you can chat with your fellow trekkers beforehand
- The chance to hear from and be inspired by leaders from our international projects during the challenge
- All meals between evening of July 31 and morning of 5 August
Itinerary / schedule
Event Begins July 31, 2016.
All participants will need to arrive by 3pm in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
August 1, 2016
Enjoy a day of conference where you will hear from the Freedom Challenge International Project Leaders as they share about the impact and transformation seen in the projects we serve.
August 2-4th, 2016
Day hike/cycling activities with evening dinner/conference sessions nightly.
Depart August 5, 2016
For those wanting more outdoor hiking adventure, the overnight backpacking option is available from Aug 5-7, departure on Aug. 8. (additional cost of $500)
- Easy/Beginner Level
Hikes range in length from 2 to 5 miles, with an elevation gain of not more than 800 feet. These walks are close to our lodging, around nearby lakes and are considered more leisurely.
- Moderate/Intermediate Level
Hikes range in length from 6 to 11 miles, with an elevation of gain from 500 to 1,800 feet. These hikes include some strenuous hiking considered moderate to difficult through canyons and near waterfalls. Depending on the hike it may be necessary to rise early to complete the hike in a timely manner.
- Difficult/Advanced Level
Hikes range in length from 6 to 12 miles, with significant elevation gain from 2,600 to 5,200 feet. This level of hiking is considered strenuous and difficult. You will hike through canyons, over boulders, up steep inclines and on narrow paths. The lengths of the hikes require stamina and rising early to finish the hikes in a timely manner.
What does the fee include?
The fee includes all lodging, food, transportation to and from the trail heads, and daily snacks. You are responsible for all costs incurred prior to arriving and after departing the Lodge. Flights to and from Jackson Hole, WY are not included. Payments are not refundable or transferable.
Bike rental is not included in price above. Please choose the bike rental up-sell option when you register, if you need a mountain bike rental.
How much do I need to raise to take part?
Each climber is required to raise a minimum of $5,000 USD for projects supported by the Freedom Challenge. We will give you all the support and tools needed, but be prepared to work diligently to meet this goal. A minimum of $2,500 USD is required to be raised in order to participate. Every single dollar is effective in bringing freedom and hope! These funds must be raised by June 15, 2016. In the event that the minimum fundraising goal is not met, all deposits and funds raised will be considered a donation to the projects and the climb spot will be lost.
What gear do I need?
You can download our complete list of equipment here.
About The Freedom Challenge
The Freedom Challenge is a movement of passionate women dedicated to ending modern-day slavery and oppression. It is not just about climbing a mountain; it's a way to engage in this global battle and strategically help these women and children. Climbing/hiking or walking these mountains is merely a symbolic gesture of what women and children around the world go through every single day. As a Freedom Climber, you will raise awareness and funds for OM projects all over the world that help reduce vulnerability and fight the battle against modern slavery and oppression.
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