Take the Next Step

Download the info packet (PDF), then select your adventure and register and make your payment to complete your registration and get set for a life changing experience. If you have any questions, just send us an email (be sure to leave a phone number so we can get back to you quickly). We are here to help. If you don’t like email, we will still do the things the old fashioned way and talk on the phone.

The Corsar Card

Everyone who participates in a backcountry trip needs a Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue (CORSAR) Card. Click here to learn more and purchase one.

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Location

Voice of Wilderness base camp is located North of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, high in the San Juan Mountains, totally surrounded by national forest. Mountain Light Lodge will serve as base of operations for the majority of our trips which will be conducted in the Weminuche Wilderness, just minutes from the lodge.  Directions to the Mountain Light Lodge are here. The meeting places for the trips in Idaho, Alaska and Arizona are explained in each trip description.

Reservations

We encourage you to register for the trip of your choice as soon as possible, as space is limited. Places will be reserved on a first come first serve basis, until the trip is filled to capacity.
  • The proper deposit must be sent with each registration in order to reserve a place.
  • Deadline for registration and balance of payment is 21 days prior to beginning of each trip.

Costs

Total cost listed with each trip includes deposit, all team equipment and supplies, (except items on the following list of supplies) food while at lodge and on the trail, accommodations while staying at lodge, and insurance for activities during the trip, (policy limitations and exclusions will be made available for review upon request).

Arrival and Departure

We will be expecting you to arrive between 3:00 and 5;00 p.m. on the first day of your trip. Departure will be expected after breakfast on the last day of your trip.

Cancellations

The deadline for refund in the event you wish to cancel your registration, is 45 days prior to departure date. Cancellations received less than 45 days to departure date will not be refunded unless you are able to find a replacement; in which case a refund will be granted.
  • V.O.W. reserves the right to cancel or alter trip locations and status due to insufficient reservations, unsafe conditions, or Forest Service Regulations.
  • If cancellation of a trip becomes necessary your payment will be fully refunded.

Leadership

VOW was founded in 1973. Since that time, it has been a priority to maintain competency in the leadership of VOW. Continued experience in wilderness skills and programming, maintaining up to date emergency medical certification and continued training and study in biblical principles are hallmarks of VOW leadership. All staff members are chosen on the basis of their desire to pursue these same standards and qualifications. As a result, VOW has initiated a positive force in the lives of many youth and adults over these years and at the same time maintained an excellent safety record.
Learn more about the staff here!

Transportation

You will be expected to arrange your own transportation.  If you have difficulty arranging transportation, please let us know. Perhaps we can coordinate with others going your way. If you choose to fly, we will arrange transportation to and from the airport in Durango or Pagosa Springs.

Participant Responsibilities

We highly suggest you begin a physical conditioning program consisting of jogging, push-ups and sit-ups, as soon as you determine you will be participating in one of our trips. For maximum safety, participants will be expected to cooperate with staff in charge of their trip. Tobacco, alcoholic beverage or illegal drugs are not permitted on trips at any time. Participants will be expected to come prepared with those items on the following list of supplies.

Supplies List for Backpacking Adventures

Bring only supplies listed below. All other equipment (backpacks, tents, stoves, etc.) will be supplied. Make your choices as lightweight and compact as possible. Remember you will be carrying what you bring plus your share of team equipment. Pack supplies in stuff sacks or plastic bags within a duffel bag.

Equipment

Sleeping Bag 33°F.
preferably synthetic insulation- must fit into waterproof stuff sack
and weigh under 4 lbs.
2 lash straps for securing sleeping bag to pack
Metal cup, plate & spoon
Quart plastic water bottle
Small flash light with extra batteries
Whistle
Waterproof matches

Clothing

Hat or cap (crushable)
Stocking hat (fleece or wool)
Shell parka (waterproof)
Fleece sweater-pullover-long sleeve
Fleece jacket - long sleeve
3 T-Shirts (synthetic)
Gloves (fleece or wool)
Rain pants (waterproof)
1 long pants (fleece)
2 hiking shorts (1 synthetic)
Belt
3 pair underwear
2 poly-pro liner socks
2 pair wool socks
Light athletic shoes (sandals/running)
Boots (should give good support and be waterproofed)
Water shoes

Toiletries

Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Toilet paper (1/3 roll in plastic bag)
Hand towel (for trail)
Bath towel (for lodge)

Medical

Moleskin
Lip salve
Insect Repellent (liquid)
Sun screen

Educational

Notebook (4x5)
Pencil or Pen
Pocket size Bible

Optional

Pocket knife w/can opener
Tube of Snoseal
Gaiters (waterproof)
Mirror (metal)
Sanitary supplies
Sunglasses
Liquid soap
Medication
Camera
Fishing Gear (compact)
Comb