~  SUMMER 2014:  scroll down for the 4 trips that are open to the public  ~

HIKING the ADIRONDACKS with Christopher West & Jen Messing, JULY 11-15  (PDF flyer)

Open to:  Men and women, age 18 and up.  Limit of 20 participants.

Registration Formsclick here!

Gear List:   idCHECKLIST.Adirondacks2014

Cost:

  • $785  (includes all food, camping, fees, and transportation from Philadelphia)
  • $400 deposit (no refunds except in cases of emergency)… FINAL DEADLINE is JULY 1
  • Attend the Intl’ TOB Congress from July 9-11!  Group rate available for the participants of this trip (inquire with Jen)!

Level of Difficulty: Moderately strenuous.  Hiking will include trails that are 5-10 miles in length; we will gain elevation and travel on rocky trails.

Special Considerations:  Participants must plan to leave from the Sheraton Hotel in Philadelphia, PA promptly at 2 pm on Friday the 11th (even if you are not attending the TOB Congress, July 9-11) and anticipate staying overnight in Philadelphia on Tuesday the 15th.  Our journey to the Adirondacks will take approx. 7 hours via 15-passenger van, broken up by multiple breaks.

Suggestions for hostels and places to leave cars should be discussed with Jen in order to coordinate appropriately.  We will have the rental van until early Wednesday morning if you need a shuttle to the airport and the closest SEPTA (public transit) station to the Sheraton Hotel is Suburban Station.

These trips are designed to be “family style” in that we share daily “chores” (meal prep, clean up, etc.), we wait for one another, and we share tent space.  Due to campground regulations surrounding how many people and tents are allowed per site, we have little flexibility with tent arrangements, but men and women will be separated unless married.

Please do not bring electronic devices; they will be collected (including cell phones) at the start of the retreat with the expectation that they will not be used unless there is an emergency.   NOTE: the areas we will hike have unreliable phone coverage.

What is “basecamp hiking”?  This means that we will be driving to our campsites and setting up there for the duration of our time in the Adirondacks.  We will drive to the trailheads of our hikes, but this does not mean that our hikes will not be strenuous!  We will be camping near Blue Mountain Lake (just south of the “high peaks” region) and plan to spend a majority of 3 days hiking to rocky vistas, 5 – 10 miles per day.  Get a taste of the Adirondacks here!

 

Roam & Receive: I.D. RETREAT to MI, July 26 – Aug. 3  (full description)

Open to:  Men and women, age 18 and up.  Limit of 10 participants.

Registration Formsclick here!

Gear List: idCHECKLIST.Michigan2014

Cost:

  • $685  (includes 9 days of food, camping, fees, and transportation from Minneapolis)
  • $350 deposit (no refunds except in cases of emergency)… DUE DATE EXTENDED; SPACE STILL AVAILABLE

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate.  Hiking will include trails that are 5-10 miles in length; somewhat hilly, uneven ground.

Special Considerations:  On Saturday July 26, participants should plan to meet for 8 am Mass at St. Charles Borromeo followed by 1/2 hr. of prayer, then at 9 am in the parking lot of the office.  Check-in will take place outside (weather permitting) or in Suite 108 in case of rain.  Cars may be left in the office parking lot with permission.  Anticipated return time will be early-evening on Sunday, August 3.

Our journey will be taken via one 15-passenger van, broken up by multiple breaks; further details are left to unfold over the course of the retreat.  Please do not bring electronic devices; they will be collected (including cell phones) at the start of the retreat with the expectation that they will not be used unless there is an emergency (NOTE: the areas we will hike have unreliable phone coverage).  It is also expected that you will arrange for your absence (out of office replies, etc.) prior to the start of the retreat (not in the van).

These trips are designed to be “family style” in that we share daily “chores” (meal prep, clean up, etc.), we wait for one another, and we share tent space.  Due to campground regulations surrounding how many people and tents are allowed per site, we have little flexibility with tent arrangements, but men and women will be separated unless married.

 

Starter I.D. RETREAT:  Jay Cooke State Park, MN (full description)

June 23-27, 2014:  Open to young ladies, entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade.  – CANCELED

August 11-15, 2014:  Open to young ladies, entering 5th, 6th, or 7th grade.  Limit of 13 participants.

Registration Forms5th – 7th grade  

Gear List: idCHECKLIST.JayCookeGirls2014

Cost:

  • $335  (includes 5 days of food, camping, fees, and transportation from Minneapolis)
  • $200 deposit  (no refunds except in cases of emergency)
  • August trip deposit due by July 23, 2014

Level of Difficulty:  Beginner to moderate.  Hiking will include trails that are up to 5 miles in length; somewhat hilly, uneven ground.  Very rocky/slanted river shore.

Special Considerations:  On Monday, participants and their parent(s) should plan to meet for 8am Mass at St. Charles Borromeo, then at 8:45 am in the parking lot of Into the Deep’s office (or the north entry in case of rain).   Check-in will take place outside (weather permitting) or in Suite 108.  Our anticipated return time will be 3:30 pm on Friday.

Our journey will be taken via 8 or 15-passenger vans and will be led by Jen Messing and one or two other adult women (background and driver checks will have been completed).   Jay Cooke State Park is a little over 2 hours north of the Twin Cities; we will take necessary breaks along the way.  Explore Jay Cooke!

This is a “basecamp” style trip, meaning that we will be driving to our campsites and setting up there for the duration of our time in Jay Cooke.  These trips are designed to be “family style” in that we share daily “chores” (meal prep, clean up, etc.), we wait for one another, and we share tent space (one adult woman will be in each tent with approx. 5 youth).

Please do not bring electronic devices; they will be collected (including cell phones) at the start of the retreat with the expectation that they will not be used unless there is an emergency (NOTE: the area we will hike has unreliable phone coverage).  The ladies are expected to participate in daily prayer times and Mass; we will be driving into town for daily Mass and offering one experience of Eucharistic adoration.

Invite friends to join you or come by yourself – we look forward to meeting you!

 

 

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