HOTTIES WITH VINTAGE BODIES
SEPTEMBER 21-26, 2022
RIALTO BEACH, OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
A BREATHTAKING ADVENTURE AWAITS YOU . . .
WHAT TO EXPECT
Meander through a coastal forest that descends to the beach while taking in views of the ocean, sea stacks, and even a bald eagle sighting if you’re lucky. Enjoy a campfire made of driftwood and fall asleep listening to the waves. This trip is rated EASY and totals no more than 2-3 miles per day on flat trails.
The coastal terrain can vary between fine sand, rocky beaches, driftwood logs and potentially slippery moss.
This trip is perfect for beginners who don’t have time to train higher mileage or intensity, have more physical limitations, or those that prioritize relaxation and quiet. A perfect trip for those that want to unplug and unwind.
All gear, rental or purchased, as well as personal clothing and supplies
Flights and additional transportation beyond the trip's dates
Food, snacks, and drinks
Hotel stay upon completion of the trip
Campfires on the beach
Ocean views and sounds
Stunning Lake Crescent Lodge with amazing views and delicious food
All the views and perks without the high mileage and strenuous hikes
Build all the skills and knowledge to be a backpacker with the confidence to explore on your own
Designed for women and led by women
One night shared hotel stay at gorgeous Lake Crescent Lodge the night before we begin
Packing party the night before we begin
Detailed map planning and preparation for the entire trip
All permits and park fees
GPS tracking so loved ones can follow along with the entire trip
Virtual library with exercises and training plans to prepare for the trip
3 Zoom sessions and extensive video library detailing gear, packing, food, water, staying found and more!
One 1:1 call with Laura to receive personalized support
Celebratory brunch send off after the trip is completed!
Knowledge and confidence to plan your own backpacking trips in the future
Sit next to a crackling fire in the sand under starry skies and allow the sounds of the ocean to gently put you to sleep
"Going into the trip, I felt unsure of what my body could handle physically with just recovering from two knee replacements.
After completing this trip, those uncertainties are gone. I now feel an incredible sense of pride in what we accomplished with our backpacking trip and know that I AM CAPABLE of tackling tasks that I once thought to be impossible.
Instead of second guessing myself, I have a new desire to be active outdoors and experience more adventures in beautifully challenging locations.
SEPTEMBER 22-26, 2022
Our trip date is dependent upon permits. DO NOT PURCHASE FLIGHTS until we have our permit. You should know the exact dates by the end of March 2022.
Travel to Lake Crescent Lodge (2 hours and 45 minute drive from Seattle Airport). *Although we recommend that you arrive on this day (the 21st), this night's stay at the lodge is optional and is not included in your retreat package.
DAILY MILEAGE: OPTIONAL
Day hike, relax, and enjoy the beach!
DAILY MILEAGE: 1.5 MILES
Hike out and celebrate!!
DAILY MILEAGE: INFINITE
Optional celebratory brunch send off
TO CONSIDER AS YOU REGISTER
Please be sure to WAIT to purchase flights until we have the retreat date set and the minimum amount of participants required to host the trip.
To protect your travel investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance.
COMMITMENT TO TRAINING
To ensure an amazing and rewarding trip you must be committed to preparing physically as well as mentally to take on the adventure. Laura will equip you with everything you need to know but you must make it a priority to show up and do the prep!
A NOTE ON PERMITS
Note that all dates are pending due to permits and all trips must receive a certain number of participants in order for the trip to run.
If the trip gets cancelled due to either of these reasons, a full refund (minus a 15% processing fee) will be given at the time of cancellation.
Although we take precautions seriously, Unladylike Adventures does NOT monitor vaccination status of participants. Participants share hotel rooms the night before all trips. If you aren’t comfortable not knowing your roommate's vaccination status then you must contact Laura and pay an upgraded fee for a private hotel room. We highly recommend taking a test before traveling regardless of vaccination status.
When signing your retreat agreement, please be sure to THOROUGHLY read through the refund policy.
We adhere strictly to this policy and will not be issuing refunds apart from what the policy states.
"I learned that I am capable of so much more than I ever allowed myself to think I could be.
I made fast friends with strangers, helped set up a campsite, slept in a tent for three nights, peed basically on the edge of a mountain, and climbed a fucking cliff face multiple times.
This retreat and the women I met have changed the course of my life forever!!"
MEET YOUR BACKPACKING GUIDES
Laura is an avid backpacker and rock climber who loves bringing more adventure and fun into people’s lives.
She is a personal trainer and Certified Wilderness First Responder and is constantly expanding her knowledge of safety and navigation in the outdoors.
She loves pole dancing, being covered in dirt, and singing Queen at the top of her lungs.
Heather is happiest in the woods, hiking in the Colorado foothills, and gasping for air on 14,000 foot summits with Laura.
As a retreat coordinator, community organizer, and communications specialist she has a passion for bringing people together. She loves her two children dearly, even though they REFUSE to hike with her.
Heather is CPR and First Aid Certified by the American Heart Association and has a Wilderness First Aid certificate.
OF ALL THE PATHS IN LIFE, MAKE SURE A FEW OF THEM ARE DIRT.
WHAT DOES PERMIT PENDING MEAN?
Laura will be applying for the permit on March 21st. We will know THAT day if we have obtained the permit. Once the official dates are locked in, you will be notified so you can request work off and start making arrangements. If for some reason the permit dates do not get approved, we will send out follow up dates or issue you a refund of your non-refundable if you cannot do the different dates.
HOW MUCH WEIGHT DO WE HAVE TO CARRY?
On most trips you will carry somewhere around 30-35 lbs but it’s possible to decrease your weight by cutting out luxuries, purchasing gear with multiple functions, and sharing some equipment with a friend. The night before the trip begins we will gather in the hotel and have a packing party so we can taper down extra weight and ensure you’re comfortable with packing your pack.
It is required that you train before the trip with a weighted pack to ensure you are capable of carrying it. *Day 1 of the trip should NOT be the first time you put your weighted pack on!*
HOW CAN I PHYSICALLY GET INTO SHAPE IN ORDER TO BACKPACK?
As long as you are medically cleared to do so, You CAN do this, but you must prepare. As a participant of this trip you will have access to my entire Virtual Library of exercises specifically for hiking. It is your responsibility to be prepared so you can enjoy your trip. Walk, jog, hike, bike, whatever gets you moving, lifting, and strengthening! This is not a solo hiker trip. It’s important for the entire group that you prepare adequately.
WHERE WILL I SLEEP?
We will all sleep in tents and use sleeping pads and sleeping bags for comfort. Your sleep system set up will be covered in the video library but no matter what your set up is, you are still sleeping in a tent on a sleeping pad. It may not be the most comfortable way you’ve ever slept, but it will be the most peaceful and beautiful! The night before the trip we will all stay in shared rooms at a hotel.
UM... WHERE WILL I GO TO THE BATHROOM?
Outside! Some campgrounds have “pit toilets” (think outhouses) but you must come prepared to go to the bathroom outside. In the video library it discusses in length how to properly squat as well as some of Laura’s favorite tools to make going to the bathroom easy and hygienic. We highly recommend you practice this before the trip if possible. If you have the proper “tools” it’s really not as bad as you might think!
WHAT WILL I EAT?
Generally backpackers eat protein bars, trail mix, and other prepackaged snacks along with dehydrated meals. In the video library Laura will discuss the many food options and how to plan for enough food on the trip (but not too much 'cuz you don’t wanna carry it around for no reason!). And how to ALWAYS leave room for chocolate!
HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT GEAR TO BRING?
In the video library Laura will talk about one of the biggest things that overwhelms people--GEAR! But don’t worry, we will go into detail on what you need to have and give you options for either renting almost all of your gear (or the bigger ticket items at least) and/or finding good discounts on the gear you’ll need. The great thing about going with a badass girl gang is that we can share things and lighten our loads. Work smarter, not harder!
WILL I HAVE WIFI OR BE ABLE TO CONTACT LOVED ONES?
There is generally very poor cell service in the backcountry. While there is a chance your phone will work, it’s best to leave the itinerary with a loved one and not expect to talk with them until finishing your trip. Your loved ones will be able to “follow along” by using a link shared by Laura for her GPS tracker, something that can also be used for any emergencies or necessary contact.
DISCONNECTION is a beautiful thing. It brings clarity and freedom even if it feels uncomfortable at first. Lean into it and be technology-free for a few days!
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?
September in Olympic National is generally really beautiful! During the day it reaches a sunny 60 degrees and in the evening it drops to around the 50s.
Being so close to a rainforest, we prepare for some rain just to be safe!
IS THIS DANGEROUS?
Yes, any time we adventure we are taking some calculated risks. Injuries, weather, and other unforeseen issues can arrive. Your guides have been trained to deal with these issues and will do all they can to prepare you to deal with whatever comes your way. We backpack as a team and support one another along the trip to ensure the least exposure to danger or problems possible.
I'VE NEVER DONE ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE... IS THIS FOR ME?
If you’ve read this far and are still reading, then you’re obviously interested. If you have a zillion reasons why you can’t and shouldn’t do this, yet still find yourself reading…..then YES, THIS IS FOR YOU. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never camped or hiked before, it doesn’t matter if no one thinks you could do it, it doesn’t matter if it’s hard. It matters if you WANT to do it. If you do, then drop the excuses and lets frickin' go!