Eligibility Requirements

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Your Safety is Our Top Priority

MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER TO PARTICIPATE

The health and well-being, of our clients and guides is one of our top priorities. The wilderness environments we conduct ourselves in and travel through are remote, dynamic, and physically and emotionally challenging. We do not just encourage you to take charge of your well being, We Require It!

The predominant language used on field courses is English and/or Spanish. Fluency is not required, but the ability to understand instruction and directions, particularly when it comes to safety, is necessary.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE PARTNER WITH ACTION TRACK CHAIR IN ORDER TO MAKE OUR EXPERIENCES ACCESSIBLE TO ALL. for more information contact us.

The following apply for all Triple Direct Activities:

SAFETY AND JUDGMENT

1. Be able to independently identify and recognize environmental hazards.

2. Recognize and understand the hazards and risks posed by other course members, which include, but are not limited to, fatigue, state of mind, and actions that may influence judgment and decision-making.

3. Be able to effectively alert and warn others of potential or immediate impending dangers and/or a distress, injury, or need for assistance to include falling rocks, aggressive animals, or other environmental hazards.

4. Be able to do the preceding warnings and notifications up to a distance of 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility such as in darkness or inclement weather or with loud background noise, such as high winds or while near roaring rivers.

5. Independently perceive, understand, and follow directions and instructions given by the guides, peers and others.

6. If taking prescription medications, be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from instructors or others (except possibly in emergency situations).

SOCIAL BEHAVIOR

1. Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially living in close quarters with limited personal time.

2. No verbal or physical inappropriate behavior of others is tolerated for any reason.

3. Share responsibility with tent mates in daily tent group chores.

4. Effectively communicate ideas and concerns on an individual and group level.

5. Have the cognitive ability to learn, communicate and act all necessary skills.

ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS

1. We cherish the venues that we design our experiences around. Each participant will conduct themselves per Leave No Trace Standards.

The following apply to specific Triple Direct Leadership Activities that May be conducted during your event:

BACKPACKING/CAMPING

1. At minimum, be able to travel over and negotiate through varied wilderness terrain with a backpack weighing up to or exceeding 60 pounds.

2. Travel conditions may include, but are not limited to, rough, rugged, uneven steep and sloping terrain; human made and animal made trails; rocky terrain that may range from smooth bedrock to extensive areas of large rock boulders (boulder fields); needing to cross rivers and creeks without the aid of bridges up to three feet or more in depth; ascending, descending or traversing slopes covered in snow, rocks or vegetation; bushwhacking off trail through thick standing and/or downed vegetation. Any and all travel can occur during periods of inclement weather or nighttime hours. CHECK OUT OUR PARTNER ACTION TRACK CHAIR FOR INFORMATION ON MAKING THIS ACCESSIBLE!

3. Travel distances can range from less than one mile to more than ten miles in one day and can be successive days .

4. Resupplies of food occur every 7–13 days (depending on experience type, route, and pre-arranged logistics). Thus, clients need to be able to carry gear, food and personal items or personal medications, (such as insulin) needed for that ration period.

5. Live in a physically demanding, remote backcountry environment for the uninterrupted period of the course length, which can range from one day to four weeks or more. The remoteness can be such that it may require at minimum 1 day's travel, but perhaps in excess of 1 week's travel, to reach the nearest roadhead and advanced medical care.

6. Learn and competently perform the fundamental camping skills of finding a campsite, setting up a shelter, and cooking with a camp stove.

7. Remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed so as to remain generally healthy and be able to avoid environmental injuries such as hypothermia, heat illness, sunburn or frostbite.

MOUNTAINEERING and/or CLIMBING

1. Effectively communicate independently in an oral dialogue over a distance of up to 50 meters when participating in multi-pitch rock climbing or alpine mountaineering or during glacier travel.

2. The potential necessary communication of climbing signals, may include, hand signals, spoken signals or a rope tug system. Electronic aids are likely not reliable. Communication includes both: a. Direction from the instructor as to what the student should do. b. Response from the student to the instructor.

3. Provide a reliable belay to another climber during roped climbing. To do so a student must be able to reliably manipulate a climbing rope through a belay device such as an ATC, Grigri, other such device and understand the necessary climbing signals. The guides leading the experience may deem a backup belay person is necessary.

SNOW SPORTS

1. Move on skis or snowboard over and up and down hill on flat to steep (35 degree) unpacked snow covered terrain.

2. Be able to move a load of gear weighing at minimum 60 lbs. by means of sled, backpack or some combination thereof.

3. Be able to shovel in order to perform camp chores and to participate in rescues where people, gear or shelters have been buried in the snow such as in an avalanche or drifted in during storm.

4. Be able to perceive and differentiate signals from an avalanche transceiver (transceivers are currently manufactured to transmit visual or audio signals) and efficiently move over avalanche debris without skis.

5. Be able to withstand cold temperatures (-20 degrees F or colder).

EQUESTRIAN

1. Be able to mount and dismount a horse independently. (Should accommodations arise we are fully capable of providing assistance.)

2. Be able to balance independently in the saddle while traveling over rugged steep terrain.

3. Control the horse by giving it signals to stop, move, turn left or right, and calm down.

4. Be able to walk one to two miles on trail when or if horse is injured, ill or unable to carry a rider.

5. Be able to perform an emergency one-rein stop by reaching down to the horse’s neck, grabbing rein tightly on one side, and pulling it hard to your toe while maintaining balance on the horse.

SEA KAYAKING AND WHITEWATER RAFT

1. Control a paddle and pull it through the water in order to steer and propel the boat forward.

2. Be able to exit a capsized boat, fend for self while in the water away from the boat, attain and maintain correct body position if out of the boat in a rapid or rough seas, grab onto another boat or rope for rescue purposes, and/or perform self-rescue or cooperate with assisted rescue.

3. Weigh 250 pounds or less, which is a function of the capacity of the boats.

SAILING

1. Be able to move around the cockpit as necessary to shift weight such as leaning out from the boat when it is heeling so the boat will handle properly and/or avoid hazards on board such as avoiding the boom during a change in tack.

2. Be able to secure self within the cockpit so as not to be thrown overboard.

3. Be able to observe and assess the sail trim, the surrounding terrain (for navigation purposes), and the hazards in and conditions of the water.

4. Be able to exit a capsized boat, fend for self while in the water away from the boat, attain and maintain correct body position if out of boat in rough seas, exit out of the water to shore, grab onto another boat or rope as necessary for rescue purposes, and perform self-rescue and/or cooperate with assisted rescue.