Backcountry Safety

We take every precaution towards safety in our programing but entering the backcountry holds inherent risk, risk vital to the growth we encourage in our campers. There is no guarantee for safety for those participating in California Backpacking Camp but these are the measure we take to ensure the greatest level of security possible:

“Safety first” is a fundamental tenet of California Backpacking Camp and is the starting point for every activity we do from day hikes to multi day backpacking trips. Our staff are all NOLs Wilderness First Responder certified and adhere to the NOLs protocols and procedure in all backcountry safety scenarios. In addition all of our staff have extensive experience working with minors and are trained as educators and caregivers.

In-case of an emergency in the backcountry CaBa Camp staff are equipped with medical kits to treat a host of ailments. Staff will also retain the use of a Garmin InReach Mini and be trained on use, such as; the right moment to deploy SOS, how to use the device most effectively, and troubleshooting. These devices can, and are, used to summon backcountry rescue including Search and Rescue evacuations.

As an educational camp we empower every camper to get comfortable with basic backcountry safety principles and feel confident implementing basic safety protocols such as preventing, recognizing, and treating signs of acute mountains sickness, heat exhaustion, and dehydration.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and often more in the backcountry. Every route we undertake as a camp has been closely vetted, mapped, and backpacked by our staff prior to camp.

Lastly every camper and staff is required to register in California Backpacking Camp’s insurance policy. Our policy covers everything from E.R. visits to emergency air rescue. We do not take any liberties with our insurance policy to ensure campers and staff receive the medical attention they need without delay.