Zion High Adventure 

in partnership with our friends at 

Sep 30th to Oct 3rd, 2021

Women Who Explore is excited to be teaming up with our friends at Salomon and our Utah ambassador and owner of Desert Wander, Katie DeMille, to bring you an unforgettable long weekend exploring the stunning area of Greater Zion. Enjoy wet and dry hikes, canyoneering, SUP yoga, great food, camping under the stars and so much more.... all in your new pair of Salomon Mid GTX Lifestyle Hiking Boots!

Day 1: Welcome to Zion! (Glendale, UT)

Arrive in Glendale, Utah on the morning of Sep 30th by 10:00 am and meet at Zion Family Ranch Campground. Upon arrival you will have time to settle in, get ready for today’s hike and meet the other ladies joining this long weekend adventure!
If you are flying in to join us, the nearest airports are:

- St George Ut - 1hr 45min drive
- Las Vegas NV - 3hr 30min drive
- Salt Lake Ut - 4hr 15min drive

Around 11:30 am we will head out for our first hike to Cable Mountain, overlooking the main canyon of Zion National Park. We will take our time on the trail enjoying in the fall colors and taking in the views during this 7.5 mile hike. To keep you fueled, a yummy packed lunch will be provided. We’ll arrive back at our campground in late afternoon where we can relax and enjoy the quiet setting. The private pond has kayaks for our use. We will get to know each other better over a delicious dinner to end our evening.

Day 2: Hoodoo and SUP Yoga
After a delicious breakfast at camp, we will pack up and head to Red Canyon State Park. Today we will be hiking Thunder Mountain; not the one at Disneyland but this is the one the ride was named after! This hike is approximately 8 miles so don’t forget to pack your sack lunch for today’s adventure. During our hike we will hike among the tall pine trees and take in some amazing vistas of the iconic hoodoos this area is known for. After our hike, we will treat ourselves to yummy pie! 

Once we're done with our hike we will head back to our camp and relax a little before our private SUP yoga session in the afternoon on a private pond in a lush valley setting. We’ll end our night with group dinner and rest up for our big adventure tomorrow!

Day 3: Canyoneering and the Heart of Zion

We will be starting out early today! Breakfast will be a grab and go style. We will meet up with Always Adventure, who will be driving us and guiding us through a technical canyon today! Our adventure starts with an hour long, scenic and fun 4x4 drive as we make our way to the trailhead. Once we arrive the real adventure begins! We will gear up and begin our descend into Rock Canyon filled with incredible rappels and down climbs that won’t disappoint!

Once we arrive at the bottom of Rock Canyon, we will be standing in the East Fork of the Virgin River, the area known as Parunuweap. This is an iconic Zion beauty not to miss! With no crowds, we will spend a few hours exploring the river canyon area where we will see side canyons, petroglyphs, and narrow slots. After we are done exploring, we will return up river to Rock Canyon and make our exit. At the top we will treated to personal gourmet pizzas prepared in a portable pizza oven.

After dinner we will return by 4x4 and head back to camp. This day we will walk/hike approximately 9.5 miles. 

Day 4: World’s Longest Slot Canyon

We’ll wake up and enjoy our last morning at camp together. After breakfast, we will break camp and head out for our last adventure together. You’ll drive your personal car as far as Kanab where we’ll safely leave them until we return from the hike. Today we will be exploring 6 miles of Buckskin Gulch via Wire pass. For the next 3 hours we will hike you through an amazing canyon, with its narrow and oh so tall walls. After we reach our half way mark, we will turn around and head back to the vehicle the same way we came. 

We’ll return to Kanab for a celebratory late lunch at Wild Tyme Café which features amazing farm to table dishes! After lunch we will say our goodbyes (around 4:00 pm) and head our separate ways.
- Brand new pair of Salomon Mid GTX Lifestyle Hiking Boot; these boots are not even on the market yet and will be released in Fall 2021!
4 Days/3 nights accommodations at a beautiful private campground; single occupancy. All camping gear is included. Discounts on double occupancy or providing your own are available; see below.
- All transportation once you arrive in Glendale, UT
- Guided hiking on amazing local trails that includes specialized gear such as neoprene socks 
- Canyoneering & 4x4 driving adventure tour; includes guide, all gear and safety equipment 
- SUP yoga instruction, board rental, life jacket and anchor included
- All guides and entry fees  
- All meals provided - Thursday lunch through Sunday lunch
- Hiking snacks and some desserts
Water, coffee, tea, hot coco
- Transportation to and from Glendale, UT
- Alcoholic Beverages, energy drinks, electrolyte replacements
- Travelers Insurance

Meals: All meals will be provided. Please reach out to the trip host after booking if you have any food allergies/sensitivities. We will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions but cannot make any guarantees.

Trip Confirmation: This trip requires a minimum number of ladies to register in order for it to be confirmed. Once the trip reaches the minimum participant number, you will receive an trip confirmation email and a link to be added a private Facebook group just for trip guests. In this group further trip details will be provided. Please let Lindsey know if you do not have or use Facebook (see contact information below).

Cost: $1,195 per person for single occupancy; all gear included

Discounts: A discount of $75 is available if you choose to bring your own camping gear or $50 if you choose to share a tent. To share a tent, you must be vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination prior to registration. You will be randomly paired with another participant if you elect this option. Please reach out to lindseyegan@womenwhoexplore.com to request a discount code prior to booking.

Cancellation Policy: Due to the nature of this trip, payment is non-refundable at the time of purchase. If you can no longer attend, you are able to transfer your ticket to another guest. You are responsible for finding someone to transfer your ticket to and arranging the exchange of funds. Please get in touch with the Women Who Explore to discuss the transfer of your ticket. We may be able to assist if there is a wait list.

Questions? Please reach out to Lindsey Egan at lindseyegan@womenwhoexplore.com

*Images may not reflect the exact places being visited during this trip itinerary. 


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July 22 - 02:00 pm


July 24 - 02:00 pm

Click to Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/postponed-wwe-okanagan-bc-twin-lakes-multi-day-backpacking-tickets-369210858617

North Fork Road

North Fork Road, Cherryville, BC V0E 2G3

Cherryville, BC, CA, V0E 2G3

Join ambassadors Kelsey and Jenna for this awe-inspiring Multi-day backpacking adventure into the beautiful alpine of the Monashee Mountains

As this is a multi-day adventure into an unmaintained wilderness area, please read the ENTIRE trip plan as set out below before signing up. As spaces are limited (8 spaces only) to keep in line with Leave No Trace guidelines, please cancel your ticket if you end up not being able to make it to allow another to take your place. If you could not get a ticket, please sign up for the waitlist on Eventbrite and message Ambassadors Kelsey or Jenna.

**** This is an unmaintained wilderness site, meaning there are no pit toilets, no bear caches or tent pads. A personal toilet kit including a trowel is required, it it is highly recommended to go over Leave No Trace bathroom practices before heading out on this trip. Rope and an animal proof/waterproof food bag is also required for food storage overnight. Never hung a food bag before? No problem! We will do this together! ****

On Friday the 22nd, we will make our way up the steep 4.5 km trail to the main campsite on the shores of Twin Lakes. We will arrive in time for dinner and a campfire (fire-ban permitting) before a spectacular alpine sunset puts us to sleep.

In the morning we will have a beautiful view while we enjoy our breakfast and fuel up for our day of hiking up Boulder and Lakeview mountains. After claiming these 2 peaks, we will spend the rest of the day at the lakes, swimming (snow levels permitting- bring your swimsuit and a towel though!) or relaxing and enjoying the alpine views.

We will enjoy our final night at the lakes having dinner around a campfire (fire-ban permitting), celebrating our day, and soaking in the views. In the morning we will have our final meal up at the lakes, fueling up for our 4.5 km exit to the vehicles.

The road going out to Twin Lakes past a certain point is an unmaintained Forest Service Road with small water bars, making it undrivable for small cars and vehicles with low clearance. We can carpool, but at least a few vehicles will be required to drive. If you are absolutely not comfortable or able to drive this road, please let Ambassadors Kelsey or Jenna know.

A broad timeline of our entry/exit:

Friday July 22, 2:00PM We will meet at Franks General store in Cherryville

4:00PM We will arrive at the parking lot at Twin Lakes

6:00 PM We will arrive at the campsite

Sunday, July 24, 10:00 AM We will depart the Twin Lakes campsite

12:00PM We will arrive back at the Twin Lakes parking lot

2:00 PM We will arrive back at Franks General Store in Cherryville

*** This is a broad timeline, as things sometimes don’t end up as planned, we will do our best to stick to this timeline***

** This is a free event by Women Who Explore, this does not cover related costs including gear, food, transportation. Reach out to Kelsey if you need help finding gear, or have gear related questions. **


If you are registering for one of our group events, we ask that you are 100% committed to attending when you register. If you reserve a spot and are unable to attend, please cancel as soon as possible on Eventbrite or contact the ambassador for the event. We ask that you try to cancel a minimum of 3 days prior to the day of the event as this allows other women who would like to attend the ability to plan to join us.

Liability Waiver: Friendly reminder that it is required to sign the e-waiver before attending your first Women Who Explore event. Please sign on an annual basis.


** PLEASE NOTE: Ambassadors are not wilderness first aid certified and are not guides. This is a casual get together for shared outdoor enthusiasts. Safety is a top priority; please plan accordingly.**

Driving Directions to Meeting Location (or Trailhead):

We will meet at Frank’s General Store in Cherryville at 2:00PM, and convoy out to the trailhead and arrive around 4:00 PM

Parking/Trail Pass: No trail pass is required, there is also no backcountry camping fee at this site. There is a large parking lot at the trailhead.

What to bring: All registered participants are required to carry a personal hygiene kit which includes a mask/face covering and hand sanitizer.

A backpacking checklist can be provided by request from Ambassador Kelsey at kb.dekker@live.ca, it is also available in print at the Valhalla Pure Outfitters store in Vernon.

• Overnight Backpacking gear including (but not limited to):

o Shelter

o Sleeping pad and bag

o Food

o Extra Clothing

o Water treatment filter or tablets

o First Aid Kit

o Weather Protection- Sun or Rain Gear weather dependent

o Toiletries * No toilet paper is supplied at the site

Here is a link to more information about the trail

Other helpful links:

Link to Leave No Trace 7 principles

A short how-to for hanging a bear bag

Questions or concerns? Please reach out ambassadors Kelsey or Jenna on Facebook with any questions. Can’t wait to see you all!

Event Guidelines (for Covid): By registering for this event, participants agree to abide by the guidelines set forth by Women Who Explore which include:

– Practice social distancing

– Carry a personal hygiene kit (mask and hand sanitizer) and have it available during the event

– Practice self-awareness and do not attend if you have had any flu-like symptoms, exposed to or have tested positive for Covid in the last 14 days.

– Post-event; anyone who develops flu-like symptoms within 14 days after joining an event should contact the ambassador and Women Who Explore at lindseyegan@womenwhoexplore.com.

meet Your trip leader - southern Utah ambassador - Katie

Katie is an adventurer at heart. She has explored and wander in and around Southern Utah for the last 20 years. Canyons, wide open vistas, sandstone and sagebrush are her favorite!  She has worked in some form of recreation since she started working. Her love for backpacking took full force the year and a half she spent working for an outdoor behavioral company as a guide in 2004. Since then marriage and family has been her many focus with work on the side. She has been married for 17 years and has 4 great kids. As her kids have grown she has been able to pursue her passion to help women experience the outdoors safely and have the best time doing it. She started Desert Wander last year, yes 2020! She hopes to cultivate an amazing experience for all who come wander with her.

Come along with Katie as she takes you on an unforgettable weekend exploring some of the places she loves most!