As you might imagine, each trek is unique in its own way, but we try to uphold some elements that can be found on any True North Trek. For example, we make it a priority to take our participants to remote and mind-blowingly beautiful wilderness destinations where they can connect with others in the peace and beauty of nature. And even when nature doesn't cooperate (e.g., mosquitoes, rain) we're always prepared with the right gear and equipment. Our motto is "There's no bad weather. Just bad gear."
In between hiking, canoeing, setting up camp, napping, swimming, hanging out, and cooking and eating our delicious backcountry meals, we spend some time each day to learn and practice mindfulness meditation (and usually gentle yoga). Sometimes this is sitting around a campfire at night, sometimes it's along the shore of a beautiful river or alpine mountain lake, or it might even be while hiking along a trail or canoeing along the river.
One of our TNT alumni who went on both a canoeing and a backpacking trek had the following to say about her experiences on a cancer resource review website called "myhealthsensei.com". We copied her review in its entirety below:
"I love everything about this group! I had heard about it in a completely random way, looked it up, and was intrigued by their premise. They offer hiking and canoeing treks. If you’re a little more outdoorsy and like to challenge yourself physically, the hiking treks are great, but if you’re not sure what to expect and are not completely confident with your physical abilities like I was (I had a total knee replacement and wasn’t sure what my new knee could tolerate) then the canoeing treks are perfect. I’ve tried getting involved in other young adult cancer related groups and haven’t found one that I’ve made the same connection with as TNT. What I love about this group are the people, the staff are amazing, and even if you never really talk to the other participants you meet on a trek again, for that one week, you are all very connected and in sync with each other. You truly do connect with nature and no matter what trek you participate in, the scenery is always beautiful. Another thing I love about this group is with other groups I’ve tried to get involved with, I’ve had people ask me what my diagnosis was before they asked me what my name was and it was very upsetting to me because I have worked very hard to find my identity post-cancer and I don’t want to be defined by my cancer experience. TNT was different in that sense because the “cancer” aspect of it wasn’t shoved in front of our faces on a daily basis. We all knew we were there because we each had had cancer at some point in our lives, but unless we wanted to talk about amongst ourselves on our own time, we never had to reveal our diagnosis or what we had been through if we didn’t want to. And every night we would sit around the campfire and talk about the best part of our day and the worst and it was my favorite thing to look forward to in the evening. I have such great memories of the canoeing trek I participated in, and amazing photos of Utah’s Green River. I would recommend to anyone to go on a one of the treks TNT offers!!"