"True North Treks inspired, centered, motivated, grounded, challenged, championed, moved me, and more.
Without this experience I don't think I'd be where I am today." - Beth
our plans for reducing risk and increasing safety during the pandemic
In 2022, we are maintaining several measures we implemented in 2021 to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to our participants and guide staff:
1. Proof of Being Fully Vaccinated. We will require proof of having been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to being allowed to go. "Fully" vaccinated means you have received the maximum amount of what you are eligible to get. For most, this means having received the booster or whatever people are being advised by the CDC at any particular time. Participants will be asked to upload a photo of their signed and dated COVID-19 vaccination record card to their secure TNT account, which will be stored with their other medical approval information.
2. Behavioral Precautions. We will continue to abide by our COVID-19 safety protocol. This includes things like mask-wearing in poorly ventilated indoor spaces, social distancing whenever possible, sleeping in individual tents or bedrooms, using hand sanitizer, practicing good travel hygiene to the trek destination and during group transportation, getting tested and reporting any symptoms just prior to the trek, temperature checks in the field, quarantine and evacuation plan, etc. As information continues to change regarding risks and recommendations, we will be making final decisions on what aspects of this protocol will be implemented as it gets closer to the trek season. We will be communicating this information regularly with approved participants and are happy to take any questions you may have.
how to determine what kind of trek is best for you
You can determine what type of trek experience is optimal for you based on the following questions:
1) Who will be there? Some treks are for young adult survivors only (e.g., anyone diagnosed with cancer between 18-39 years of age and is still between 18-39), while others include both survivors and their caregivers (e.g., caregiver is broadly defined as a spouse, sibling, parent, or friend).
2) How will we get around in the field? Treks are generally canoeing or backpacking-based as a means of getting from point A to point B. Sometimes there's a little of both, but there's usually one primary mode of locomotion.
3) How long is it? Week-long treks in the back-country run from Sunday afternoon to Saturday morning, whereas long-weekend mini treks run from Thursday afternoon to Sunday morning.
4) Where will it be? We have run programs in Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Minnesota, and Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan. Our guiding criteria for selecting places is mind-blowingly beautiful and remote.
2022 Trek Types, Locations & Dates