"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 2021, we are putting in place several measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to our participants and guide staff:
1. Abbreviated Season. First, we are holding a more abbreviated trek season this year, which will go from mid-August through mid-October. As vaccination rates are continuing to grow and positivity rates are continuing to decline, we anticipate that, by August, we will be in a very different place with this pandemic.
2. Proof of Vaccination. A second measure is that pending the current pace and government assurances regarding the widespread vaccination of US adults in the coming months, our current plan is to require proof of having been vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to being allowed to go. 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. Given the increasing availability of vaccine options, and their documented safety and efficacy, we feel this is the most responsible action to take at this time to assure the safety and well-being of participants and guides. Should rollout and access to the COVID-19 vaccine not be consistent with current plans and assurances, we will revisit this.
3. Behavioral Precautions. Finally, we have also created a comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocol based on recommendations from other national outdoor organizations with added cancer safety precautions, which provides recommended best practices for safely operating in indoor and outdoor settings. This includes things like mask-wearing, social distancing, sleeping in individual tents or bedrooms, using hand sanitizer, travel hygiene to the trek destination and during group transportation, getting tested and reporting any symptoms just prior to the trek, daily temperature checks in the field, quarantine and evacuation plan, etc. As information is changing daily 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.
2021 Trek Types, Locations & Dates