"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
COVID-19 risk reduction and safety measures
We continue to maintain several prevention and safety measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to our participants and guide staff:
1. Proof of Vaccination. We require proof of vaccination for COVID-19 prior to being allowed to go. For many, this means having received the booster(s) or whatever people are being advised by the CDC at any particular time, however boosters are recommended but not required. 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. TNT's programs occur largely in the well-ventilated outdoors. However, we will continue to abide by our COVID-19 safety protocol, which includes: (a) if exposed or symptomatic within a week prior to a trek, testing and reporting any symptoms to TNT personnel; (b) if symptomatic upon arrival or at anytime during a trek, alerting TNT personnel immediately so that measures can be taken (e.g., social distancing, quarantining, temperature check/testing, possible evacuation); (c) optional mask-wearing at any time or in any space during the trek; (d) regularly using hand sanitizer and practicing good travel hygiene to the trek destination and during group transportation. As information is updated regarding risks and recommendations, we reserve the right to make final decisions on what aspects of this protocol will be implemented as it gets closer to the trek. 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, the Bahamas, and the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan. Our guiding criteria for selecting places is mind-blowingly beautiful and as remote as possible.
2023 Trek Types, Locations & Dates
*Due to popular request, this is TNT's first trek specifically for survivors who were diagnosed and treated for cancer between 18-39 years of age, but are now "Next Level" (e.g., 40 or older).
*This trek is intended for young adult cancer survivors who identify as Latine. We acknowledge the intersectional fluidity of language, identity, gender, and culture and use the term Latine fluidly to refer to any person who identifies as Hispanic, Latino, Latina, and/or Latinx. Participant ability to speak Spanish is not required.
September 28-31, 2023
Au Train, Michigan
Flyer & Packing List
Bathe in nature at the TNT WALDEN Institute, hike along lake forest trails, fall asleep to the stars and the powerful airs of Gichigami, spot bald eagles and fox kits, and inhale the sweet scent of Northern pine.
**This trek is only intended for young adult melanoma survivors who have been referred by the Melanoma Research Foundation.