Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to the trailhead?
Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the trailhead. We strongly encourage carpooling. See your Orientation Packet for more information about arranging this with your fellow climbers.
Is Climbing for Kids only for groups, or can an individual participate?
We focus on working with groups of four or more to create custom adventures, targeting companies and affiliation groups in the Bay Area. However, we can still try to accommodate individual climbers by placing them on an already-formed group trip. There is no guarantee that this option will be available, but please contact us immediately if you are an individual looking for participate.
How much money do I have to raise?
Each adventure is different. Fundraising goals range from $1,500 to $4,000 for each participant depending on many factors including the length of the trip and the location. In general, backcountry treks will have a goal of $1,500 while alpine climbs start at $3,000. Let us know what you’re interested in and we’ll work with you to come up with a goal.
Can I raise that much money in a few months?
Yes, you can! Throw a party, a silent auction, raffle or poker tournament. Ask friends, family and coworkers. Write handwritten notes, make phone calls and follow up. Explain the cause. Tell people your fundraising goal. Then ask again. We understand that raising this amount of money can be a bit intimidating, but once you get started, you’ll be surprised at how much fun you’ll have. See our fundraising page for more information and consult your Orientation Packet for ideas and inspiration from past climbers and professional fundraisers alike.
What else do I have to pay for?
Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the climb, any lodging before or after the trip, lunches and, in some cases, dinners throughout the trip. If you are going on a climbing trip, plan to spend about $100 tipping your guide(s).
Do I really have to tip my guides?
If you are participating in an alpine climb, then yes; otherwise, no. Your guides are experts in a very specialized set of skills. Their job is to keep you safe on the mountain, and if possible, help you achieve the summit. One thing they are not is well paid. It is customary to tip the guides 10% to 20% of the commercial value of your trip. You should plan to spend about $100 tipping your guide(s).
Do I need to have experience?
Most of our adventures require no previous experience, though backpacking, camping and climbing experience are all helpful. Each trip includes professional instruction from guides. If you are climbing an alpine peak, you will receive instruction in the mountaineering techniques that you will use during your ascent. All alpine climbs start with training day(s) that will help you prepare mentally and physically for the challenges you will face on the mountain. For the backcountry treks, your guides will instruct you in all areas of backcountry travel. We want the experience to be fun AND educational.
How should I train for the climb?
These adventures were chosen for their rare beauty, classic routes and physical challenge. They require endurance and mental stamina. In general, you should be working out at least four times a week, and at least one workout per week should have you exerting yourself for several hours. See our CFK training tips page for more information about Training, and consult your Orientation Packet.
Will I have problems with altitude?
Every person responds differently to altitude, and it’s hard to predict in advance how it might affect you. We recommend that you read about altitude sickness to educate yourself about the signs and symptoms, allow yourself to acclimate if possible, stay well hydrated, and tackle any significant ascents gradually. Consult your Orientation Packet for more information.
Will I summit?
We hope so. All of our summit climbs are in reach of any person in good physical shape who is determined to adapt his or her skills to the varied environment. However, due to changing weather, individual physical fitness, and other safety considerations not everyone will summit a mountain every time they try. Mountaineering is as much about knowing when to turn back as it is about reaching the top. That’s why it’s called “climbing” and not “summiting.”
Is food provided?
Each trip is different, but in general, participants will be responsible for bringing their own food for lunch and hearty snacks on their adventure. See your Orientation Packet for more information about nutrition and for specific information about what meals you’ll need to provide for yourself.
Are these trips for adults or kids?
These are fundraising trips for adults to support BAWT’s mission to get urban youth into the wilderness.
Will there be porters to carry my equipment?
That would be too easy! You’ll be carrying your own gear as well as some group gear like tents, stoves and fuel. Your pack can weigh anywhere from 35 to 50 pounds, depending on your height and weight.
Should I bring my cell phone, ipod or a book?
No. One of the best parts of traveling in wilderness is the remote setting. We encourage you to immerse yourself in the experience. Plus, you’ll benefit from every opportunity to shave a few ounces off your pack.