Jesus was a man of the wilderness. While on earth He modeled what it looks like to live an overcoming life; a life of simple rhythms. In Mark 1:17 He invites us to “come and follow” Him and immediately leads us into desolate places. He guides us into wild landscapes where we are challenged to leave the busyness and hurry behind. A place where we discover who we were created to BE.
In the busyness and noise of life, we can often become:
Freedom Summit is a guided backpacking experience that will allow you to get into the wilderness with experienced leaders and create space for stillness and simplicity.
We envision being able to fully equip anyone who desires to take a Freedom Summit trip. Help others experience God in wide open spaces by funding future trips and equipment purchases.
All donations will go toward purchasing backpacks, tents, and other equipment which will be checked out and returned after each trip. Additional funds will go toward sponsorships for those in need of financial assistance.
The average Freedom Summit experience costs 1,000 dollars, which includes airfare, ground transportation, food, and pre and post hike lodging.
Your backpack is more than just a bag for hauling your gear… well it pretty much is just that, BUT do not just consider capacity when selecting a bag. It is important that the bag is comfortable and fits your torso correctly. There are outdoor stores like REI who have people who can help you find your fit, or you can measure yourself and see what length and hip size will fit you best.
Buying a sturdy bag that wont fall apart when you are miles into the wilderness is also very important, so finding a happy compromise between quality and budget can sometimes take some research.
We have already done a little research for you, so here are some great options for backpacks:
Home sweet home away from home. A good tent strikes a balance between durability and being light weight. Sleeping on the ground can leave you a bit sore, so be sure to grab a good sleeping pad.
Here are some great options:
Tents are great, but if you prefer to not sleep on the ground then hammocks are another shelter option. The one major downside of hammocks is the obvious need for trees to suspend from, as well as some people finding it difficult to get into a comfortable sleeping position. They are however, very comfortable to sleep in. For cold weather, you will need an under quilt to stay warm, see below.
Here are some hammock options:
Sleeping pads act as both padding from the hard ground and as an insulator from the cold. Even in a hammock a good sleeping pad can be used in lieu of an under quilt, although they can be tricky to keep under you at night. Sleeping pads typically come in a closed foam or inflatable form.
Sleeping pad options:
Sleeping pads and under quilts will keep you warm from below, and sleeping bags or top quilts keep you warm from above.
Sleeping bags will typically come in a mummy bag form, which has a hood that you can cinch around your face to stay extra toasty.
Top quilts are like a sleeping bag that is not completely enclosed, and typically will use your sleeping pad as the bottom. Top quilts are typically more light weight.
Here are some sleeping bag and quilt options:
If you opt for sleeping in a hammock, you will want an under quilt unless sleeping in warm weather. Even with a sleeping bag, laying down compresses your bag’s insulation and wind will come right through it. An under quilt hangs under your sleeping bag to create a barrier against the cold, while your sleeping bag or top quilt keeps you warm up top.
Here are some under quilt options: