I understand that in the case of illness or injury to me or my participating family, the Congregation of St. John and/ or Eagle Eye will try to notify the person I have listed above as an emergency contact. In case of medical emergency concerning myself or my participating family, at a time when my listed emergency contact cannot be notified, I grant full power to the Congregation of St. John and/ or Eagle Eye to:
1) arrange for the transportation of myself or my participating family, whether by ambulance or otherwise, to a proper facility where emergency medical treatment would normally be administered, including but not limited to, an emergency room of a hospital, a doctors office, or a medical clinic; and
2) sign releases as may be required in order to obtain any medical or surgical treatment as is required in the judgement of medical authorities at the facility.
In consideration for my being permitted by the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association, Inc. (“10th Mountain”), Summit Huts Association (“SHA”) and Polar Star Inn, Shrine Mountain Inn and Vance’s Cabin (collectively “Private Hut Owners”) and all land owners (all collectively “Hut Operators”) to use the huts owned and operated by the foregoing (all collectively “Hut System”), I acknowledge and agree to the following warning, waiver, release and indemnity.
I acknowledge that backcountry and wilderness travel to, from, and between the huts and the use of high mountain huts have inherent risks, hazards and dangers that cannot be eliminated, particularly in a wilderness environment in mountainous terrain. I understand that these risks, hazards and dangers include without limitation:
(1) Risks arising from any activities in the areas that are not patrolled or policed, where road conditions vary and are not maintained or controlled and are unpredictable and changeable, where obstacles are not marked and hazards may not be visible, where weather is changeable and unpredictable;
(2) Risks involved in decision making and route finding in a wilderness environment in mountainous terrain and risks of getting lost and of not reaching the hut;
(3) Risks arising from travel and overnight stays at altitudes ranging from 8,000 feet to 11,700 feet above sea level including without limitation, acute mountain sickness, high altitude cerebral edema, high altitude pulmonary edema, and other effects of altitude and altitude-related sickness;
(4) Such other risks, hazards and dangers that are inherent in and integral to wilderness travel and outdoor activities such as hiking, horseback riding, bicycling and motorized vehicle travel in a wilderness environment and mountainous terrain;
(5) Risks arising from the use of remote, simple huts with no communication systems in a wilderness environment in mountainous terrain.
I have read the information provided to me by 10th Mountain through my group leader concerning the use of the Hut System. I also acknowledge that Hut Operators and their staff have been available to more fully explain to me the risks, hazards and dangers of use of the Hut system. I understand that use of the Hut System in a wilderness environment in mountainous terrain may require good physical conditioning and a degree of skill and knowledge different from other activities. I understand that I have responsibilities as a backcountry user.
I AM VOLUNTARILY USING THE HUT SYSTEM WITH FULL KNOWLEDGE OF THE INHERENT RISKS, HAZARDS, AND DANGERS INVOLVED AND HEREBY ASSUME AND ACCEPT ANY AND ALL RISKS OF INJURY, PARALYSIS OR DEATH.
Lastly, I, for myself, my heirs, successors, executors and subrogors, hereby KNOWINGLY AND INTENTIONALLY WAIVE AND RELEASE, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS THE HUT OPERATORS, their directors, officers, agents, employees, and volunteers from and against any and all claims, actions, causes of action, liabilities, suits, expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and ORDINARY NEGLIGENCE OF ANY KIND OR NATURE, whether foreseen or unforeseen, arising directly or indirectly out of any damage, loss, injury, paralysis, or death to me or my property as a result of my traveling to, from or between huts in the Hut System or use of the Hut System, the use of their information services and traveling in a wilderness environment in mountainous terrain, whether such damage, loss, injury, paralysis, or death results from ORDINARY NEGLIGENCE of the Hut Operators or any of them, their directors, officers, agents, employees and volunteers or from some other cause.
In the event I am a group leader, I agree to save and hold harmless, indemnify, and forever defend the Hut Operators, their directors, officers, agents, employees and volunteers from and against any claims, actions, demands, expenses, liabilities (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and ORDINARY NEGLIGENCE made or brought by any member of my group or brought by anyone on behalf of said member, including minors, who has not signed, or had signed by a parent or guardian, and delivered to 10th Mountain a 10th Mountain Huts Summer Use, Warning And Acknowledgement Of Risk, Release Of Liability And Indemnity Agreement, as a result of said member’s travel to and use of the huts, the property and facilities of the Hut Operators.
I, for myself, my heirs, my successors, executors and subrogors, further agree not to sue the Hut Operators as a result of any injury, paralysis or death suffered in connection with my use of the Hut System or the traveling and skiing to, from, and between the huts. This release is intended to be a comprehensive release of liability but is not intended to assert defenses which are prohibited by law.
Flying into Aspen Airport is by far the easiest option, but also tends to be the most expensive. If you fly into Denver Airport (DIA) be sure to arrive early enough to account for the 4 hour drive to Aspen.
About a month out from the retreat we help arrange carpool from Denver to Aspen among all the participants.
You can plan on departing Aspen Sunday, April 30th by 4 pm.
Please send your flight itinerary as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org.