Fat Mountaineering Course/Trip Sign Ups
Hi there! This is a waitlist/sign up to show your interest in participating in Fat Mountaineering Training and Multi-day backpacking trips in the Canadian and US Rockies in 2020-2021.
Fat, plus size and diverse bodied folks are often excluded from formalized mountaineering training. I want to change that by creating spaces within existing outdoors organizations to host and train folks to be confident, capable and excited about mountaineering and alpine adventures.
Intro to Mountaineering courses are small group (8-12ppl) training exercises with high instructor to participant ratios (usually 2:1 or 5:1) and are typically 4-7 days long. They often cost between $1250-$2500 depending on length of trip (plus travel to and from and basic gear including boots, helmet, clothes, gloves). These courses include learning activities such as roped glacier travel, basic knots, crevasse rescue (situation-appropriate), snow & ice travel, use of a mountaineering axe and crampons, and navigation (introduction to reading topographic maps, bearings, trip planning, and electronic navigation devices). People of any size and many abilities can learn about and do mountaineering activities without much or any previous knowledge. For mountaineering courses an ability to get to base camp is required (approx 10km and 500+m gain in 5-6 hours with a multi-day pack) and being comfortable sleeping outside and moving your body for concurrent days, sometimes strenuously for hours, is encouraged.
Because fat, plus size and diverse bodied folks aren't offered many organized backpacking trips, there are also three non-training backpacking trips that are included in the list below. These will be organized, multi-day backpacking trips (tents or huts) for fat, plus size and diverse bodied folks.
Please note that all of these trips/trainings are being organized for non-binary folks, womxn and femme humans. These trips and trainings are inclusive of race, social location, sexual orientation and class/financial-ability. Depending on interest, trips will be organized in both Canada and the US to accommodate citizenship. I am aware that mountaineering and backpacking activities are restrictive to those who have mobility issues and/or anxiety, so please reach out if you're interested in participating and *need anything*. It is my practice to organize from a place of accessibility and figuring out, together, how to make that happen for you/our community.
By signing up here you will let me know about your interest, availability and ability for mountaineering adventures. This form is for information purposes only and is not a commitment on your part or a guarantee for future participation on my part (shit happens, right?). All information collected in this form is entirely confidential to myself and host organizations if and when events happen.
Please email me, Diandra, if you have any further questions:
. I can't wait to meet you and go outside together! XOXO
Instagram handle if you have it (not being on social media is awesome too!)
Your geography (where you live most of the time)
What kinds of activities would you be interested in?
5-day mountaineering course in the Canadian Rockies (Banff National Park, Alberta)
3.5-day Mt. Rainier Summit Climb Course (Mount Rainier National Park, Washington)
4-day group backpacking trip to Berg Lake (Mount Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia) *not a course, just fun!*
4-day group backpacking trip Glacier Park Chalet (Glacier National Park, Montana) *not a course, just fun!*
4-day group backpacking trip to Kokanee Glacier Cabin (Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, British Columbia) *not a course, just fun!*
Please acknowledge that you understand that there is a required fitness ability to participate in multi-day backpacking trips or courses. eg.
Yes, I am there and am generally excited!
I am not there yet, but am looking forward to training and am generally excited!
Please acknowledge that attending one of these trips requires the ability to drive (or fly+rent a car/share rides) to the start of the trip.
Yes, I understand and am able.
Yes, but I will need to share rides.
Sorry, this won't work for me.
Please acknowledge that you will be required to carry a large pack with all of your clothes and gear and your portion of the food (and any extras you require like cameras, etc).
Yes, I understand.
Sorry, this won't work for me.
Please select all dates that would work for you
Please note any blackout dates that would *NOT* work what-so-ever in Summer 2020-2021
Please note if you would like the opportunity to have part or all of my trip or camp fees paid for by scholarship
Partial, max $500 for overall costs
Partial, gear sponsorship for boots, backpack, tent/sleepingbag/mat, etc
Full scholarship, course fee only
Full scholarship, course fee and travel
Please note anything else here!
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