Admission Packet, Packing Lists, and More!

You are about to embark on an incredible journey! Before you hit the trail or start your climb, there are a few steps you need to take in order to get ready for your upcoming BOLD & GOLD adventure.

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1. Complete your admissions packet.
  • Start by clicking here to access UltraCamp. 
    • If you already have an account, log in using the same credentials you used for online registration.
    • If you have not already set up a login in UltraCamp, you’ll need to click “Forgot your login information?” and follow the instructions provided, using your email address as your username.
  • Once logged in, locate the blue Additional Options tab on your dashboard, and select Document Center from the drop-down menu.
  • Each required form will be listed in the Document Center. You are able to partially fill out the forms and return to them at a later time (but you will receive reminders stating that your account has outstanding paperwork!).
2. Get your gear together.

Packing List

This video explains the items that are included on the packing list. Please note that this is a general list and some programs may have specific items listed in the Summer Programs Handbook

At BOLD & GOLD, our general approach to clothing is that material-type and layering are most important. We have found that synthetic materials such as fleece, polyester, and Capilene are well-suited to our courses as they are sturdy, dry quickly, and keep wearers warm when wet, while wool is a great naturally occurring option. Having multiple, lighter layers is another principle we teach, as it is much easier to regulate temperature when you can add or subtract small amounts of clothing rather than only having one heavy jacket.

Boot Fitting

Our feet are our main form of transportation on BOLD & GOLD trips. If you are bringing your own boots, it is important to break them in and troubleshoot any problems before you arrive. Below are some helpful tips and tricks for helping you find the right boot fit. 

Wear the socks you plan on wearing on the trip. If borrowing wool socks from BOLD & GOLD, try on boots with thick socks or wear two pairs to help gauge thickness. 

Tie the boot snuggly to help avoid slippage. Use the ankle locks if they are available. 

Boot should fit snugly in the ankle, heel, and forefoot, but there should be room for the toes to move freely to allow for downhill walking and natural foot swelling. To account for this, unlace the boot and slide the foot forward until the toe touches the front of the boot. There should be about a finger’s width between the heel and the back of the boot. 

Ultimately, your boots should be comfortable! 

Group Gear

In addition to personal items, group gear will be split among all members of the trip. These pieces of equipment are provided by BOLD & GOLD. Check out this video to get an overview about what group gear looks like on BOLD & GOLD trips.

How to Pack

Packing your gear is just as important as what you choose to bring. Download this guide to learn the proper way to load your bag! 

3. Learn about where you’re going.

We would like to acknowledge that we live and work on the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish Peoples and our BOLD & GOLD adventures will explore the lands of the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest which are now designated as park lands and conservation areas. Indigenous people and groups have been residing on and caring for these lands since time immemorial; it is incumbent upon us to be mindful of this and be good stewards of the land. If you would like to learn more, Native Land is a resource to learn more about Indigenous territories, languages, lands, and ways of life. 

Most BOLD & GOLD trips travel to one of three places: North Cascades National Park, Olympic National Park, and Mt. Rainier National Park.

Map image showing Washington state and three key national parks where BOLD & GOLD trips are located.

North Cascades National Park 

North Cascades National Park is located three hours northeast of Seattle. The park boasts breathtaking mountainscapes, clear blue lakes, and glacial streams. North Cascades National Park is the location for one- and two-week backpacking courses such as Call of the North Cascades, Backpacking and Fishing, Poets and Peaks, and American Alps. 

Olympic National Park

Located 5 hours Southwest of Seattle, Olympic National Park is where the rugged, rocky coasts of the Pacific Ocean meet the lush greenery and picturesque mountain sides of the Olympic interior. The Olympic Coast is a common area for one- and two-week backpacking trips to explore such as Backpacking and Yoga, and Olympic Coastal Challenge. Heart of Nature and Journey to Olympus are the only trips that explore the Olympic Interior. 

Mt. Rainier National Park

Mt. Rainier National Park is three hours Southeast of Seattle. It hosts epic mountain views, wildflowers, and is the perfect place for day hikes and adventuring on Tahoma trips. 

4. Learn about other outdoor opportunities.

BOLD & GOLD hopes to inspire young people and their families to seek adventure, challenge, and time in nature. Below are some resources and community-based groups to engage with. These are just a few organizations that are dedicated to increasing access and engagement with the outdoors. We encourage you to look into communities, resources, and organizations near you!

  • King County Trailhead Direct
    King County Trailhead Direct is co-led by King County Metro and King County Parks and seeks to expand access to hiking destinations along I-90. The service provides transportation to select trailheads including Mt. Si and various trailheads in the “Issaquah Alps”.
  • Latino Outdoors
    Latino Outdoors is a unique, Latinx-led organization working in support of a national community of leaders in outdoor recreation, conservation, and environmental education. As part of this work, they focus on expanding and amplifying the Latinx experience in the outdoors. 
  • Outdoor Afro
    Outdoor Afro is a nation-wide organization committed to celebrating and inspiring Black connections and leadership in nature. They are a national organization with leadership networks around the country, including the Pacific Northwest. 
  • Outdoor Asian
    Outdoor Asian is a community-led organization who aims to create a community of Asian Pacific Islanders in the outdoors. There are multiple chapters nationwide, including Washington state. 
  • OutVentures
    OutVentures is an outdoor organization for the LGBT community based in Seattle, serving a membership in the Puget Sound region and larger Pacific Northwest. They are a member-led organization focusing on bringing people together to explore the outdoors. They engage in all types of outdoor activities like hiking, camping, biking, kayaking, and more.
  • Washington Trails Association 
    The Washington Trails Association has many resources available online to help connect people with trails in their area. There are guided opportunities, as well as resources and information on nearby trails to create your own adventure. 
5. Read answers to frequently asked questions.

These answers to frequently asked questions offer tons of info that may answer your questions or help you discover some you hadn’t thought of yet!

If you have any questions about your upcoming trip, please don't hesitate to contact our BOLD & GOLD team at (206) 659-0231. For admissions and billing questions, please call (206) 382-5009.