Why Cascade Mountain Adventures?

We are proud to be a woman owned and operated outdoor company based in the Pacific Northwest specializing in outdoor activities and skills sessions for women, by women. Our mission is to to empower, educate, and uplift the next generation of female/femme identified outdoor explorers. We strive to create compelling educational experiences in a welcoming, safe, and supportive environment. Our first priority is you.

The Cascade Mountain Adventures team has decades of experience hiking, backpacking, and exploring the great Pacific Northwest. Our team represents years of experience leading outdoor activities, speaking at educational events, and supporting beginners in outdoor environments. We are teachers, mentors, and outdoor experts. We welcome and encourage outdoor women of all ages both young and young at heart.

All of our trip leaders have a minimum of ten years experience on the trail as well as Wilderness First Aid Certification and Certified Leave No Trace Trainer credentials. All winter trip leaders also have AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level 1 certification. We believe it is our responsibility to make every trip a successful, educational, and safe round trip.

 

What should I expect?

Please make sure to read the event description and itinerary for your selected adventure(s). We strive to include all vital information on our event page(s): including descriptions of the activity, objectives, itineraries, group sizes, and destinations.

Expect to meet your Cascade Mountain Adventures Leader at the date, time, and location noted on the event page(s). Your event Leader will strive to cover all information noted in the event description, provide an interactive experience, and answer any questions you might have. We are here for you! Our events always prioritize a safe, educational, and fun outdoor experiences. Don't be surprised if you arrive as strangers and leave with a new friend or three.

 

How much experience do I need?

No previous experiences is needed for our beginner trips. Everyone starts somewhere and we are thrilled to help you start your outdoor journey.

More advanced adventures, designed for participants with some outdoor experience, are noted as intermediate or advanced events. Confident beginners are always welcome though! Let us know if you have questions about a specific event.

 

What do you consider a 'Beginner' hike?

Our beginner trips are designed with the beginner hiker in mind and led at a slow recreational pace. These hikes are less than six miles round trip with less than 800 feet of elevation gain. You must be able to safely walk over variable terrain which may include stairs, rocks, tree roots, mud, bridges, and/or shallow stream crossings.

 

What gear, food, or other items do I need to bring?

  •  Overnight Backpacking Adventures - See Our Gear List

    • Clothing: Dress appropriately to be outdoors for the duration of your event. This may include rain gear, insulating layers, gloves, and waterproof shoes for current weather conditions.

    • Sun Protection: Make sure to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip protection for sunny conditions.

    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner will be provided during dedicated full days on the trail. Bring enough personal snacks for the duration of your backpacking adventure. We recommend enough food for 2 - 3 snack breaks per day. Focus on foods high in nutritional value, protein, and quality fats. Do not short yourself on calories - it may require more than you think to fuel yourself for a day on the trail! (no diets on trail days)

    • Personal & Safety Items: You are required to bring a personal lighting source (flashlight or headlamp), toilet paper and bag for disposal, and any personal medications.

  • Day Hiking Adventures - See Our Gear List

    • Clothing: Dress appropriately to be outdoors environment for the duration of your skills session. This may include rain gear, insulating layers, gloves, and waterproof shoes for current weather conditions.

    • Sun Protection: Make sure to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip protection for sunny conditions.

    • Food & Water: Bring enough personal food for the duration of your day hiking adventure. We recommend enough food for lunch and 2 - 3 snack breaks. Focus on foods high in nutritional value, protein, and quality fats. Do not short yourself on calories - it may require more than you think to fuel yourself for a day on the trail! (no diets on trail days) Bring a minimum of 2 liters of water.

    • Personal & Safety Items: You are required to bring a personal lighting source (flashlight or headlamp), toilet paper and bag for disposal, and any personal medications.

  • Day Skills Sessions

    • Clothing: Dress appropriately to be in an outdoor environment for the duration of your skills session. This may include rain gear, insulating layers, gloves, and waterproof shoes for current weather conditions. In the event of inclement weather, your leader will attempt to relocate skills activities under shelter as outdoor space and activities permit.

    • Food & Water: Bring any personal food and water you may require for the duration of your skills session.

What gear does Cascade Mountain Adventures provide?

We are proud to provide tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and camp chairs as needed for participants in overnight adventures. Our Clients are encouraged to bring their own overnight gear if they already own it. We also supply all group cooking gear, water filtration equipment, fuel, and meals during dedicated days on the trail. Our partners include only outdoor companies that we rely on and trust in our own personal adventures. We are proud to partner with Big Agnes, MSR, Outdoor Research, and Alite to supply our team and our clients.

Participants in single day adventures will not be provided with any personal gear and will be expected to being all required clothing and equipment. The Cascade Mountain Adventures guide will provide first aid supplies, safety gear, and emergency communications equipment as required. We’ve got your back.

What about bad weather?

Events and activities are not expected to be rescheduled due to inclement weather. We adventure rain or shine. It is the Pacific Northwest after all. 

Trips / events will only be cancelled and/or rescheduled in the event of true weather-based safety concerns. A full cash refund will be issued to event participants in the event of trip event cancellation.

 

How do I sign-up?

Please use the 'Register' button on our event page(s) and Upcoming Events listings. We are excited to see you!

 

What do you need at sign-up?

We will ask for personal contact information, email address, phone number, and emergency contact(s). We will also request information on any previous outdoor experience, medical issues, and any concerns you might have. Please be honest - this is for your safety and that of your group. You will also be required to sign an event-based waiver for event participation.

 

Is there a minimum age? What about a maximum age?

We welcome all women 18 years of age or older. We do not lead trips for minors at this time.

There is no maximum age! We welcome all women who are confidently able to participate in our events.

 

Is it weird to sign-up by myself?

Not at all! We think solo adventurers are awesome! Our events provide a supportive environment to make new friends and get outdoors.

 

The adventure I want is sold out! What can I do?

Deep breaths. That is okay. Please join the waitlist for your preferred event and we will notify you if a spot becomes available.

 

Do you offer Gift Cards? I'd like to purchase one as a gift.

Yes! Yes we do, You can purchase a Gift Card here

 

Are you LBGTQA Friendly? 

Yes! Absolutely yes! Anyone and everyone female / femme identified is welcome and supported! 

 

Can I bring my dog?

No - sorry! We love dogs, but not everyone feels the same. Please leave your furry friend at home to ensure a welcoming environment for all.

 

I'm a dude. Can I join? Or can I bring my dude?

Sorry, no. We are sure that you are amazing and wonderful but Cascade Mountain Adventures events are for women, by women.

 

What about emergencies?

We've got you! All of our trip leaders have a minimum of ten years experience on the trail, a minimum of Wilderness First Aid Certification, and a wealth of outdoor expertise. In addition, our event leaders carry Garmin InReach devices, capable of sending text messages via satellite and communicating with search and rescue personnel, to contact assistance if needed.

 

What is your cancellation policy?

We are excited to see you but understand that plans change. Our cancellation policy is as follows.

Participant Cancellation

Cascade Mountain Adventures cannot issue cash refunds. In the event of participant cancellation vouchers will be issued for future events at the following rates:

  • 21+ days prior to event date - 50% of event payment

  • 14 - 20 days prior to event date - 25% of event payment

  • 0 - 13 days prior to event date - No vouchers offered

No Shows / After Trip

Cascade Mountain Adventures will not issue refunds or vouchers in the event of no-shows or after an event has already been completed.

Cascade Mountain Adventure Cancellation

Cascade Mountain Adventures reserves the right to cancel events due to insufficient registration or unforeseen circumstances. (Ex. Safety concerns, leader availability, etc.)

Participants will receive a refund in the amount of the event registration fee in the event of Cascade Mountain Adventures cancelled events. We are not responsible for any other expenses incurred by event participants to attend this event. We reserve the right to cancel an event up to 3 days prior to the event date.

Custom Adventures

Are you looking for an outdoor skills session that isn’t on the public calendar? Let’s talk! Please see our Custom Pricing page to get started.  

Other questions?

Do you have questions not addressed here? Please reach out to our team using the form below or at info@cascademountainadventures.org. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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