High Adventure Tips for Parents and Participants

Our High Adventure Programs are centered around the principles of safety, fun and learning. Our TCJPR staff are trained in basic first aid and CPR and we partner with reputable local businesses to provide top level guides and instructors. Due to the locations of our programs, access to medical care may be difficult and delayed in some instances.  

 High Adventure Expeditions difficulty ratings:

Use this guide to help select the appropriate level of physical challenge. (Level of challenge may vary widely within a program and depend on the weather and other uncontrollable factors)   

Easy: Activities require basic physical effort such as walking on trails or single pitch top-rope climbing.

Moderate: Activities require more fitness and stamina and may include longer day hikes, multi-pitch climbing, whitewater rafting, kayaking and paddle boarding.    

Strenuous: Activities require good fitness and may include off trail hiking, hiking distances of up to 10 miles and overnight kayaking trips. Locations are often remote and access to advanced medical care may be difficult and delayed.  

Very Strenuous: Activities are very challenging and require a high level of fitness. Activities may include backpacking with 40 – 60lbs packs for up to 10 miles, alpine climbing and hiking. Locations are often remote and access to advanced medical care may be difficult and delayed.

Outdoor Equipment

TCJPR or a partnering business will provide most equipment needs required during a program. Examples of what equipment we provide include watercraft (kayaks, paddle boards, rafts), paddles, PFD’s, climbing harnesses, climbing ropes, climbing shoes, helmets, tents, stoves, cookware and utensils. We have a few sleeping bags that can be loaned out if requested. On overnight Trips all meals are provided and eaten together as a group. Prior to each trip a detailed packing list will be emailed to each participant outlining what they will need to provide.    

Outdoor Clothing Tips

The weather can change fast in Northwest Wyoming and being prepared is essential. The following recommendations will help your child enjoy the outdoors more safely and comfortably.

Dress in Layers: Layers of synthetic and/or wool fabrics, rather than a single heavy layer, are far more effective at regulating body temperature. Layers can be added or removed to stay comfortable in changing conditions or activity levels.

On warm summer days, one layer may seem like enough, but conditions change rapidly so always pack an extra warm layer and a waterproof shell just in case.

Avoid Cotton: Cotton becomes heavy and cold when wet and can result in feeling very cold even on a summer day. Wool and synthetics retain warmth by absorbing little water and keeping warmth next to the skin. A cotton t-shirt may be okay during the summer but remember to always carry an extra warm layer and a waterproof shell just in case.

Footwear: Lightweight hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes are fine. For water-based programs a sturdy pair of sandals that can tighten and stay attached to the foot are great. For rock climbing programs we can provide climbing shoes and approach shoes.

Sun Protection: Sunlight is intense in Wyoming’s higher altitudes. Even on cloudy days eyes and skin can be burned. Wear sunscreen, sunglasses and consider wearing a ball cap or shade hat. We will provide an extra bottle or two of sunscreen for kids to re-apply throughout the day.

Water and Food: Pack at least 2 litters of water per day and drink often. Water combined with a salty snack works great and hydrates better then soda. Bring a healthy sack lunch and carry some extra snacks for when we take a break. For water-based programs we will provide waterproof dry bags to store lunch and extra layers.

Day Pack: You’ll need a pack that is large enough to hold water, food, extra clothing, and whatever else you may need. For most programs a school backpack works fine, day packs designed specifically for hiking work great but are not necessary for day trips. For water-based programs we will provide a waterproof drybag while on the water.  

 Accessibility Information

Teton County / Jackson Park and Recreation values inclusiveness and works to reduce barriers to our programs, facilities and services for people with disabilities.

For information and questions regarding requests for accommodations with outdoor programs please contact the outdoor programmer Cory Connett at 307-732-5762 cconnett@tetoncounty.wy.gov  

Cancellations 

TCJPR staff will contact you if a program or activity is cancelled or rescheduled. Activities that do not meet minimum registrations levels will be cancelled, and refunds provided. Please do not wait until the last minute to register, or activities may be full or cancelled.

Teton County / Jackson Parks & Recreation is an equal opportunity recreation provider under Special Use Permit with the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Questions? Contact the Outdoor Programmer:

Cory Connett

Outdoor Programmer

(307) 732-5762