‘Glamping’ in Mt. Rainier National Park

August 10-13, 2017  |  4 days / 3 nights |  $749

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“I’ve been on a mission the last few years to explore our amazing network of U.S. National Parks. It’s really quite incredible that so much land has been reserved for us to enjoy/play/discover! So let’s take advantage of it! On this trip we’ll explore Washington’s Mt. Rainier National Park. Plan on camping for three nights (‘glamping’ really — I’ll take care of all the work!) daily hikes to epic viewpoints, mountain lakes and waterfalls, the fanciest camping food you’ve ever had, great stories and laughter (and s’mores – duh) around nightly campfires and a community of amazing women who share my passion to experience all that the great outdoors and our U.S. National Parks can offer.”  —— Mary, Living Big trip host for this adventure. To learn more about Mary, your Living Big trip host for this adventure, click here.

Trip Agenda

Day 1 – August 10

Everyone will make their way to Mt. Rainier National Park, specifically the Cougar Rock Campground. Interested in carpooling? Your Trip Host can connect you with other women to make the ride a fun one! Plan to arrive between 3PM and 5PM. When you arrive all you have to do is put your sleeping bag, pillow and personal belongings in your tent (which will already be set-up with a mattress pad) and find your s’more stick while the rest of the group arrives and gets settled. Then get ready to start night one of your vacation with happy hour, camp games, glamping-style meals and the fanciest campfire s’more bar you’ve ever seen. Dinner included.

Day 2 – August 11

After a slow morning of camp coffee and breakfast we’ll get the day started with a look back at where Mt. Rainier started. We’ll pay a visit to Park Headquarters to watch a film that illustrates the parks geological past and dynamic future. With this framework in mind we’ll set out to explore the park and glorious views of Mt. Rainier. Our first stop will be a short hike on the Nisqually Vista Trail for amazing views of the glacier (if it’s a clear day!) Afterwards we’ll make our way to the trail head that will take us to Snow Lake — a pristine alpine lake, and ideal stop for a picnic lunch. Afterwards we’ll head back to camp for dinner by the fire, followed by a program at the campground amphitheater. And in case you were concerned: travel wine and dessert for this evening program are included. All meals included.

Day 3 – August 12

Today is the day you’ll get a full breadth of what makes Mt. Rainier National Park so special. The diversity of landscapes, water, old-growth trees and quick access to hiking make it one of the best in the West 🙂 After breakfast at camp we’ll make our way out to explore Box Canyon, hike to powerful Silver Falls, take a walk through the Grove of the Patriarchs and join a local expert for an educational walk through one of the wildflower meadows the park is known for. I promise: at the end of this day your body will be tired and mind will be full, but you can plan on a quiet evening lounging by the fire, lots of laughter, a tasty meal, wine and cold beer. And s’mores. Duh. All meals included.

Day 4 – August 13

Before we say our goodbye’s and hop back in the car for a long drive home, we’ll first do one final hike after breakfast to beautiful Carter Falls. To get there we’ll leave straight from our campsite, cross a dry river bed, then head to the forest to make our way up to the top of the falls. After the hike we’ll head back to camp to pack up and say our goodbyes. Or at least goodbyes until our next adventure together. Breakfast included.

Trip itinerary is subject to change but will always maintain a spirit of adventure and diverse activities. Questions? Check out the FAQ section above for more information about this trip.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is going on the trip?

This trip is made up of 11 women: 10 guests and your Trip Host. A major tenet of Living Big is to make travel more accessible to women who don’t want to go at it alone. To learn more about the philosophy, click here.

Can I join the trip solo? Or can I invite a few of my friends to join me on the trip?

Yes and yes to both questions! Some people join Living Big trips on their own; there to make friends and see the world, and others join Living Big trips because they want to share the experience with their friends, sisters, mothers or daughters and don’t want to do any of the planning!

You’ll find that the trips are structured in a way that you’ll have a good amount of group time, but also a fair amount of independent time to explore on your own, with new friends you met in the group, or with the friends joining you on the trip.

Who is the Trip Host? And what is her role?

On this trip your Trip Host is Mary. To learn more about Mary, click here.

The role of the Trip Host is to be there to make sure everything goes as smooth as possible, even when the inevitable travel bumps come our way – such as an unexpected rainy afternoon, traffic, missing luggage, etc. But more importantly, to be a resource that will give you the space you need to really enjoy the experience. So if throughout the trip there is something your Trip Host can do to support you in this regard – please let her know. For example, if you’re not feeling well, having trouble sleeping, not getting along with someone, not satisfied with something, etc. please please share these concerns. No one needs a ‘Mother’ on this trip – that’s not our intention, but if there are small adjustments that can be made to create more space for you to enjoy the experience —- the Trip Host will see what she can do!

How much does the trip cost? And what is included/excluded in this price?

The trip costs $749/person and the following are included in your trip fee:

  • Planning: all trip logistics including pre-trip negotiations with all vendors, onsite coordination, useful information leading up to your trip such as advice on what to pack, wear, etc. and how to prepare.
  • Accommodations: you’ll be sharing a tent with one other person. A tent and sleeping pad will be provided.
  • Meals: see the daily itinerary for details on what meals are included each day. Some alcohol, water and snacks are also included.
  • Ground Transportation: transportation within the park will be provided.
  • Activities: all activities, unless specified in the itinerary, are included.
  • Fees: all payment processing fees are included.

The following are excluded from the trip price:

  • Transportation, and associated transportation costs, to/from Mt. Rainier National Park.
  • You are responsible for providing your own sleeping bag or bedding, camp chair, flashlight and personal affects.
  • A set amount of wine and beer will be provided with each hosted dinner, but each person will be responsible for providing any additional alcoholic beverages beyond this amount.

What are the health and physical fitness requirements to join on the trip?

Participants should take personal responsibility to ensure they are physically able and healthy to participate in all group trip activities, such as hiking up to five miles at one time (and 2-3 times during the trip), walking on uneven surfaces, carrying luggage, getting on/off various modes of public transportation and spending time at elevations between 3,000-5,000 feet. The trip is moderately strenuous and best enjoyed by anyone who is physically fit and enjoys active days. You should consult with a medical doctor to determine if you are healthy and physically able to participate.

Is there a minimum/maximum age to participate?

Women over the age of 21, that are physically able to participate in the activities outlined on the trip itinerary, are welcome to join for this adventure. Please see the detailed itinerary and FAQ on minimum physical fitness requirements to learn more.

What should I do to secure my spot on the trip?

Click on the ‘Register Now’ tab by clicking here to get started! Please note: registration is taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Will I be sharing a tent? Can I choose my roommate?

Yes, everyone will be sharing a tent with at least one other person, but you will have your own mattress pad. Your Trip Host will contact you prior to the trip to communicate ‘tent-mate’ details.

What should I pack?

Prior to the trip, you’ll receive a packing checklist and advised on what type of clothes and supplies you’ll need. But in general, you’ll be responsible for a sleeping bag and/or bedding, a camp chair, flashlight, personal belongings, hiking clothes, and clothes that will keep you warm in the mornings and evenings at the campground.

What will the weather be like?

Weather at Mt. Rainier National Park can vary greatly depending on your location, time of day and elevation. Average tempertures range from 55 degrees Fahrenheit to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Plan on cooler mornings and evenings.

What are the restroom facilities like? Are there showers?

There are restroom facilities within the campground and less then a 5 minute walk from our campsite. There are no onsite shower facilities.

What if I don't need every meal/activity/etc. on my trip?

Unfortunately, refunds aren’t possible for unused services, meals or activities. The total trip price is a package deal; credits are not given for services not used. Please contact Living Big (click here) if you have questions or concerns about any trip activities due to a physical condition. If there is a reasonable alternative, we can explore it.

How do I communicate information like allergies, injuries, etc?

A few weeks before the trip your Trip Host will reach out with pre-trip details, including forms, questionnaires and waivers that you’ll need to submit no later than 2 weeks before the trip begins. The forms provided will allow you to share these important details. Living Big LLC will provide meals as outlined in the official trip itinerary and will work with you to accommodate special dietary requirements; however, Living Big LLC is not required to provide such meals, supplements and/or any special requests beyond what is outlined in official trip itinerary.

Do I have to pay for the entire trip up front or can I make payments?

No, you do not need to pay for the entire trip up front. (Although you can, if you prefer.) Check out the Trip Pricing tab (click here) for payment details.

What if I need to cancel the trip?

If you decide you need to cancel your trip the following refund schedule applies upon written notice of your cancellation:

  • Cancellations made on or before June 10, 2017:
    • Your trip deposit is nonrefundable. If you paid in full for the trip the deposit is $250.
    • You will be reimbursed 50% of what you have paid to date, less the nonrefundable deposit.
    • As an example, if you made a $250 deposit, then made an additional payment of $199.50 (total paid = $449.50) then the amount you would receive back is $99.75.
  • Cancellations made on or after June 11, 2017:
    • All payments made to date are nonrefundable.

Travel insurance helps protect against last-minute cancellation, trip interruption, and to cover medical treatment or emergency medical evacuation during your trip. We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance and flight cancellation insurance in advance of your trip. To learn about travel insurance, click here for a quick lesson!

What if the trip doesn't fill up or is cancelled?

The trip requires a minimum number of participants in order to take place at the stated price, since it takes into account group discounts, shared accommodations and other factors that create cost efficiencies. Once an adequate number of participants sign up for the trip, you will be notified. If a trip does not have enough participants, or if someone unexpectedly cancels, you will be refunded your deposit or you will be given the option to pay a trip supplement to continue the trip with fewer participants. Should additional participants sign-up after you have paid the trip supplement, this fee will be refunded. Your air travel itinerary is yours to decide, and we recommend you purchase flight cancellation insurance. Living Big is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by you in preparing for the trip including non-refundable air tickets, gear, medical equipment or travelers insurance.

What if I can't make payments according to the payment schedule?

If unusual circumstances arise and you can’t make payments on time please contact Living Big (click here) to discuss. Generally speaking, failure to make payments according to the schedule may result in losing your spot on the trip.

Oh no! The trip is sold out -- but I really want to go on this trip!

Because all Living Big adventure are kept to small groups, it’s highly likely that the trips will sell out. If we had our way everyone would be able to join (but we can’t grow that fast!)

It’s highly likely that there will be another Living Big trip to a National Park offered in 2018 — so be sure to contact Living Big (click here) to request early notification for that trip.

Trip Pricing + Payment Options

See below for key details and next steps to save your spot!

This trip is nearly all-inclusive of all meals, accomodations, ground transportation, and all activities outlined in the trip details tab (click here), all the planning and booking (so you don’t have to do ANY work but show up!) and advice on what to pack, travel tips and a go-to resource who is here to answer any questions you have leading up to the trip, and on the trip, to help ensure that you have an amazing experience!

Please note that spots are limited, and registration is taken on a first come, first serve basis.

There are two options for payment:

  1. Pay the full amount by credit card or by check.
  2. Break your payments into three installment payments:
    • Payment 1: make a deposit of $250 to formally register for the trip
    • Payment 2: 50% of the remaining balance ($249.50) will automatically be charged to your credit card on May 1
    • Payment 3: the remaining balance ($249.50) will automatically be charged to your credit card on July 1
    • Note: if you decide to make installment payments, payments are only accepted by credit card. 

Have Questions?

Thank you for your interest in this Living Big Adventure! If you have any questions, or would like to discuss details of the trip before you register, please fill out the form below. A member of the Living Big team will reach out to you within the next 48 hours, unless we’re out hosting an adventure.