FAQ

 What is car camping vs. backpacking?

Car camping means you park your vehicle at an established campground, so you don’t need to worry too much about bringing extra comforts. Backpacking means you have to carry all of your gear wherever you go, so what you bring becomes the ultimate concern. For both types of trips, we will provide specific packing lists and guide your preparations.

What if I’ve never gone camping or backpacking?

Shoestring Adventures brings together people with all levels of experience in California’s most treasured parks. We empower you with the skills you need to become more confident planning your own adventures, including how to start a campfire, pack a backpack, prepare food, read a map, minimize your impact on the environment, and more.

What if I don’t know anyone going on the trip?

We offer a community for anyone who wants to experience the outdoors. If you don’t come with friends, you will definitely leave with some!

How do I prepare for the trip?

After you register, you will receive a Welcome Kit through email, which includes introductions to your fellow campers, a detailed packing list, itinerary, weather forecast and everything else you need to know to prepare for our trip. We are available to answers all questions and guide first-time campers every step of the way.

How do I become an official member?

Once you registered for your first event, you will become an official club member and receive 10% off future weekend trips!

Why do I need to bring my own mess kit and water bottle?

We practice Leave No Trace to enjoy the environment responsibly. All trash and food waste must be packed out. Bringing our own mess kits will help us minimize the amount of waste on our trip.

What should I bring/not bring to the event?

Please do not bring illicit drugs or firearms. If you are caught with drugs or firearms, you will be asked to leave immediately. No refunds for violations.

What should I pack?

You are responsible for bringing your own camping gear (i.e. tent, sleeping bag, etc). Check out our Car Camping Checklist, Backpacking Checklist, and Gear Guide for recommendations. If this is your first camping trip and/or you need additional gear, we’ve got you covered! Convenient gear rentals are available through Shoestring Adventures, as well as our local partner Adventure 16.

What are accommodations like?

Typical group campground accommodations. Specific details will be provided for each event.

What is included in pricing?
  • Wilderness First Responder/CPR Certified Trip Leader
  • Gourmet camp meals
  • Campground reservations and/or wilderness permits
  • Group photographer to document the trip, so you can stay in the moment, plus edited images 3 weeks after your trip ends
  • Shoestring Adventures is an authorized outfitter service permit holder in state and national parks where we host our trips. A portion of your ticket goes toward protecting and preserving our parks for future generations.
What is not included in pricing?
  • Transportation is not included. We will help facilitate carpools for the group after you register.
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for trip leader and photographer
Am I in good hands?

Yes! We take extra measures to ensure your safety and maximum level of fun. All Shoestring Adventures trip leaders hold Wilderness First Responder/CPR, Leave No Trace and Food Handling certifications. In remote destinations, we carry a DeLorme inReach Explorer Satellite Messenger to contact authorities in case of emergency.

What is the cancellation policy?

Should you decide to cancel your trip for any reason, Shoestring Adventures is able to offer refunds at the following rates:

  • 21+ days prior to trip departure date: 50% of trip cost refunded.
  • 14-20 days prior to trip departure date: 25% of trip cost refunded.
  • 0-13 days prior to trip departure: No refunds.
Where can I contact the organizer with my questions?

We’re here to help! If you do not find the answer you are looking for or have more questions, please contact: alyx@shoestringadventures.com



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