Forest Bathing Retreat w/ Toadstool Walks
May
25
to May 28

Forest Bathing Retreat w/ Toadstool Walks

Join Travis and Tam for a long weekend of nature connection  and experiencing the healing power of the Forest in a supportive Queer Community.  Spending time connecting with nature has been medically proven to treat stress-related illnesses.  From increased cerebral blood flow to stronger immune defenses, there is loads of research about what happens when we relax, unplug and open our senses to the natural world.  Taking time to hit the reset button by slowing down in a natural setting can not only reduce stress and lower cortisol levels but it can also increase overall energy and wellbeing.  

 Tam Willey of Toadstool Walks is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide from Boston, Massachusetts.  Toadstool Walks offer slow-paced guided wanderings that promote wellness through a series of gentle sensory-opening invitations that welcome us to notice more of our natural surroundings. This is a practice inspired by Shinrin-Yoku, a term coined in Japan in the 1980’s, which translates to Forest Bathing and is a prominent feature of preventative medicine and healing in Japan.  Forest Therapy is part of a global effort to tend to the stressful conditions of living in modern industrialized civilization.  Toadstool Walks offer support in finding one’s own way towards experiencing belonging to the natural world. To learn more about Tam, check out ToadstoolWalks.com.

 This is a chance to relax, restore, rejuvenate, recharge, heal, connect and recollect, whether that means unplugging for a bit, sleeping in or taking more time to rest, relaxing in the hot tub, journaling, storytelling, or just being, this retreat is intended to hold space for that.  There will be a daily schedule of offerings, all of which are optional.

This is an ALL-INCLUSIVE Retreat.

  • 3 nights in your own bed in a large 6 bedroom house with 3 additional living room common areas.  The house is located close to the Columbia River Gorge overlooking Mount Hood and the Cascades.
  • Home Cooked Vegetarian Meals and Snacks (Starting with dinner on Friday and ending with brunch on Monday).
  • Daily Forest Bathing Programming with Tam of Toadstool Walks.
  • Additional Optional Activities: hiking, hot tub soaking, evening storytelling, morning sun salutations, journaling, downtime, stargazing and more.

 All you have to bring is you, exactly as you are.

Space is limited to 10.  

Meeting Location: Lyle, Washington (1.5 hours from Portland, 4 hours from Seattle)
Start Date: May 25, 2018
Meeting Time: 5-7pm
End Date: May 28, 2018
End Time: 11am
Price: $425 after
Closest Airport: Portland International Airport (PDX)

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Jun
14
to Jun 17

Vermont Classic Backpacking

A weekend of backpacking in Vermont with other queer folks! This backpacking trip is for the absolute beginner and the seasons hiker.  Learn the basic skills of packing, map reading, camp set-up, backcountry cooking, and then sleep under the stars! Please join us if you already know how to backpack and looking for community!  All are welcome.

Location: The Long Trail, Green Mountains, Vermont
Meeting Location: Northampton, MA
Start Date: June 14, 2018
Meeting Time: 1pm
End Date: June 17, 2018
End Time: 3pm
Closest Airport: Bradley International Airport (please arrive by 11am - airport pickup available) 
Cost: $375
Includes: Transportation to trailhead, food, backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, stoves, bowls, utensils.
Doesn't Include: Personal clothing, boots, toiletries.

 

Classic
No prior experience needed

  • Average: 6 miles/day
  • Lunch: 30-40 minutes
  • Breaks: Typically one 5-10 minute break per hour. More often if necessary. 
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours per day
  • Terrain: Gentle, no more than 500'-1000' elevation gain per day.
  • Camp: Arrive around 3pm.
                                                  
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Queer Women's Vermont Classic Backpacking
Jun
14
to Jun 17

Queer Women's Vermont Classic Backpacking

Join us for our Queer Women’s Backpacking trip in Southern Vermont. This long weekend backpacking trip is led by queer women for queer women. We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome and encourage trans, genderqueer, and non-binary folks to register for this trip.  If it sounds like the right adventure for you - it is!

Total beginners to seasoned backpackers will feel welcome and comfortable on this New England adventure. You’ll learn the foundational skills of packing, map reading, camp set-up, backcountry cooking, and get to  sleep under the stars!

Location: The Long Trail, Green Mountains, Vermont
Meeting Location: Northampton, MA
Start Date: June 14, 2018
Meeting Time: 1pm
End Date: June 17, 2018
End Time: 3pm
Closest Airport: Bradley International Airport (please arrive by 11am - airport pickup availalbe)
Cost: $375
Includes: Transportation to trailhead, food, backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, stoves, bowls, utensils.
Doesn't Include: Personal clothing, boots, toiletries.

 

Classic
No prior experience needed

  • Average: 6 miles/day
  • Lunch: 30-40 minutes
  • Breaks: Typically one 5-10 minute break per hour. More often if necessary. 
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours per day
  • Terrain: Gentle, no more than 500'-1000' elevation gain per day.
  • Camp: Arrive around 3pm.
                                                  
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LGBTQ+ Family Camping Weekend - Western Massachusetts
Jun
22
to Jun 24

LGBTQ+ Family Camping Weekend - Western Massachusetts

Our LGBTQ+ Family Campout is a great way to meet other families like yours, make friends, share stories, and have some good old fashioned fun!

We define an LGBTQ Family as a family where any member of the family (adult or child) identifies as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, pansexual, trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming, or more. This weekend is for any and all members of your family - kids, parents, grandparents, care-givers. 

This will be a weekend of fun, swimming, hiking, endless play, grilling, connecting to other families, sleeping under the stars, s'mores, and so much more!

Location:  Western Massachusetts
(Address given upon registration)
Start Date: June 22, 2018
Meeting Time: 5pm
End Date: June 24, 2018
End Time: 12pm
Closest Airport: Bradley International Airport
Cost:  $50-$75/per person - $200-$300/family max
Includes: Group campsite, stoves, food, games, toys, additional child-centered staff
Doesn't Include: Transportation, tents, personal camping gear

Camping Packing List:
Tent
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad
Pillow
Tolietries
Headlamp
Lantern
Mess Kit (plate, cup, fork, spoon)
Waterbottle
Swim wear/towels
Camping clothes
Raingear
Flip flops
Sneakers
Camp Chair

 


 

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Maine Summit to Sea Experienced Multi-Environment Week
Jul
8
to Jul 13

Maine Summit to Sea Experienced Multi-Environment Week

Maine.  Rugged, raw, rural, real.  We'll bring you to the highest point in Maine, Mt. Katahdin, and then back down again to the famous rocky coastline of the Atlantic Ocean.  This trip will combine elements of camping, big day hiking & kayaking.  This is a a transmasculine lead trip and for experienced hikers who also identify as transmasculine.

Location: Baxter State Park & Deer Isle, Maine
Meeting Location: Portland, Maine
Start Date: July 8, 2018
Meeting Time: 1pm
End Date: July 13, 2018
End Time: 4pm
Closest Airport: Portland International Jetport (PWM)  (please arrive by 12pm - airport pickup available) 
Cost: $800
Includes: Transportation, lodging, food, backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, stoves, bowls, utensils.
Doesn't Include: Airfare, personal clothing, hiking boots/shoes, toiletries.

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Perry 

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Queer Youth Backpacking (Ages 14-16) New Hampshire
Aug
5
to Aug 9

Queer Youth Backpacking (Ages 14-16) New Hampshire

Designed specifically for queer youth ages 14-16, this backpacking trip will be a New England adventure with other queer youth from around the country!   We will backpack up three separate mountains and sleep in cabins near the summit.  Leadership, community building and fun is the core of this trip. Trip is led by youth educators. 

Location:  White Mountains, New Hampshire
Meeting Location: Manchester, NH
Start Date: August 5, 2018
Meeting Time: 1pm
End Date: August 9, 2018
End Time: 4pm
Closest Airport: Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT)
Cost: $800  (Need based full & partial scholarships available! Please injure!)
Includes: Transportation to trailhead, food, backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, stoves, bowls, utensils.
Doesn't Include: Transportation to Manchester, NH, personal clothing, boots, toiletries.

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Queer Youth Backpacking (Ages 16-19) New Hampshire
Aug
13
to Aug 17

Queer Youth Backpacking (Ages 16-19) New Hampshire

Designed specifically for queer youth ages 16-19, this backpacking trip will be a New England adventure with other queer youth from around the country!   We will backpack up three separate mountains and sleep in cabins near the summit.  Leadership, community building and fun is the core of this trip. Trip is led by youth educators. 

Location:  White Mountains, New Hampshire
Meeting Location: Manchester, NH
Start Date: August 13, 2018
Meeting Time: 1pm
End Date: August 17, 2018
End Time: 4pm
Closest Airport: Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT)
Cost: $800 (Need based full & partial scholarships available! Please injure!)
Includes: Transportation to trailhead, food, backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, stoves, bowls, utensils.
Doesn't Include: Transportation to Manchester, NH, personal clothing, boots, toiletries.

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PNW Classic Backpacking - POC Centered
Sep
6
to Sep 9

PNW Classic Backpacking - POC Centered

This backpacking trip is for the absolute beginner, and or the seasoned hiker.  Learn the basic skills of packing, map reading, camp set up, backcountry cooking, and sleeping under the stars.  Or if you're looking for community, this is a great place to start.  See below for further descriptions of typical backpacking days. 

Our mission is to create a safe and welcoming space for people of color. We hope to have at least 50% BIPOC for this adventure! Join us!  

This trip is in collaboration with Wild Diversity.

Location: Pacific Northwest - Will be annoyced soon!
Meeting Location: Portland, OR
Start Date: September 6, 2018
Meeting Time: 1pm
End Date: September 9, 2018
End Time: 3pm
Closest Airport: Portland International Airport (PDX)
Cost: $375 (Scholarships are available)
Includes: Transportation to trailhead, permits, food, backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, stoves, bowls, utensils.
Doesn't Include: Personal clothing, boots, toiletries.  

Lead By:

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Travis & Mercy

Classic Backpacking
No prior experience needed

  • Average: 6 miles/day
  • Lunch: 30-40 minutes
  • Breaks: Typically one 5-10 minute break per hour. More often if necessary. 
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours per day
  • Terrain: Gentle, no more than 500'-1000' elevation gain per day.
  • Camp: Arrive around 3pm.
                                                         
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Queer Backcountry Navigation
May
6
8:00 AM08:00

Queer Backcountry Navigation

Queer Backcountry Navigation is back!

Learn how to use a map & compass, follow trails, stay found while traveling in the backcountry.  Learn all of these great skills in a relaxed, comfortable setting, taught by queer instructor. 

Skinner State Park, Hadley, Massachusetts

Part I: 8am-12pm
Learn the basics of maps & navigation. Hands on classroom work, some field work.

Lunch/Break: 12-1pm

Part II: 1pm-5pm
Continuation of Part I, all field work including an orienteering scavenger hunt!

Course limited to 15. For those that attended the basics course last fall, Part 2 is a continuation of what you learned.  A compass for you to use, and take home with you, is included in the cost of the course.  

Part I OR Part II: $40
Part I AND Part II: $70

What to Bring:

Lunch
Water Bottle (There is no water at the site, please bring as much as you need for the day)
Notebook & Pen
Dress appropriately for the weather (rain gear, warm layers)
Optional - Crazy Creek/Camp Chair

 

 

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Southern Oregon Winter Adventure Weekend
Mar
2
to Mar 4

Southern Oregon Winter Adventure Weekend

Come join us for a winter wilderness retreat and get-away to a cabin nestled in the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon. This weekend is about unwinding and unplugging with other LGBTQ/Queer folks, sharing abundant family-style meals, and spending time in the woods and mountains.

If snow is available, we'll snowshoe on Saturday and Sunday - if not, we'll hike! (Participation in hikes/snowshoeing option)



Location: Colestin, Oregon
Meeting Location:  Ashland, Oregon
Start Date: March 2, 2018
Meeting Time: 5pm
End Date: March 4, 2018
End Time: 3pm
Closest Airport: Rouge Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR)
Cost: $250
Includes:  Transportation (From Ashland, OR), Lodging, Food, Snowshoes (if applicable)
Doesn't Include:  Day packs, water bottles, personal clothing.
 

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Feb
25
9:00 AM09:00

Mt. Hood Snowshoe - Lower Twin Lakes


Meet:  NE Portland Carpool (location given with registration)
Time:  9am
Hike:  4 miles 600' gain
Cost: Free
Bring: Snowshoes (snowshoes are required!  Spikes are not appropriate for most of this hike-your choice on bringing them), hats, mittens/gloves, warm layers, water, lunch & snacks. 
Note:  This hike is being filmed by a small film crew.  There will be waivers to sign.  Participants have the option of being interviewed. The film is to accompany an article on TVOP coming out in March. 

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Feb
18
8:00 AM08:00

Vermont Snow Hike

February 18, 2018 Vermont Snow Hike

Meet:  Northampton or trailhead. (Address given with registration)
Time:  8am
Hike:  Mt Ascutney (4-6 miles, 1000' gain - trail depends on snow & weather)
Cost: $5 donation
Bring: Warm layers, hats, gloves/mittens, snacks, lunch, gaiters (optional), Micro-spikes/traction device. 

We have several pairs to lend out as well! 

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Vermont Ski & Snowboard Weekend
Jan
19
to Jan 21

Vermont Ski & Snowboard Weekend

A weekend get-away,  minutes from skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Snow in Southern Vermont.  Unwind and unplug with other LGBTQ folks, sharing abundant family-style meals, kicking back watching 80's ski movies and relaxing in our private hot tub.

Location:  Ski Chalet near Mt. Snow Mountain Resort, Somerset, Vermont
Meeting Location: Northampton, MA
Start Date: January 19, 2018
Meeting Time:  2pm
End Date: January 21, 2018
End Time: 5pm
Closest Airport: Bradley International Airport  (Airport pick-up available)
Cost - $275
Includes: Transportation, lodging, food
Doesn't Include: Ski tickets, gear rentals, lessons

 

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Nov
4
9:00 AM09:00

Queer Backcountry Navigation Workshop

Learn:
How to use a map & compass, read maps and follow trails, and how to stay found while traveling in the backcountry.  Learn all of these great skills in a relaxed, comfortable setting, taught by queer instructor. 

Location:
Mount Holoyke Outing Club Cabin,  Skinner State Park

Meet: 
Outside parking gate at Skinner State Park in Hadley, MA

Cost:
$40 - includes a compass to keep, and snacks.

Please bring your lunch and dress for the weather! 

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Oct
22
9:00 AM09:00

Mt. Hood - Elk Mountain via Elk Meadows

Portland, Oregon folks!  Join Travis for a super fun day hike in Mt. Hood National Forest that includes an amazing viewpoint on Elk Mountain, an awesome ridgeline traverse on Bluegrass Ridge, and then a steep decent into Elk Meadows.

  • 8.2 miles round-trip
  • 1445 feet Elevation gain:
  • Lollipop Loop
  • Intermediate+ hike (The plus part is because of the distance, scrambing over logs, and steep decent)

Some areas of this trail are unmaintained.  Many fallen trees to cross.  One river crossing via downed logs.  

You will need:
WARM CLOTHES!
Food (Lunch on top of Elk Mountain!)
2 Liters of water
Rain Gear
Hat & Mittens/Gloves
If you get super sweaty, bring an extra shirt to wear on the way down (get that wet stuff off!)

Carpooling Meeting time/location:
9am
1117 NE 58th Ave, Apt B
Portland, OR 97213

 

 

 

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Jul
10
to Jul 14

Mount St. Helen's Backpacking/Summit - ADVANCED

A trip like no other in the Pacific Northwest!  

Four days backpacking around the circumference of Mount St. Helen's, up and over canyons, river crossings, traversing the North side of the mountain which after creating the largest landside in recorded history with is explosion in 1980, has left the land still fighting to regrow, and finally back around with intense scrambling over old volcanic rock.  On the fifth day we summit  at 8365' and peer (very carefully) into the still smoking crater.   This trip is very challenging. 

$650

6,000' elevation gain - backpacking

4,500' elevation gain - summit
10,500' total elevation gain

TVOP Advanced backpacking trips are physically and emotionally challenging.  They are designed to push you.  In order to ensure participant and group safety, all participants must have previous backpacking experience and have demonstrated ability to handle long days on the trail.  If this does not sound like you, please check out our classic trips.

  • Average: 10 miles/day

  • Lunch:15-20 minutes

  • Breaks: Typically one 10 minute break every 2 hours. More often on difficult terrain. 

  • Hiking Time: 8 hours

  • Terrain: Varied, rough terrain, could include 2000'-5000' elevation gain.

  • Camp: Arrive around 4-5pm.

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Beginner Snowshoe Hike - Mt. Hood National Forest
Mar
18
8:00 AM08:00

Beginner Snowshoe Hike - Mt. Hood National Forest

Beginner friendly snowshoe hike in Mt. Hood National Forest. 

Location: TBD - 3-4 mile hike.  Mostly Flat. 

Meet: 8am - 1117 NE 58th Ave. Apt. B, Portland, OR 97213
(we need to get there early because the snow-parks fill up fast!)

Cost: Free

Please bring: snowshoes, poles (helpful but not required), day pack, water, lunch, warm layers.  

Looking for cars/drivers.  4 Wheel Drive or Chains required.  

Don't have snowshoes?  Borrow from a friend or rent from one of these local shops (click below).
Next Adventure
Mountain Shop

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Nov
12
10:00 AM10:00

Family Hike - Fitzgerald Lake, Northampton, Massachusetts

Everyone is welcome on this casual day hike in Northampton with TVOP! It will be a 2 mile walk on rolling wooded paths with very little elevation change.  We'll see beautiful trees, birds and maybe even some big game!  Please sign up so we know how many folks to expect.  

Meet: Fitzgerald Lake, Northampton, MA - Cooke Ave. Parking Area

Time: 10am - 12pm 

Cost: Cost: $5 per person or $20 for families with 4+ people.
Information about our fees is available in FAQ

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Oct
8
9:30 AM09:30

Fall Foliage Hike

Join us for a fall hike in the gorgeous mountains of Western Massachusetts. This hike is open to all abilities. We'll hike approximately 6 miles and gain 2000' of elevation. There will be lots of time to relax and enjoy the view too.

Meet at 9:30 at Old Mountain Rd Trailhead. 
Just off Rt. 47 on the Hadley/South Hadley border

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Sep
15
to Sep 18

Experienced Backpacker Long Weekend Trip, NH

Do you love views? Getting above treeline?  Alpine trees and flowers?  Does going uphill actually feel BETTER than going DOWN? 

Join us as we head into the Pemigewasset Wilderness in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.   We'll hit several exposed peaks, all above 4,000'.  We'll camp for two nights in the back country as we complete a loop that will not disappoint your adventurous soul. 

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Travis & Tam - TVOP Instructors contemplating the Pemigewasset Wilderness

 

 

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Aug
4
5:30 PM17:30

Thursday Night Hike - Long Mountain

We're hiking Long Mountain tonight, located in Amherst, MA as part of the Holyoke Range. 

Meet: Trailhead on Harris Mountain Road in Amherst
When: 5:30-7:30pm
Bring: Water bottle, a warm layer, and a snack

 Thursday Night Hikes are open to everyone, regardless of experience. 
We welcome all LGBTQ+ people and allies.

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Jun
9
to Jun 11

Philly Trans Health Conference & Urban Hike

The Venture Out Project is proud to sponsor a table at The Philadelphia Trans Health Conference.  Stop by for a visit, to learn more about our trips, and to purchase some TVOP merch.  Don't miss our urban hike at 6:30am (yikes) on Friday, June 10th.  We'll climb the famous Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  -- Meet at the Philadelphia Convention Center 12th and Arch

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Jun
4
8:00 AM08:00

Middlesex Fells Skyline Hike - Boston, MA

Just minutes from Boston, join Tam on this gem of a hike that offers beautiful sights, sounds and great views of downtown Boston. We'll be hiking the Skyline Trail, a 12-mile hike that is easily completed in 5-6 hours and leave you feeling satisfied! Bring snacks, lunch, water and sun protection. 

We'll be meeting at the South Border Road parking area (by Long Pond) at 8am. Exit 33 from 93N. 

Parking is really tight! If you're coming from Boston, please contact us to arrange ride shares.

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