Join Us On A Mountain Adventure!
ROAM is headed out on an adventure in the Colorado mountains July 5-10, 2021. We will be staying in cabins at AEI Base Camp and hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, adventure course navigating and connecting in the great outdoors! All skill levels are welcome, with a commitment to train and prepare for the altitude and activities we will engage with. You are invited to train and prepare with us, May 1 - June 30 as we offer a series of training hikes. Details below.
Jesus says, "Follow me." "Walk with me." "Come away with me." "My child, get up!"
Jesus wants to walk with us on this blue-green ball we call home. He invites each and every one of us, regardless of where we have been or what we have done, to join him.
Are you ready to rise and stand in that open invitation?
He makes the invite, we have the opportunity to respond. Each of these moments is holy ground. Join us in the mountains and explore our personal and shared learnings from a season of rapid change and upheaval. We believe that Jesus has been forming in each of us the muscle, strength and endurance needed to rise and stand . . .
. . . in our everyday lives
. . . in our families and workplaces
. . . in our friendships and communities
. . . in our very identity
What might Jesus be inviting you to RISE to?
We are going on an incredible trip to AEI Base Camp, a team we have worked with since 2014. The guides at AEI host us in hand-hewn cabins at 9,700' elevation below the Continental Divide. In turn, they create and lead us through activities designed to encounter the glory of the Colorado moutains and the incredible creativity and love of Jesus. Our adventure is July 5-10, 2021. Here are some questions you probably have!
If your question hasn’t been answered, CLICK HERE to email Lisa Zulke.
We are so excited to offer the adventure trip after cancelling last summer. We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our group and the guide staff at AEI Base Camp. COVID-19 safety measures being used at camp at this time include:
• Following local, state, and federal guidelines related to events and various aspects of the event environment (housing, dining, etc.)
• Adjusting schedules, seating, housing, etc. to provide appropriate spacing based on current local conditions & guidelines.
• Requiring pre-event and daily health screenings in order to quickly identify & isolate potential positive cases.
In addition to the measures mentioned above, current best practices recommended by the CDC and state and county health departments include:
• Face Coverings: in all indoor spaces where groups are gathering and outdoors in areas where social distancing cannot be maintained.
• Social Distancing: We will be spread out in cabins that hold 12, with 6-7 per room. Meal times and group gatherings in the chapel will have space to spread out. Majority of our activity takes place in the great outdoors!
• Cleaning & Sanitization: Increased cleaning of facilities in use. We also recommend groups bring hand soap and sanitizer for easy use.
• Daily Screening for Staff & Attendees: Daily temp checks and symptom related questionnaire will be used.
Prior to departure and while at AEI Base Camp, we will be asked to complete a COVID waiver questionnaire.
To comply with the AEI Base Camp COVID waiver (CLICK HERE to download) we are asked to refrain from travel the two weeks prior to arrival at camp, particularly to "hot zone" areas. We recommend that each participant keep a 14-day temp log prior to departure, noting your temp in AM and PM each day. If you have had exposure to someone who is symptomatic, had a positive COVID test or is likely to have contracted COVID within the two weeks leading up to camp we ask that you remain home. If you have symptoms, are awaiting a COVID test result or tested positive we ask that you remain home as well.
We’ll depart from Heartland at 5 AM on Monday (aka Crk-o-dark), July 5 and return to Heartland between 7 - 8 PM on Saturday, July 10.
Cost is $663.00 which includes all activities at camp, meals, transportation and lodging. Deposit is due by May 1 of $221 to reserve your space. Final payment is due on or before June 1 for the balance of $442. After initial registration and deposit, you can make periodic payments via Heartland's online portal HERE.
We will be carpooling from Heartland to AEI Base Camp in two rented 12-passenger vans. People may take turns driving, but according to the church’s insurance policy, no one under the age of 25 can drive. If you are willing to drive, Heartland needs a copy of your driver’s license on file before we leave. We will plan several stops along the way, but will keep our stopped time to a minimum in order to arrive at Base Camp by 7 PM, and before dark! Each van will have a cooler to hold lunches so we can eat at a rest stop without standing in long lines. (If you are leaving a car at Heartland while we are gone, we will park along the north side of the building, in view of security cameras.)
AEI Base Camp is located in Almont, CO, near the Continental Divide. We will be sleeping at 9,700' elevation. The camp address is:
AEI Base Camp
2 Illinois Creek Road
Almont, CO 81210
(970) 641-4708 (for emergency use only)
For more information about AEI, CLICK HERE.
Cell service isn’t great, and there is no wifi or cell reception at Base Camp. We will be very much “off the grid”. We usually get some cell service when driving down by the Taylor Reservoir. Let your people know in advance that you may not be able to get a call out every day. The emergency camp phone number is listed above, and can be used by anyone needing to reach you in a time of crisis. There are no electrical outlets in the cabins. The camp runs on solar and generator power, making this a GREAT opportunity to practice a tech fast! If using your phone as a camera, bring back up battery packs, fully charged. Use Airplane Mode as much as possible to save battery.
AEI is providing our meals . . . and they are pretty great! Keep in mind that they aren’t in a big city and do not have vending machines. If you have favorite snack foods, protein bars, or non-alcoholic beverages, please bring them! We are responsible for our own trail snacks. They will have a place for us to store those types of things out of the reach of critters. The water is cold and clear and delicious! Please bring a 2-liter Camelback unit, or a minimum of 2 1-liter water bottles.
CLICK HERE to email Lisa Zulke so we can work with you to make necessary accommodations.
We will have some free time each day, typically right before or after meals. Our time is pretty focused on ADVENTURE, so we will be on the go most of every day. In the evening we will have group gatherings in the chapel, with teaching, discussion and prayer centered on the theme RISE. A more detailed schedule will be shared prior to departure. A variety of ROAM leaders will be sharing the teaching, discussion and prayer leadership, along with our AEI guide staff.
Base Camp is an incredible facility at the base of the Collegiate Peaks on the western side. Our early activities will take place at camp, including team building and high ropes courses, as well as some hiking. We try to offer opportunity the first couple days to adjust to life at altitude. Remember to hydrate double what you normally would . . . this will make life at altitude much more enjoyable! We will leave camp for our summit hike, kayaking on the Taylor Reservoir and rock climbing.
AEI Base Camp sits right on the continental divide, so it’s a lot higher than Kansas City. In the weeks leading up to the trip, PLEASE do all that you can to start preparing your body for the altitude. We want you to be able to enjoy every minute of the trip and not be dealing with altitude sickness. We have planned our activities for the first two days to help us acclimate (not a lot of altitude gain). Here’s what we suggest for altitude preparation as a “flatlander”:
• Start drinking a LOT more water, especially the week of the trip. If you know you have issues with altitude sickness, you may want to discuss options with your doctor (Rx or over the counter). We also have several people who use an herbal beverage mix called Acclimate. You can order it on Amazon. Nothing can prepare you better than NOT being dehydrated going into the trip.
• Amp up your cardio (get yourself breathing heavily several times per week; intervals are great - a few minutes of an activity at a higher speed alternating with a few minutes of a more normal pace). Also begin adding weight to your backpack/water pack until you are able to do a long hike/walk with 10-20 lbs.
We will begin a series of optional (but very fun!) training power walks, hikes, hill repeats and strength training meet ups. These typically run May 1 - June 30, after work or on weekends.
Please see the packing list from AEI for a specific list. Below are a few additional reminders and things to consider.
• LAYERS!! Including good rain gear (jacket or poncho) and hat/gloves (we may be out in the evenings and it can get pretty chilly; we will also be up early the day of our peak assault - early morning is usually the coldest). Tech fabrics work better than cotton, as they keep moisture away from your skin.
• Water bottle(s) and/or hydration pack, you will need at least 2 liters with you for the long hike. Many people opt for a hydration pack which can hold a larger amount of water as well as have pockets for snacks or layers. In past years people have found off brand packs at Aldi so be sure to check out your options.
• Swimsuit, towel. If you have a camping towel (kind of like a yoga towel or shammy) it will dry out better than a traditional towel.
• Hiking boots & good hiking socks (if you’ve recently purchased hiking boots, be sure to break them in so you don’t get blisters). It is possible to hike in trail runners or running shoes if you don’t want to invest in hiking boots just for this trip. *AEI requires close-toed shoes around camp, but you can bring flip-flops for around the cabin.
• Sleeping bag, blanket and pillow. The beds do have a twin mattress, but since we’re only there for four nights, they recommend just bringing a sleeping bag with an extra blanket for the chilly evenings.
• HEADLAMP - we may be doing some activities after dark and you’ll need to see what you’re doing. Headlamps are easily borrowed or bought. You might want to have a set of extra batteries, too. (You can also bring a flashlight, but headlamps are great!)
• Bible and journal. (We will provide a trip journal if you prefer to use this, too.)
• Ear plugs (if you’re a light sleeper).
• Battery powered fan (if you’re a hot sleeper).
• Any medications or personal items you think you might need, including feminine hygiene products. Altitude can change how your body reacts, so be prepared. AEI has emergency medical supplies, but participants need to bring their own medications, etc.
• Money for other incidentals. AEI has a “store” where you can purchase t-shirts, etc. At the end of our stay at camp, we will also collect money for a tip for the AEI guides who have led us all week. Cash is best for the tips. We will have an afternoon and evening in Crested Butte that includes shopping/dinner as well.
$30-100, depending on your preferences! We will have access to the AEI camp store that has great tshirts, hats, hoodies and stickers. They take cash or credit card. Each person is responsible for meals the drive. In addition, we may have an afternoon in a nearby town for a change of pace and a meal out. We invite all participants to chip-in on a personal tip for our guide staff. This is an optional and confidential contribution that you will drop in an envelope in the cabins prior to our departure.
You will need to complete both the Heartland Registration and the AEI Registration forms. To register with Heartland, click the blue button below. To complete all trip forms, click to download each set and drop off in the Hub at Heartland, or mail to us: Attn: Lisa Zulke, Heartland Community Church, 12175 Strang Line Rd, Olathe KS 66062.