Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions about an upcoming trip, you have come to the right place! If you have any additional questions, pleae feel free to contact us.
- What is your registration, deposit and refund policy?
- Who travels on Bold Paths Adventure trips?
- Why would I choose to go with a company rather than on my own?
- What kind of shape do I need to be in for your trips?
- I don't like camping! Do you have any trips for me?
- I want to really push myself. What do you suggest?
- What if I'm the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape?
- What kind of food can I expect? What if I have dietary restrictions?
- Do you offer any financial assistance?
- Can you give me a reference to someone who has been on the trip before?
- Can I purchase a Bold Paths Adventure Travel gift certificate?
- Who are the guides?
- Is prior camping experience necessary?
- What equipment do I have to provide?
- Is it dangerous?
- Do you offer custom trips for ready-made groups, such as churches, scouts, or businesses?
What is your registration, deposit and refund policy?
Please register 2 weeks ahead of your trip. If you are designing your own adventure with us, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can make sure to save your dates, discuss possible locations and your specific needs and requests.
Deposit: please deposit 30% of your total trip fee. If weather prevents the trip from happening, we will reschedule.
Refund: Acts of Nature are a good indicator of a refund, or you can reschedule.
Who travels on Bold Paths Adventure trips?
We work with a diverse popultion and custom build the trip to the skills and interests of our clients. We cater to children on camping trips (one-week sessions as well as weekends and full- or half-day excursion); family groups; parent get-aways ( we can provide 'camp' for your children while you 'get-away'); women’s trips; and business trips—come do team building and bonding with us in the natural world.
Why would I choose to go with a company rather than on my own?
Ah, good question. Individuals, groups and families choose to travel with us for many different reasons: for the enjoyment of being guided, to have a supported trip and leave the details and the cooking to us, to participate with new friends, to meet new people who like the outdoors, and to learn new skills.
What kind of shape do I need to be in for your trips?
You do not need to be in great physical condition to thoroughly enjoy your time in the wilderness. We adapt our trips to your individual physical fitness level. We do have boats that can be fitted for adaptive needs. Distances traveled will vary depending on what you can do physically. We adjust paddling distances based on how far you want to travel and what you can accomplish physically without injury. We will also work to connect you with people with similar physical capabilities. The level of instruction provided will vary depending on your individual experience.
I don't like camping! Do you have any trips for me?
We certainly do. All of our trips may be customized to include accommodations at area B&Bs as well as camping in conditions that range from primitive to rustic cabins, We also offer a few trips that feature accommodations at indoor lodging.
I want to really push myself. What do you suggest?
Our trip design is highly flexible, allowing you to choose for yourself exactly how much you want to do. Let’s create a trip for you and others who also want to push. Call us at 1-802-333-3549 to check with us for what is currently happening. Most trips may have options for those who want to push and those who do not.
What if I'm the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape?
You might be. Someone has to be the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape person on the trip. But it doesn't matter if you're "different" in any of those ways; We can make it work. What you will share with everyone else is a desire to experience adventure in your life.
What kind of food can I expect? What if I have dietary restrictions?
Our food is always hearty and delicious; Camping trips are mostly vegetarian, with a wholesome balanced diet. We can also cook non-vegetarian. Let us know your dietary restrictions and we will work with you to create a satisfying and delightful meal plan.
Do you offer any financial assistance?
Of course, talk with us about what you need. There are also group and school group trip prices.
Can you give me a reference to someone who has been on the trip before?
Absolutely. We would be happy to give you names and telephone numbers or email addresses of people who have agreed to be contacted. Also, check out our testimonials at the top of some pages on this site.
Can I purchase a Bold Paths Adventure Travel gift certificate?
Yes, and we think the gift of adventure is one of the best you can give! We can provide gift certificates in any amount, for specific trips or for use on any trip. Just give us a call or contact us via email.
Who are the guides?
All of our guides are experienced individuals who love being outdoors, enjoy teaching, and have been through extensive training. Our guides' primary focus is to make sure that your trip is fun, always keeps safety in mind, and that you learn whatever skills you choose. To learn more about our guides, specific skills and areas of interest, visit our About page. We believe that our guides are some of the best in the business and our participants think so too!
Is prior camping experience necessary?
No, we provide gentle guidance or instruction as needed, in fact, being teachers, we like to do that.
What equipment do I have to provide?
It depends on which trip you want to take. Warm weather trips require the least personal equipment; cross country skiing and snowshoeing trips require the most. We also have some rental equipment available. Call or email to make arrangements for any equipment you might need. We'll provide you with a personal equipment list once you've registered for a trip. You must provide personal clothing and footwear, your own sleeping bag, sleeping pad and camp chair, and any toiletries and/or medications. We do have a limited number of sleeping bags and pads that we can provide if needed. You can download our gear guides for summer day trips, summer camping, and winter. We also provide a more extensive gear list for extreme adventures developed by the Appalachian Mountain Club.
Is it dangerous?
No, no more than any other experience may be dangerous. At Bold Paths, we take the utmost care to make sure that you are safe while on our trips. Bold Paths Adventure Travel personnel are extensively trained in risk management, safety procedures and wilderness first aid, as are all contracted instructors. The trips we take are appropriate to the age grouping and level of physical conditioning. You will not be asked to do something that you cannot do, or that involves unnecessary risk.
Do you offer custom trips for ready-made groups,
such as churches, scouts, or businesses?
Yes, we are happy to talk with you about what we can provide for your group, while you let us know what you are seeking for an experience.Yes. Please try to give us at least 30 days to work out dates and logistics.