Altitude 14505

Season: Every other Summer
Ideal for: Teens
Location: Mt. Whitney

About Altitude 14,505

A life-changing trip for Teens with diabetes, ages 15-17

Tentative Dates: Thursday, July 25- Tuesday, August 6, 2019*

*Pending permit approval in March. Dates may be altered.

Dates, Route of Trip, and Participant Requirements

On July 25, up to ten participants will gather at Bearskin Meadow Camp to prepare to embark on a 14,505 foot, 75+ mile journey, to the highest peak in the lower 48 states. The group will spend the first couple of days at Bearskin Meadow Camp, and then depart for 10 days on the trail with the goal of summiting Mt. Whitney. The group will return to camp on August 5th to debrief the trip, and depart on August 6th.

We will use the High Sierra Trail as our route for this trip. Participants will need a high level of fitness, stamina, and determination to complete the trip. Interested participants will submit a supplemental application, as well as do a phone interview prior to enrollment. In addition, participants will participate in pre-camp physical fitness plans to ensure readiness.

Trip Staff & Emergency Procedures

This trip will have two to three backpacking staff, and one health care professional. These staff are experienced with DYF programs.

The group will be in satellite phone contact with DYF’s Medical Director or assistant Medical Director. Each night the group will call into the camp to discuss any diabetes or general related health issues, and will have access with their phone to contact emergency services throughout the trip, if needed. The group will also be carrying a SPOT Tracking System (

Registration Instructions and Cost

In order to reserve the participant’s spot a $150 payment is required with the registration. This will not be processed until the participant is formally accepted into the program after the interview process.

After receiving the complete registration form, DYF will ask each prospective participant to complete a questionnaire upon which suitability for the trip will be determined.

Participants are expected to provide some of their own backpacking gear including well-fitting hiking boots. Please expect that there will be some external costs to the trip that you and your family may incur due to required gear, although DYF tries to keep these costs to you at a minimum. Much of the equipment needed will be provided by DYF such as water purification systems, calorie-dense food, cooking gear, etc.

Last, should your teen choose to be a part of this program they are still eligible to attend other summer programs with us, with the exception of Family Camps and LIT I.

Final Words

This program is for teens who want to be physically, emotionally, and mentally challenged, and who are ready to work with a tight-knit team in order to succeed. It is also for those who realize that it will truly be the journey of this trip, and not the final destination, that will be life-changing. The trip will be filled with many challenging moments, and decisions that will be made in the best interest of the group, the fitness level of the participants, and the overall leadership ability of the participants. It is not guaranteed that the group will summit, however every safe attempt will be made to reach the top. While ascending Mount Whitney is not technically difficult, it does require good planning, stamina, and persistence. Please contact DYF with questions and concerns, or email us at

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