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Adventure Travel for Women Since 1978


 

Q:

Let's get to the most important subject first. How's the food?

 
 

A:

Out on the trail you'll feast on fresh-baked coffee cake, pesto fettucini, spicy Thai vegetable soup, or Indian curries—even fresh green salads—and other delectable dishes from Carole Latimer's cookbook, Wilderness Cuisine. You'll wake up in the morning to freshly brewed gourmet coffee, and nibble on warm brownies for dessert at the end of the day.

We focus on cooking with fresh local ingredients when available, such as grilled tuna with papaya salsa in Hawaii, or fresh-caught salmon in Alaska. Our meals feature high-quality ingredients with fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables, as well as home-canned jams from the Latimer family garden and orchard in the California gold country.

We feel that good food adds to the fun and enjoyment of Call of the Wild trips. For more mouth-watering information, go to Our Cuisine.

 
 

Q:

How hard is a trip to do?

 
 

A:

Our trips run the gamut from easy-going hikes, with lodging on tropical beaches, to challenging backpacking and camps at high altitudes. Our trips include women of many ages and different levels of fitness and outdoors experience. You can find the trip that's right for you.

If you're wondering whether a certain trip suits you, or if you want other information about a trip, e-mail us. Take a look at How Strenuous A Trip? for information on how we rate the level of challenge in our trips.

 
 

Q:

I haven't done much camping or other outdoors activities before. Well, actually I've done none. Does that matter?

 
 

A:

Call of the Wild welcomes beginners on trips suited to their levels. Call of the Wild got its start with the idea of introducing women to the enjoyment and satisfaction of wilderness adventure trips. After more than 20 years, we're still at it! Contact us for advice on the trip that's best for you, and come to a Pre-Trip Class.  
 

Q:

Help! What do I bring? And how do I fit it all into my pack?

 
 

A:

When we receive your deposit, we'll send you a list of clothing, toiletries, and other essentials to bring with you. We provide most of the camping equipment for the trip. You provide clothing, of course, and personal gear such as a sleeping bag and pad, and a daypack or backpack. (You can rent these things from us.)

In our pre-trip classes, we'll show you the proper kind of clothing and gear to bring. If you're going backpacking, we'll demonstrate how to—miraculously—fit it all into your backpack. If you can't attend the class, contact us and request the class booklet. For more information, go to Pre-Trip Classes.

 
 

Q:

How do I get to the trailhead or meeting place for the trip?

 
 

A:

Unless specifically indicated on the itinerary, transportation to the trailhead or meeting place is not included in the price of your trip. However, we can give you guidance with travel arrangements, put you in contact with other trip participants from your area, and help to arrange car rental sharing. We provide detailed directions to the meeting place for the trip. If you want to carpool, particularly from the San Francisco Bay Area, e-mail us.  
 

Q:

What's included in the price of a trip?

 
 

A:

Trip prices include experienced leadership, tents or lodging, group equipment, a pre-trip class, and excellent food. Other special items may be included as well: yoga instruction, pack animals, bush planes, an archaeology tour, and more. Go to Join A Trip for more details, or look at the individual trip descriptions.  
 

Q:

Do I need a permit?

 
 

A:

No. Call of the Wild takes care of necessary permits for trip participants. We operate under special use permits issued by the Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Denali National Parks, the Inyo National Forest, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Forest Service, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, and others. Go to Join A Trip for more details.  
 

Q:

How well-trained are the guides?

 
 

A:

Our guides are women and men with many years of experience camping, backpacking, hiking, or kayaking. Some of them have lived for years in the areas where they guide trips. They are required to take the Call of the Wild Wilderness Skills and Guide Training Course or show equivalent experience before they can lead trips. Our guides are trained in CPR and Wilderness First Aid, and Call of the Wild is fully insured. To find out more, go to Our Guides and Wilderness Trip Staff.  
 

Q:

How do I reserve a place on a trip?

 
 

A:

Your deposit reserves your place. A telephone call or e-mail reserves your place for seven days, pending receipt of your deposit. When we receive your deposit we'll send you an equipment list and other details about your trip. For more information, go to Join A Trip.  
 

Q:

Is there anything else I should know?

 
 

A:

When you come on one of our trips, be flexible, bring along your sense of humor, and have fun!  

 

For any other questions, e-mail us. (Note: we will not give out your e-mail address, phone number or mailing address to others.)

For information on where we go on trips, go to Destinations.

For an overview of our activities on trips, go to Activities.

For information on reserving your place on a trip, go to Join A Trip.

 
 
 
Our Guides
& Trip Staff
 

Call of the Wild Inc.
PO Box 1412
Mountain View, CA 94042
Phone and Fax: 650 265 1662
Toll Free: 888 378 1978
Email: trips@callwild.net
Home URL: http://www.callwild.net
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