Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may healand give strength to body and soul. – John Muir
From My Gear, to P&C Gear, to Fully Supported we shoulder the bulk food and water, and communal cookware and utensils. We provide bomber equipment from Big Agnes, Osprey, and Backcountry Experience. You receive an augmented adventure with the superb level of support you desire. We Shuttle you round trip, lighten your load, and show you the spectacles found nowhere else on earth with a unique history, so take advantage of us! With PCWT you get the best price, best support, and best experience around hands down! Here are some FAQs to help you prepare. Contact us to book your customized guided tour in the Four Corners wilderness.
Your rig, our guides. Much better than trying to do it all on your own, we will carry the food, water, and cooking utensils. And, of course, you will receive our 1st class guiding service. If you prefer to bring your own equipment we support that. We’ll reveal the places of intrigue, take you where ancient people roamed across inimitable landscapes, and show you why people come from around the world to this magical region.
This is a great package for those who have their own gear and are looking for someone to guide and support them in the Four Corners. We at PCWT are here to do exactly that for you. Let’s hit the trail! We look forward to seeing you.
$215/day one person
Your essentials, our gear and guides. You want to travel lightly to the Four Corners and explore the gorgeous wilderness with great guides from PCWT. No need to buy complete trekking rigs for this journey. Just show up with your boots, clothing, and toiletries, and we provide the rest. We’ll outfit you with the backpack, tent, sleeping pad and bag. We’ll carry the food, water, wares, and utensils.
We’re happy to show you how to properly carry the equipment ensuring you stay strong all day long. Some people prefer to shoulder what they use. If that’s your style we get it, and we have the gear to let you do it all while having an adventure of a lifetime.
The lightest. The most unrestricted. Complete freedom. Just carry your personals like clothing and toiletries. We do the rest all for you. We are your porters from beginning to end. We provide your sleeping bag and pad, tent, food, water, utensils, and the rest. Everything is on our backs, not yours, and we do it gladly. This is your time, and we want it to be as free, exhilarating, and magical as possible.
What a wonderful way to experience the wilderness! You never have to think about adjusting a strap or redistributing the weight. You don’t have to strain yourself to get up and down a steep section. You won’t worry about twisting an ankle on shaky foot placements. You can grab your camera anytime you want and click away. You can jump up and down and spin around when you’re enraptured by your surroundings. Have you ever spent days trekking in the wilderness with little more than a smile? Let us at PCWT guide your Four Corners trek. It’s completely worth it.
Your round trip from Durango to your trek and back is included in the package price. We are glad to pick you up from the place you’re staying. Just remember, we get an early start. If you’d like us to pick you up from the DRO airport please let us know. We’d be happy to receive you. If you are flying in please come at least a day early to be rested and ready. There is so much to see and do in the Durango region as well, so coming to town ahead of time is well advised.
Q: What kind of weather should we expect?
A: It depends. The plateau can be cold in the slots, yet be hot up top and in the wider canyons. Heavy rain with flash flooding occurs primarily during the summer along with the highest temperatures, and these factors can be hard on a person. For these reasons we offer the canyon treks in spring and fall. The mountains can still be bitterly cold overnight in the spring, and the autumnal lightning storms are not something to take in while dancing on the ridge. For these reasons we offer the peak treks during the summer. In the mountains the weather changes rapidly, so we must be prepared for almost anything. But, as they say around here, “If you don’t like the weather just wait fifteen minutes.”
Q: What should we bring?
A: Always bring a smile. Long sleeves, pants, and a full coverage hat. You might be thinking you’ll get a tan while trekking, and you’ll be right, but trust us and bring some layerable clothes (lightweight for hot environments and a little heavier for cold) that will completely cover you. As the environment changes we are seeing higher UV exposure, and you want to take care of your skin. Sun block is okay if you must have it, but the natural way of covering yourself with lightweight breathable layerable clothing will be better for you. On that note, cotton is nice for its lightweight and breathable properties, but as you may know it is slow to dry and will help speed you to hypothermia faster than any other fabric out there. Wool and the technical poly blends are best. Down is great at insulating until it gets wet, so a waterproof shell is needed to keep that baby dry. Primaloft is awesome because it’s light and will keep you warm even when wet. Bottom line, be prepared. We can always leave things in the vehicle if we don’t need them.
Q: What footwear is best?
A: Hiking boots and approach shoes are the footwear we go to. The big three: Fit, comfort, and protection. Break them in, break them in, break them in. Your footwear should offer some ankle support and be sturdy enough to take a beating. Certain treks that require many water crossings are best done with approach shoes without a waterproof membrane. The membrane will actually keep water inside if it gets in. Breathable fabrics, all around toe box protection, and midsole sturdiness to guard against stones are key to your feet’s happiness. For more information, guidance, and a personal boot fitting, please visit Ben Rockis and his staff at Backcountry Experience in Durango, CO http://www.bcexp.com.
Your toes and metatarsals (the bones connected to your toes) should not be cramped. This leads to fatigue and improper gait. They shouldn’t be so loose allowing your feet to slide around. This leads to blisters and inaccurate terrain feel. We have moleskin in case blisters develop. Wear good quality socks. Darn Tough makes outstanding socks that will keep your feet happy. Take care of your feet, and your feet will take care of you.
Q: How physically fit should I be?
A: Your cardiovascular system must be sound. If you’re carrying your own gear you need to be above average. We’ll trek five to eight miles a day covering varied terrain, and you must be able to support your load. If we carry your gear for you it won’t be as strenuous, so if you can cover the above distance daily and do some scrambling here and there you’ll be good. Consider the elevation, because it’s important. Trekking in the canyons will see us roughly between 4,000’ to 6,000’. Trekking in the mountains will see us roughly between 9,000’ to 14,000’. The air is thin up on the mountaintops. Some people coming from the lowlands have experienced elevation sickness. You must be in good cardiovascular condition to handle the oxygen level change. There is no magical singular answer to this question, but you should be able to handle a half hour of speed walking/jogging at an elevated heart rate. We want you to enjoy your trek with us and get everything you want out of it, so be honest with yourself and us. Age really isn’t a limiting factor, so don’t let that deter you. Fill out the application and let’s go from there.