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  1. Reserve your trip early. Popular dates are reserved quickly. Please try to have your gear on the dock by 7:00 am. There are restaurants nearby where you can have breakfast while the mules are being packed.
  2. The full balance of payment for your trip is due on your departure day. Trips terminate in the late afternoon of the last day. We cannot guarantee the exact time. We recommend you arrive a day before departure for altitude acclimation and allow and extra day after the conclusion of the trip for safe travel home.
  3. Cancellation deposits may be applied to another trip during the current year.
  4. Any cancelled services are subject to a 25% cancellation fee.
  5. Itineraries are subject to change due to hazardous trail or weather conditions.
  6. No refunds will be made if a party or individual terminates their trip early for any reason, including inclement weather.
  7. An “Assumption of Risk” form will be signed by all trail participants prior to departure.
  8. 30 lb. Duffel limit for all-expense, traveling, and open group trips.
  9. 125-150 lb. Weight limit per pack animal depending on size of load. NOTE: An extra bulky load may require an extra mule. Sometimes unusually light, bulky items make it impossible to load 150 lbs. on a mule. You will be charged for an additional pack animal if one is required. Estimate one mule per person. Support mules are a necessity for overnight trips and will be charged at the same rate as all other transportation stock.
  10. All riding guests will be assigned a riding animal with regard to height, weight and riding ability. Each person must be physically able to mound and dismount without assistance.
  11. We do have weight limitations for riders. Any guest weighing over 225 lbs., or very heavy for their heights, will need pre-approval before making reservations.
  12. Guests having physical or mental disabilities, which may cause safety risks for themselves, other guests, or livestock, require pre-approval from their physician prior to making reservations.
  13. No excess gear will be allowed on ridding animals. We reserve the right to make safety judgments. Video cameras and backpacks are discouraged. Saddlebags are provided.
  14. Lunch, jacket and rain gear are carried on your saddle.
  15. Personal items should be brought in duffel or safari backs securely fastened. Only “Backpacker” type sleeping pads are allowed. No think foam mattresses.
  16. Axes and saws must have a sheath or cardboard around the blade. Fishing rods must be in metal or stout cases with secure ends. Tent poles must be reduced to their shortest size, bundled, and securely tied.
  17. Release pressure in lanterns and stoves. Fill 1” from the top, check for leaks.
  18. Our pack boxes are approximately 24” X 10” inside, and 15” deep. Cardboard orange and apple boxes fit inside panniers well, and are handy to have in camp.
  19. If you pack your own boxes, pack them tightly, in pairs equally balanced between 50 and 60 lbs. Separate canned, bottled, perishable, and soft packaged items. Leave eggs in grocer’s containers.
  20. Bear canisters for food storage are now required in Dusy and Bishop Basins. Canisters may be reserved for rental.
  21. Riding double is not allowed. Children must be 6 years of age to ride on a wilderness pack trip.
  22. Helmets are available and suggested for children.
  23. Riders must obey the instructions of the trail guide or packer and management at all times
  24. Smoking is not allowed while traveling on a horse or around the pack station.
  25. Alcoholic beverages or drugs may not be consumed before or during a ride. Guests will be asked to dismount and walk if any of these substances are in evidence.
  26. Dogs or other animals cannot travel with livestock on a pack trip.
  27. Each packer is limited to handling five head of stock and stock is only rented out with a packer or guide.
  28. Each packer is limited to handling five head of stock and stock is only rented out with a packer or guide.
  29. Traditionally guests are expected to provide meals for their packers. Please do not forget to feed him.
  30. Wilderness permits for reserved trips are available at the pack station and are non-refundable.
  31. Gratuities for your guide are optional, but appreciated.
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