Photos from the Bing Canyon Trek

Ward and Branch photos

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Those who participated in the Ephrata LDS Stake Bing Canyon Trek from June 27 to 29 had a wonderful, faith-promoting experience. This blog will help share the experience with others and remind those who participated of the event. If you have photos of the trek, please send your best 3 or 4 to this address: chuckallen89@hotmail.com. I am putting together a slide show and video of the trek.

Also, here are photos of each local ward or branch, please put the names of the participants in the comments section. Thank you so much for your help. Keep following this blog to see more updates.

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What’s in your bucket?

Trek bucket

Each Participant needs their own 5-gal bucket with lid, to put the following items in: (note: plate = pie pan)

Metal dishes, bug spray, chapstick, comb, bandaids, toothbrush/paste, needed medication, sunscreen, scriptures, journal, extra shoes, rain poncho, hat, bandana, water bottle, extra clothes, underclothes, and 5 socks & gloves. (PJ’s can be in your bedroll) Optional: camera, pocketknife.

Also, you will need a bedroll that includes:

Sleeping pad, sleeping bag, blanket, pajamas, and coat for evenings – preferably all layered and rolled up into one bed roll, and in garbage bag – label it!

Your bedroll and buckets will be checked in at your ward buildings Wed. night, 7:00, June 26, (unless otherwise noted in your ward). Bucket contents should be checked to ensure all required items are packed, and labeled.

FYI: There is an all-day Girls Camp Clinic at the Ephrata Stake Center, Saturday, June 22.

Trek 2013 schedule and details

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The Ephrata Stake 2013 Trek will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 27 and will end after breakfast on Saturday, June 29. The following is a tentative itinerary of the Trek. It is subject to change, but we should follow it fairly closely. We are anticipating 200 youth and 100 adults there will be a ma and pa and six to eight youths assigned to each handcart.

Thursday:
Opening Ceremony
Trek until noon
Lunch
Rope pull up Steep Hill
Handcart until evening
Dinner
Entertainment

Friday:
Up at dawn for breakfast
Handcarting
Creek crossing
Rocky Ridge
Women’s Pull
Return to starting point
Dinner, bonfire, testimony meeting, entertainment

Saturday:
Breakfast
Depart for home

We would like every youth in the stake to participate. If it is not possible to attend the entire trek, please bring them whenver possible. They will be taken to the handcart company on the trail. For arrangements for any young many arriving after the start time call Brent Bair and for the young women, call Melody Williamson at 237-3334.

Everyone will be allowed one five-gallon bucket with a lid for their personal belongings. The young women should use their buckets from girls camp. Please make sure everyone participating in your ward has a bucket with a lid. Tents and sleeping bags will be hauled by leaders, separate of the handcarts.

We will have clothing recommendations soon, but keep in mind that there will be no shade on the trek and lots of cheatgrass. Wide-brimmed hats and pioneer bonnets should be used. No baseball caps.

Please begin gathering information for us on any medical or allergy issues any of the participants may have so that we can accommodate them.

The trek is a maximum of 18 miles. This spring, the area will be evaluated and an exact route determined. Please encourage all participants to begin an exercise program now so they will be physically preparded. If there are any medical issues during the trek, there will be vehicles available to help anyone who needs assistance.

We are very much looking forward to the trek and see it as an opportunity to build spiritual strength and unity between the youth. We hope that everyone involved in the trek will feel the presence of the Holy Ghost and strengthen or find their testimony.

Equipment list for Trek

Ma and Pa Equipment List

1 Large serving spoon: Used to mix the gatorade into the water containers
2 5-Gallon water containers
3 Gatorade packets
1 Roll of paper towels
5 Garbage bags
1 Spare roll of toilet paper
1 Sleeping bag(s) and sleeping pad(s)

1 Flashlight with fresh batteries
1 Lantern battery powered, thus no propane would be needed
1 Box of matches

Pair of gloves Everyone should have a pair
1 Hammer or mallet
2 Rope 50 foot lengths
1 Shovel
3 Tents 1 for the Ma and Pa, 1 for the YM and 1 for the YW
Additional tent stakes
3 Plastic tarps: Size depends on the tents and handcart sizes

1 Vial consecrated oil
1 Pocket or sheath knife
1 Bottle of hand sanitizer
1 First aid kit
Band aids
Moleskin
Tylenol/Ibuprofen
Sunscreen
Chaffing Cream
Alcohol Wipes
Sterile Gauze
Tweezers
Hydrocortisone ointment
Neosporin ointment
First aid tape
Bug spray
Scissors
Safety pins

Men’s Equipment List
1 5 Gallon bucket and lid
1 Sleeping bag and sleeping pad
1 Old blanket
1 Old coat
1 Rain Poncho
1 Pair of adequate shoes – Not new and not worn out
5 Pairs of socks
2 Sets of underclothing
2 Bandanas or neckerchiefs
1 Metal plate
1 Fork and spoon
1 Tin cup
1 Hand towel
1 Comb or brush
1 Toothbrush and toothpaste
1 Personal first aid kit (chapstick, bug spray, sunscreen, band aids)
1 Set of scriptures
1 Water bottle
2 Pairs of wool, canvas or cotton pants (not levis)
2 Long sleeved shirts
1 Wide brimmed hat (no baseball or army hats)
1 Suspenders or belt
1 Pair of work gloves
1 Pair of broken-in boots.
1 Pair of shoes.

YM WILL NOT NEED ELECTRONIC ITEMS

Optional
Camera
Journal and pen or pencil
Pocket knife
Harmonica or other small instrument

Women’s Equipment List
1 5 Gallon bucket and lid
1 Sleeping bag and sleeping pad
1 Old blanket
1 Old coat
1 Rain Poncho
1 Pair of adequate shoes – Not new and not worn out
5 Pairs of socks
2 Sets of underclothing
2 Bandanas or neckerchiefs
1 Metal plate
1 Fork and spoon
1 Tin cup
1 Hand towel
1 Comb or brush
1 Toothbrush and toothpaste
1 Personal first aid kit (chapstick, bug spray, sunscreen, band aids)
1 Set of scriptures
1 Water bottle
1 Pair of work gloves
2 Mid calf length, long sleeve dresses or 2 mid calf length skirts and 2 long sleeve blouses
1-2 Bonnets or straw hats
1 Bloomers
1 Apron
1 Pair of broken-in boots.
1 Pair of shoes.
1 Flannel nightgown
Feminine hygiene supplies
YW WILL NOT NEED ELECTRONIC ITEMS

Optional
Camera
Journal and pen or pencil
Pocket knife
Harmonica or other small instrument

Letter for Trek Mas and Pas

For some may push and some may pull ...

For some may push and some may pull …

Mas and Pas,

We are so grateful for your willingness to serve the youth of our stake. We know you are sacrificing many things to be involved in this trek. We believe this can be a very good experience for all of us as we work together to build our testimonies and strengthen the youth.

The main goal of the trek is to have an experience in which the Spirit will be present and testify to the youth and each of us of truthfulness of the gospel and that the sacrifices our ancestors made were worth it. In the same respect, the sacrifices we make everyday are also worth it.

Some thoughts we have that can make this go smooth are:

Be positive and supportive. We really are not trying to make this miserable. Please join in the activities and dress the part. We have been told it adds to the experience.

We would like you to search out some ancestor that traveled by handcart as a pioneer. We want you to be able to share it with the youth during the first part of the trek. The youth are doing the same. If you do not have an ancestor that you can find let us know we have some pioneer stories you can use.

All of your personal belongings need to fit in a five-gallon bucket with a lid that you will need to provide. Tents and sleeping bags will be delivered to the sleeping site. We will have plenty of water and bathroom stops along the way. Vehicles can drive to almost every place on the trail.

This will be difficult. We may hike up to 18 miles in 2 days. If you don’t think you can make it that far there is always plan B. You can be picked up and taken the rest of the way. Please do your best to be physically prepared.

There is a cell signal almost everywhere we will be. We are asking the youth not to bring any electronics. We expect that you will have yours, however, please be discreet in their use. We do not want to see them if at all possible. We will be very tolerant but please get your business or chatting done before or after the trek. The youth will be looking to you as an example. You will not be expected to discipline the youth. Let a stake leader know of any problems and we will take care of them.

We understand plans change and things come up. Let us know as soon as you can of any changes to your availability to be there to participate. Also if for any reason you need to leave during the trek we will understand and help you in anyway. We can make adjustments and will make it work.

We will be getting you more information as we get closer to the trek.