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A. Come with an open mind and willingness to try new things;
B. Maintain a positive attitude, even when challenged physically, mentally, or emotionally;
C. Learn and practice Leave No Trace camping and travel techniques
D. Display tolerance, respect and compassion towards all;
E. Be in good general health and physical condition;
F. Be willing and able to follow rules and obey authority figures (such as DHE leaders)
G. Understand and follow instructions given to you, individually, or the group, including directives regarding hazards/risks;
H. Have the ability to perceive hazards/risks and respond to instructions regarding hazards/risks such as steep cliffs or loose rock;
I. Effectively communicate with or to other participants or leaders regarding potential hazards/risks, personal distress, injury, or need for assistance up to a distance of 50 meters, where darkness, high wind or other factors may impede communication;
J. Act reliably and responsibly around hazards/risks even when not directly supervised;
K. Perform necessary self-care in a remote and outdoor environment, including personal hygiene, adequate hydration, dressing appropriately for weather conditions and responsibility for and organization of personal gear;
L. Lift and carry weight, including personal or group belongings, gear or provisions;
M. Competently navigate a variety of uneven and challenging terrain. This includes but is not limited to: traveling on and off-trail, sometimes in steep and difficult terrain in the mountains, desert or other remote outdoor environments, often carrying weight;
N. Remain alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling through wilderness, desert or other remote terrain;
O. Tolerate being outdoors for multiple days in all types of weather, at varying elevations from 7,000 to 14,000 ft., with a variety of stimuli, including bugs, extreme temperature changes, intense sunlight, wind, storms and wildlife;
P. Tolerate being several hours or up to a day away from medical facilities;
Q. Tolerate changes in diet, group living, long days filled with mentally and physically challenging activities, and a routine that is likely much different than your routine at home;
R. Learn skills and engage in tasks to support yourself and the group including those necessary for living in remote areas. This includes, but is not limited to: cooking, setting up and taking down camp, washing dishes, caring for group gear, packing dry bags and backpacks, rigging boats and camp site clean-up;
S. Interact responsibly in a group and support a team approach, understanding that every participant shares in the responsibility for their own well-being and the well-being of the group;
T. In alignment with the DHE mission, support a physically, emotionally and mentally healthy learning environment for all;
U. Work effectively as a member of an expedition team. This includes taking personal responsibility for your belongings and behavior, effectively communicating ideas and concerns on an individual and group level, accepting differences, and possessing a willingness to put the needs of the group before those of the individual;
V. Respond appropriately in the face of unexpected challenges such as inclement weather, changes in itinerary, unfamiliar surroundings, and homesickness;
II. EEC for participation in specific DHE activities (in addition to the General EEC above);
2. Be able to swim or be comfortable in the water, including fast moving water, while wearing a personal flotation device (PFD);
3. Wear all protective gear recommended or required;
4. Be able to respond to verbal and/or visual signals;
5. Enter and exit a wet or dry watercraft independently;
6. In the event of a capsize or fall out of the watercraft, you must be able to remain calm, follow instructions and independently: get out from under the watercraft, remain face up in the water, endeavor to make progress to the shoreline or another boat and be able to perform self-rescue or cooperate with assisted rescue;
7. Possess the strength, fitness, balance and agility to accomplish the above tasks.
I understand I must complete the information in the online signing process to electronically accept and sign the Deer Hill Expeditions, Inc.: Essential Eligibility Criteriaoutlined above, or print out and sign a paper version. Signing the Deer Hill Expeditions, Inc.: Essential Eligibility Criteria indicates an understanding and agreement to compliance with this criteria for participation in a program. Minor participants are also asked to sign, to reflect their understanding of these criteria.
Please read this brief message to familiarize yourself with our Risk Management practices. You will need to e-sign below, acknowledging that you have read it, in order to participate in this expedition.
DEAR PARTICIPANT AND PARENT/S,
When we founded DHE in 1984, with the dream of creating fun and expansive adventures in wilderness and service for young people, we could not have anticipated how complex the world of risk management and liability would become for programs like ours. Before you dive into this realm, and review and sign the Agreement that follows, we want you to know that after 30 years we remain deeply connected to all aspects of our DHE expeditions and committed to honest and open communication with you. DHE’s safety record is excellent. Of the thousands of young people DHE has taken on extended expeditions into the wilderness since 1984, not one has had an injury that resulted in an overnight stay in a hospital or long-term complications. In addition, in 2001 DHE sought accreditation with the Association for Experiential Education (AEE), an international leader in the field of Outdoor Programming and Risk Management. Since then DHE has been re-evaluated and renewed each year. Although no program can guarantee safety, and likewise, accreditation is not a guarantee of safety, DHE AEE accreditation is evidence of the priority DHE places on its programs and on its on-going attention to risk management practices. A few things about the attached Agreement: The “ Acknowledgment and Assumption of Risks” section of the Agreement identifies some of the activities and inherent and other risks that participants may or will be exposed to, and possible outcomes. Recreation and adventure activities include inherent risks; indeed, risks which are central to adventure. With inherent risks can come the education, confidence, resourcefulness and independence participants learn as they spend time together and in the backcountry. Other risks, not inherent, also exist. In the Agreement, participants and parents of minor participants acknowledge and assume these risks. The “Release and Indemnity” section of the Agreement releases and indemnifies DHE from certain claims made against it, including those based upon negligence. Deer Hill does not seek this protection with regard to gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct. DHE seeks this protection because of the litigious climate existing in our society today – circumstances that neither you, nor DHE created.
DHE cannot eliminate risk, but does endeavor to manage risks in its programs, as illustrated by a few examples, below:
Our leaders are trained in wilderness first aid, search and rescue, and emergency management. Participants, for their part, must come to us prepared to listen, to follow instructions, and to take responsibility for their own well-being. We offer this information to you openly and willingly. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about our program or the Acknowledgement and Assumption of Risks & Release Indemnity Agreement, we would be happy to speak with you.
Doug and Beverly Capelin Founders and Owners
PO Box 180 | 7850 Rd 41
Mancos, CO 81328
Deer Hill is a licensed permit holder with the USFS and the BLM. We are authorized to operate on all of the river and land expeditions described on this website.
Deer Hill Expeditions is accredited by the Association for Experiential Education (AEE). In 2019 Deer Hill was awarded AEE Organizational Member of the Year.
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