Frequently Asked Trek Questions



When will trek be held?

  • Trek will be held on June 29th through July 2nd, 2016.

Where is the trek being held?

  • Deseret Lands and Livestock Ranch, just west of the Wyoming border with Utah.
  • The elevation is over 7000 feet. It is usually wetter and cooler at this elevation.
  • The rolling terrain is covered in grass and sagebrush. There are few trees.

Who can participate in trek? 

  • The Fruit Heights Stake Pioneer Trek of 2016 is for all youth living within the Fruit Heights Stake boundaries who are ages 14 to 18. The youth need to be age 14 by September 1, 2016 or in the 8th grade during the 2015-2016 Calendar School Year.

Can the youth bring friends on the trek?

  • Unfortunately not. We love when friends join us for all activities, but this activity is a little different. Due to costs and very limited bus space we must limit this activity to only youth in our stake.

Can any adult in the stake go on trek who wants to go?

  • Pioneer Treks are stake youth activities for the youth. There are a limited number of individuals that can go on the Trek due to the cost of transportation and food. For this reason only the adult leaders that have received a specific call or invitation will be going on the Trek.

What is the registration deadline?

  • Early Registration ended April 17th! Food has been purchased, equipment acquired, buses ordered and paid for and trek families have been assembled. We are sorry you missed registering for trek. Only in an extreme circumstance can we accept any new trek registrations. If you failed to register please contact your bishop and have him contact us and we may be able make an exception.

How will we get to and from the trek location?

  • Buses will transport the trekkers to and from the ranch.

How far will we be walking each day?

  • Trek participants will be trekking and pulling a handcart 6 – 12 miles each day.

Can I attend only part of Pioneer Trek, or leave and come back, if necessary?

  • No. The remote location, full agenda, and close “family” relationships of Trek make it necessary for youth to attend the entire event.

What medical provisions are going to be provided?

  • There will be at least one physician on the trek who is dedicated to medical surveillance and treatment.
  • There will be nurses or EMT assigned to trek with each company.
  • A medical unit will be set up at each camp.
  • Anyone taking prescription medication is responsible to bring, store and take them as prescribed. Please notify your nurse if you need assistance.
  • Medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, antacids, etc. will be available from your assigned nurse or at the medical unit.

Why do we need to fill out and turn in a Registration and Medical Release Form?

  • We need to know who is going for accountability purposes and food preparation.
  • Medical and appropriate personnel need to be aware of specific medical needs in order to be prepared.
  • Medical provisions are limited by the location and logistics of the trek.

What is a “Trek Family”?

  • Each young man or young women will be assigned to a Trek Family. The bishops in the stake have carefully selected “Ma’s and Pa’s” from each ward. These individuals will lead your family for the duration of the Trek. Other members of your Trek Family will be other young men and young women from the different Wards throughout the stake. There will be 8 to 10 members to each family.

What will we eat?

  • Trek participants will be provided with snacks and three meals each day.
  • Daily menus will be made by the trek food committee to provide for appropriate protein and carbohydrates.
  • If a trekker has significant food allergies, it is the responsibility of the participant to provide alternate food. This alternate food will be stored by the trek food committee.

What about bathroom facilities?

  • Portable bathrooms will be available while trekking and at the camp sites.

What are the sleeping accommodations?

  • Each trek family will set up a shelter for sleeping, girls separate from the boys.
  • In case of inclement weather, tents will be available for the families.
  • Each participant will bring their own sleeping bag, blanket, and tarp.

Will there be plenty of water?

  • Each handcart will have sufficient water for drinking and washing hands.
  • There is not water for washing hair or bathing.

Is dehydration a concern?

  • Yes it is. Numerous breaks will be taken while trekking to drink water.
  • Drink at least 8 to 10 ounces of water at every break. You will feel stronger and much better.

Why is make-up and perfume not allowed?

  • Make-up takes too much time and will distract from the trek and trek activities.
  • Perfume and perfumed lotions attract mosquito and other insects, and attracts some animals.

Why are electronic devices not allowed?

  • This is a tremendous opportunity to get out of the world and worldly influences.
  • This allows for better opportunities to feel the spirit in our lives.
  • It allows for better interaction with family members and other trek participants.

Why should we use glasses instead of contact lenses?

  • The wind always blows in this region. Dust and debris in the air is common.

Where can I get the pioneer clothing?

  • Trek participants are responsible for obtaining their own trek clothing.
  • Deseret Industries is a great place to find inexpensive clothing that meets the requirements. Don’t wait until the last day to obtain the clothing.
  • Borrow clothing from others who have been on treks.
  • Patterns for bonnets and aprons will be available to you from leaders.
  • Ward members may be available to help sew needed items.

How much does Trek cost?

  • A lot. But participants only have to give a little preparation and a smile. What a deal!

What will we be doing other than trekking?

  • Pioneer story telling
  • Morning devotionals
  • Family Home Evenings
  • Firesides
  • Testimony Meeting
  • Square Dance
  • Pioneer games/activities