"Tell me more about this rad event!" The Trailblaze Backpacking Adventure is a 3-day, 2-night backpacking experience along the Pacific Crest Trail in the Laguna Mountains. The event will take place Friday November 4, 2022 and conclude on Sunday November 6, 2022. It's the very first fundraiser of its kind in Make-A-Wish Foundation history, and we hope you'll join us for what is sure to be a radtastic and impactful inaugural journey!

"What if I don't have any backpacking experience?" Registered hikers will participate in a 15-week training program beginning late July that will include day hikes and overnight group campouts to help prepare them for the adventure. In addition to putting miles on their feet, participants will have the options to attend weekday clinics whose aim is to educate and empower so all participants will feel confident, capable, and ready to undertake this journey and explore wherever the next trail leads!

"What's included in my hike experience?"

  • A 15-week training program with in-person weekend training hikes and group campouts supported by our experienced Hike Leaders.
  • Weekday clinics featuring lectures from seasoned experts on all things hiking and backpacking.
  • Socials and mid-week training opportunities that aim to educate, empower, and inspire!
  • Event swag: T-shirt, bandana, & patch
  • Transportation to and from the starting trailhead and finish point on Hike Weekend.
  • Multiple Aid Stations throughout the 3-day journey that will include water, first aid, and sprinkles of “trail magic!”
  • Hike Leader guidance and support throughout the 3-day journey.
  • Sunday celebration BBQ!

"Is there a cost to participate?" Each Trailblazer will be asked to raise $2,500 to help Make-A-Wish San Diego continue its mission of creating life-changing wishes for critially ill kiddos right here in our San Diego and Imperial counties. Currently, there are 350 kids waiting their wish to come true--make your miles matter even more and know you're bringing joy, hope, and healing to a local wish kid! A non-refundable $100.00 donation is required at the time of registration and will be credited toward your fundraising goal.

"How will I reach my fundraising goal?" Make-A-Wish San Diego will support hike participants every step of the way by providing peeps with a personalized fundraising webpage, as well as fundraising materials, tips, advice, and encouragement!

"Are pets allowed?" We adore our PAWnorary Trailblazers, but ask you leave them at home for the organized training hikes. 

"Can I bring friends and/or family?" Our organized hikes are led by a wonderful team of volunteer Hike Leaders, and to ensure your safety and support each Trailblazer adequately, only registered hikers are permitted on the organized training hikes. During hike weekend itself, friends and family are permitted (an encouraged!) to cheer you on at the designated aid stations, halfway point, and finish line. 

"How will I reach my goals?" Make-A-Wish San Diego will support hike participants every step of the way by providing each participant wiith a personalized fundraising webpage, as well as sponsorship and fundraising materials, tips, and advice. Each Trailblazer will be provided with a specialized training program that includes a resource library of trail maps and notes, weekly Trail Talk emails (topics range from gear recommendations to safety, navigation, preparedness, and more) eductational clinics, community support, informal meet-ups and more!

"Is my information secure?" Yes. We use industry-standard SSL encryption techniques to make sure that your credit card information, passowrds, and personal information travel securely over the Internet. There is an encryption engine on our database server so that your data is securely stored.

"How is credit card information handled?" Credit card information is not stored in our database. During the donation process, we send donor credit card information to an online processing terminal using a secure connection. The information passed back is an approval or denial of the credit card donation.

"I forgot my Username and Password. How can I find out what they are?" Remember that your username and password are case sensitive. Click here to find your password. You will receive separate emails with your username and password.

"How can I see who has donated to me?" Go to the Login section on the site. Enter the Username and Password that you used when you registered for the event. In your Participant Center, click on "View Progress". You will see Donor Name and dollar amounts in the Donation History section.

"How can I view my team's activity?" Log in to the site using your username and password, and then click on the ‘My Team’ tab. This will allow you to view your team roster and the amounts raised by each team member.

"What do I do with check or cash donations that I receive?" Turn your check or cash donations in to your local event coordinator at your local chapter office. They will add it into the system and count it towards your fundraising goal. Make sure to print out the Mail In donation form and include it with your cash or check donations.

"All of my donors are not showing up on the scroll mechanism. Why?"
As your supporters donate to you or your team, they have the option to make their name visible or anonymous in the scroll. Please contact Keirstin Gaspare, Trailblaze Challenge Specialist at kgaspare@sandiego.wish.org with questions.

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