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leadawnhart x themandagies

total trip cost | $550
total trip deposit | $138

dates | July 17th - July 22nd 2023

spots available  | 7 spots (co-ed)


Meet Your Hosts


Lea Dawn Hart

Lea Dawn Hart has a soft spot for travel and the path less traveled. She resides in the PNW while attending school for her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Experiencing windswept Hurricane Pass in the Grand Tetons has been a  highlight, but Lea’s love for camping, hiking, and backpacking have led her to explore 16 U.S. national parks. She hosts trips that make camping and exploration a safe space for women and beginners. In her free time, she can be found seeking adventures and grabbing coffee at local shops!

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Emily Mandagie

Emily Mandagie is the travel writer half Together, they help thousands of people daily plan incredible trips to the PNW. Emily is passionate about outdoor education and equity, striving to create a space where all can feel prepared and excited to get outside. She values one-on-one connections and being a tour guide for first-time PNW explorers. When she's not traveling, you can find her in her flower and vegetable garden or doing a puzzle at the dining room table!

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Berty Mandagie

Berty Mandagie is the photography half of With over 10 years of experience, Berty has nearly perfected his photo editing craft of making digital images look like they came from a film camera! He is passionate about seeing people reach their full potential. Berty is constantly hyping up his community, and his positive attitude is infectious. When he's not traveling, you can find him trying a new restaurant or admiring his shoe collection!

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your Idaho Itinerary


1 | Arrive in Spokane, WA

2 | Roadtrip to Northern IDaho Campsite


3 | Get to know the crew & Prep for your backpacking trip

day one


1 | group breakfast


2 | Backpacking Day One

3 | Explore at the Lakes and Bask in the sun


4 | group dinner

day two


1 | group breakfast

2 | Backpacking Day Two

3 | Grab Dinner in Town

4 | Set up camp

day three


1 | group breakfast


2 | Get ready for a day of swimming and relaxing


3 | Group dinner

day four


1 | Group Breakfast


2 | Local Day Hike to a fire lookout

3| Group Dinner

day five


1 | Group Breakfast


2 | Drive to Spokane 

3| Our farewell 

day six

This 6 day, 5 night trip is created for eager beginners who are ready to challenge themselves by hiking to some secret alpine lakes, cozy up in tents, and kick back at camp. Emily, Berty, and Lea will backpack with you through Northern Idaho. Pack your bags to enjoy alpine lake dives in the backcountry, traditional camp meals, laughing with new friends, and the trip of a lifetime.

Your basic backpacking/camping gear will be included, such as a 55-65L Gregory backpack (adjustable to fit a variety of bodies), Coleman Peak1 2 Person Backpacking tent, 20 degree Coleman BigBay sleeping bag, RiverRest foam sleeping pads, Coleman headlamps, camping stoves to prepare food, camping mug/bowl/silverware, bear canisters, and bear spray.


What you can expect to bring on this trip is your own clothing, hiking boots, camping pillow, photography gear, personal hygiene, and camp towel. Your full packing list will be provided after sign-up. 

Disclosure: This is not a photography workshop, however you are free to bring your camera and ask informal questions throughout the trip. You will not receive formal photography instruction.

Full itinerary will be provided at sign-up. Please review the rough day-by-day itinerary above and on Instagram.

TRIP DISCLAIMER: During this adventure, you will be exposed to the challenges and beauty of the outdoors. You should be able to withstand exposure to various conditions, like elevation gain, direct sun exposure, mud, rain, and wind. You should have a good read on your ability and be able to self-monitor your health. You will need a moderate level of fitness to have the ability to complete all stages of this hiking and camping. Hosts are equipped to ensure a safe trip but will expect self-efficiency to ensure a memorable experience.

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