Desert Survival Skills Backpacking
*4-Day Trip – ALL INCLUSIVE
*Learn Desert Survival Skills: Shelter, Water, Fire, Food
*Experience the magic of the Desert!
*Expert Instructors – minimum 15 years of experience
This is a great backpacking trip that will introduce participants to the ancient majesty of the desert. The trip will not focus on mileage but rather on the experience of being immersed in the natural world. Participants will sleep under the ancient desert stars and learn indigenous skills such as fire making, stone tools, water and food collection, and preparation. We will explore an ancient desert Palm Tree paradise following a stream into the desert where the Cahuilla Indians once dwelled, hopefully we will see some endangered Borrego or Desert Big Horned Sheep for which the area is known. The final night of the trip will include an optional solo where participants will sleep under the stars without other human presence, but deeply surrounded by the rocks, plants, and animals of the canyon. The backpacking trip has a lot to offer both physically and spiritually for anyone interested in deepening their connection to the desert and learning native skills.
*4-Day Trip: $599 Per Person
**Minimum 4 people required to book trip (or private trips available for increased per-person price)
Day 1: Arrive at high desert base camp – welcome to the desert, explore around, cook dinner, sleep under stars.
Day 2: Head out into the backcountry, camp along streams, eat lunch, and begin survival skills lessons. Time will be available to explore, swim, and experience the serenity of the desert.
Day 3: Hike further into the backcountry, establish main camp, and allow participants to search out a spot for their solo sights (if they choose to participate in the solo). Continue survival skills lessons and end the evening with dinner.
Day 4: Wake up and return to base camp. Breakfast, share stories. Hike out.
This program is booked on a private/semi-private basis only – we do not have public class dates available. Form your own group of 4 or more and contact us to set up a date.
Minimum Number Needed For Trip: 4 People
Maximum Trip Size: 9 People
The trip meets in the deserts of Southern California approximately 2 hours northwest of San Diego. The nearest airport is San Diego (SAN) – please discuss your travel plans with Adventure Out before booking if you are flying – we are not always able to offer the airport transfer and would always want to have enough participants before anyone booked air travel. Directions, maps, recommended packing lists, and other details will all be provided upon registration.
Note Regarding Physicality and Difficulty of Trip: This trip does not cover a lot of mileage, but conditions are dusty and hot; the hiking is also VERY technical (boulder scrambles, creek crossings etc). Participants MUST be in good physical condition and have experience carrying a heavy pack over distance and terrain. Please consult with us before booking if you are unsure whether this is the right trip for you.
Your trip includes:
Professional and experienced guides/instructors, permits and camping fees. All meals (dinner on day 1, breakfast/lunch/dinner on days 2 and 3, breakfast on day 4).
Your packing list:
You will need to bring all the necessary clothes and backpacking equipment for the trip (pack, sleeping bag, tent, water bottle, etc) – an exact packing list will be provided upon registration. Backpacking equipment is available for rent for additional fees per item.