We offer only complete backpacking tours. We believe in empowerment and the absolute accomplishment you will acheive after completing one of our trips - no porters, no mules, no lodging - just you, your feet and everything you have on your back! Come join us for world class outdoor adventures throughout the West in places like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite or Olympic for hiking, backpacking or kayaking. Whether you choose to live on the edge or not, we have a hiking trip for you!
We strive to make all treks as seamless as possible with lightweight packs, restaurant-quality food and all the gear you'll need. We take the guess work out of planning and executing your Grand Canyon hiking tour, providing all the gear and food you'll need. Yet, you should be sure to inquire about the terrain, climate, and difficulty. Ask any questions you may have about your specific tour. Preparation is key.
Age range, type of group
We can help you decide which hike is right for your ability level. Overshooting your experience risks injury to yourself and others in the group.
We cater to all ability levels, so we offer a wide variety of tours from day hikes and kayaking trips to challenging backpacking adventures. We can also adapt our tours to suit your allotted time frame. The amount of outdoors experience you need really depends on the trip you would like to go on and we will help you determine what trip is best for you.
Sleeping and meals
Backpacking tours without porters, mules, or cabins.
Depending on the number of days you will be on the trail and type of trip - you can expect to carry 25 - 45 pounds. We can give you tips on how to pack lightly and efficiently. If you are on a three day hiking trip in Grand Canyon, expect to carry less than if you are on a 7 day hiking trip in Yosemite. Additionally, some trips do have dry camps and will require you to carry additional water.
It is a general rule that the guide carries all the food and cooking supplies (except for maybe the lighter, bulkier food items that the guide cannot fit into their pack). However, if you are on an extended trip of 5 or more days, you may be required to carry some food the first day or two to help the guide out. You are required to carry all the gear we supply (tent - double occupancy, sleeping bag, sleep sheet, mat, backpack, mess kit, headlamp, snacks and water) and all your personal gear. If on a Yosemite trip, you will also be carrying a bear canister for the food.
People from 7 to 82 years old have gone on one of our trips. Age doesn't matter as much as your fitness level, so any age can go as long as the requested trip meets your physical ability. Would you run a marathon without training first? I should hope not. If you are not sure if you are in shape for one of our trips, please be sure to talk to us first and be ready to train! We also have plenty of exercise and training tips found on our blog.
For all of our trips, we advise that you plan your hiking or backpacking trip at least five months in advance because many areas we offer trips require permits, which are limited and go on sale 4-6 months prior to your trip date and will sell out the first day of sale. You also want to ensure we have space for your trip on our calendar. However, if you cannot plan your trip that far in advance, there are many occasions where we do have spaces left for certain trips and dates so we will try to accommodate your requests the best we can. Also, if you do not see a trip or dates on our calendar that you are looking for, give us a call and we will try to find something that will work for you.
Do remember, planning in advance also allows you time to train for your trip.
Phoenix area day hikes and kayaking trips can be scheduled with at least 48 hrs noticed depending on availability.