Waitlist guidance

For applicants who have been placed on a waitlist, or prospective applicants who will be placed on a waitlist because the trip in which they’re most interested is currently full, I would like to explain our process and to suggest ways in which you can most reliably and quickly get onto a trip. On a…

Scholarships

Public lands are one of our nation’s greatest resources. If your access to these lands has been hindered by limited financial resources, lack of intergenerational or communal outdoor knowledge, or discrimination, please apply for my scholarship program. My goal with this program is to help diversify our community. In addition to subsidizing the cost of…

Wilderness First Aid Certification

At select locations we offer Wilderness First Aid (WFA) courses, in partnership with the University of New Mexico International Mountain Medicine Center (IMMC) and Department of Emergency Medicine. Course structure The course includes: 8 hours of online learning, which you will complete beforehand; and, 8 hours of practical skill work, which you will complete with…

2022 Schedule & Trip Availability

To apply for a trip, submit an application. For prices, refer to 2022 trip pricing. Scheduling iterations Each year I release three iterations of the schedule. In Iteration 1, I announce the trip locations, dates, and types; I estimate the number of groups in each session; and I identify the most likely guide team. I…

2021 Schedule & Trip Availability

To apply for a trip, submit an application. For prices, refer to 2021 trip pricing. 2021 schedule – Plan A Applications for 2021 trips were accepted starting on December 14, 2020. Nearly all trips were full by early-January, at the close of the open application period. Trip availability is updated every five minutes. If your…

Covid-19 Protocols

Our Covid protocols are designed to keep our clients and guides safe, and they will be based on scientific facts and official guidelines. This pandemic has been dynamic since the beginning, and for the foreseeable future I expect it to remain so. As the circumstances change throughout the season, our protocols may also change. Last…

Training Tips

The assigned fitness level should be appropriate for your known physical abilities. But your experience will be more enjoyable and more comfortable if you train for your trip. Training should prepare you most for the vertical change, off-trail travel, and pack weight. I would not focus as much on training for mileage — it’ll happen naturally in…

Application dates, process, and expectations

If your 2022 plans involve a guided trip with us, this page will help you navigate the application process and to set your expectations. How to apply Pay your Application Fee, which will be credited to the cost of your trip; and, Complete the Application Form. When to apply We will accept applications for all 2022 trips…

Guided Trips

(Or, waiting for the 2023 season? To be notified about the trip schedule and application deadlines, subscribe to my newsletter at the bottom of this page.) I offer learning-intensive and adventure-filled backpacking courses and trips. Since 2011 I have managed 168 trips with about 1,300 total clients. To help me lead and instruct, I have…

Application Form

Update, September 18, 2022. I am no longer accepting trips for 2022 trips. The 2023 schedule will be released in mid-November, and I will begin accepting applications in mid-December. As in the past, the first two or three weeks will be in open application period, and all applications received during this time will be considered…