Teen Trip (ages 14-17)


Please call or email for a sign up link: holly@outnabout.live or 707-481-2918

July 18-22, 2023

This trip will be perfect for those who have never backpacked and for experienced backpackers alike. There will be a range of opportunities to learn the basics for those who are new to it as well as challenges for returning backpackers, such as teaching and increased independence in packing, cooking, and trail finding. We always keep it fun and make sure there are plenty of opportunities for games, swimming, and just hanging out.

If your child has not been on one of my trips before, please set up a time to call me so we can talk about it in more detail.

Meet Where and When?

Drop off/Pick up will be at Bond Park in Petaluma (near the playground on Banff Way).

Meet July 18 @ 6am, leave asap

Return July 22 @ approx 5pm

Where are we going?

As we all know, this has been an insane year for snow, which means a late backpacking season. So, the exact trails will be determined closer to the trip based on weather, snow, smoke, and other conditions. We will hike 3-5 miles the first day, and then 5-10 on other days. We will do our best to have a full rest day so that we have time to relax, swim, play games, and explore our surroundings. Our last day tends to be the longest with stronger legs, lighter packs, and milkshakes in our near future. We have lots of itineraries to choose from and amazing guides lined up to accompany our trekkers on an adventure to remember!

In the past, we have gone to Five Lakes Basin and Emigrant Wilderness. These videos of past trips give you an idea of what to expect:

Link to the YouTube video of the 2021 teen trip:

Link to the YouTube video of the 2019 girls trip:

Link to the YouTube video of the 2019 coed trip:

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1: Meet at 6am, load cars, to-go breakfast available for kids, final questions answered/paperwork confirmed, drive to trailhead, hike 3-5 miles, set up camp, swim & relax, make dinner, campfire (if permitted) and games, sleep

Day 2: Up early and hike 5-10 miles with breaks and lunch as needed, set up camp, swim & relax, dinner, etc.

Day 3: Rest day to swim, play games, and relax

Day 4: Up early and hike 5-10 miles with breaks and lunch as needed, set up camp, swim & relax, dinner, etc.

Day 5: Leave time determined by nature of return hike, hike 4-6 miles with breaks and lunch as needed, stop for burgers and milkshakes, arrive home – tired, dirty, and happy 🙂

What will they learn?

  • What and how to pack
  • Basics of navigation
  • Where and how to set up camp
  • Wilderness cooking (not freeze dried!)
  • Leave No Trace principles
  • Fire building (if permitted)
  • Safe stream crossing
  • Basic wilderness safety and 1st aid
  • Leadership
  • Community building
  • Personal reflection
  • Self-reliance
  • Time away from technology
  • Appreciation of simplicity
  • And of course, making new friends

What’s included?

Included: 5 days/4 nights backpacking, food, specialty gear (like cooking supplies, water purifiers, etc), a low youth – guide ratio, all wrapped up in one epic adventure!

Not included – Personal Gear (backpack, tent, sleeping bag, pad). We will help you choose the right gear to buy or rent.


$800-1000 sliding scale

**$100 deposit is due upon sign-up, 50% is due 60 days before trip date and balance is due 30 days before trip date. In case of cancellation: 60 days prior – deposit is fully refundable. 30 days prior – deposit is non-refundable*, other payments are refundable. 15 days prior – deposit and 50% of cost is non-refundable*. 

(*unless you find another child or we can easily find another child to take your child’s place ie. waitlist).

Please call or email for a sign up link: holly@outnabout.live or 707-481-2918

Have fun. Challenge yourself. Make friends. Pitch in. Learn and grow. Make mistakes. Laugh about it. Help someone. Be curious. Trust yourself.

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