Before our kids were born, Matt and I spent nearly every warm weekend (and a couple of freezing ones, too) traipsing through the woods on one of the amazingly beautiful trails in the Great Smoky Mountains. We’re firm believers in getting outside and staying active. We have a 3 month-old and a two year-old, so for the last couple of years our outdoor adventures have been scaled down to neighborhood walks, trips to the park, and playing in our driveway. We’re already thinking and planning for the future, however, especially about how we’re going to expose our kids to character-building experiences that keeps them active as they mature.
Have you ever seen the movie White Water Summer? It’s one of my favorite cheesy 80’s movies. In the movie, Kevin Bacon, playing a slightly deranged trail guide, takes a group of teens into the wilderness for some thrilling “coming of age” experiences. That’s what I thought of, minus the psychotic trail guide, when I learned of a program called Backcountry Unlimited.
Now, I know this is where I’ll lose many of you. Ugh, a sponsored post? Trust me, I get it, and I do the same thing. When approached with an opportunity for creating sponsored content for the blog, I only accept if it’s something I believe in (or that I think is really cool) or if it’s something that I use in my life already. So when I heard about this program and did some research into what it’s all about, I didn’t have any qualms about sharing it with all of you.
Backcountry Unlimited offers a selection of day trips of varying lengths for teens ages 14-17. The trips take place in select locations in the West, such as the Grand Canyon, San Francisco, Canyon De Chelly and Zion National Park. The participants will be exposed to a variety of new, thrilling, and safe adventures like whitewater rafting, rock climbing, surfing, horseback touring, sea kayaking, and more.
Though we’re still quite a few years away from sending our own kids to a program like this, I think it’s pretty darn cool and wanted to share it with those of you with teenagers at home.
Here’s an example itinerary from Summit & Sea, one of the programs available this summer. You can see all of the programs available here.
Day 1: Arrive at Reno-Tahoe International Airport and meet your fellow Adventure Participants and Trip Leaders. Drive to Sierra Nevada Journeys in nearby Portola, California.
Day 2: Begin making new friends and enjoying outdoor adventures at the Sierra Nevada Journeys challenge course.
Day 3: Hike to the top of Castle Peak at Donner Summit near Lake Tahoe California.
Day 4: Tube the exciting rapids of the Truckee River and watch the Fourth of July fireworks over Lake Tahoe.
Day 5: Stand up paddleboard the crystalline water of Emerald Bay and explore Fannette Island
Day 6: Let your adrenaline soar at the Heavenly Valley Resort Adventure Park. Ride zip-lines, zip down the mountain coaster, play on the ropes course and more.
Days 7 & 8: Head to the majestic Lassen National Forest to climb Mt. Lassen and explore the National Park.
Days 10-13: Whitewater raft the mighty Lower Klamath River.
Days 15-17: Tour the giant forests of Redwood National Park, hike, Fern Canyon and comb the beaches near Trinidad, California while enjoying beach side camping on the Pacific Ocean.
Day 18: Meet the animals of the Sequoia Park Zoo and sample the handmade artisan cheeses of the Lolita Cheese Factory.
Days 19-21: Sea kayak and camp on the beaches of Tomales Bay. Night paddle through bioluminescent plankton.
Day 22 – 24 : Check out the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse and hike through the old-growth Redwood trees of Muir Woods. Then cruise through San Francisco via bicycle and sample a cup of clam chowder on the historic Fisherman’s Wharf.
Day 25: Tell your new friends goodbye at San Francisco International Airport and make plans with them for your next Backcountry Unlimited Adventure!
A trip with Backcountry Unlimited gives teenagers the chance to try awesome new things, develop new skills, travel through the West and make new friends. If you’re looking for a great life experience for your teen this summer, enroll today for a 2017 program at www.backcountryunlimited.com.
I’m sure you have many questions about how this program works. There is a wonderfully detailed Frequently Asked Questions online that I recommend checking out.
Backcountry Unlimited is offering my readers a savings: 10% off any summer 2017 program with coupon code: EARLYBIRD.
This post sponsored by Backcountry Unlimited.