Dive into a summer of Southwest fun with the Outfit Expedition! Outfit is a perfect experience for kids with a sense of adventure and willingness to try new things. Appropriate for anyone from complete camping novices to experienced outdoor adventurers, we will start the trek with a week at Basecamp followed by a few days exploring wild places of New Mexico. We will return to Basecamp for 2 days to close the trek, reflect on our time together, and enjoy a final campfire. By the end, trekkers come away with new friends, outdoor skills, great memories, and self-confidence after two weeks of independence and exploration.
While at Basecamp, trekkers will have the opportunity to learn new skills like metalsmithing, animal tracking, plant identification, mountain biking, farming, cooking, music, and rock climbing. The exact specialties of our staff vary from year to year, but we always have an incredibly talented and knowledgeable team that is excited to introduce trekkers to new skills as well as offer deeper exploration for those already familiar with a topic. Basecamp will also be the perfect opportunity to learn outdoor living and camp craft skills before putting them into practice while camping, hiking, and exploring New Mexico. Each year the itinerary varies, though a sunrise summit of Mount Taylor is typically a highlight (although most trekkers don’t see it that way at 4 am, only afterwards)! See below for a sample itinerary.
While on trek with us, participants will complete a project in a field they are interested in. These are meant to be opportunities to take advantage of the vast knowledge sets of our staff, dive deeper into a topic of interest, and to walk away from the summer having a tangible example of all that was accomplished. Examples of past projects include: building a latrine at basecamp, creating maps, conducting a stream study, creating a field guide, compiling an art portfolio, writing an original song, planning and leading activities for other trekkers, and many more. To help us prepare to facilitate these projects, we will send a survey for your trekker to complete. If they aren’t sure, that’s okay! Our staff are ready and excited to talk with them about their interests and figure out what makes sense.
Age Range: 10-12
Gender: All welcome, Male, Female, Non-binary
Min Group Size: 8
Max Group Size: 20
Elevation: 5,000 to 11,000 feet
17 Days on Trek
number of days on the trek
June 18 - July 4
July 9 - July 25
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe outdoor education is more essential than ever. While we don’t know exactly what the pandemic will look like for Summer 2022, we are hopeful that we can run small group treks in outdoor spaces. Some experiences noted in this document, such as caving, may not be possible.
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“We did nothing all day but night was very eventful to say the least. A big storm with lightning and hail
came. That’s it.”
“The day started by breakfast. It was sausage and eggs. We did details then Cottonwoods. I choose hiking for fossils. I found a whistle? Train connector. Then we had lunch, details, then siesta, which we used to play Gaga Ball. During Gaga Ball, I got first and took out Leo. We did Cottonwoods again and I finally got to do metal working!! I made one copper ring but then I cut it in half so now I have two. We ate dinner, did details. Then we played games and had a Nalgene fire. Now we are taking ownerships. Currently the sunset looks really nice.”
“Today we did a walk of Basecamp even though I’’ve been here before. It was so hot and everyone was walking so slow. After that we went to Cottonwoods. I picked one with Jess to do art. Then we took a shower and played a game. We had an open camp fire in the Cha’oh. Then we hiked to Outfit and decorated our cabin.”
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The trek itineraries vary year to year, depending on permits and staff expertise
Arrive and get to know everyone
Basecamp Loop (Cottonwoods, one night supported backpack, solo)
Explore Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness
Rafting on the San Juan River
Hike El Morro National Monument
Caving in El Malpais National Monument
Sunrise summit of Mount Taylor
Trek wrap up, final banquet
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