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It is crazy to think I now have the skills and confidence to go backpacking with friends and family on my own!

~ InspireOut trekker


Step 1: Complete Payment Form for program (link found to specific expeditions in table above)

Step 2: Fill out our Online Registration Form

Step 3: Sign our Waiver – to returned via old school mail or scanned & emailed.

(AS NEEDED) Step 4: Medication Authorization Form – IF your child takes any medications (EITHER PRESCRIPTION OR OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS SUCH AS ADVIL) you must have your family physician complete and sign this form in order for your child to receive medication during program.  Mail or scan/email return. 

Mailing Address: InspireOut  17349 Parkside Ct. Monte Sereno, CA 95030

Email: info@inspireout.org

*Once steps 1 & 2 have been completed, you will receive within 2-3 business days a confirmation email from InspireOut as well as an InspireOut Trekker Guide (PDF).  We are available to assist you with any questions as you prepare for program.




IMG_4559Hello alumni InspireOut trekkers!  Since you have previously explored the great outdoors with InspireOut, you already know the drill of what an InspireOut expedition looks like.  You have observed and helped your instructors prepare food, filter water, set up camp, and you are pretty much pros at packing your backpacks by now.  Let’s take it to the next level.

In our advanced 6 day/5 night program, participants will be challenged to prepare meals, plan hiking routes (within specific boundaries provided by guides), and lead our trail hikes after we initially review our backcountry skills.  In addition, we will learn and/or advanced our skills in areas such as fire-building, orienteering & navigation, knot-tying, fishing, campsite selection, keeping equipment dry, equipment repairs, first aid & evacuation concepts, proper use of a knife, ultra-light hiking, and situational awareness.

Trekkers are provided an InspireOut journal used for learning about plants, animals, and patterns observed in the outdoors as well as for personal reflection.

We can’t wait to see you all again for another amazing adventure.  Your child will be ready to become a junior instructor for InspireOut by the end of this program. 😉



6278_10151600036939983_880437070_nWe strive to provide healthy, square meals & snacks in the backcountry with options so that all trekkers can enjoy.  Prior to program, trekkers complete our InspireOut trekker questionnaire so that we may get to know them better before program as well as learn their food likes and dislikes.  From this, we customize our program meals to best fit our trekkers’ palates. Most dietary needs can be accounted for.

Food is cooked in small, pre-determined food groups with an instructor guiding preparation.  
IMG_4711Towards the start of program, guides take a backseat to food preparation
. Trekkers eat out of their own food bowls and are responsible for clean-up.

Please bring a packed lunch for first day.  All meals and snacks are provided, beginning with dinner the first day of program and ending with lunch the last day of program.




Transportation will be provided for program.  Trekkers will be picked up and dropped off at a specified location in Sacramento area that is disclosed once trekkers are registered for their expeditions.


IMG_4589A gear checklist will be sent to you in your InspireOut Trekker Guide (PDF).  If you have any questions or need assistance in finding/renting gear, let us know and we can help!


  • Outdoor Backpack with hip belt [Please contact us if help needed with finding a pack!]
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Sneakers with tread or hiking boots
  • Wool socks (preferably a thin pair and thick pair)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm jacket (if possible, down)

NOTE: Tents and stove/cookware are provided for by InspireOut.  Participants are divided into same gender tent groups.

In addition, our naturalist Buckeye shares some important gear examples and tips in the following 16 minute video:

InspireOut Backpacking Gear 101 from InspireOut on Vimeo.