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Great friends. Silly stories. Unbelievable accomplishments.  Each trip I go on with InspireOut, I realize just how much I am capabale of achieving both in the backcountry and frontcountry.  Looking forward to our next adventure.”

~ 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_4559In our intermediate 4 day/3 night expeditions, trekkers expand and grow from their foundational skills of backpacking.  Our participants are challenged to apply their individual skills learned for the kitchen, water filtration, packing essentials, and camp set-up/take down in a team setting with the guidance of our dedicated instructors.  In addition, students will learn the basics of compass use, topo map reading, and on/off trail route planning.  Participants should expect longer treks from 3-5 miles per day with a weighted pack.

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

Your child will return home with a new sense of confidence and understanding that any accomplishment comes with hard but truly rewarding work.



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, participants 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_4740Towards the end 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.  Participants 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_4739A 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.


Below is a short video documenting an intermediate program.

InspireOut Adventures with the Band of Dirty Hands! (YBC414) from InspireOut on Vimeo.