A 36-day, all-male adventure trek exploring the Southwest’s most rugged, wild, and fascinating places
Join a group of adventurous young men who enjoy being outdoors to explore the Southwest. This supportive and motivated group of young men will wander desert canyons, summit mountain peaks, learn about local culture and ecology, and work together to overcome challenges. Even for someone who has never been camping before, this trek is a great fit to learn about the outdoors, leadership skills, the Southwest, and oneself.
The itinerary varies from year to year (see Trek Description below for a sample itinerary), but you can rest assured that each year it will be packed with opportunities for hands on learning in the amazing backdrop of the American Southwest. Some years, the PT has summited Wheeler Peak, the highest mountain in New Mexico, while other years they have hiked 15 miles in a day to get to Keet Seel, a spectacular cliff dwelling in Arizona. They may learn to read a topographic map, cook on a single burner backpacking stove, tie knots, work through conflict, select a campsite, and more. These experiences lead the teens on PT to reflect on their increased resilience, self love, and self confidence after completing their five week trek. By the end, they come away with new friends, outdoor and leadership skills, great memories, and new perspectives after five weeks of independence and exploration.
Dates: June 21-July 26
Minimum Group Size: 8* (In multiple small groups to abide by NMDOH group size restrictions if needed)
Maximum Group Size: 20* (In multiple small groups to abide by NMDOH group size restrictions if needed)
Elevation Range: 5,000 to 13,000 feet
Average Pack Weight: 40-45 lbs.
Course Starts and Ends: Albuquerque, NM
Full Cost: $5,300, scholarships available