july 15 - 20, 2019

Say "yes" to an outdoor adventure this summer

 Join the Sober Outside booze-free community while backpacking the Sierra Nevada in California

Ready to get off the grid? Ready to connect with like-minded women on the same journey of soul fulfillment?

This trip brings together a community of women who seek serenity, speak the language of self-empowerment and recovery and crave the peace of wild spaces. Together, we will take on a section John Muir Trail in California. This trip is about drawing inspiration, encouragement and clarity as much from the scenery — some of the most epic in the country — as it is from each other.

As for the trail: This stretch of path has been chosen because it's a solid match for women who lead an active life and are new to backpacking. It's also a great fit for women who have backpacking know-how who want to experience this fabulous setting.

This trip is fully guided by a professional, full-time guide from Wildland Trekking. All gear, save for hiking boots, is included, so all you need to bring is your sense of adventure.

The Destination

The John Muir Trail is famous for awe-inspiring views, and one of the sunniest, mildest climates in the country. In other words, this is the best of both worlds: Spectacular scenery with conditions perfect for a first-timer.

The path we'll travel takes us to California's Mammoth Lakes. This is a chance to get out and experience the wilderness of the High Sierra as we hike the trail between Yosemite Valley and the Sierra National Forest. This is the country of mule deer, bighorn sheer, marmots, songbirds and meadows of wildflowers.


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The experience

Each day, we will hike between 5 and 7 miles. For those who are newer to backpacking, rest assured that you can do this! If you'd like to bump up your fitness before the trip, our guide offers a plan to increase your mileage at home before the trip so that you have every confidence that you're ready.

On the trail, we will be guided by a full-time professional outdoor wilderness leader from Wildland Trekking, a guided hiking tour company founded in 2005. Wildland Trekking is also providing all the gear necessary for the trip.

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Your accommodations

You can't get closer to nature than this!

Each night, we will be sleeping under the stars in high-end, light-weight tents. We'll wake up each morning to a new view, varying from alpine lakes to green meadows.

Tents are provided by our outfitter. So are sleeping bags and sleeping pads. It's recommended that you share a tent, but, if you don't mind carrying a few extra pounds, you can also opt to have a tent to yourself. We're flexible!

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the community

Sober Outside is a travel community for sober adventure-lovin' women.

This trip is for women willing to get a little dirty!

For women who love adventure and are ready and excited to try new things.

Women who want to continue on their path toward personal growth, expand their visions of what's possible, and welcome more love, acceptance, gratitude and awareness into their ever-expanding lives.

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The Package:

This women-only trip includes ...

  • 5 days backpacking in the Sierra Nevada + 1 prep day w/ an orientation meeting
  • 4 nights of camping in top-of-the-line backpacking tents
  • The care and guidance of a professional backpacking professional, organized through Wildland Trekking
  • All meals, prepared by our guide, starting with dinner on 7/15 through lunch on 7/19. Special dietary needs, including vegan, vegetarian, kosher and gluten-free can be accommodated.
  • Use of all gear, including tents, backpacks, sleeping bags and pads for duration of backpacking trip
  • 1 night post trip at the Best Western in Garderville , NV, on Friday night before departing/flying out on 7/20 (based on double occupancy; trip cost can be recalculated for those who drive to the starting point and don't need a hotel on the last night)
  • Airport pickups and drop-offs from Reno Airport (RNO); Need to have all luggage and be ready to go at 2:30 pm

What's not included:

  • Flights or transportation to Reno, NV (airport code RNO)
  • Hiking boots and headlamps — please bring your own, or ask us for help in selecting what to buy/bring on the trip
  • Meals on July 20
  • Tips for our professional backpacking guide, organized through Wildland Trekking

What's the cost? $1,700 

Book before March 15
3 payments of $599

OR $1,999 

Book after March 15
3 payments of $699

Please Note:

This trip requires four women to make it happen. Please don't book flights until we've got our group together! 

Should you want your own room at the Best Western on 7/19, there is a $50 surcharge.

Alternately, if you don't need to stay the night on 7/19, we can adjust the trip price to reflect this for you. Just let us know!

TRIP INCLUDES:  Five days of backpacking * Four nights under the stars * Use of backpacking gear * Support from professional backpacking guide * All meals on trail, prepared by guide * Airport transfers + one night in a hotel prior to flying out * Epic scenery * New experiences in sobriety and recovery * What else is there?!


Note: We are not a detox or rehab program.

Our goal is to create community among women who have already committed to a booze- and drug-free lifestyle. We also welcome travelers who have no problem not drinking and simply enjoy the company of teetotalers. However, if you identify as having an active and ongoing drinking problem, or if you are unsure about going a week without drugs or alcohol, we ask that you hold off on applying for a trip. If you need assistance in finding help, please let us know. We will do our best to offer support and encouragement, and  know that after you do get help, we welcome you on a future trip. <3

join us this summer!