Inclusive Conversations -  Some of us have met before, some of us will be meeting everyone for the first time.  TVOP trips are about building community and finding new friends.  So let's do our best to make sure our conversations are welcoming to everyone. 

Phones - Part of what is so special about a wilderness trip is the fact that we are away from the normal distractions and activities of daily life.  To preserve this we ask that you please not use your phones on the trip other than as a camera.  

Substances - There is a strict no alcohol policy on TVOP trips. Smoking of any kind must be done away from the camping area and the group. (Absolutely no smoking allowed on youth trips). 

Administering hormones on the trail - We recommend that you work with your physician to adjust the timing of your shot so you can do it before or after the trip because it is challenging to have a completely sanitary setting while backpacking.  However, if that is not possible, it is feasible to do your shot on the trail.  We ask that you carry a spare needle and syringe in case one gets broken.

Know your Limits -  The Venture Out Project adheres to the Challenge as Choice principles. By coming on this trip you are choosing to challenge yourself.  We are here to support you in that challenge and in return we ask that you know your limits and make sure that you are challenging yourself within your stretch zone and not into your panic zone.

Classic vs experienced

No prior experience needed

  • Average: 6 miles/day
  • Lunch: 30-40 minutes
  • Breaks: Typically one 5-10 minute break per hour. More often if necessary. 
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours per day
  • Terrain: Gentle, no more than 500'-1000' elevation gain per day.
  • Camp: Arrive around 3pm.                                               

TVOP Advanced backpacking trips are physically and emotionally challenging.  They are designed to push you.  In order to ensure participant and group safety, all participants must have previous backpacking experience and have demonstrated ability to handle long days on the trail.  If this does not sound like you, please check out our classic trips.

  • Average: 10 miles/day
  • Lunch:15-20 minutes
  • Breaks: Typically one 10 minute break every 2 hours. More often on difficult terrain. 
  • Hiking Time: 8 hours
  • Terrain: Varied, rough terrain, could include 2000'-5000' elevation gain.
  • Camp: Arrive around 4-5pm.


Custom trips allow you to tailor the experience to fit your group. The staff at The Venture Out Project will work with you to develop the right experience for your school/team/group/family/GSA/club.  You may be looking for a way to develop cohesion within your organization, you may want people to learn specific skills, or you may just be looking to bring a group of friends into the woods to have a good time out in nature.  Whatever the intent, The Venture Out Project can help you design the trip of your dreams and we'll take care of all of the logistics and safety issues so all you have to do is enjoy your adventure .

Examples of a custom trip:

  • 7-day school backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail
  • Backcountry skiing in the Rockies
  • 3 Day backpacking trip to the White Mountains
  • Mountain biking in Moab or the Tsali trails in North Carolina
  • Teambuilding workshop on a high ropes course in Vermont

Contact us to start planning your custom trip: