About the Program
|6/17 - 7/1||15||13-17||$1,675||San Marcos, TX|
The 15 day Texas Adventure Camp program is a little bit of everything the Texas outdoors has to offer. We take a trip to Big Bend country where the stars are big and bright at night with dramatic views during the day. Highlights include a multi-day river trip through canyons, sweeping views from atop the mountains, a multi-day backpacking trip, and the amazing nighttime sky. We travel round trip from San Marcos via a 15 passenger van with a trailer to one of the most remote places in Texas enjoying what most only see on postcards!
Designed specifically for teens looking for the ultimate in outdoor challenges and adventure in Texas, this 15 day Adventure Camp for teens will not disappoint. Big Bend Country is one of the largest and least visited areas in the country making it an unforgettable experience for anyone who visits.
Campers will spend cool days and nights backpacking and camping high in the Mountains enjoying the stars that Texas is famous for. The nighttime skies are spectacular in one of the most remote places in Texas yielding stars that shine so big and bright that campers will be tempted to reach out and touch them. Campers will learn how to prepare meals, navigate, build shelter, manage resources, and leave no trace while on the trail. The backpacking portion of the trip provides campers with the perfect opportunity to set goals and build confidence. All backpacking trips will be planned according to the needs of the group ensuring all campers succeed at challenging themselves and still have fun. Each camper will be responsible for helping to carry group food and supplies equally.
Campers will spend peaceful nights on the riverbank during their three day river trip through some of the canyons located inside Big Bend National Park. Campers will be given comprehensive instruction on how to navigate down the river and how set up camp on a river bank. Guides will take every opportunity to explain river hydrology and teach some basic swift water rescue techniques.
Since EPIC Adventures is an adventure camp, when we go rock climbing we really go rock climbing not in a gym or a man-made climbing wall. Campers will be given proper hands-on instruction by well qualified guides on belaying techniques, knot tying, climbing, repelling, and how to care for the climbing equipment. EPIC Adventures will provide all major gear, food, lodging, and transportation costs. The Texas Adventure promises to be an unforgettable big adventure for campers who want to challenge themselves.
|15 DayTexas Adventure Itinerary||No Previous Experience or Expensive Gear Required!|
|Day 1||Welcome to Camp / Team Building|
|Day 2||EPIC Wilderness Clinic|
|Day 3||Rock Climbing|
|Day 4||Logistics Day / Travel / Prepare for River Trip|
|Day 5-8||Multi-Day River Trip|
|Day 9||Ghost Town|
|Day 10||Day Hike / Prepare for Backpacking Trip|
|Day 10-13||Backpacking Trip|
|Day 14||Travel Day and EPIC Banquet|
|Day 15||Depart for Home|
First things first, the staff will work with campers teaching them knot tying, shelter building, cooking methods, water purification, Leave No Trace ethics (LNT), how to select a proper campsite, back country and front country safety. In addition, we also spend time teaching campers how to plan routes, basic orienteering, outdoor leadership, risk management skills, and how to maintain proper hygiene. We believe strongly in hands-on learning and make every effort to put campers into real world situations where staff can mentor students in real time. Having a good understanding of these concepts ensures campers are not only prepared for our adventures together but gives them confidence when they leave.
We will start the day with a comprehensive ground school were campers will learn proper belay techniques, climbing terminology, how to inspect the gear, and climbing knots. Once teens finish ground school, we will rope up and spend the day climbing numerous routes of all skill levels. Climbing routes are chosen based on camper’s skill level and campers will be actively involved in facilitating the climbing. Campers will finish the day enjoying breathtaking sights and sounds. As the rock cools, creaking and groaning can be heard giving meaning to the name Enchanted Rock. Legend has it that the Tonkawa, Apache, and Comanche tribes ascribe magical powers to the rock while hiding from the Spanish and Anglo settlers who also gave the mysterious place the name Crying Rock. This place is home to some of the most magical sunsets that seem to linger on long after the sun has set!
Camping along the banks of the Rio Grande River below towering canyons is certain to be a memory that will last long after the summer ends. After a day of paddling, we spend the evening recapping the day’s adventures around a campfire on sandy riverbanks under the millions of stars that light up the sky. With Texas on the left side of the river and Mexico on the right, campers consider this a highlight and usually can’t wait to send home a postcard detailing their adventures on the border. Don’t worry! This section of the border is highly patrolled and safe from anything you may have heard on the news. Safety is our number one concern and we would never travel anywhere that we felt was unsafe. With over 100 miles of navigable river and five canyons to choose from, we rely on our friends who live in the area to help us choose the best section of river based on river conditions. Wild livestock, hawks, falcons, and dozens of critters are likely to be spotted as we explore the waters of the Rio Grande. Waking up to the sound of the rushing river while wondering what lies beyond the next bend in the river is what adventure is all about.
After the river trip we will take some time to relax and explore the local area around Terlingua. This area of Texas was once home to the Comanche Indians. Here they discovered Cinnabar, the bright red ore of mercury, could be used to create war paint and by the mid- 1800’s they began using it for trade with the English settlers who wanted it for the mercury. By the turn of the century this area was flooded with prospectors and the once sparsely populated desert grew to a population of more than 2000. Following the end of WWII the demand for mercury fell and the area was abandoned. Today all that remains is Boot Hill cemetery, abandoned adobe style structures, and less than 200 residents. Regarded by many as one of the most famous ghost towns, this area always leaves people in awe!
Perhaps the most challenging component of the trip but also the most rewarding part of the trip is backpacking. Teens consistently learn more from backpacking than anything else we do at camp. Hiking high above the desert in the mountains, the air is much cooler and the views are incredible. Days begin by preparing breakfast and filling water bottles before beginning the day’s hike. On a typical day, teens will hike 5-8 miles before making camp. Hikes are challenging but designed to challenge everyone to their abilities. This is not a boot camp so don’t worry. Campers are given leadership roles each day and the gear is divided around the group equally. Campers usually make camp around 3-4 pm each day so they have plenty of time to build shelters, filter water, cook, and build campfires. Campers will prepare their food over campfires or with backpacking stoves, cooking things like pancakes, quesadillas, pita pizzas, and many more fun meals. In fact many camp parents often tell us their camper comes home and cooks for them! We build shelters from tarps or if the weather is nice we just sleep under the stars. To celebrate the end of our backpacking trip, we have a well deserved dinner at a local mountain lodge restaurant. The sense of accomplishment and bonding that occurs on a backpacking trip can’t be overstated. The stories and experiences that come from our backpacking trips are often the ones that become EPIC!