A True Back-country experience

Test your grit in the throws of the back-country. Leave the creature comforts behind, leave the trail where it lies and find pieces of yourself you did not know you had. 

Our true back-country experiences are designed to push your mental boundaries and physical capabilities; should you embark, you will see how close those two really are. With your guides help, these experiences lead you through a mix of self-reliance and primitive skill development. At the same time, we embrace the chaos of the wilderness and learn to adapt to what we can not change, or predict. 

Expect to tap into every corner of your mind and to rely on the group for success. We're leaving the tents, leaving the lighters and losing the trails to find the hard work that goes in to truly living. 

All trips leave on Fridays, at 6:30 a.m. from Osmium Coffee, 1117 W Belmont, Chicago. Return with pride and triumph on Sunday or Monday evenings, depending on your trip.

Deploy: Prepare your mind for this crucible at Osmium Coffee, 1117 W. Belmont, 6:15 a.m. Fridays.

Embark: At 12:30 p.m. Eastern, forget everything you've ever known.

Return: We'll give you a few minutes to beat your chest in pride before we return Sundays at 5:00 p.m. Central or Mondays at 3:00 p.m. Central

$475/person for two nights of the life

$625/person for the three night wilderness cure

Experiences will take place in the depths of the Shawnee (4 days), Hoosier or Manistee National Forests.