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TRIP: California Hiking Adventure (March 8-16, 2014) DEPOSIT DUE


If you are an experienced hiker looking for new and exciting adventures beyond your backyard, you will enjoy this backpacking adventure in sunny California!

Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California features a desert landscape whose signature plant is the rare and beautiful Joshua Tree. The park boasts unique geological formations such as granite monoliths and rugged canyons, plus a variety of wildlife including bighorn sheep, jackrabbits, and coyotes. March is a great time to escape from your frigid climate, explore the Mojave desert, and lose weight (or more accurately, improve body composition).

Much of the trail will be rugged, exposed to the sun, and poorly marked, requring off trail navigation with a map, compass, and GPS. Expect this to be a true adventure!

Important! Water is scarce in this region and we will cache it ahead of time. Be prepared to carry as much as 2 gallons (16 pounds) of water in your pack. Even if we find surface water, the park prohibits us from using it, as it is to be left for the animals and plants. But fear not, just because you are carrying 16 pounds of water when you leave the cache, you will be carrying zero pounds of water when you arrive at the next cache.

Trip Leaders

Steve Silberberg lives in Hull, MA and has many years of backpacking experience over a variety of terrains and guides most Fitpacking trips. He is a SOLO certified Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace Trainer, and Certified Food Handler. Steve is the founder and president of

Rick Romine lives in Pleasanton, CA and is a Wilderness Medicine Institute certified Wilderness First Responder. A life long outdoor enthusiast, Rick is the founder of the wilderness education site Rick has been leading backpacking treks and teaching outdoor skills to both youth and adults for over 10 years.

Meetup organizer

Walter De Marco is a worldwide adventure traveler who lives in Toronto, ON and organizes outdoor events and trips for several travel and outdoors Meetup groups. He is the primary organizer of this trip.


US $1065 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a hotel room with another trip participant for two nights. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Palm Springs, CA (PSP) as well as personal equipment, and any restaurant meals.


Duration: 9 Days/8 Nights

Group size: Min. 9/ Max 12 hiking enthusiasts*

Trip Price: US$ 1,115 per person (includes taxes and non-refundable Paypal transaction fee of $50)**

Registration deadline: January 20, 2014

Deposit: US$ 210 due upon registration. Non-refundable**

What’s included: 2 nights in a hotel, 7 days of trail meals, ground transportation, permits, fees and TWO awesome guides, besides the Meetup organizer.

How to pay:

• If you use PayPal, just RSVP "Yes", and you will be directed to our group's PayPal page.

• OR contact the organizer via Meetup to discuss a different payment method. CLICK HERE to send an Email

View Brochure: Click HERE

Age requirement: You must be 21 years of age or older to register for this tour


You will get a refund for your payment, except the $50 Transaction Fee:

- If we cannot confirm the tour, due to insufficient travellers registered;

- if you cancel and another person signs up and pays for the tour by Feb 10;

- if the tour is cancelled by the Organizers;

- if the tour is rescheduled by the Organizer, and you cannot attend when it is rescheduled.

* This event will be confirmed only if we have at least 9 people registered by Jan 20, 2014. If we can’t confirm the trip, members who have registered will get a refund for their trip and deposit payments, but not for the US$ 50 Paypal transaction fee.

** Final payment is due by February 10, 2014

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