Event Details


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The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness in Montana is one of the most wild, pristine, remote, and untrammeled places remaining in the Continental United States.

tent with lake and mountains in distance
Beautiful campsites and a serene tundrascape are all part of the Whitetail experience.

On the Backpacking Light Wilderness Adventures Whitetail Trek, you’ll learn and practice advanced navigation skills during a long traverse through high alpine terrain along routes that are seldom traveled.

The Whitetail Trek demands fitness, competence, dialed-in lightweight gear systems, and the mental toughness required to overcome the challenges of difficult terrain, inclement weather, challenging routefinding, and long days of trekking.

You’ll arrive in Montana for a day of pre-trek prep that includes seminars on weather forecasting, route assessment, and gear checks. After the seminars, we’ll spend the rest of the day making final adjustments to our gear systems, itinerary, and route plans. The next morning, you’ll embark early on a 6-day adventure.

tent in a mountain scape
You’ll enjoy trekking off-trail above the treeline, and will visit some of the remotest spots in the Lower 48.


  • Base Camp City: Red Lodge, Montana
  • Trek Duration: 6 days, 8-10 hours/day of trekking
  • Difficulty: Up to Class 2 terrain (steep talus/scree with minimal fall exposure)
  • Terrain: trails (some unmaintained), montane forest bushwhacking, alpine tundra, talus, occasional scree
  • Hazards: High altitudes up to 12,000 feet, grizzly bear habitat, steep terrain, fringe-season alpine weather (high winds, cold rain, or snow)
  • Group Size: up to 8 participants, 2 guides
group by a lake
Big terrain, big mountains, big grandeur. Feel small but experience an incredible sense of accomplishment as you traverse the vast landscape of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.


  • Thursday, July 13, 6 PM – Online Group Video Call #1 (Orientation) – Google Meet
  • Thursday, July 27, 6 PM – Online Group Video Call #2 (Gear) – Google Meet
  • Monday, August 21, 6 PM – Online Group Video Call #3 (Route Planning) – Google Meet
  • Saturday, September 16, 2023, 4 PM – Arrive at our base camp lodging, Red Lodge, MT – finalize paperwork, registration, orientation, program overview
  • Sunday, September 17, 2023, 9 AM to 6 PM – Pre-trek program, instruction, and final trip planning
  • Monday, September 18, 2023, 6 AM – depart base camp for trailhead, start trek
  • Saturday, September 23, 2023, 4 PM – arrive back at trailhead, end of trek

Download & Review the Welcome Packet

The welcome packet provides more comprehensive information bout our treks and what to expect.

Event Program

Module 1

Wilderness Adventures – Welcome & Introduction

Start preparing for your trip by studying the prevailing weather trends, terrain type, gear research, fitness, and more.

Three online group video sessions prior to the trip will cover an overview of the program, gear, and route planning.

All participants will have access to a group gear list for planning and collaboration.