Experience life on the trail​

It’s not just an adventure– It’s life without fear.

How many times have you gazed off into distant mountains, flipped through an outdoor magazine, or looked at a friend’s backpacking photos with envy, wishing you were out there too?

How many times have you told yourself that it wasn’t for you? That you’re “not that kind of person?”

That mindset ends today.

Welcome to Backpacking Beyond!

My name is Monica, and what I do is build your confidence, empower you, and create joy-filled experiences on the trail that carry over into the rest of your life.
 
Once you see what you are truly capable of, you’ll know there’s nothing that you can’t take on!
 
Sure, I’ll teach you what you need to know about backpacking in gorgeous, remote locations… but you can learn that from anyone.

What I do best is to help you take on fear and overcome self-doubt. I may not know you yet, but I already know you can do this. How do I know? Because we’re going to do it together, one step at a time. With the right support, you can achieve what has always been inside you.

If we don’t take that first step, we never know how far we’ll go.

Together we can turn dreams into goals and goals into accomplishments.

UPCOMING TRIPS

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Utah Slot Canyons – Paria /Buckskin Gulch

May 21 - May 25

Details

Start:
May 21
End:
May 25

Other

Trip Difficulty:
★★★★☆
Group Size:
8 Guests - 2 Guides
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Pictured Rocks – North Country Trail (NCT)

August 15 - August 19


Trip Details

The North Country Trail in Pictured Rocks National Park has splendid sandstone cliffs, beaches, waterfalls, sand dunes, inland lakes, deep forest, and wild shorelines!

Trip Type: 5 Day Guided Backpacking Trip

Trail Section: North Country Trail – Hurricane River to Miners Castle

Highlights:

  • Hiking the cliffs of Lake Superior
  • Grand Portal Point
  • Beaches and more Beaches
  • Chapel Rock 
  • The Famous Spray Falls

When: August 15th – 19th

Trip difficulty: ★★★★

Mileage: 25 – 30 total trip miles

Group Size: 6 – 10 Hikers

Minimum – 6 Hikers

Cost: $1200 – Payment Plans Available

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 –

Meet at the hotel in Munising, MI (Hotel TBD)

We will meet at the hotel and get checked into our shared rooms. Two hikers per room. The guides schedule a meeting with each hiker to review equipment and food. Then off to a group dinner in town to get to know the crew.

Day 2  –

Hikers meet at the Miners Castle Trailhead at 7:15. Shuttle will pick us up at 8:05 and deliver us to Hurricane River trailhead.

Section: Hurricane River to Seven Mile Campsite

Hiking Distance: 6

Highlights: Hurricane river welcomes us to the trail. Then off to 12-Mile beach. A shorter hiking day allows for a ton of time to chill on the beach, have lunch and cool off with a swim in Lake Superior. Sunset and dinner also on the lake. 

Day 3 –

Section: Seven Mile Campsite to Coves Campsite

Hiking Distance: 8 miles

Highlights: Start off the day with great views of the lake. We pass Pine Bluffs and stop at Beaver Creek for some fresh water. We end at Coves where we have dinner and sunset on the lake. 

Day 4 –

Section: Coves Campsite to Mosquito Beach Campsite

Hiking Distance: 9 miles

Highlights: THIS IS THE DAY PEEPS! Up early to get some great shots of Spray Falls. Then the top of Spray Falls. YEP, the TOP of the falls. From there we hit so many epic spots I can’t name them all. But here are a few of the many. Chapel Rock, Battleship Row, Grand Portal Point, Rainbow Cove and Lover’s Leap before hitting camp at Mosquito Beach!

Day 5 –

Section: Mosquito Beach Campsite to Miners Castle 

Hiking Distance: 5 miles 

Highlights: Up for sunrise on Mosquito Beach. then on to Painted Coves, Spray Falls and Miners Beach. We end at the Iconic Miners Castle where we celebrate our adventure and SUCCESS!

What’s Included

  • One night shared hotel accommodation 
  • Shuttle to the trailhead
  • Personalized one on one call with a lead guide
  • Group prep call via zoom 
  • Private Facebook page for support from the guides and FUN!
  • Two professional, knowledgeable, backcountry guides who are Certified Wilderness First Responders
  • National Forest use fees and permits
  • Emergency equipment including a medical kit and satellite device
What’s Not Included –
  • Travel to and from Miners Castle Trailhead 
  • Airfare
  • Rescue Insurance
  • Accommodations after the trip
  • Backpacking equipment
  • Backpacking meals
  • Guide gratuity – Tipping is optional but customary. (Industry recommends 10-20% of trip cost)

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Terms and Conditions-

“Trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances beyond our control, including, but not limited to permit or campsite availability, snowpack, river crossings, wildlife, park or land closures, and forest fires. The price of a hiking trip will never change due to itinerary changes. Payments are not refundable for itinerary changes or park or land closures. If a trip is cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control and no alternate itinerary is available a trip credit will be issued equal to the full amount paid minus any nonrefundable expenses incurred by the Company.”

Details

Start:
August 15
End:
August 19

Location

Pictured Rocks National Park
MI 86052 United States

Other

Trip Difficulty:
★★★☆☆
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Winter Showshoe Trip Grand Marias, MN

February 23 - February 25

Let’s bundle up, throw on a pair of snowshoes and hit the North Shore. Join us for 3 days of adventure through a winter wonderland that you won’t witness any other time of year! Our journey will bring us into slot canyons, up gorges, and to the base of stunning, frozen waterfalls. We promise that this trip will change the way you think about winter!

Trip Details

Trip Type:  3 Day Snowshoe Trip

Highlights:

  • Experience the North Shore by snowshoeing through frozen rivers, slot canyons, and gorges
  • Adventuring through an unseen landscape of snow and ice
  • Enjoy a warm, cozy campfire and snuggly bed at the Hungry Hippie Hostel after a day of snow and ice adventuring
  • Learn how to snowshoe so exploring doesn’t have to end in the summer

When: Friday, Feb 23rd-Sunday Feb 25th

Trip difficulty: ★

Mileage: 8 – 10 Snowshoe miles 

Group Size: 10 to 15 Guests with 3 Guides

Room Options & Pricing: (payment plans available)
Non-refundable deposit $250
(The non-refundable deposit is included in the total price of each room)

4 x Bunk Beds (located in a shared open space) $500 each

1 x Semi-Private Queen Room (Curtain Door) $700

5 x Private Queen Rooms $750 each

Share a Room

Private Queen Shared or Semi-Private Shared with a friend $500 each

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 

Friday, Feb 23rd

Snowshoe Miles – 3 – 4 miles

10am – Meet at Tettegouche State Park Visitor Center

Meet for snacks and introductions while we get to know our gear and safety plan for the trip

11:30am -Temperance State Park (2 mile loop)

Take on some rolling hills while we get used to our snowshoes followed by some amazing views of Temperance River and the falls

2:00pm –  Ray Berglund Wayside (Onion River)

Snowshoe up the dramatic Onion River waterfall (1.5 miles) with amazing lake views from the top

4:00pm – Hungry Hippie Hostel

Head to Grand Marias to check into the hostel and snuggle up for a good nights rest

Day 2     

Saturday, Feb 24th – Snowshoe Miles – 5 to 6 miles

8:30am  – Blue Water Café

Meet for an optional breakfast in Grand Marais at the Blue Water Café

10:30am – Kadunce River Wayside 

Snowshoe up the 11 waterfalls of the Kadunce River (2.2 miles total)

12:00pm – Lunch Break (free time)

2:00 pm – Devil’s Track River

Snowshoe Devil’s Track Gorge and experience Barrier Falls from the river (3 miles total)

7:00pm – Hungry Hippie Hostel

Join us for a cozy fire overlooking Lake Superior and watch for the Northern Lights

Day 3

Sunday, Feb 25th

9:30am – Oberg Loop

Snowshoe to Oberg Loop in Lutsen with spectacular views of the inland Oberg Lake and Lake Superior (2,2 miles)

12pm Wrap up our trip & get excited for next year!

What’s Included

  • 2 nights stay in the Hungry Hippie Hostel which includes warm beds & bedding, bathroom facilities, primitive kitchen with refrigerator, hot plate, microwave, and sink
  • 1 ZOOM call discussing gear, food, and a Q&A
  • A one-on-one call with a lead guide to review gear and answer any questions
  • 3 experienced guide’s support & instruction on snowshoeing.
  • Learn safety and rescue techniques while on frozen rivers and lakes
  • 2 Wilderness First Responder Certified Lead Guides
  • 1 Wilderness First Aid Certified Assistant Guide
  • Group First Aid Kit
  • Satellite GPS beacon for communication and rescue

      What’s Not Included –

  • Flights & Transportation to all trailheads and parks
  • Rescue Insurance
  • MN State Park Daily Parking Pass – Needed one day
  • All Food, Snacks and Beverages
  • Firewood
  • Snowshoes, gear & Clothing
  • Guide gratuity – Tipping is optional but customary. (Industry recommends 10-20% of trip cost)

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Terms and Conditions-

“Trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances beyond our control, including, but not limited to permit or campsite availability, snowpack, river crossings, wildlife, park or land closures, and forest fires. The price of a hiking trip will never change due to itinerary changes. Payments are not refundable for itinerary changes or park or land closures. If a trip is cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control and no alternate itinerary is available a trip credit will be issued equal to the full amount paid minus any nonrefundable expenses incurred by the Company.”

Details

Start:
February 23
End:
February 25
Website:
https://app.moonclerk.com/pay/575dv94mx2da

Location

Grand Marias, MN

Other

Group Size:
10 - 15

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Before we headed out on the trail with Backpacking Beyond, I believed I was a strong, independent woman. After we returned, I was a strong, independent woman who believed I could conquer the world! Monica from Backpacking Beyond gave me the confidence I needed to take my adventures to a whole new level. She was organized and confident but most importantly passionate about what she is doing with her life and these trips. I will forever be grateful to her for the learnings and the adventure!

– Tammy T

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    WORLD CLASS ADVENTURES

    Travel to incredible, remote locations. Our itineraries are challenging and may push you farther (in the best way!) than you would push yourself on your own.

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    Develop core backpacking skills including gear recommendations, meal planning, map reading, following trail signs, and more!

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