Superstition Mountains Backpacking

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Dates: Jan-Dec - see all dates

Total Days: 4

Activity Level: 3-4

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Price:

2014

REI Member: $695

Non-member: $745

2015

REI Member: $725

Non-member: $825

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Oct 30 – Nov 2
  • Nov 6–9
  • Nov 13–16
  • Dec 4–7
  • Dec 11–14
  • Dec 29 – Jan 1

2015

  • Jan 22–25
  • Feb 5–8
  • Feb 19–22
  • Feb 26 – Mar 1
  • Mar 5–8
  • Mar 19–22
  • Mar 26–29
  • Oct 29 – Nov 1
  • Nov 5–8
  • Nov 12–15
  • Dec 3–6
  • Dec 29 – Jan 1

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Group Size: 4-12

Activity Level: 3-4

Activities:

  • Backpacking

Accommodations:

Backcountry camping, 2 nights

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the Superstition Mountains on a 4-day backpacking trip
  • Hike through beautiful terrain filled with bright cacti and towering mesas
  • Learn or expand upon backpacking skills while staying at lovely campsites

Home to the legend of the Lost Dutchman's Gold, Arizona's Superstition Mountains are one of the premiere hiking destinations in the Southwest. This craggy high desert wilderness provides the ideal setting for a backpacking expedition like no other. Abundant displays of giant Saguaro cacti and bright yellow lichen are highlights of an incredibly rugged desert terrain.

Spend a weekend with REI exploring this beautiful landscape while learning new (or honing old) backpacking skills. Our northbound, one-way through-hike traverses deep narrow chasms, exploring eroded rock spires and blocky sheer-walled mesas. Between hidden 19th-century gold mines and unmatched desert beauty, this Superstition Mountains backpacking adventure is guaranteed to be legendary!

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Meet at REI in Tempe for orientation and enjoy a group dinner.
  • Day 2 - Hike past the Miner's Needle to Miner's Summit for spectacular vistas.
  • Day 3 - Explore the marvels of Le Barge Box and West Boulder Canyon.
  • Day 4 - Traverse the Boulder Canyon trail, with views of Weaver's Needle.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Meet at REI in Tempe for orientation and enjoy a group dinner.

    An orientation and gear check is held at the REI Tempe store at 5:00 p.m. You can transfer to the store on your own, or meet your guides in the lobby of the Doubletree by Hilton at 4:45 p.m. for a complimentary shuttle to store. Because the guides hold a gear check, distribute group gear (10-15 pounds per person comprised of tents, cooking equipment, and food), and talk about efficient packing and preparation tips, it's important that you bring your loaded pack to the store with you.

    The pre-trip orientation will give you a chance to meet fellow travelers and provide your guides an opportunity to walk through the trip itinerary. This is also a good opportunity to pick up some last minute items, including rental gear if needed. Over dinner we get to know each other in eager anticipation of our adventure. The guides will shuttle guests back to the Doubletree by Hilton. Picnic style dinner included.

    Tonight's lodging is not included in your trip cost. We recommend booking the Doubletree by Hilton in Tempe, Arizona. A complimentary shuttle from the hotel to the REI Tempe store is provided at 4:45 p.m., with a return shuttle provided after dinner.

  • Day 2 - Hike past the Miner's Needle to Miner's Summit for spectacular vistas.

    After breakfast, we meet at 7:00 a.m. in the hotel lobby to begin our backpacking adventure. We'll leave our cars at the hotel and shuttle to our starting point on the southern side of the Superstitions Mountain Range. Beginning at an elevation of 2,420', in a sea of Saguaro cactus, we climb past the imposing Miner's Needle. Our highest point of the day will be Miner's Summit at 3,260', with spectacular vistas of the canyon walls. We then descend into Whiskey Springs Canyon, an area rich with lore and history. In the late afternoon we arrive at our first campsite, where the presence of ancient cottonwood and sycamore trees stand in stark contrast to the surrounding desert. Breakfast on your own. Lunch and dinner included.

    Hiking: 6 miles, ~1,000' elevation gain.

  • Day 3 - Explore the marvels of Le Barge Box and West Boulder Canyon.

    After breaking camp, we will continue through Marsh Valley and on to West Boulder Canyon. Our guides will provide a wide variety of side adventures and detours throughout today's hike. Drop your pack and venture into the narrows of La Barge Box. Remember to bring your bathing suit if you're feeling brave! West Boulder Canyon will serve as home for the night. All meals included.

    Hiking: 6 miles, ~700' elevation gain. Optional side adventures add mileage.

  • Day 4 - Traverse the Boulder Canyon trail, with views of Weaver's Needle.

    We ascend the Boulder Canyon trail, which leads us out the eastern ridge of the canyon before cresting and descending back to Canyon Lake. The views are expansive and Weaver's Needle dominates the landscape. This imposing spire of weathered lava, named after famed frontier scout Pauline Weaver, has challenged the imagination for more than a century. Most versions of the legend of the Lost Dutchman gold mine claim that the lost mine lies somewhere under the Needle's shadow. After we are picked up at the trail's end in Canyon Lake Marina, we shuttle two miles to the Tortilla Flat Saloon for a delicious lunch before returning to the hotel between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. Breakfast included. Lunch and dinner on your own.

    Hiking: 4 miles with 1000+ elevation gain.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control. This trip is operated rain or shine.

Important Information about Air Travel

Contact REI Adventures prior to purchasing your airline tickets to confirm the trip has the minimum number of participants required to operate.

Price Includes

Professional instruction and guiding; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; snacks to be eaten throughout the day (ex: trail mix, dried fruit, chocolate); roundtrip shuttle from our host resort to store for Day1 orientation; roundtrip transportation to/from our host resort and trailheads. 2-person tents; group cooking gear; group first aid kit, water filter; campsite and backcountry permit fees.

Not Included

Transportation from your hometown to group meeting point; insurance of any kind; first night accommodations; shuttles to/from hotels other than our host resort, energy bars/food & energy drinks; alcoholic beverages; soft drinks; guide gratuities and items of a personal nature.

Closest Airport(s)

Phoenix Sky Harbor, Phoenix

Qualifications

This trip is rated Moderate Plus [3-4]. Participants will be carrying their own backpacks weighing 35-40 pounds distances of 5-7 miles daily over varied terrain. To maximize your enjoyment of the trip, we strongly encourage participants to be involved in a training regimen before the trip. Most important to your enjoyment of the trip is your overall fitness level.

Weather

Daytime temperatures usually range between 50o –80o F but can sometime climb even higher. Evening temperatures drop into the 30s–40s or even lower. While rain in general is rare, there is always the possibility of rain, so adequate raingear is important, even in this arid landscape.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. A limited number of single accommodations are available, and are assigned only as necessary.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Weekend Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and detailed pre-trip information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Superstition Mountains Backpacking Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • Tents (3 season, 2 person)
  • Cooking gear
  • Stoves and fuel
  • Water filter
  • Group first aid kit
Backpacking Gear
  • Backpack: large internal frame or external frame (4000 – 6000 cu”)
  • Pack cover – waterproof
  • Lightweight compressible sleeping bag (rated around 20-35 F)
  • Sleeping pad
Outerwear
  • Rain jacket and pants, lightweight waterproof and breathable
Clothing
  • 1 pair hiking pants, synthetic, quick-drying, lightweight (zip-off legs)
  • 1 pair hiking shorts, synthetic, quick-drying, lightweight
  • 1-2 T-shirts, synthetic
  • Midweight fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • Mid- or lightweight thermal top and bottom made of synthetic or wool (weather dependent)
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat with brim
  • Wool or fleece hat and gloves
  • 2 changes of underwear
  • Hiking socks, 2 pairs of wool or synthetic
Footwear
  • Hiking boots: heavy duty, waterproof, and well broken-in, should rise above ankle
  • Camp shoes: comfortable lightweight sneakers or sport-type sandals
Travel Accessories
  • Three 1-quart water bottles or hydration system equivalent (recommended to bring one 1-quart bottle even with hydration system)
  • Headlamp with spare batteries and bulb
  • Plastic bowl, spoon, travel mug with lid
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Sunblock, small amount not the whole bottle, min SPF 25
  • Lip balm
  • Personal medications
  • Toothbrush & trial-sized paste
  • Pack towel and/or washcloth
  • Bandana
  • TP system: toilet paper, 1 Ziploc quart baggie (to hold roll of TP), 1 Ziploc gallon baggie, 1 opaque bag gallon or grocery bag, orange plastic trowel, hand sanitizing wipes
Optional Field Gear (think about weight)
  • Trekking Poles - Highly Recommended
  • Gaiters
  • Pocket knife or small multi-tool
  • Compass
  • Ear plugs
  • Camera and film (think weight)
  • Swim suit
  • Favorite energy snacks & powdered drinks
  • Clean shirt & flip flops or sandals (optional to leave in van and change into at trail’s end)

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

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  • Activity level (27)
  • Exceeded expectations (27)
  • Food (25)

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        • Active adventures (21), Destination (19), Travel with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts (19), I liked the itinerary (18), All the details planned for me (16)

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      5.0

      Great

      By WakingLife1234

      from Boston MA

      About Me First-Time Adventurer

      Pros

      • Exceeded Expectations
      • Food
      • Group Camaraderie
      • Guides

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          Comments about REI Adventures Superstition Mountains Backpacking:

          Everything was just great. From stumbing across Native American Rock art to sleeping under the stars to getting a great nights sleep and waking up early, wildlife, plants, 500 year old cactuses, amazing veiws, the best and most knowledgeable guides, everything.

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • Recommended by a Friend
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • It was the only one avalible last minute. I wanted to go to Iceland. Glad I didn't
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • The otherworldly enviroment. The opinional hike to the swimming hole
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • You won't regret it. Go on the optional hike. Bring a few extra ziplocs.
           
          5.0

          Best Trip Ever

          By hdeporter

          from Winnetka, Illinois

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Pros

          • Accommodations
          • Activity Level
          • Exceeded Expectations
          • Food
          • Group Camaraderie
          • Guides
          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
          • Quality Equipment Provided
          • Well Organized Itinerary

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              Comments about REI Adventures Superstition Mountains Backpacking:

              If you are considering this trip, don't think about it anymore and sign up!

                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                • I chose this trip because it happened to fall during my spring break. I am a high school senior and wanted to go on an adventure before college, so I thought going on a backpacking trip as a solo traveler would be perfect.
                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                • I had nothing bad to say about this trip. Every aspect--the people, guides, views, hikes, camp, food was phenomenal. Brian and Dove were the guides for this trip and they were both amazing. Every morning Brian tended to my blisters and both were so knowledgable about the Superstitions. I felt like I was in great hands and already miss them both dearly.
                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                • I experienced horrible blisters (my shoes were too worn out), so be prepared. Take the gear list seriously for an optimal time and bring trekking poles, they are a must.
                 
                5.0

                Unexpected Beauty!

                By Joe B 2

                from Prestonsburg, KY

                About Me Avid Adventurer, First-Time Adventurer

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                Pros

                • Accommodations
                • Activity Level
                • Exceeded Expectations
                • Food
                • Group Camaraderie
                • Guides
                • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                • Quality Equipment Provided
                • Well Organized Itinerary

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                    Comments about REI Adventures Superstition Mountains Backpacking:

                    I can't say enough about the guides! Chris, Sarah and Jeremy were outstanding! Their local knowledge, attentiveness, great sense of humor and obvious love for the job were infectious! The Mountains and Sonoran Desert were incredibly beautiful! We even developed an appreciation for the Cholla cactus...albeit from a distance! This was my wife's first overnight backpacking trip and because of this experience she is HOOKED and already planning our next REI adventure!

                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                    • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination
                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                    • We wanted to travel outside of our normal destinations on the East coast.
                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                    • Making the final climb out of the canyon and looking back toward Weaver's Needle, seeing all of the terrain we had crossed...then, looking forward to Canyon Lake and seeing the finish. It was beautiful and sad...because I knew the trip was almost at an end!
                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                    • PMA. Positive Mental Attitude! Plan on having fun!

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Magic in the Superstitions

                    By Chipotle Chuck

                    from Dallas, TX

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                    Pros

                    • Activity Level
                    • Exceeded Expectations
                    • Food
                    • Group Camaraderie
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                    • Well Organized Itinerary

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                        Comments about REI Adventures Superstition Mountains Backpacking:

                        Our guides, Brian and Brannon made this a spectacular trip for us. They were knowledgeable and experienced and attended to every detail. I particularly appreciated the knowledge they imparted to us. There were so many things that I would have walked right past and not noticed, but they turned the outdoors into a classroom and taught us a lot about the geology of the Superstitions, the history and mythology, and about the flora and fauna. They also fed us well! This was my first REI trip, and I was highly impressed. I feel like the trip was reasonably priced considering the level of service received. I will definitely travel with REI again.

                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                        • I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                        • The incredible view near the end of the trip.
                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                        • Train specifically for walking carrying a pack. Merely being in good cardiovascular condition is not enough.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Absolutely amazing backpacking trip!!

                        By Christina in Minnesota

                        from St. Paul, Minnesota

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                        Pros

                        • Activity Level
                        • Exceeded Expectations
                        • Food
                        • Group Camaraderie
                        • Guides
                        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                        • Quality Equipment Provided
                        • Well Organized Itinerary

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                            Comments about REI Adventures Superstition Mountains Backpacking:

                            This was our first REI trip - and it will definitely not be our last. We were incredibly impressed by the guides and how they managed to make us feel spoiled in the midst of desert wilderness. For example, Alex baked chocolate chip cookies with mesquite flour and carried them carefully wrapped and kept cool in a tin for TWO days before producing them during a "pack-off" break. "Peeps" also appeared at breakfast on Easter morning. Brian patiently and meticulously treated hot-spots on our feet - and calmly popped a dislocated should back into place after one of us slipped on a rock. And he also treated us to a dramatic telling of the legend of the Lost Dutchman mind at night around the campfire. The food was absolutely delicious and we all felt we ate way too much! The desert itself did not disappoint. Thanks to the right weather, we had a spectacular display of wildflowers that constantly stopped me in my tracks. I had nightmares about encountering a rattlesnake before the trip, but when I actually had a close encounter on the trail, I discovered that they will rattle a warning and you have plenty of opportunity to avoid a problem. We actually saw 4 rattlers on our trip - and no one was in danger. The amount of hiking each day is also very manageable. If at times you feel like you might be at your limit, be assured a break is near (our "pack-off" breaks were often in beautiful spots - under a canopy of trees, next to a stream where we could soak our feet). And our group also just spread out along the trail. One guide was always in the back to make sure everyone was safe. And we really appreciated the wisdom and experience of our guides - we came across more than one group of hikers who had lost their way and added miles and miles to their day of hiking. When we reached camp each day, I was always relieved to dump my back, but certainly not at a point of exhaustion. I'm not sure I can think of any problems. A few suggestions - bring a little bug spray, don't forget to grab hot chocolate/tea/creamer/sugar for evening and morning hot beverages. You'll be sorry if you don't have something! Definitely use hiking poles - they help so much on uphills and downhills - and there are LOTS of stream crossing. The REI tents they gave us were 2 person, not three person (as info said). That was fine (lighter weight), but it was a close fit for my husband and I. On our trip of 12, there were only two couples (including us), everyone else was traveling alone (in some cases, partners stayed home due to health or no interest). I do recommend staying at the Fiesta Resort. It's not a fabulous hotel, but it's nice enough. We came a day early and visited the Desert Botanical Gardens (the hotel shuttle gave us a ride there and back - we just had to wait if they needed to do an airport run). It was a great place to wander and get used to the heat - and start to familiarize ourselves with the flora of the desert (coming from Minnesota). I also recommend not flying back the night you get back, if you can avoid it. It was nice to be able to take a shower and relax by the pool a bit, rather than those that had to rush to the airport.

                            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                            • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                            • Why did you choose this trip?:
                            • We ended up selecting this trip mainly because of timing - I had a period of time when I could get away and I really wanted something active and outdoors, so I looked to see if REI had any trips available. This was the one that fit. Although the reason for selecting this trip wasn't particularly inspiring...we were thrilled with the decision.
                            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                            • Impossible to choose. The guides (Brian and Alex) were fantastic. They were friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and completely focused on giving us the best experience possible. The flora and fauna was spectacular - the wildflowers were in full bloom and we spotted Gila Monsters and rattlesnakes. And the interesting mix of other hikers in our group led to lots of laughs and shared experiences.
                            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                            • Go! Get yourself in shape and do some training hikes with a heavy pack. However, the pace is really comfortable, with plenty of stops and "pack-off" breaks. Be smart about what you pack - but bring layers. Our trip was the last of the season before it gets too hot, but the nights were still very cold - 90s in the day, 40s at night. Bring a little bug spray, we did encounter some mosquitos.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            another wonderful trip!

                            By Peggy R.

                            from southern california

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                                Comments about REI Adventures Superstition Mountains Backpacking:

                                This was the February 21-24 trip.

                                Another wonderful adventure with REI! Guides were great - Chris, Brian, Danny.

                                Thanks REI/Mariann for the very nice framed picture acknowledging my previous trips.

                                It took three times, but I think now I have experienced it all, including some Superstition secrets...

                                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                • 3rd time's a charm! This was my third trip here in four years...love the area this time of year...itinerary/trip level is perfect for me...
                                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                • snow!
                                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                • book this trip, even if you have little previous experience
                                 
                                5.0

                                Best trip ever!

                                By Christine L

                                from Winnipeg, MB

                                About Me First-Time Adventurer

                                Pros

                                • Accommodations
                                • Activity Level
                                • Exceeded Expectations
                                • Food
                                • Group Camaraderie
                                • Guides
                                • Quality Equipment Provided
                                • Well Organized Itinerary

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                                    Comments about REI Adventures Superstition Mountains Backpacking:

                                    I was floored by my surroundings. For someone who has never hiked/backpacked before, this trip was a great choice! Our guides (Chris, Brian, Jimmy) were very knowledgeable and provided the group with great tips before and during our hike. I also appreciated the history behind the Superstition Mountains and the stories told by the campfire. The food was terrific! Blueberry pancakes on our last morning, and toblerone s'mores in the evenings (brilliant!). Overall, I had an amazing experience!

                                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                    • Active Adventures, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Recommended by a Friend
                                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                    • Choosing Arizona for my first hiking trip was easy. I knew that the climate would be dry, and that it rarely rained there. The terrain was also just so vastly different from what I am usually exposed to. I also wanted to choose a trip that would be a good combination of physical challenge, education, and breathtaking views.
                                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                    • The learning experience, the physical challenge, and the breathtaking views.
                                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                    • I found it helpful to fill my backpack with 30 pounds of textbooks and do the stair-climber for 1-1.5 hours a day. Just getting use to the weight on my back helped with respect to balance - especially true when stepping stones to get across water, or on the last day of the hike where we were hiking downhill close to the edge with cactus on your one side and not a lot of room on your other side.
                                     
                                    5.0

                                    The hardest part was coming home!

                                    By Anu

                                    from Dublin, CA

                                    About Me Casual Adventurer

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                                    Pros

                                    • Accommodations
                                    • Activity Level
                                    • Exceeded Expectations
                                    • Food
                                    • Group Camaraderie
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                                    • Well Organized Itinerary

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                                        Comments about REI Adventures Superstition Mountains Backpacking:

                                        My trip experience was awesome. I had a wonderful experience right from my interactions with Martha over email and phone, our fabulous guides, Steve and Bailey, the group's camaraderie, the incredible variety in the fauna in the mountains, the places we picked for camping, the delicious food....Above all, just knowing that I was able to do it, and that it set me to want to do more!
                                        There could be a better sync-up between the literature that was sent to us prior to the trip and what to expect. For example, I carried a backpack that fit all the things that I was planning to take on the trip, but, I had no clue on what to expect as additional group gear and tent to be added. (Remember, first time backpacking!). I had no problems doing my part and carrying the stuff, but, would have liked to be better prepared instead of having to do some last minute scrambling in renting a backpack. Something along - expect to carry a tent and gear that weigh... would be nice for beginners.

                                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                        • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                        • This was my first backpacking trip. I had done long day hikes before, and was looking for a backpacking trip for beginners. Also, I was looking for something to coincide with my 40th birthday so I could set the trend for the rest of my 40s :)
                                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                        • EVERYTHING! Specifically, the incredible motivation that I received from everyone in the group though I was always the last to finish :)
                                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                        • Prepare for the trip by hiking on different terrains, particularly rocky and uneven terrains, and good downhill slopes. Also, make sure you practice with a 34 pound backpack for at least a couple of hikes.

                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Try to get Chris and Megan as guides

                                        By Jimmy L

                                        from Ridgeland, MS

                                        About Me First-Time Adventurer

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                                        Pros

                                        • Accommodations
                                        • Activity Level
                                        • Exceeded Expectations
                                        • Food
                                        • Group Camaraderie
                                        • Guides
                                        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                        • Quality Equipment Provided
                                        • Well Organized Itinerary

                                        Cons

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                                            Comments about REI Adventures Superstition Mountains Backpacking:

                                            Our guides Chris and Megan really made the trip special. The biggest surprise of the trip was the meals they prepared, they were all awesome. I also couldn't beleive it when Megan took my nasty dirty foot in her lap in the middle of a long hard day's hike and doctored on a blister on my big toe, ABOVE AND BEYOND.

                                            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                            • Recommended by a Friend
                                            • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                            • It fit in our groups schedule
                                            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                            • The guides were the highlight of the trip! The trip and scenery were amazing, but the guides truly made the trip. They challenged us so we felt true accomplishment while also keeping a close eye on safety and physical condition. They took time out to teach skills and enviromental awareness, but also joked around and made the trip fun.
                                            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                            • Purchase a quality 3 liter water bladder for your backpack in addition to the two 1 liter bottles the gear list suggest. You will need more water than the gear list recommends and the terrain is challenging so the conveneint tube to drink is needed. Trekking poles are an absolute must. I also highly recommend Chris and Megan as guides.

                                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Everyone Should Do This

                                            By ma5150

                                            from Omaha, NE

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                                            Pros

                                            • Activity Level
                                            • Exceeded Expectations
                                            • Food
                                            • Group Camaraderie
                                            • Guides
                                            • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                            • Well Organized Itinerary

                                            Cons

                                            • None

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                                              Comments about REI Adventures Superstition Mountains Backpacking:

                                              This was one of the best experiences we have ever had. Each one of the people we met were remarkable and a complete joy to spend three days with. Our guides (Steven & Alex) were awesome and knew their stuff. The views were incredible and neverending.
                                              If you are even remotely considering this trip, don't give it another thought - book it, now!

                                              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                              • Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                              • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                              • Wanted to experience the desert in a backcountry setting.
                                              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                              • Getting water from backcountry resources. You haven't lived until you filter water from a pool that your feet are soaking in! Take that Survivorman!
                                              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                              • Pack light and practice with a loaded backpack. Also, have good hiking boots and break them in. If there is one thing to spend extra money on, it is good boots. Keep your feet in good shape and the hiking is so much easier.

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