WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE COST?
Fun. Adventure. The trip of a lifetime.
2 Professional guides with extensive park knowledge
All lodging and vehicle transportation during the trip
Vehicle transportation to and from Las Vegas Airport.
All breakfasts and dinners
Plenty of healthy snacks to fuel our activities
Opening night welcome party
Jeeps, tents, and sleeping pads for a special overnight excursion into the backcountry
Travelers must cover additional snacks (but we'll have a ton), alcoholic beverages, airfare, and travel insurance.
Other than that, we got you covered!
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FOR LODGING?
Most of our accommodations are rustic yet comfortable. This is an adventure after all. The first two nights will be spent in simple guest rooms in the desert, night three will be in simple canvas cabins with cots, night four will be in tents deep in the park, and night five will wrap at a comfortable Inn just outside the park. You should expect to share spaces with one or two other guests, but you will always have your own bed, cot, or sleeping pad.
WHAT KIND OF SHAPE DO I NEED TO BE IN?
Nearly all programming on our adventure is optional. That said, you will enjoy the trip a lot more if you are able to tag along on most things. Our trips are not designed for hard core trail junkies and endurance athletes but we do keep an active schedule and we're on the move almost all day. We do recommend that you are able to do a 15 mile hike at an average pace (with plenty of snacks and water breaks in between). For trail running, all paces are welcome! Ideally you run a handful of times a week and feel comfortable with distances between three and ten miles. We keep a guide at the front and one in the rear so that no runner or hiker is left behind. The runs we have scheduled on our trip range from 3.5 miles to 6 miles with plenty of opportunities to stop, catch your breath and take in the sights. Highline is a proudly inclusive company and we do our best to accommodate and make everyone feel welcome. If you are unsure about whether you will be able to enjoy yourself on our trip, shoot us an email! firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT ABOUT INTERNET AND PHONE RECEPTION?
Our trips are intentionally designed to help you unplug. Most of the trip will take place in remote parts of Death Valley National Park where cell service is limited or nonexistent. We cannot guarantee you will be able to connect at any given time but we do pass through areas with cell reception about once a day.
WHAT IF I’M NOT IN THE MOOD TO GO ON ONE OF THE RUNS OR HIKES?
Not a problem! We want you to enjoy yourself and all activities are optional with the exception of when were are moving as a group to another part of the park.
HOW ARE THE RUNNING CONDITIONS?
The altitude in Death Valley is extremely varied: there will be hills, flat areas and some technical terrain. Because of this we like to take a leisurely pace (somewhere around a 10 minute mile) and enjoy the scenery. Prior trail running experience is not necessary but trail running shoes are recommended.
HOW INTENSE ARE THE HIKES?
Many of the hikes are short distances around 5 miles or less. Altitude can add to the intensity. Weather permitting we intend to include one multi-hour 8.4 mile hike to one of the tallest peaks in the park.
WILL THERE BE SHOWERS?
At most of our overnight accomodations, showers are available. There will be one night (when we camp), when showers and running water are not available.
CAN I BRING MY COMPUTER?
If you must, but our goal here is to unplug. Probably best to leave it at home and not worry about it.
IF LIFE GETS IN THE WAY OR SOMETHING COMES UP, CAN I CANCEL?
Cancellations within 7-days of booking will receive a full-refund, minus a 2.9% credit card processing fee.
After the 7-day window, deposits are non-refundable.
Cancellations after the 7-day window and prior to 60-days before the trip start will receive a 50% refund*
60-days or less from the start of the trip, there are No Refunds.
*Applicable only if your balance has been paid in full and on time. If the balance has not been paid and you have to cancel, we will retain the full deposit.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PACK?
The temperature in Death Valley can have some wild swings depending on where you are in the park: average high and low for this time of year is 82h/55l. Temps can be higher in the lower areas and much cooler in the higher altitudes making layers really important. We prefer trail running shoes over hiking boots along with a comfortable pair of sneakers or sandals for hanging out at night. A couple layerable running / hiking outfits, socks for each day, a bathing suit and a midweight jacket should just about have you covered. A sleeping bag rated down to 30 degrees or less will be necessary for two of the nights and a hydration pack or large water bottle is required. It's required that you are able to pair down your packed goods into a 60L duffle bag and a day-pack. If you need to check a bag, you’ve over-packed. Once your trip is confirmed we send along a comprehensive packing list to help you get ready.
SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDES?
While tips are greatly appreciated, they are not expected. If you choose to tip on a retreat lead by our co-founders, your tip will be donated to The Conservation Alliance's Public Lands Defense Fund.
CAN I ARRIVE EARLY OR LEAVE LATE?
Get in touch and let us know what you’re thinking. We’ll do our best to help accommodate special requests or help you plan your stay in the event that you want to add on extra nights.
WHAT ABOUT SAFETY?
Safety and your enjoyment on this adventure is our primary concern. Our guides are WFA (wilderness first aid) certified, we keep a watchful eye on the weather and conditions and talk to the local Park Rangers to insure all activities are as safe as possible. We also carry 2-way radios and / or GPS distress beacons to alert 911 in case of an emergency. We ask that our fellow travelers follow our lead of responsible enjoyment of our wilderness areas and don’t put themselves in dangerous situations.