Backpacking trip for fathers to initiate and bond with their sons

“Do I have what it takes?”

Many men ask that question their entire life.

Don’t let your son be one of them.

We’ve felt the hurt of not being intentionally ushered into manhood by our fathers.

That’s why we created Back Country Backpacking, so your son can

engage and learn traits of Godly Manhood. Know his father’s approval and cross the threshold into manhood.

“The Back Country trip was the single most impactful experience that my son and I have ever had.”

– Back Country Backpacking 2017 Participant


JULY 29 – AUG 2, 2020

A landmark experience for fathers and their 12-14 year old sons

5 Day- 4 Night Backpacking Trip in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness in Colorado

$1200 per pair covers all meals, wilderness guides, facilitators, and materials

Space is limited to 6 Father – Son pairs

Early Bird Registration Rate of $1200 Ends March 1st. After March 1st price is $1400

Trip Details

Back Country create the space for the application of genuine masculine initiation. It’s designed as an intensive experience for both father and son. God the Father used the wilderness as the context for this Son’s preparation for ministry, and we believe there is not better place to help your son discover who he is becoming as a man. The aim of the adventure is to have the boys head into the wilderness but return as initiated men.


Back Country is truly a backpacking experience in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness area near Steamboat Springs, Colorado. We’ll hike above tree-line, fish pristine mountain lakes, and enjoy the rugged beauty of the Colorado Rockies. This is completely primitive with no facilities but the woods, however our wilderness guides provide delicious meals and outdoor skills-building so there is no need for prior backpacking experience. Ability to walk with a large 50 lb. backpack for 3-4 miles at a time at 10,000 feet elevation is required of both boys and dads.


In addition, fathers and sons will have separately facilitated times with our trained trail guides, inviting them deeper into the categories of Godly masculinity. We will be challenged to share our stories, consider how each man uniquely reflects the image of God, and utilize the elements of risk to usher the young men into true manhood. Our time together will culminate in a blessing ceremony during which each boy will be clearly called into manhood.


If you have any desire whatsoever to initiate your son into Godly manhood, then use this trip to catalyze the process. It is a great kickoff, culmination or somewhere in the middle of your son’s rites of passage experience. Father will receive pre-departure material, guided conversation suggestions, and trail guides to prepare for the journey.


Father will also receive a copy of The Man Maker Project: Boys are Born, Men are Made, so they are resourced and prepared to think intentionally about the Rites of Passage year for their sons. Prior to the expedition, a member of the Restoration Project team will connect with each father individually in order to best support him in our process of initiating his son.


No outdoor experience is necessary, through all participants must be physically able to carry a 50 lb. backpack and hike 3-5 miles a day. There will be other physical challenges included in this experience as well, though participants may opt out if needed.  We provide all group gear, all meals, and back country guides, thus creating the space for any father-son  pair to participate. Camping gear is NOT provided, though we can assist in finding rental if needed (you will receive a specific gear list in your welcome packet). Throughout the experience, we will share responsibilities amongst the group, including pitching tents, purifying water, cooking meals, etc.


Back Country Backpacking will begin in Fort Collins, Colorado, where we will gear up, load up and travel together to the trailhead in the Zirkel Wilderness. Transportation from Fort Collins to the river and back will be provided.

You’ll Leave Back Country With

Hours of connection with your son through free time, activity, and teaching

A deeper understanding of your powerful role as a dad

A son who knows how to be a man who brings life to those around him

Frequently Asked Questions


We keep the specifics a secret, but Back Country creates a space for you to engage your son through experience, powerful truths to learn, and plenty of free time to make memories. There are no “ra-ra” coming of age ceremonies where your son can’t come to bed until he kills an elk. But we do give you practical ways to engage your son and create spaces for you to affirm who God has made them to be.


We always ask the sons what their favorite part of Back Country was. Their overwhelming response is, “having time with my dad.” Back Country provides one-on-one time that you and your son crave.


No way. The outdoors are a great setting to be with your kids, but zero outdoor/wilderness experience is required for you to attend. Our guides are experienced and savvy so you don’t have to be. We’re happy to help provide any needed gear also.


We’d love to chat more with you if you have any questions. Please email Jesse at

He loves talking with folks about Back Country!

“Back Country was really meaningful. You get to learn more about your dad and more about your faith with God. Those are two great relationships that will be with you for the rest of your life.”

– son who attended Back Country 2017

What does Back Country Include?

The Fine Print

Upon registration, you will receive registration receipt. In the coming weeks, you will receive a gear list, trail and conversation guides, and preparation ideas. Bring your own gear is required (for tent-camping). No gear needed for food preparation. If you are out-of-state, please consult with us before booking your flights or arrange other travel. Contact us if you need assistance with any camping gear rental.

Register Today

With kids, days are long but years are short. Don’t miss this unique time in your kid’s life.