Bay Area Expeditions

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Lingkai Z. ·
Reviewed October 20, 2014
The trip was well planned. However, not much outdoor survival skill been taught.


Veronica E. ·
Reviewed August 4, 2013
First time backpacking.. My boyfriend wanted to experience it so I decide to buy it for his bday.. Glad it was on groupon cause it made it more economical to go.. Had the best experience ever.. Great trainer would probably do it all over again..:)


Anitra S. · 5 reviews TOP REVIEWER
Reviewed June 14, 2013
It was a great experience!

What You'll Get

Lewis and Clark were both hobbled during their great expedition—Clark, from resentment at his second billing, and Lewis from a Lego slipped into his hiking boot by Clark. Enjoy noncompetitive nature excursions with today's Groupon: for $170, you get a two-day Big Sur backpacking trip plus outfitting and meals from Bay Area Expeditions (a $370 value). Pioneers can meet at the company’s Haight Street office for a lift for an additional $30 fee (not included with your Groupon) or opt to drive ahead and join the group at the Starbucks in King City or directly at the trail head.

Bay Area Expeditions corrals up to 16 adventurers for a two-day excursion through the California Coastal Range. The low-impact jaunt, which spans six mostly flat miles round-trip, makes an ideal introduction to backpacking skills for beginners and the perfect outdoor playing field for tiddlywinks. Seasoned outdoorsmen lead the shade-parade through the area's redwood-rainforest ecosystem, tossing over juicy acorns and information about the landscape’s history and woodsy residents. At night, safari-goers can nosh on provided meals and catch Zs in a teepee that can house six–eight people or one entire grizzly bear.

Adventurers hike only early and late in the day, opting to relax near the camp or partake in voluntary classes when the sun is at its highest and most choleric. Optional day hikes furnish opportunities for hikers to learn survival tactics, including logistics, planning, and how to win a staring contest against a waterfall. Two-day expeditions usually set out on Saturdays; outdoorspeople should check the schedule before calling to make a reservation. Although Bay Area Expeditions outfits explorers with most of the essential camping equipment (including a compact, solar-powered SunShower), they should peruse the recommended gear list on the expedition page for a complete list of what to bring.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Jul 12, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Subject to availability and weather. 2-week cancellation notice required. Must be 18 or older. Must sign waiver. Must notify merchant of any prior health issues in advance. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Bay Area Expeditions

Bay Area Expeditions' experienced outdoorsmen, with backgrounds ranging from U.S. military service to botany education, lead students on instructional excursions to bolster wilderness-survival skills. Classes help students identify edible or medicinal plants, earn ASHI certification for first aid, or learn primitive skills. Overnight [expeditions] lead guests beneath the starry skies of Big Sur or snowshoeing tours through the Sierra Nevadas’ snow-dusted basins.

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