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Exciting New Adventures Coming in Spring 2015!

Spring Canyoneering season is just around the corner and the staff at Get In The Wild have been busy planning a variety of exciting new adventures that are guaranteed to delight.  From exciting hiking, backpacking, canyoneering and photography tours to family adventure vacations, vehicle basecamp safaris and hard core expeditions, we have trips and programs for adventurers of all ages, interests and skill levels.  Here is a sample of some of our exciting new programs:

Goblin's Lair/Chamber of the Basalisk

Hidden amongst the spectacular hoodos and mesas of Goblin Valley State park lies a truly fantastic canyoneering adventure.  Following a short and fun scramble through the Valley of the Goblins, we enter a beautiful slot canyon that disappears into a dark and mysterious chasm in the Earth.  It is here that we put on our canyoneering gear and rappel into this spectacular and awe-inspiring chamber that resembles a gothic cathedral.  The Goblins Lair and Chamber of the Basalisk is truly an unforgettable canyoneering adventure and like most of our trips is suitable for the entire family.


Hogwarts Canyon

Hogwart's canyon is magical new technical canyoneering route full of amazing surprises! Certain to provide a grand adventure for all who dare to explore it's hidden secrets. Some of it's unique features include an awe-inspiring rappel through a beautiful redrock arch, a semi-keeper pothole sure to get your attention and a 90 ft free rappel guaranteed to get your adrenaline flowing. Come join us for a grand canyoneering adventure at Hogwart's Canyon!


Happy Canyon

Many travelers and outdoor adventurers have seen or heard about one of the Southwest’s most beautiful slot canyons—Antelope Canyon located near Page, Arizona at the Navaho Tribal Park. Unbeknownst to most however is an amazing and spectacular canyon that is aesthetically very similar and just as beautiful—Happy Canyon located in the amazing Dirty Devil/Robbers Roost Wilderness. So, why should I go to Happy Canyon you might ask. For us, the answer is very simple and can be summed up in just a single word—solitude!  A trip to Happy Canyon provides a beautiful approach through one of America’s last known wilderness areas. During spring season, hikers are rewarded along the way with abundant wildflowers, unique and colorful collared lizards and something that can be found few other places—total and complete solitude. Trips to Happy canyon can be arranged as both single day trips and can also be combined as part of multi-day Backpacking trips and Canyoneering Safaris. Join us for an experience like no other—a fabulous wilderness trip to spectacular Happy Canyon!


Native American Indian Rock Art Tour

Over the past few years, many of you have been asking if we provide tours to Native American cultural sites. While most of our trips include visits to a variety of petroglyphs, pictographs and cliff dwellings, until now we have not had tours dedicated to this experience. The areas that we travel within the Greater Canyonlands region are characterized by a vast number of unique and beautiful sites. This area contains some of the oldest and highest concentrations of ancestral American Indian history located anywhere in the US.  National Park and Bureau of Land Management studies have estimated over 24 sites per square mile in this region dating to over 10,000 years old.  We are now offering programs as single day auto tours, hiking tours and multi-day backpacking trips. Register now and be a part of this exciting new experience beginning in spring 2015.

Plan your adventure today!  
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(Christopher Hagedorn) Get Wild News Mon, 09 Feb 2015 20:17:20 +0000
Check out our 2014 Canyoneering Schedule for Exciting Single and Multi-Day Tours in the Robbers Roost / Dirty Devil Wilderness Come and explore one of America’s most beautiful and amazing wilderness areas; a vast and extraordinary landscape of sweeping slickrock, beautifully sculpted sandstone cliffs and narrow twisting canyons that have challenged and amazed wilderness adventurers since the late 1800’s. Our adventures through this explorer’s paradise take us through some of the last known places to be mapped in the United States. Travelling through this region provides a feeling of remoteness, ruggedness and awe that are unmatched in the modern world. For many, their first experience in canyon country is transformational in nature. It becomes an intrinsic part of their heart and soul that serves to draw them back time and time again.

We have an exciting variety of canyoneering trip offerings in 2014 to suit most every wilderness traveller.  Some of our offerings include Canyoneering Day Trips, Multi-Day Tours, Family Adventure Tours, Photography Tours, Natural History Tours, Leadership Education and Yoga in the Wild Adventures. 2014 trips are booking fast.  Please contact us at: to book your trip, or for additional information.

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(Christopher Hagedorn) Get Wild News Sat, 08 Feb 2014 19:00:31 +0000
Fall 2013 Redrock Tours Unaffected By Federal Shut-down Join Get In The Wild on one of our exciting redrock tours during the months of October and November.  We operate in some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring wilderness areas in the Southwest--most of which are unaffected by the current governement shutdown.  From exciting slickrock hiking, canyoneering, backpacking and photography tours to natural history tours, Yoga In The Wild trips and family adventure vacations, we've got a trip for you!

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(Christopher Hagedorn) Get Wild News Thu, 10 Oct 2013 19:17:22 +0000
Redrock Photography Workshops Coming In Fall 2013 Photo Final

(Christopher Hagedorn) Get Wild News Sat, 21 Sep 2013 03:25:09 +0000
Get In The Wild To Be Featured On The Discovery Channel - Fall 2013 Exciting news for us at Get In The Wild.  We recently learned that one of our canyoneering videos will be featured on the Discovery Channel this fall.  They are producing a new wilderness survival program that will highlight a lone that is dropped off somewhere in the middle of nowhere.  This individual will be given 100 hours to successfully escape his situation.  Discovery requested to use our video to highlight some of the hazards he or she might face.  Pretty cool!




(Christopher Hagedorn) Get Wild News Sun, 25 Aug 2013 16:47:44 +0000
Glacier Peak & North Cascades Adventures - Free Info Session! Want to experience the adventure and solitude of climbing the most remote volcano in Washington—Glacier Peak?  Want to climb Mt. Fury, Eldorado or other majestic, glaciated alpine peaks in the spectacular and awe-inspiring North Cascades?  Looking to have fun in the mountains, learn essential safety skills and experience the camaraderie and power of the "team"?  Come learn about these exciting alpine destinations in this free informational seminar.

Join us on Tuesday, June 25th, 6:30 PM at Marmot Mountain Works in Bellevue, Washington.  Marmot is located at 827 Bellevue Way, NE, Bellevue, WA.

Register for one of our trips at the information session and save $100. (Requires 50% deposit.) 

For more information please contact us at , or (818) 381-WILD.

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(Christopher Hagedorn) Get Wild News Fri, 21 Jun 2013 00:49:19 +0000
Family Snowshoe Adventures In The North Cascades Come and discover the beauty and magic of winter on a Family Snowshoeing Adventure in the North Cascades.  On this unique wilderness adventure, you will learn how to safely ascend and descend mountainous terrain, keep track of your position even if your route becomes obscured by new fallen snow, winter hazard awareness, winter preparedness and snowshoe equipment use and care.  Additionally, Get In The Wild’s expert instructors will share their knowledge of the mountains and guide you to some of the most secret and unexplored areas of the North Cascades.  Join Get In The Wild Adventures for an amazing wilderness snowshoe adventure that you and your family will always remember.  (818) 381-WILD.  

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(Christopher Hagedorn) Get Wild News Tue, 15 Jan 2013 02:39:12 +0000
Fall Canyoneering Trips Start Soon; Join Us For a Wilderness Redrock Vacation You Won't Soon Forget Including Our Highly Sought Canyoneering Basecamp Adventure! Canyoneering Basecamp adventures are some of our most exciting and sought after trips that we offer in the spectacular redrock canyons of southern Utah. The following are a few of the many things that we provide on a custom canyoneering basecamp adventure:

  • Guaranteed solitude in some of the most beautiful, rugged and unexplored regions of the Colorado Plateau. Some of the areas that we operate include the Dirty Devil Wilderness, Robbers Roost Wilderness, Fiddler Butte Wilderness and French Springs Wilderness. We are also the only guide service operating in many of these areas.
  • Flexibility in your daytime activities. We can put together a diverse variety of day trip options from easy to difficult that include slickrock hiking, desert hiking, canyoneering, natural history, or photography. Additionally, if anyone in your group has an interest in yoga we can also include some complimentary Yoga In The Wild in your itinerary. We offer wilderness-based yoga retreats and adventures and can incorporate this into guests schedules who have interest.
  • Luxurious basecamp complete with camp kitchen, drinking water, hot showers, lounge chairs and bathroom facilities.
  • Healthy and delicious meals which include a hot breakfast and dinner each day as well as a packed lunch for our daily hiking adventure.
  • Campfires complete with good conversation as well as a variety of tasty treats to enjoy around the fire.

Join us this Fall for a wilderness adventure vacation of a lifetime with Get In The Wild Adventures.  (818) 381-WILD. 

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(Christopher Hagedorn) Canyoneering Tue, 18 Sep 2012 02:51:41 +0000
3 Reasons to Practice Yoga In The Wild As yoga steadily gains popularity, yoga studios are saturating the market like Starbucks. The abundance of studios makes it tempting to keep your practice confined within four walls.  While many yoga studios are cozy, serene and welcoming places, studios can't compete with the awe-inspiring beauty of nature that is ever present. As Labor Day approaches, you may be looking towards the fall but don't discount summer yet! There is still plenty of time left to take your practice outside into the days of summer. And there are plenty of reasons to do so.

  • Sun – Nothing new here but a reminder that vitamin D provides many physical and mental health benefits.  Don't forget to apply a natural sunscreen before stepping outside.
  • Mix it up – Perhaps you are like me and you have reached periods of burnout from your yoga practice. As the teacher guides you through another sun salutation you are secretly thinking "How many of these have I done in class already today?  Can't we do something different?"  By taking your mat outside, you add variety to your practice and take preventative measures against yoga burnout.
  • Birds and Bees–When you practice outside, you are connecting with the roots of your being - all of our beings – Mother Earth.  Take the time to reconnect with nature. Close your eyes and take in the sounds of the birds calling in the distance, the scent of fragrant blossoms, and the feeling of the subtle breeze on your skin. Let life be simple.

Now that I have convinced you to get outside, you might be wondering where or how to practice outside. Here are my suggestions:

  • Check with local yoga studios- Many studios are starting to offer outdoor yoga classes in the summer.
  • Gather a group of friends – Round up your nearest and dearest yoga buddies for a fun, impromptu outdoor gathering.
  • Hire a Teacher – If you can't find any outdoor yoga classes, propose the idea to your favorite yoga teacher or hire a teacher!
  • Retreat to the outdoors – Find a retreat that takes place outside (camping, in the jungle, at the beach, etc.) or incorporates outdoor yoga classes as part of the retreat.

Bio:  Melissa is looking forward to taking her yoga practice outside this fall at the Red Rock Yoga and Hiking Retreat in otherworldly Goblin Valley, Utah with Get In The Wild Adventures. Besides practicing yoga with goblins, Melissa founded and directs the Northwest Yoga Conference which takes place in the Seattle, WA area each February.



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(Melissa Phillips) Yoga In The Wild Wed, 22 Aug 2012 05:19:37 +0000
Join us in 2012 for Exciting Canyoneering Trips in Capitol Reef National Park Great news for fans of the beautiful and awe-inspiring red-rock canyons of Southern Utah.  We just received our 2012 Commercial Use Permit for Capitol Reef National Park.  We have a variety of exciting canyoneering trips planned which include some of the best slot-canyons in the Southwest.   

For those unfamiliar with the park, it is characterized by colorful sandstone formations, cliffs, canyons, ridges, buttes and monoliths.  It’s most stunning geologic feature is a 100 mile long warp in the Earth’s crust known as the Waterpocket Fold.  This 65 million year old fold is the largest exposed monocline in the North America.  It is comprised of younger and older layers of the Earth’s crust which were folded over each other in an S-shape.  This striking geologic feature was probably caused by the same collision of continental plates that created the Rocky Mountains.  It has weathered and eroded over melinnea to expose a fascinating amalgam of brilliantly colored sandstone cliffs and canyons, gleaming white domes and contrasting layers of intricately shaped rock and sand.



(Christopher Hagedorn) Canyoneering Wed, 29 Feb 2012 03:51:08 +0000
WILDERNESS GUIDES / INSTRUCTORS NEEDED North American Wilderness Leadership School is looking for qualified instructors, interns and assistants to help us with our 2012 wilderness education programs. We have a diverse list of sixteen different wilderness education courses and guided trips that include Alpine Mountaineering, Canyoneering, Backpacking, Scrambling, Winter Mountaineering, Photography, Natural History and Wilderness Leadership. If you have an interest in helping others learn essential outdoor skills, are looking to improve your own skills, or are interested in a career in wilderness education, please contact us at: , or (360) 391-0124. For more information please visit our website at: Job descriptions can be downloaded at: Home Page/Resources/Employment.

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(Christopher Hagedorn) Get Wild News Thu, 23 Feb 2012 20:40:33 +0000
New 2012 Trip Offerings in North Cascades National Park Great news for fans of North Cascades National Park and Picketeers everywhere! We just received word that our Commercial Use Permit for 2012 has been approved. For those looking for a well-rounded mix of backpacking through old-growth forests, hard-core steep bushwhacking through Devils Club and a wide variety of dense vegetation, magnificent alpine traverses, glacier mountaineering and alpine rock climbing--join us for one of North America's greatest adventures in the summer of 2012.

(Christopher Hagedorn) Get Wild News Sun, 05 Feb 2012 08:15:44 +0000
Welcome to the "Get In The Wild Newswire" At North American Wilderness Leadership School we are proud to provide a great social networking platform that makes staying in touch fun and easy for the Get in the Wild Community. These features provide a covenient way for our community to get involved and keep up to date on new courses, programs, gear reviews and what all of our friends are up to. Specific features include the Get In The Wild Blog, Facebook style networking, photo gallery, video galley, private groups and event management. Feel free to set up your free profile and explore our great wilderness adventure community.

Christopher Hagedorn
Founder & President
North American Wilderness Leadership School

(Christopher Hagedorn) Get Wild News Fri, 27 Jan 2012 04:41:13 +0000