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We feel that our offerings are more important than ever as many people are experiencing significantly elevated levels of stress and anxiety related to the coronavirus.

Our trips offer a respite to disconnect from the constant barrage of provoking news headlines and connect to the healing power of nature. Research shows that spending just 20 minutes in nature provides stress relief through the lowering of cortisol (a stress hormone) in the body. Imagine what a full day of fresh air and sunshine can do to refuel your spirit.

The occurrence of the coronavirus provides an opportunity for all of us to examine our health-related habits as they relate to not only the coronavirus but the cold and flu as well. It is important that we all take steps to maintain individual and community health. Our guests' health, safety and well-being are of the highest priority to us.

Here at Get in the Wild, we are making a few adjustments with this in mind:

First, as the global community works to minimize the spread of the coronavirus, any half- or full-day trips that are booked for dates in March, April and May will receive a complimentary upgrade to a private booking. This means that it is extremely unlikely that you will encounter another human being, besides your guide, during your adventure. We hope that this provides guests with peace of mind to relax and enjoy their experience without concerns about the health of other guests. Please note that all half- and full-day trips still require a minimum of two guests per booking.

Second, we will be implementing a deeper cleaning of guest canyoneering equipment after each trip. While we are fortunate to guide adventures in a sunny environment, which in and of itself provides a level of protection from the virus as the sun's ultra-violet rays destroy the virus' proteins within minutes, we will be spraying equipment with coronavirus-specific disinfectant between trips as an extra precaution.

Third, any guest booked for a trip in March, April, or May can opt to reschedule their adventure to a later date, within the next 12 months, without additional fees. Date changes must be requested at least 21 days in advance of the scheduled trip.

We encourage travelers to make informed decisions and take the precautions they feel are necessary for their health and safety. Get In The Wild's doors remain open and committed to offering wilderness adventures in an extraordinary landscape.

Christopher Hagedorn
Owner/Lead Guide
Get In The Wild

(Christopher Hagedorn) Get Wild News Fri, 13 Mar 2020 19:23:54 +0000
A New Horizon - How Get in the Wild Was Created

Wow—what an amazing journey it has been over the past ten years. Little did I know then that I would be leading a small, outdoor adventure company in the remote, tiny little town of Hanksville, Utah—population 260.

No, I didn’t choose Hanksville on purpose—it chose me. More on that later...

I had just been laid off from my job as a city Public Works Director following the economic downturn in 2009. While at the time I assumed I would continue on in my pursuit as an engineer, and NASA astronaut candidate, that was all about to change. Following an extensive three day interview process for the City Manager position in Leavenworth, WA--I came in second, and a job offer from the City of Laguna Beach, CA for their Publics Works Director position--I turned it down, something life changing came over me. I had spent the last thirty years of my life on a journey to achieve one of life’s greatest adventures and become a United States Astronaut. This was all I knew. It was the first time that I came to the realization that I probably wouldn’t achieve this goal in my life. After all, I had applied to NASA three times already—the last one of 8500 applicants, our country no longer had a spaceship, and I wasn’t getting any younger. As I look back today, I consider this awakening my “mid-life epiphany”. With this new awakening, and the freedom it realized, my first ever business—Get In The Wild—was born.

The idea of starting an outdoor adventure company was easy. After all, from as early as I could remember I always had a passion for exploration in the outdoors. Throughout my youth I was always the one organizing trips and trying to convince friends and family to join me on wild, remote expeditions. Equally apparent was the types of tours and classes I wanted to offer as well as their location. I had become an accomplished alpine mountaineer in the Pacific Northwest and could never get enough of climbing and crawling through southern Utah’s amazing canyon country.

The specific location of where to guide in southern Utah was initially a bit more daunting. Everywhere within this vast and otherworldly landscape seemed ideal. Developing Get In The Wild’s mission is what made the process easy. I pulled out my maps and decided “where not to go”. I quickly eliminated all of the most popular and overcrowded destinations that already had plenty of guide services. Just about center of the Colorado Plateau geographically was this equally beautiful and amazing wilderness area that had just as much to offer with one small difference—there weren’t any people. Very few had heard about the fascinating landscape that comprised the Dirty Devil/Robbers Roost Wilderness. At the time I didn’t even realize it had an extremely unique quality that even fewer people knew about—solitude is protected here. Yes, you heard that right, solitude, the essence of untouched wilderness had a federally designated protection here. How cool was that? ...and yes, the nearest town just happened to be Hanksville.

This past year I was looking to create GITW’s first professional, technical canyoneering video. As part of this process I looked at one of our wonderful partners—the Utah Office of Tourism (UOT). I knew the Visit Utah website was a treasure trove of wonderful travel information for the state of Utah. I recalled seeing a variety of professional, outdoor videos on the site and took another look. I quickly discovered that the state didn’t have a technical canyoneering video. This seemed to present a great win, win opportunity as the state of Utah is one of the best canyoneering destinations on the planet. I reached out to one of my contacts there, proposed a canyoneering video collaboration, and we were off and running. We spent five, long and very rewarding days filming at this incredible outdoor landscape that I am fortunate to call my office and my home. A requisite for filming was to keep specific filming locations private to protect this area’s unique and invaluable resources. Since the birth of GITW, it’s been our mission not to reveal specific locations that we travel in an effort to protect them for future generations of Americans. I hope you enjoy the new video as well as the new website pages that were created for the project. They do a great job of capturing this very special landscape as well as a few of the exciting activities we take in along the way.

Christopher Hagedorn
Owner, Lead Guide
Get In The Wild

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(Christopher Hagedorn) Get Wild News Fri, 21 Feb 2020 15:52:09 +0000
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Exciting news! Beginning in the summer of 2019, Get In The Wild will offer the first guided technical canyoneering adventures in the Pacific Northwest (PNW). The tours will be offered in the spectacular North Cascade Mountains near Seattle, Washington. The North Cascades offers some of the most magnificent, remote and awe-inspiring alpine landscapes in America.

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Jagged peaks, cascading waterfalls, wild and remote glaciers are a few of the beautiful landforms that comprise this amazing area. With over 300 glaciers in an area of 684,000 acres, the North Cascades is the premier destination for alpine canyoneering in North America

Get In The Wild offered it’s first canyoneering courses in the PNW in 2010. As the only local, PNW-based canyoneering company, we have spent the past twenty-three years in this amazing backcountry. We have combined knowledge, skills and experience taken from our alpine mountaineering and glacier climbing programs to create the first Alpine Canyoneering Program in America. We are excited to share this knowledge and experience as part of a newly designed Alpine Canyoneering Training Program. This program will provide the most comprehensive set of canyoneering skills designed specifically for PNW canyoneering. The program will include three separate 4-day modules including: (1) basic canyoneering skills and ropework, (2) swiftwater skills and (3) alpine skills. The 4-day program length is designed for flexibility to provide students with options tailored to their individual backgrounds and expereince.

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Over the past twenty-three years we have learned in order to safely experience the rugged and wild landscapes of the PNW, one has to be very well-rounded with a comprehensive set of wilderness skills. To visit these areas often requires skills in off-trail bushwhacking, backpacking, rock climbing, ice-climbing, canyoneering and glacier mountaineering. We have brought together skills from each of these fundamental areas in creating this exciting new Alpine Canyoneering program—the first of its kind in the PNW and North America. We are very excited to share this knowledge with intrepid, wilderness explorers who share our passion for exploring and experiencing some of the most spectacular and unexplored landscapes in Washington state and the Planet.

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(Christopher Hagedorn) Get Wild News Sun, 17 Feb 2019 20:30:10 +0000
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Join us for an action-packed adventure in the canyon made famous by Aron Ralston in the epic Hollywood movie—127 Hours. Bluejohn Canyon is a physically challenging canyoneering adventure that includes tight narrow slots, exciting potholes, spectacular down-climbs and awe-inspiring rappels. This fun, technical slot-canyon has some of the most beautiful slots in the spectacular Robbers Roost Wilderness made famous by another Hollywood epic—Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid. This amazing canyon system includes three separate forks that can be enjoyed as a single-day, or multi-day adventure.

Register Today at:

(Christopher Hagedorn) Get Wild News Tue, 18 Dec 2018 20:53:48 +0000
3 Reasons Fall is the Perfect Time to Visit Southern Utah
  • Fewer Crowds:  Tourism in Southern Utah peaks in spring after winter has melted away and the wildflowers are blooming, and in summer when kids are out of school and parents rely on the great outdoors for family time. Fall is a quieter season in canyon country and offers more breathing room and solitude to explore the vast wilderness. Enjoy fewer cars on the road, no lines to get in and better rates for lodging!DSC 9874 edit
  • Ideal Weather:  Strong gusts of winds howl through Southern Utah during the springtime but tend to dissipate in the fall. Additionally, temperatures are typically 70-75 degrees with sunshine making for pleasant adventures in canyon country. IMG 4492 edit 960
  • Fall Colors:  When thinking about the best places to see fall colors in the country, red rock country is not what usually comes to mind, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. There is a range of opportunities to admire the cottonwood and aspens turning from green to golden in Southern Utah. The canyons are dotted with grand cottonwoods that make a striking contrast against the warm red canyon walls. Drive up into the Henry Mountains to admire a forest of aspens making the transition to fall.IMG 0803 edit 960
  • If you are visiting Southern Utah during the fall season, we would love to have you join us on a canyon adventure. You can find more details about Get In the Wild’s offerings at



    (Christopher Hagedorn) Get Wild News Wed, 01 Aug 2018 17:51:54 +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.



    (Christopher Hagedorn) Get Wild News Wed, 01 Aug 2018 17:47:43 +0000
    Your Canyon Country Adventure Starts Here!


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    Exciting New Adventures Beginning Spring 2017!

    Great news!  Beginning in March 2017, Get In The Wild was granted a Commercial Use Permit to operate in the magnificent, remote and awe-inspiring San Rafael Swell adjacent to Robber's Roost Country.  The "Swell" is a 75 mile long by 40 mile wide anticline, or uplift in the Earth's surface that have eroded the surrounding terrain into a spectacular labyrinth of colorful valleys, canyons, mesas and buttes.  A myriad of new places to explore are located in this wild, undiscovered landscape.  New tours for spring 2017 include The Occulus, Zero Gravity, Five-Window Arch and a new Outlaw Tour to Bill Tibbett's Cave--the last of the Robber's Roost outlaws.

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    Popular spring Canyoneering Adventures:

    Photography Workshop with Bill Church
    May 5-7, 2017
    Due to the great success of our 2016 Photography Workshop with Bill Church Photography, we have scheduled another 3-day photography workshop at the Robber's Roost/Dirty Devil Wilderness.  During this workshop, we will cover camera functions, depth of field, night photography, light painting, digital editing, and image composition.  All experience levels are welcome.

    Spectacular Sunrise Over Robber's Roost

    Accommodations will be Basecamp-style.  We will set-up camp in a remote, wilderness location and explore from there.  It is the best of both worlds - you get to experience solitude at it's finest, but don't have to worry about fitting all of your camping and photography gear into a single backpack. Book your reservation now and save your spot for this exciting and informative adventure!

    Introduction to Technical Canyoneering
    April 28-30, 2017
    Want to explore some of the North America’s most spectacular and awe-inspiring technical canyons with names such as Leprechaun, Larry, Bluejohn, Chambers and Mindbender? Looking to have fun in the canyons, learn essential safety skills, and experience the unique camaraderie and power of the “team”?  This course will provide you a well-rounded base of technical canyoneering and canyon leadership skills that are essential for achieving these goals.

    Have We Mentioned That Canyoneering Is Fun!  

    Unlike many courses which are taught at climbing walls, this course is taught in actual technical slot canyons.  Matter of fact, the areas we teach in have some of the best technical slot canyons on the planet.  We believe there is no substitute for learning canyoneering in actual canyons.  We're confident that once you see our incredible outdoor, wilderness classroom, you too will agree.  We only have a few spots remaining for our April 28-30 course.  Register today to reserve your spot!

    Yoga In The Wild Retreat
    May 17-21, 2017
    ~Taking your practice out of the studio and into the Wild

    • Experience yoga in a beautiful & transformative setting
    • Explore the dramatic landscape of the Greater Canyonlands Wilderness
    • Discover hidden slot canyons and Native American cultural sites
    • Enjoy solitude in one of the most the beautiful and unexplored regions of the Colorado Plateau
    • Relax in great company and camp under the stars
    Adventure, joy, relaxation--these are a few words that describe the unique experience awaiting you on a Yoga in the Wild outdoor adventure retreat. 

    Yoga In The Wild - Goblin Valley State Park

    Combine yoga practice with hiking and exploration in a transformational setting that encourages attendees to cultivate mindfulness in the present moment.  Take a break from the daily barrage of information and discover yourself anew in the spectacular redrock canyons.

    Reservations are available for all of our most popular programs including half, single and multi-day canyoneering adventures; technical canyoneering courses, wilderness backpackingvehicle basecamp safaris and Yoga In The Wild trips and retreats. Drop us an email at and start planning your next adventure!

    Plan your adventure today!  
    Send us an email at , or call us at (818) 381-WILD for more information.

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    (Christopher Hagedorn) Get Wild News Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:27:37 +0000
    Visit Robber's Roost Country! 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
    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