Duration: 3 Days Price: $1099Dates: 4.27.2011, 6.22.2012, 9.28.2012, 6.1.2013
Safari in the US in the unreal landscapes of the Black Rock Desert.
We take care of Everything: Bay Area Expeditions will take care of transportation to the trail head from the Bay Area, meals in the field and at camp, and high end camp and outdoors equipment (such as the teepee's we will stay in). Highly modified 4WD vehicles & trained off-road drivers will be provided for back country touring. Most importantly - we have expert guides on staff. All you have to bring is clothing.
On any given trip you may camp at an oasis or soak in natural hot springs. This region of the USA has natural wetlands, vast dry lake beds, abandoned ghost towns and a surprising abundance of flora and fauna. We commonly see pronghorn antelope, wild horses, chukars, birds of prey, cottontails, jackrabbits, coyote, bighorn sheep, and a vast variety of lizards while on these trips. Participants will tour vast expanses of uninhabited, undeveloped desert back-country. Day time activities will include touring the back country, seeing sites, optional survival classes, and time relaxing at the hot springs. There are trails all over the interior of the desert which have been long established by horses, wagons, and 4WD vehicles. Hikes take place early and late in the day in the warmer months.
Education: Learn About the History of the Landscape: The Great Basin Desert also has a rich natural and human history. We'll teach the history of the region as we travel on segments of the Historic Pony Express and Immigrant Trails, and alongside stretches of the Pacific Railway. The names of everything in the western Nevada desert are a link to history - Fireball Ridge, Massacre Ranch, Soldier Meadows, and Nightingale mountains. We will tell you the stories of the people behind the names Truckee, Reno, Winnemucca, Washoe County, and recount the legendary history of the Paiute, settlers, California and Oregon Immigrant trail travelers, silver miners, rail workers, Pony Express riders and even Basque sheep herders. From a natural history perspective this region of the world is fascinating.
Training: you will also receive basic desert expeditionary training, emphasizing logistics & planning, basic introduction to desert survival, as well as skills for dealing comfortably with the desert.