The CamelBak PURSUIT Series is Like Summer Camp for Adults — Here’s the 2018 Lineup

camelbak pursuit series kayaking
The Outbound Collective/Facebook
Thirty years ago, CamelBak pioneered the concept of building a water bladder into a backpack. Athletes and adventurers instantly latched on, and other pack manufacturers have been playing catch-up ever since.

My first experience with CamelBak was sneaking beer into the college stadium for football game shenanigans. (Sigh … it was a simpler time.) I thought of it as a guilty pleasure — a CamelBak hack, if you will. But as it turns out, that spirit of fun has always been an integral part of CamelBak’s brand.

In recent years, CamelBak joined forces with The Outbound Collective to launch the PURSUIT Series. Billed as an outdoor adventure camp for grown-ups, PURSUIT brings together committed athletes, weekend warriors, outdoor  enthusiasts, and social butterflies who prefer to meet new friends in the wild.

For three days this summer, outdoorsy types of all skill and experience levels can explore their edges, expand their horizons, and hang out with like-minded adventurers. Classes, gear, and instruction are all included in the entrance fee, as are meals/snacks/morning coffee, an open bar, and even luxury “glamping” accommodations. (Those who prefer roughing it can BYOT.) It’s like Sandals Resort, only better in every possible way.

PURSUIT features over 100 different field sessions guided in small groups by expert professional instructors — no prior experience necessary. Hardcore endurance athletes can expand their inner depths through meditation workshops. Yogis can up their balance game with slacklining and stand-up paddleboarding. Backpackers can add a new element to their outdoor experience with a fly fishing tutorial. And, of course, there’s the ever-popular Trail X obstacle course. PURSUIT also offers a host of non-athletic sessions to complement your outdoor adventure lifestyle, with topics as diverse as night photography, basecamp meal preparation, and mountain bike repair.

Test your limits by day, then brag of your exploits by night around the fire pit. Every night features live music, games, entertainment — and we mentioned the free food and open bar, right?

CamelBak is hosting the PURSUIT series at three different venues this year:  Reveille Peak Ranch in Austin, Texas, on April 27-29; upstate New York’s Hunter Mountain on June 29-July 1; and the Bay Area’s Bear Valley on August 10-12. Whether you choose the Texas Hill Country, the wild and woolly Catskills, or the sun-drenched Sierra Nevadas, you’re guaranteed a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience, a brand new community of friends, and a few sweet new skills to take on your next adventure.

camelbak pursuit series tents
The Outbound Collective/Facebook The Outbound Collective/Facebook

Right now, you can get in on the PURSUIT weekend for just $399 (single day passes are also available, but the three-day is a way better deal). Entrance includes all meals from Friday breakfast to Sunday lunch; a nightly open bar with cocktails, beer, and wine; a “welcome kit” featuring swag from event partners such as Backcountry, Red Bull, and CamelBak (obv); and all gear and instruction required for any of the activities.

Be advised that prices will go up as the events draw nigh. Early registration gets you the best deal, plus first-comer sign-up access to your choice of events. You know you wanna go, so sign up already!

Not convinced yet? Head here for photos of last year’s PURSUIT experiences or here for a sample schedule.

Feature image courtesy of The Outbound Collective/Facebook.

Auto

Take Shelter Wherever You Roam With Rhino Rack’s Batwing Awning

Hiding in your tent every time you want a reprieve from the sun, wind, or rain while camping can get old quick, which is why retractable awnings have become popular.
Culture

Enjoy a High Level of Service at 10 One-of-a-Kind Marijuana Dispensaries in the U.S.

Gone are the days of pseudo-Rastafarian head shops and Cypress Hill's "Hits from the Bong."
Living

Fender Custom Shop Unleashes Game of Thrones Guitars

Put these axes in the hands of Jon Snow, Jaime Lannister, and Arya Stark, give the Mountain a double-necked bass and Cersei a mic and a tambourine, and you’d have a stadium rock concert for the ages.
Podcast

Going Beyond City Limits: A Beginner’s Guide to Austin, Texas

If you've been considering a vacation to Austin and need a little more convincing, then this episode of The Manual podcast is for you.
Fashion & Style

Moleskine’s Limited-Edition Backpack Celebrates the Moon Landing’s 50th Anniversary

The design is an an homage to the huge life support packs of the original lunar astronauts.
Grooming

The Best Reef-Safe Sunscreens to Protect You and the Environment, Too

How toxic is your sunscreen? Don't kill the coral — opt for an oxybenzone-free formula.
Outdoors

Why Camp on Land When You Can Camp on Water with an Inflatable Tent?

“The world is your waterbed,” says SmithFly, the masterminds behind the concept.
Travel

This Camper Wants to Be Whatever Type of Travel Trailer You Need It to Be

SylvanSport's Vast is possibly the most versatile and configurable travel trailer ever.
Outdoors

5 Breathtaking Fire Lookouts You’ll Want to Rent Right Now

Fire lookouts were used to spot wildfires. However, in the off-season, these unique off-grid destinations can be booked as rentals.
Outdoors

Are E-bikes the Future of Transportation?

The humble bicycle had not changed much since it was invented in 1817. Now, technology is creating the fastest, easiest, and highest fun-factor method of transportation: the e-bike.
Outdoors

There’s No Place Like (a Floating) Home on the Raptor Platform

Think inflatable houseboat, portable dock, zombie apocalypse safe haven, and, sure, a floating fishing platform.
Travel

Hitch Hotel Might Be the Most Compact Travel Trailer We’ve Ever Seen

For RV campers and road trippers who value mobility, versatility, and portability, less is more.
Outdoors

The Best GPS Apps for Navigating without Reception

GPS used to require expensive devices but now the power can be found in our pocket.
Travel

The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now

If you're reading this, you're staring at a screen. Wouldn't you rather be exploring a different part of the world than the Internet?