Backpacking in wildest Mexico

January 14-24, 2020


Have a transformative wilderness experience. Wilderness Rescue Training partners with the State University of New York each year to offer a backpacking trip in the magical Sierra de la Laguna mountains in sunny Baja California Sur, Mexico. Baja is both beautiful and safe. The locals are welcoming, and the mountains rise from sea level to above 6,000 feet, offering breathtaking views.

Immerse yourself in a different culture.   The Sierra de la Laguna is rarely visited by Americans. Here, small substance farms are hidden far from the nearest road. The rancheros that live there lead self-sufficient lifestyles, raising goats and tending mango orchards. Learn about living close to the land by interacting with these off-the-grid families. 

Get college credit through the State University of New York. Participants who are enrolled in any US college or university can earn three credits through SUNY Cortland's REC 478/678: Expeditionary Learning Practicum.  

Earn a Trip Leader Certificate from Wilderness Rescue Training. You will master outdoor living skills that will serve you well in any environment,  and walk away with the confidence to lead your own trips. Successful participants will earn a Trip Leader Certificate.

Our curriculum will focus on:

  • Expedition planning

  • Small team leadership

  • Risk management

  • Wilderness navigation

  • Outdoor cooking

  • Exploring the natural world.

Highlights from our 2019 Trip Included:

  • Remote route through a rarely visited canyon

  • Perfect weather with no rain

  • Daily swims in crystal clear water

  • A species list with more than 60 entries

  • Camping on the beach

Allie facilitates a map briefing before the day's travel.


Answers to all of your questions, from getting credit to getting to the airport!

Our route passes natural water slides.

Building a fire on the beach by the Sea of Cortez.

Meet your Instructor

NAME: Allie     

AGE: 31

OUTDOOR SPECIALITIES: Backpacking, Canyoneering, Skiing

CREDENTIALS: NOLS Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, LNT Master Educator

PASSIONS: Spoon Carving, Bread Baking, Cabin Planning

Allie has been a lead instructor for five wilderness schools.

I thought Allie and Dave have a great pair dynamic. Never once did I feel unsafe. They are both calm, cool, and very well collected.
— Kendra P, BLE Participant, 2018
This has truely been a once in a lifetime experience, and I am so appreciative for it. Thank you so much!
— Jane K, BLE Participant, 2018

This course was created for students in the SUNY system. If you are interested in creating your own Custom Backpacking trip, please send an email to wildernessrescuetraining@gmail.com