Backpacking in wildest Mexico

study abroaD, January 5-15, 2019


Receive a WRT Wilderness Trip Leader Certificate

Visit the SUNY Cortland Study Abroad website for the application.

A transformative wilderness experience. The State University of New York partners with Wilderness Rescue Training each year to offer a backpacking trip in the magical Sierra de la Laguna mountains of Baja California Sur.  In sunny Baja, the spine of the sierra rises from sea level to above 6,000 feet, offering breathtaking views. Wild and remote canyons provide shade and water and conceal cave paintings created by the people who lived there long before the peninsula was explored by Jesuit missionaries in the 18th century.

College credit and life-long leadership skills. You will master outdoor living skills and walk away with the expertise to lead your own backpacking trips anywhere in the world. The Baja peninsula is beautiful and safe and the locals are friendly and welcoming. The Sierra de la Laguna is a pristine area, rarely visited by Americans.

Cultural immersion.  In these mountains there are small substance farms, or ranchos, hidden far from the nearest road. The rancheros that live there lead self-sufficient lifestyles, raising goats and cows and tending citrus and mango orchards. We can learn a lot about living close to the land from interacting with these off-the-grid families. While exploring Baja, you'll also have opportunities to practice your Spanish language skills, although knowledge of Spanish is not a prerequisite for this course.

Wilderness Rescue Training Baja Camping

How do I sign up?

Answers to all of your questions, from getting credit to getting to the airport! Information on interest meetings, scholarships, and packing lists.

Wilderness Rescue Training Baja Jumping
Wilderness Rescue Training Baja Desert

Where is Baja?

Baja, the earth’s second-longest peninsula, offers over 1200km of the mystical, ethereal, majestic and untamed. The middle of nowhere is more beautiful than you ever imagined, and people are friendly, relaxed and helpful.



NAME: Allie     

AGE: 31

OUTDOOR SPECIALITIES: Backpacking, Skiing, Sea Kayaking, Canyoneering

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

PASSIONS: Spoon Carving, Bread Baking, Cabin Planning




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