JULY 25 – JULY 29, 2019

Prices rise January 1st! Space is limited.

Counsyl Backpacking Team Challenge


JULY 25 – JULY 29, 2019

Prices rise January 1st! Space is limited.


The Myriad-Counsyl Backpacking Team Challenge may be the most exhilarating long-weekend corporate team experience you ever encounter. Discover an unspoiled, and relatively unknown slice of heaven south of Yosemite, and north of Kings Canyon National Park. The four day all inclusive backpacking experience through John Muir Wilderness to Hell For Sure Lake will traverse roughly 35 miles, and include a hike to 12,000’ Red Mountain along the Le Conte divide with unrivaled views of the Sierra Crest. Experience some of the most remote least traveled regions of the Sierra. No prior backpacking experience is necessary, but you must be motivated!

Round trip transportation will be provided from the Counsyl parking lot in South San Francisco, CA.

What’s included

  • Round-trip transportation to and from Counsyl's headquarters.
  • Guided multi-night trek through John Muir Wilderness to Le Conte Divide
  • Orientation and personalized pack-check prior to departure
  • All meals and snacks while in the back-country
  • Group permits, gear and equipment
  • Backpack, tent, and sleeping pad if needed
  • Inspiration for a lifetime

What’s not included

  • Meals in the front-country, including while in transit

How it works

Discounted registration is open October 15th through October 30th. We need 10 participants to register by October 30th to turn this deal "ON" for Counsyl team members! Friends and family of Counsyl employees are welcome to join. Upon registration participants will be asked to complete an experience and medical questionnaire, as well as an acknowledgment of risk form. A trek confirmation email will go out once 10 participants register, or on November 1st. If we do not receive enough participants, you may elect to transfer payments to other TSX experiences, or receive a refund in full. Beginning in 2018, all trips have a fee required by the National Park Service (3% in 2018, up to 5% in 2019 and beyond). This fee will be applied when your reservation is made and passed through to the national park, or appropriate federal agency. Maximum group size of 15, including two guides.

Questions? Check out our FAQs or contact us at 925.255.5065 and via email at inspire@tsxchallenge.com.

Getting Started: Round Trip Transportation

We'll meet in the Counsyl parking lot after work on Thursday at 5:45pm to target a 6:45pm departure. Our evening drive will take us through the Central Valley on Highway 99, then Highway 168 toward Shaver Lake (elevation 5,600') where we will overnight. From Shaver Lake it's a 1 hour drive to our trailhead near Courtright Reservoir (elevation 8,200'). We'll complete the drive a with an early morning start, share a light meal, hand out gear, and hit the trail!

Return transportation is also provided. On the final day of our journey (Monday), expect to return to the Counsyl parking lot by 10:00pm.

Watch this video to experience the view from the top of Red Mountain (Day 2).


Day 1 – Courtright Reservoir to High Meadow

Trail: Begins at 8,600′ and ends at 10,300′ with multiple stream crossings; long moderate-to-intense uphill

Our hike begins with a long and gradual climb toward the Red Mountain Basin. Our pace will be brisk, as we cover miles through meadows and streams on good trail to camp near a high clearing between Fleming and Disappointment Lake, which never disappoints.

Day 2 – High Meadow to Hell For Sure Lake

Trail: Stiff climb(s) to 12,000′, then descent, majority of day off-trail

A moderate morning hike will take us to Hell For Sure Lake by lunch, where we’ll enjoy our afternoon. An optional up and back, off-trail scramble to the summit of Red Mountain (~12,000′) will be on the schedule.

Day 3 – Off-trail traverse of Mt. Hutton and Bench Valley

Trail: Breathtaking and intense uphill, then down, majority of day off-trail

Weather and trail conditions permitting, we will begin our traverse past Mt. Hutton (~12,000′) with an early morning start. We’ll continue off-trail through lake-studded Bench Valley, before beginning our gradual descent towards the Kings River.

Day 4 – Return to Courtright Reservior

Trail: Reconnect with loop trail, and exit, moderate downhill

An early start will get us back to Courtright Reservoir after lunch where we will reload cars, and return to the town of Shaver Lake to share a hearty group meal. A final stop for showers at our cabin in Shaver Lake is optional, then it’s home to brag.


Joining a TSX experience is easy. Don’t own a backpack or tent? Not a problem. We provide backpacks, tents and sleeping pads for those who need them, at no additional charge. We also take care of all group items like pots, stoves, food, food storage, water filters, first aid and more. Your guides will do the cooking and dishes. Just show up with your boots and personal items, ready to hike!

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