Bike, run, climb and drink booze at this Central Texas adventure camp




“We sincerely regret to inform you that due to extenuating circumstances, the Pursuit Series event at Reveille Peak Ranch in Texas, April 27-29, will be cancelled.  Full refunds will be provided for those who have purchased 1 or 3-Day Pursuit Passes, Individual Camping Passes, or signed up for the Chris Burkard Photo Workshop. Refunds will be processed immediately and should post to your account within approximately 5-7 business days.”


CamelBak Pursuit Series brings its adults-only summer camp to Reveille Peak Ranch in April. Photo by Josh Currie


Summer camp, it turns out, isn’t just for kids.

A California company is bringing an adult version of adventure camp – complete with small, expert-led sessions in everything from trail running to rock climbing, mountain biking, slack lining and standup paddleboarding – to Reveille Peak Ranch, a 1,300-acre Hill Country retreat near Burnet, Texas.

Last year the camps took place in California and Utah. This year they expand to Texas and New York. Photo by Për Jerner


And did we mention the nightly happy hours and live music?

The first CamelBak Pursuit events took place in California and Utah last year. In 2018, the series will expand to New York and Texas, where organizers expect between 500 and 800 people to register for the Reveille Peak Ranch edition set for April 27-29.

Activities include mountain biking, climbing, standup paddleboarding, photography and more. Photo by Josh Currie

In choose-your-own-adventure fashion, participants can plot out a custom schedule of activities ahead of time. Field sessions include night photography, outdoor first aid, back country meals, trailside mountain bike repairs, how to pack a backpack and basecamp cooking. For an additional fee, participants can sign up for a full-day photography workshop with photographer Chris Burkard, whose sessions will cover style, composition, gear, post production, the business side of a photography career and social media.

Some top gear manufacturers, including Marmot, Leki, Kuat Racks, Mountain House, Backcountry, Merrell, Rinse Bath & Body, Igloo Coolers, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Sufferfest Beer, are partnering with CamelBak to put on the event.

Participants can bring their own tents or stay in a tipi or safari tent on site. Photo by Për Jerner

Participants can bring their own tent or pay an upgraded fee to stay in a tipi or safari tent. Organizers will bring in portable showers and toilets.

One and three-day passes are available, with cost starting at $225 for one day and $399 for three days ($850 with the photography workshop). A camping pass costs an additional $75, or opt to stay in a tipi with two twin beds for $1,299 or a safari tent for $1,599. All meals, classes, gear and drinks are included, and participants get gifts from vendors and sponsors.

The camp is scheduled for April 27-29 at Reveille Peak Ranch near Burnet. Photo by Clare Healy

Reveille Peak Ranch is located at 105 County Road 114 in Burnet, about an hour’s drive from Austin. For more information and a full schedule, go here.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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