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Father-Son Rite of Passage

July 21 @ 8:00 am - July 28 @ 5:00 pm

The Father-Son Rite of Passage is a 7-day backpacking trip in one of the most stunning sections of the Rocky Mountains, the Wind River Range of Wyoming.  The purpose of this trek is not to see how fast we can go but how deep we can go, so most days are fairly short in distance but long in meaningful experiences.  During our time together you will not only strengthen your outdoor skills and nature knowledge but you will also be challenged to go deeper with God, yourself, and others.  Plus you will have a special bonding experience with your son(s) that will last a life-time.  Be prepared to be stretched in every way… but we’ll have fun doing it!


  • WHEN: July 21-28, 2024
  • WHO:  Fathers and their sons (ages 13+)
  • WHAT:  Backpacking, nature study, outdoor leadership, walking with God
  • WHERE:  Big Sandy Trailhead, Wind River Range, WY
  • PROVIDED:  Trip leadership, naturalist education, spiritual guidance, etc.
  • BRING:  You are responsible for your own camping equipment
  • COST:   $150 per person for shared expenses
  • SIGN-UP DEADLINE: April 30, 2024


  • Sun, Jul 21 – Travel Day – Arrival in Pinedale. Hotel lodging.
  • Mon, Jul 22 – Basecamp Trek – Big Sandy Trailhead, hike 7 miles to Clear Lake basecamp
  • Tue, Jul 23 – Outdoor Skills – climbing, fishing, survival, etc.
  • Wed, Jul 24 – Summit Day – climb East Temple Peak (12,605′)
  • Thu, Jul 25 – Solo Day
  • Fri, Jul 26 – Cirque of the Towers day hike
  • Sat, Jul 27 – Hike out to Trailhead, Drive to Hotel, Celebration Dinner
  • Sun, Jul 28 – Breakfast, Head home


Marty Miller, Trip Leader                         

Marty is gifted at discovering and sharing spiritual lessons from nature, God’s second book, as modeled by Jesus Christ, the master educator.  He is an experienced outdoorsman with skills and certifications that include WMI/NOLS Wilderness First Responder, ACA Swift Water Rescue, and AIARE Avalanche Safety. Through outdoor retreats, small group support, leadership training, and curriculum development, Marty is helping men to step up and become the men God intended them to be, better husbands, better fathers, and better disciples of Christ!

“Leader of the Day”

During the trek each “father-son team” will have an opportunity to provide leadership for the entire group in what we call “Leader of the Day”.  During your leadership day you will guide and manage the group as pertaining to safety, schedule, teaching, devotionals, etc. Oversight will be provided by the trip leader, Marty Miller, but just enough to ensure that our objectives are met.

We all need to become better leaders.  And, as fathers, when we grow, our children grow!  By intentionally engaging our children in the decision making and leadership opportunities on this trip they grow with us!



July 21 @ 8:00 am
July 28 @ 5:00 pm


Wind River Range, WY
Boulder, WY 82923 United States + Google Map