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‘The Adventure of a Lifetime’: The World’s Largest Hiking Event Series Comes to the US

In the film, “there can only be one”. But the HIGHLANDER Hike Series isn’t a race – and you don’t need to be immortal to reap the benefits.

On September 27, hikers will flock to Big Bear Lake, California. But not with dreams of triumphing or becoming the mountaineer. Speakers of all skill levels will have the chance to “test their physical and mental limits while living in perfect harmony with nature on a multi-day journey,” event organizers said.

The Big Bear Event is HIGHLANDER’s first foray into the United States. Fully supported backpack excursions of 60 miles over 5 days, 30 miles over 3 days and 15 miles over a weekend are on the agenda. And it looks like the HIGHLANDER team has thought of everything.


Founded in Croatia, HIGHLANDER calls itself “the world’s first and largest” series of long-distance hiking events. Since its inception in 2017, it has grown to include over 100 events in over 20 countries.

Besides the United States, this year’s program includes places as far afield as the United Kingdom, Bosnia, Slovenia, Greece and the United Arab Emirates.

If you participate in Big Bear Lake, Calif., later this year, HIGHLANDER says you’ll “hike parts of the Pacific Crest Trail, sleep under billions of stars in the wild heart of the mountain, and find yourself excited for what the aftermath of hiking and exploring will bring to your adventure of a lifetime.

Focus on “the adventure of a lifetime”

At Big Bear Lake, participants will have full support of the HIGHLANDER team in the form of meals, maps, camping accommodations and other essential trail needs.

They will also have access to company training opportunities on how to preserve nature for future generations. And medical and rescue personnel will be ready at all times.

On Big Bear’s Pineknot Trail; (photo/HIGHLANDER)

The hikes themselves will take place in the San Bernadino National Forest. HIGHLANDER notes that the terrain he chose for each of the three hikes is “remote”.

And the organization provides route maps, with start and end points, checkpoints and elevation changes along the way. Just scroll down on organization home page for “World of HIGHLANDER” color mapping.

HIGHLANDER also chooses to attract potential hikers with a nature romance. CEO Jurica Barac said:

We are confident that this HIGHLANDER experience, which explores one of the most unique destinations in the United States, will help participants push their limits and conquer doubt, giving them a new sense of gratitude for the nature that will stay with them. for the rest. of their life.

HIGHLANDER is designed to unite people through a shared journey where even complete strangers encourage each other, often resulting in lifelong friendships.

Interested? All things considered, guided hikes won’t cost an arm and a leg (or your head). The 60 mile is $549; the 30-mile outing costs $349; and the 15-mile weekend is $299.

For more information see HIGHLANDER website.

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