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CamelBak Pursuit – summer camp with happy hour – headed to Reveille Peak Ranch

Pam LeBlanc
pleblanc@statesman.com

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.

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.

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 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.

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.