The Big Wild Mission

Columbine BackpackersOur mission is to provide our clients with safe, well planned and profoundly rewarding wilderness experiences in some of western North America’s wildest and most beautiful landscapes. Also, it is to provide our guests with opportunities to learn about the unique natural features of each wildland that we visit. And viewing wildlife – large and small – is usually a key part of that experience.

We strive to provide unmatched customer service, and to make each adventure joyous and fun and one that will remain with folks forever. Once folks join us in the big wilds, combined with their own life experiences their adventure is usually so wonderful that they return time and again. Many of our clients tell us that their week in the big wilds was the best week of their lives, and that it gave them a unique opportunity to reflect, renew and recharge their spirit.

alaska-backpackingAnother part of our mission is to provide a rewarding and pleasant work environment for the entire Big Wild working family, including owners Jesse and David as well as our other guides. At right is founder Howie Wolke, happy to be high in the mountain wilds of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in June, 2013.

Finally, although our primary goal is to provide for a great wilderness experience, we also provide the opportunity for those who are interested to learn about efforts to protect our nation’s remaining wild habitats. We believe that protecting wild landscapes is important because wild nature has intrinsic value. And, conserving wild nature also contributes to the sustainability of both our society and of all life on Earth.

Yellowstone Backpacking Tours

Tetons-Yellowstone trekkingGuided Backpacking Tours

Yellowstone Backpacking


Annual Trip Calendar


Capitan Lake - photo from one of our backpacking treks

List prices include our complete gear package and there is a $300 discount if you bring your own (see our Canoeing List, Backpacking List, and/or Questionnaire for details – found here). Also, we offer a $300 discount for the second trip in a calendar year. Scheduled trips are for persons ages 14 and over. Exceptions to the age requirement will be made by us on a case-by-case basis.

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