Notes From the Road: Sierra Slam 2 Quest

Earlier this month, Tawonga’s Sierra Slam 2 Quest returned home from two weeks of backpacking, canoeing and rafting throughout the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Enjoy highlights and photos below!

Quest Leaders

Leo “Stickeater” Gershik  & Ruby Williams


12 Questers ages 12-13

Slam 2 Itinerary

Backpacking at Chilnualna Falls in Yosemite National Park, exploring Mammoth, touring Mono Lake by canoe, whitewater rafting and adventuring in Lake Tahoe!

Trip Highlight

While we were just a few feet away from our campsite at Chilnualna Falls, the group discussed critter safety and how to properly store food in the backcountry. Right in that moment, two crows flew by with all of our cheese in their beaks! Very funny.

Bonding Moment

The whole crew absolutely crushed it together during rafting – getting that synchronized paddling down and keeping calm through some exciting rapids!

Reflections from Quest Leaders

How do you think Quest impacts kids’ lives?

I think being in nature is incredibly reflective and developmentally useful for children.


Being outside of one’s normal habitat creates a completely new pedagogical setting, and in a way, it is pedagogy itself. Seeing the Questers work together as a group and step up to lead in challenging settings is rewarding and impressive.


P.S. Check out other Notes from the Road from our 2021 season, including our Women of the Wild Quest and our Surf ‘n’ Turf Quest. To learn more about Tawonga Quests, click here.