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Sierra Slam Quest

Whitewater Rafting, Backpacking, Hot Springs, Canoeing

Entering grades 7 – 8, July 26 – August 7, 2020

A Quest is a road trip full of friends and adventure. Sleep under the stars and visit some of the most spectacular places on earth. Learn new skills, like backpacking and whitewater rafting, in a supportive, small-group environment. This is adventure travel like none other – you pick the music, you set the menus, and you put together your own totally out-of-the-box Jewish experiences. Like a road trip with a dozen friends, Quest is the perfect balance of thrill time and chill time.

There’s no application required – register on your own, or you and a group of friends can sign up together, and as long as there’s space available, you’ll all be on the same trip! Quests are a lot of freedom and a lot of fun.

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Sample Itinerary: Sierra Slam

This two-week adventure begins with a gorgeous backpacking trip through Yosemite. Next, head over Tioga pass to explore the Eastern Sierras, famous for natural hot springs, stunning lakes and granite peaks. Celebrate Shabbat and visit Mono Lake where you can float like you’re in the Dead Sea or canoe up close to the tufas. Recharge on the breath-taking shores of Lake Tahoe and gear up for whitewater rafting! An adrenaline-filled ride down the American River concludes this journey on a high note. This is our longest-running itinerary with the shortest drives between adventures!

SundayMeet your new friends and your Quest Leaders in San Francisco. Drive out to Yosemite, make camp and get to know each other around the campfire.
MondayTake a day hike to a stunning view or sweet swimming spot in Yosemite. Continue getting to know your group and gear up for the backpacking trip that starts tomorrow.
Tuesday to ThursdayExperience nature's peace as you leave civilization behind. Backpacking in Yosemite brings the group together as you learn to support each other and conquer new challenges together. Carry all the food, clothing and equipment you'll need for the next three days on your back. Sleep under the stars and take in the views of granite domes, snow-capped mountains, and clear mountain streams. Your wilderness leaders will teach you everything you need to know to be safe and have fun on this backcountry adventure.
FridayBack in the SUVs, cross Yosemite on the scenic Tioga Road. Head to Mammoth Lakes for showers and celebrate Shabbat.
SaturdayA canoe tour of Mono Lake takes you up close to the tufas (unusual rock formations) and the breeding grounds of thousands of migrating birds. Laundry, grocery shopping, and phone calls home make this a recharging day.
Sunday to MondayOn your way to Lake Tahoe, pass hot springs and incredible vistas. Relax on the sandy beaches of Lake Tahoe near trails to stunning views of mountains, waterfalls, and lakes.
Tuesday to ThursdayIt's river time! From your camp along the shores of the South Fork of the American River, paddle class 2 and 3 rapids with names like "Troublemaker" and "Satan's Cesspool." A few hours of volunteering with the American River Conservancy provide a chance for you to "give back" as environmental stewards.
Thursday night, reflect on the all the adventures and fun you have shared with your group and celebrate your journey with a final banquet.
FridayReturn to San Francisco, where it all began. Say goodbye to your new friends and reunite with your family. Don't be surprised if you find you want to keep sleeping in your sleeping bag for a few more nights!