On New Year’s weekend 2011, two brothers, one cousin, and two other guys set out on an adventure to hike, explore, and document the vast wilderness of the Mojave National Preserve. This journey proved to be exhilarating as well as challenging as the group encountered wild animals, scaled a via ferrata, and trekked a seemingly endless distance across the frozen, windswept Mojave landscape.

Backpackers at Mojave National Preserve enjoy a variety of challenges, with sweeping views, solitude, dark night skies, and nearly 700,000 acres of designated wilderness. Although there are few established hiking trails in the preserve, abandoned dirt roads, washes, and ridges offer an abundance of cross-country hiking and backpacking opportunities. To ensure a safe and rewarding experience, be sure to plan ahead carefully.

This video was shot by Vimeo by Mitchell Runion


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