Rugged is our way of sharing our passion & love for the great Indian outdoors in the rawest, unadulterated and immersive form.
A group of 5-6 individuals joins the J&H team to thread through a thick pristine forest, with the objective of getting from point A to point B over 2 days and 1 night. A marked map, camping & survival gear, rations and professional guidance is provided. The group learns to take multiple wilderness-based decisions to chalk their way through the forest.
We honestly want people to experience a true adventure, real adventure, just how we at J&H indulge.
We find more pleasure in creating outdoor experiences that stay as raw as it gets. We want to teach people outdoor skills & build their confidence in the great outdoors.
Over the past 4 years, we have led trips into the forest, however, the adventure experience was always served to our guests on a platter.
We researched, we conducted recces, we mapped, we got lost, we re-recced, we re-mapped, we put in place food & water resources, we implemented safety protocol & equipment and only then did we lead our guests into the wilderness. All our guests had to do was simply follow.
RUGGED IS DIFFERENT, very very different
With Rugged, we intend to put our participants into the real shoes of the adventurer. To become as independent and confident as us in a forest situation. We want to teach individuals how to make decisions, how to thread through the forest, how to prepare, how to keep your head on your shoulder even if situations look bleak. Rugged is about venturing into the unknown with the expert team at Jack & Hill Adventures.
Who can join?
Rugged is definitely not for the weak-hearted.
Rugged is for people that see strength in themselves both physically & mentally. It is for people that are capable of facing uncertainty with a cool head.
It is for people that are eager to learn how to exist & survive in an outdoor environment. It is definitely not a picnic but a proper outdoor experience.
Rugged will be hosted in the thick forest of the Sahyadri range. One of the key attributes of Rugged is that it will always be on the off beaten path.
We do not intend to thread or cross any popular trekking routes. We intend to be the only ones in the forest with minimal or no human interaction.
For those that would prefer specifics, we will be 2-3 hours outside the city of Mumbai. We do not want to disclose online the exact location specifics as we want to protect that portion of the Sahyadri range from irresponsible tourism. We want to maintain its sanctity.
The Rugged Process
After booking your seat, a phone call interview will be conducted to ascertain whether you are physically and mentally fit to join
Once the final group is confirmed, a group Whatsapp shall be formed where participants can interact with each other and the J&H team.
Everything mentioned below will be done with the involvement & guidance of the J&H Team
A map & route will be shared with the group so that the group may research on the geography and plan their hike accordingly.
A list of food items will be shared to choose from. The group is to decide their food composition based on weight, nutrition, expiry, and common sense.
A list of camping & survival gear will be shared to choose from. The group is to discuss and narrow down on the right gear required.
Once all supplies are confirmed, the group will be guided on how to pack & essentials to carry.
A private AC vehicle will be provided to drop & pick up from entry and exit points.
At Ground Zero
The literal objective of the group on this trip is to get from Point A to Point B safely. The forest is thick and there will be numerous points where decisions are to be made in terms of the direction and route. The group with the help of the J&H will solve this puzzle together.
There will be a lot of on-ground learnings with regards to the hike, cooking food, learning hard-skills, camping correctly and exploring responsibly.
What you are paying for:
An exclusive experience This trip is open to a max of only 5 participants.
We at J&H strongly believe in the concept of Quality vs Quantity. Over the years, we have learnt that hosting a small-sized group makes for a thoroughly enriching experience for everyone.
A pair of trained & certified Mountaineers will guide you from start to finish.
A certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR) & Wilderness First Aider (WFA) will accompany you & implement safety systems.
A Private AC vehicle that will pick up from Mumbai and drop at Point A. Extract at Point B and drop at Mumbai.
Camping gear such as Tents & Sleeping bags, tarps, cooking gear.
An unforgettable experience in the wild.
What can you expect out of this trip:
Comraderie. That is something you will certainly gain from a trip like this. You will be responsible for each other, you will look out for each other, you will stay bonded because that is what makes everyone stronger. You are bound to make some really good friends.
Through this exercise, we at J&H intend to instill in you a sense of peace & confidence in the forest. To be calm and rest assured when in the wild. To thread with no fear and to trust in your instinct. To become a much more independent wanderer.
An original outdoor experience
Yes, it is a concept that we have come up with from straight from scratch. We take great pleasure and pride in creating unique outdoor experiences for our clients. If you find anyone across the country with a similar experience, please do bring it to our notice.