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What is RUGGED?
Rugged is our way of sharing our passion & love for the great Maharashtrian outdoors in the rawest, unadulterated, and immersive form.
A tiny group of individuals learns to tread through back-country thick Sahyadri forest, with the objective of getting from point A to point B over a period of 3 days 2 nights or 2 days & 1 night.
A marked map, camping & survival gear, rations, and professional guidance are provided. The group learns to take multiple wilderness-based decisions to chalk their way through the forest.
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Rugged is about venturing into the unknown with the expert team at Jack & Hill Adventures.
With Rugged, we intend to put our participants into the real shoes of the adventurer.
To become completely independent and confident in the forest setting.
Individuals will learn how to make crucial decisions, how to tread through the forest, how to prepare, how to keep your head on your shoulder even when situations look terribly bleak.
Only for those
that choose to dare
Through Hidden thick back-country forest
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 an off-beat 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 2-4 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 any sort of irresponsible tourism.
We want to maintain its sanctity.
Rugged is definitely not for the weak hearted.
It is for people that can find strength in themselves both physically & mentally. It is for people who are capable of facing uncertainty with a cool mind.
It is for people who are eager to learn how to exist & survive in an outdoor environment. It is definitely not a picnic but a raw outdoor experience.
Who is RUGGED For?
What will you learn
Learn to choose & identify trails
How to read maps & use a compass (Orienteering)
How & Where to pitch a tent
How to build a fire & stay responsible with it
How to conserve resources
How to pack your backpack & distribute weight
How to plan for food & hydration
How to build team strength & stay motivated
Learn Leave No Trace Principles
How to prepare for a worst case scenario & conduct a rescue
A real 'meet the wild' – RUGGED was a raw, immersive kickass experience!
It seemed simple enough on paper: a three-day offbeat excursion into the wild. Which by itself is rare in a place like Maharashtra where trekking trails are often overpopulated and yet, underrated. Little did we expect the crazy adventures that lay ahead.
Not a soul in sight as we figured out trails on a path where no city trekkers have been before, kickstarting our survival instincts into action – from harvesting water, doing our 'business' in the wild, setting up tents, clinging onto rocks for our dear lives, to the camaraderie and fun we shared as it tends to happen when like-minded individuals come together – RUGGED required fortitude, courage and more importantly a sense of grounding. The understanding that you're merely nature's humble subject and she deserves her due respect.
Rugged challenges you in ways where you discover yourself even more, find qualities that you didn't know and look forward to evolving even further ✨
Johann and Sam of Jack and Hill Adventures are the real MVPs. Their sense of work ethic when it comes to what they promise is admirable. Impeccable commitment to indeed delivering safe, responsible and off-the-grid hard-core outdoor experiences.
Would recommend J&H in a heartbeat! This experience is something that had moved me, changed me and will stay with me.
Thank you, Johann and Sam ❣️
For those of you who love the outdoors and are looking to experience something new look no further. When Johann first shared the concept of rugged I was blown away. The trek over two days was such a great learning experience, all of us learned so much from both Johann and Samuel.
From reading maps to finding trails and so much more. I am so looking forward to the next Rugged trek