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 group of 10 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 and 2 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.
Learn to take
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 2-3 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 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
for 3 Full Days
What the last one looked like
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
Rugged will be led by our Founder who is also responsible for the conceptualization of Rugged.
With 13 years of experience in the Sahyadri forests, he likes to say that he has grown up exploring in these Maharashtrian forests.
Johann has completed his Basic Mountaineering Course at Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering, Jammu & Kashmir.
He is also one of the country’s very few Wilderness First Responders (WFR) and is trained by Wilderness Medical Associates International in New York, USA.
With a degree in B.Sc Zoology, he is an avid lover of snakes, birds, and everything wild.
His passion & love for the great outdoor is certainly known to be contagious.
He is also a contributor at Lonely Planet Magazine India and covers topics on everything adventure in India. He prioritizes conversations on Responsible Tourism in the Great Outdoors.
Dive in further
Where will Rugged be conducted?
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 2-3 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 any sort of
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.
A map and route will be shared with the group so that the group may research on the geography, obtain a deeper understanding of the topography 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 simple common sense.
A list of camping gear will be shared to choose from. The group is to decide the right gear needed and will be provided the same accordingly.
Once all supplies are confirmed, the group will be guided on how & what to pack
A private AC vehicle will be provided to drop & pickup from entry and exit
What to really expect 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 team, will solve this puzzle together. There will be a lot of on-ground
learnings with regards to the hike, cooking food, camping correctly and
What you will gain from this experience
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.
2. Forest Confidence
Through this exercise, we intend to instil in you a sense of peace &
confidence in the forest, to help you be calm and rest assured in the wild. To
thread with no fear and trust in your instinct. To become a more independent
There is no doubt that outdoor recreation is the safest form of recreation during this pandemic especially on one such as RUGGED where we are far from civilization and deep in the forest.
If any symptoms of Covid-19 do pop up prior to the trip or if you have been infected with the virus within 30 days from the trip, do bring this to the notice of our team at the earliest.
All participants are required to carry hand sanitizer and their mask.
To ensure that all participants are comfortable on an experience like this during a pandemic, you will have an option of having a separate tent to themselves if they prefer that. However, it is important to note here that you are responsible for carrying all items required for this experience such as a your tent,sleeping bag, water & food.
If you are sharing a tent, your tent weight will be split by other occupants while if you are opting for a tent for yourself, you will be carrying that weight by yourself. We are not mentioning this so that it may be act as a deterrent, however we do want you to be prepared both mentally and physically for the experience.
If you cancel15 days prior to the trip, you will receive a 100% refund.
If you cancel between 8-15 days prior to the trip, you will receive a 50% refund.
If you cancell within 7 days from the trip, there is no refund.
What do I need to bring along?
A backpack, sturdy shoes and a few knick-knacks.
A tent, sleeping bag, food & other gear will be provided.
Once you officially sign up, an elaborate list of items will be shared with you prior to the trip.
They have everything under the sun for hiking available on rent.