What is land snorkeling? We had never heard of it either! Simplicity at its best, land snorkeling describes the meditative practice of crossing the land at a leisurely pace, taking in the vastness while also observing the tiny wonders all around you. It’s about refining the easy: waking up at dawn, eating a hearty breakfast, walking, resting, talking as you go, scanning the surroundings for wildlife, sitting around a campfire, saying goodnight early so you can do it all again the next day. This is what participants on the American Prairie Reserve’s annual Transect crave, and it’s delivered tenfold.
What is the Transect all about? The Transect was created to help people connect with something larger than themselves. The two-hundred mile journey takes participants across the historic Missouri River Breaks region of Montana by foot, bicycle and canoe as a way to help them connect with the land and contribute to its conservation. This territory holds thousands of years of history and has been crossed by Native Americans and Lewis & Clark alike. Today it is the site of the American Prairie Reserve: America’s most ambitious conservation project.
Experience the Transect
The Transect is for everyone! Participants walk, paddle or ride along the route, carrying no heavy loads and at a leisurely pace with lots of breaks. An advance crew sets up camp at each stop along the way. There are showers, cold drinks, and dinner on the grill. In the evenings you’ll relax around the fire listening to interpretive talks, sipping a drink, and marveling at the absolute quiet (save the coyote yips and owl hoots). A hearty breakfast is served each morning before setting out on the day’s route. You’ll only carry your essentials and all other gear will be transported ahead of you.
Do I have to do the entire Transect? Nope! You can pick and choose from the 3-10 days sections.
Can I add Kestrel Camp to the beginning or end? Many of you have heard about these luxury yurts and we are happy to organize this to cap of the experience.
What fitness level is necessary? This is on the soft adventure side. On the last Transect, there were some 75 year-olds that completed the entire experience. Many of them were over 55+, were not pro athletes, and really enjoyed the experience.
What is the group size? Roughly 8-16 people. We want to keep it to small, intimate groups.
Who are the lead experts? Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs, Jessica Kilroy, and Clyde Aspevig. Learn more about their fascinating backgrounds here.
Watch the video from the 2015 Transect journey to see what land snorkeling is all about.
Join the 2016 Transect
Ready to go?
The second annual Transect will take place from September 3 to 13, 2016. There is still space to join for the entire journey or part. Learn more about how to join here.
Get in touch and let’s start planning your trip.
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