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September 27 - October 2, 2022

Highlander is a global hiking brand with events in 18 countries. This fall, Highlander brings its long-distance hiking event to Big Bear Lake for its debut in the United States.

Highlander invites participants to ascend from their daily routines and take part in a once-in-a-lifetime adventure connecting with nature, becoming a steward for the environment, and trekking towards a better self. Step out of your comfort zone and prepare for a multi-day stay in nature where you're completely self-sustained. The unique aspect of Highlander lies in its concept: IT IS NOT A RACE.

"Though highlander is a long-distance hiking event, it's not just for professional hikers...

but also for those of you who love nature and are eager for outdoor activity. Trails are carefully designed by local mountaineers, so every trail offers a unique experience and story for you to take home."

Black and white Highlander logo of big horned sheep and the title Highlander.

Highlander Adventure - Big Bear Lake:

  • HIGHLANDER (60 miles) – 5 days to complete / 4 check-points
  • HIGHLANDER (30 miles) – 3 days to complete / 2 check-points
  • HIGHLANDER (15 miles) – 35 hours to complete / 1 check-point

Participants must be completely self-sustained on the trail with:

  • Sleep system (tent or bivouac or hammock)
  • Cook system (cutlery, gas stove, gas for stove)
  • Compass
  • Minimum 2L of water (at Start)
  • First aid supplies (bandages, adhesive tape, pain relivers…)

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"Sustainability, Preservation, & Promotion of Nature"

"Highlander as a brand stands for nature preservation and educating its participants on the right way to treat nature - by respecting it. Our event promotes natural beauty, healthy living, and enjoying nature. Our philosophy is: Take only pictures, leave only footprints. We strive to follow principles of sustainability during the organization of Highlander hiking events. Nature has given us everything, and asked for nothing in return. We can repay our debt to nature by taking care of it and safekeeping it for future generations."

At checkpoints along the route Highlanders will set up camp to cook, rest, connect with fellow Highlanders, and talk with Highlander stewards on the importance and implementation of sustainability practices.

Highlander's Core Values

  • Fostering and nurturing mental, physical, spiritual and social well-being, as well as improved body functionality.
  • Protecting the environment and raising awareness by learning to protect it for ourselves and the generations to come.
  • Testing the limits
  • Climbing to self-understanding and discovering one’s limits - some of which get pushed, and others respected.
  • Learning to be sustainable on less and finding new meaning of life balance.
  • Finding genuine connection
  • Widening social circles without modern-day distractions.

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