Our Story & Mission

It started in 2015 on the a month long trek across Spain…


…on the Camino de Santiago. After hiking for almost a month across over 250 miles, they fell in love with trekking.

Tyler and Kara Leigh Alden, founders of Backyard Basecamp, love the mountains. Together they’ve walked over 1,000 miles of trails around the world through Japan, Spain, Norway, Peru, to Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, and New York. Through these experiences, they’ve learned that mountains are silent, yet wise teachers. 

The lessons learned on mountains are retaught and more deeply understood with each visit and through each step. As you can imagine, these lessons stay with you off the mountain as well - strengthening your awareness and connection throughout life. Here are four favorite lessons they learned on the trail:

  1. You are much stronger than you think.

  2. You are smarter than you think.

  3. You don’t need very much to be very happy.

  4. The best views are hard to get to.

If we, as adults, can learn from the mountains, how important must it be that our children experience these life lessons firsthand? Tyler and Kara Leigh realized their passions as educators could be combined with their love of the outdoors. Backyard Basecamp was born out of the desire to put kids in situations where they too could experience the joy of discovering strength, problem solving, peace, and resilience on a mountain. 

We believe that the wild and sometimes uncertain environment of the mountains, challenges youth in ways that are impossible to replicate in controlled society. We know that the serenity found on a trail contrasts epically with the bustle our day to day and the distraction of screens and technology. We have seen the change in ourselves and others when, after spending a week forgoing many comforts and pleasures of normal life, one returns with a new perspective of contentment and gratitude for all they have.

We invite you to learn more about what Backyard Basecamp’s programs can offer your children.


Our mission is to provide youth with a foundation of nurture in nature that enables them to confidently experience living and tackling challenges in the wild, through which they grow leadership, enable self-reliance, build empathy for others, and develop their desire protect the environment. We want Basecampers to discover the limitless beauty and opportunity the world holds.