Preparing for an Adventure

The Basics About the Trip

Looking for Adventure?  Great!  Come along with us!

Our Adventure will take place in the Ozark Mountains of northern Arkansas near the Buffalo National River. The dates of the Adventure are Thursday afternoon, September 22nd (arrival) through Monday morning, September 26th (departure). The trip will feature hiking Adventures, scenic views, meaningful times of worship, a service on Sunday morning, passionate mini-sessions, campfire talks, morning devotions, great food, and even better fellowship. There are only 20 slots available for this trip, so you'll want to act fast! You can secure your slot by filling out the online registration form and submitting your payment. (A link can be found immediately to the right, as well as toward the bottom of the page.)

The registration rate for this Adventure is $495. Registration will end on September 8, 2022.

Your registration includes 4 nights of campground registration, all camp meals (including campfire snacks), guided* adventures, and event registration.

Use the form on the Contact page if you have questions or need additional information. After registration, all pertinent, trip-related information will be sent to the registrant via email no later than 120 days prior to the start of the Adventure. We're super excited to have you join us on this Adventure!

14/20 slots have been filled on this Adventure.


The graph above illustrates how full the trip is, and how many Adventure slots are still open.

Basic Adventure Info


Curriculum - Tier 1
Difficulty - Moderate
Type - Drive-up Camping (tents)
Where? - Ozark Mountains, Arkansas. (click for map)
When? - September 22 - 26, 2022
How Much? - Registration rate is $495.
Registration cost is securely paid online via credit/debit card or bank account. Registration isn't complete until full payment has been processed.
Registration ends on September 8, 2022.
Who? - All Man Up Adventures are open to men ages 16+. If a father brings his son (or a father-figure brings a mentee), the age limit for the son/mentee is lowered to 12.

Your Accommodations


We will be basing our Ozark Mountains Adventure out of JB's Trading Post Campground near the Buffalo National River. Although campground registration costs will be covered for this Adventure, you will need to provide your own tent. As the time for the Adventure draws nearer, we will communicate with registrants to ensure that everyone has adequate tent lodging.

JB's Campground features potable water and a very nice bathroom/shower house.

Important Additional Info


This section is designed to give you the proper information in order to be prepared to make the most of your Adventure. There are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Check in starts at 3:00pm on Thursday, September 22nd and, for those who would like to stay as late as possible, check-out is no later than 11:00am on Monday, September 26th.
  • The average high in the Ozark Mountains during late September is in the low 70's Fahrenheit (great for hiking), with an average low in the upper 40's Fahrenheit (great for campfires). October in the Ozarks will bring the occasional rain shower. Please utilize this information to pack weather-appropriate clothing (like rain gear & base layers) and bedding. You may need WARM clothes and bedding for the evenings!
  • We will be eating our supper together on Sunday evening at the Low Gap Cafe (it's much more than a cafe) in Jasper, AR. The cost of this meal is NOT covered in the registration costs. Estimated cost of this meal is $25 - $40.
  • JB's Campground is a privately help campground. The cost of the campground IS COVERED in your registration.
  • Tents & sleeping pads are NOT provided. Each participant will need to bring their own tent and sleeping pad.
  • Each registrant/group attending is responsible for their own transportation to and from our JB's Campground meeting place. For those interested in flying to our Adventure, Springfield-Branson National Airport in Springfield, MO is the closest viable airport.
  • After your arrival, there will be brief times of traveling to get to some of our Adventure locations. We will need registrants to volunteer to drive their vehicles in a manner that is best conducive to carpooling.

What We Provide


  • Campsites
  • Guided Adventure
  • Life-changing Teaching
  • All Camp Meals
  • Campfire Snacks
  • Great People
  • Fresh Air
  • Amazing Scenery
  • Unforgettable Memories

Packing Necessities


  • Tent
  • WARMSleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Pillow
  • Good Hiking Boots/Shoes
  • Backpack
  • Camera
  • Camping Chair
  • Weather Appropiate Clothing
  • Bible
  • Large Case of Water
  • Extra $ for meal at Low Gap  ($25-$40 recommended)
  • Rain Gear
  • Base Layers
  • Sun Screen
  • Journal

Extras You May Want


  • Trekking Poles
  • Extra Snacks
  • Flashlight
  • Pocket Knife
  • Chap Stick
  • Coffee Mug (If you're a coffee drinker)

Physical Recommendations


This is VERY important. The Ozark Mountain Adventure features two days of moderate to strenuous hiking. Each of our day hikes feature in excess of 1100ft of elevation gain. While Man Up Adventures always pledges to maintain a safe trailside environment, we also acknowledge that keeping a steady hiking pace is most advantageous for the group as a whole. Because of this we ask that all participants undergo the necessary training prior to the Adventure.

While our goal is not to exclude men from participating in our Adventures, for the sake of group dynamics and the respect of your fellow Adventurers, we strongly encourage each participant to honestly evaluate their level of physical fitness prior to registering.

Although we are not licensed medical professionals, we reserve the right to ask you not to participate if we feel that your health is at risk.

Because every Adventure needs a Guide*

Your Ozark Mountains Adventure Guides*

Let's not kid ourselves, we know that when it comes to the adventure of manhood, God is the greatest guide. There's no greater adventure than the journey towards the discovery of the man inside. God's formation of great leaders frequently led them outside - into the wilderness. Moses found himself and his God on the backside of nowhere. It was the God-ordained wilderness experience that inaugurated a young David into an influential king. Even Jesus launched his ministry immediately after a time in the wilderness. The bottom line: The wilderness makes you Man Up. As your Adventure Guides*, let us lead you into the wilderness on a similar journey into authentic Biblical manhood.

Galen Thompson


Adventure Guide*
Kelvin Wells


Adventure Guide*

Are you ready to take the plunge?

Register for your Adventure

We've planned it, prayed over it, and set it up. Now all that's left is for you to make it happen! Click the button below to register! There are only 20 slots available for this Adventure! You can ensure your spot by filling out the registration form and by submitting your payment using the button below.
This is where your Adventure begins!

* Man-Up Adventures does not provide liability or any kind of insurance for protection of individuals, groups, organizations, or others who may participate in a Man-Up Adventure.

In consideration for your participation in Man-Up Adventures, you hereby release and forever discharge Man-Up Adventures from any and all actions, causes of actions, claims and demands for, upon or by reason of any damage, loss or injury, which hereafter may be sustained by participating in Man-Up Adventures.

While we are very familiar with the geographical terrain that our group will be Adventuring over, We (Nathan & Galen & any other person representing Man Up Adventures in an official capacity) reserve the right to use the term "Guide" loosely. We are not associated with, nor do we represent, the State of Arkansas, Ozark National Forest, Buffalo National River, JB's Campground & Trading Company, or any of its entities, and are not registered outdoor "guides" with any lodge, company, or outfitting group.