Black Hills

A life changing Adventure in South Dakota's Custer State Park

Tree Hugger
Black Elk Wilderness

Preparing for an Adventure

The Basics About the Trip

Looking for Adventure?  Great!  Come along with us!

Our Adventure will take place in the heart of the Blackhills of South Dakota inside of Custer State Park. The dates of the Adventure are Thursday afternoon, September 10th (arrival) through Monday morning, September 14th (departure). The trip will feature hiking Adventures, 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 16 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, or toward the bottom of the page.)

The pre-registration rate of $349 for this Adventure is available until June 10th, after which the rate will increase to $399. Registration will end on August 20th, 2020.

Your registration includes 4 nights of lodging in a cabin, all camp meals (including campfire snacks), guided* adventure, and event registration.

Use the form on the Contact page if you have questions or need additional information. All pertinent, trip-related information will be sent to the registrant via email after the registration process has been completed. We're super excited to have you join us on this Adventure!

16/16 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 (cabins)
Where? - Custer State Park, South Dakota. (click for map)
When? - September 10 - 14, 2020
How Much? - Pre registration rate is $349.
After June 10th registration goes up to $399.
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 August 20, 2020.
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 13.

Your Accommodations


The cabins featured in the Black Hills Adventure are outfitted with electricity, heat, and air conditioning. Please remember to bring your own bedding and towels. There are shower facilities within short walking distance.

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 10th and, for those who would like to stay as late as possible, check-out is no later than 11:00am on Monday, September 14th.
  • The average high in Custer, SD during September is 75 degrees Fahrenheit (great for hiking), with an average low of 45 degrees Fahrenheit (great for campfires). September also features the occasional rain shower, so please pack weather-appropriate clothing.
  • We will be eating our supper together on Sunday evening in Hill City, SD. The cost of this meal is NOT covered in the registration costs. Estimated cost of this meal is $25 - $35.
  • Custer State Park is a fee area. The cost of entering the park is NOT covered in your registration. A 7-day park permit is $20/vehicle. We strongly encourage carpooling - so make sure you bring some friends!
  • Each registrant/group attending is responsible for their own transportation to and from our Custer State Park meeting place. We strongly encourage carpooling to reduce trip costs for all those involved.
  • Once at the Park, 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


  • Lodging
  • Guided* Adventure
  • Life-changing Teaching
  • All Camp Meals
  • Campfire Snacks
  • Great People
  • Fresh Air
  • Amazing Scenery

Packing Necessities


  • Bedding/Sleeping Bag
  • Pillow
  • Good Hiking Boots/Shoes
  • Backpack
  • Camera
  • Camping Chair
  • Weather Appropiate Clothing
  • Bible
  • Large Case of Water
  • Extra $ for meal in Hill City  ($25-$35 recommended)
  • Rain Gear
  • Sun Screen
  • Coffee Mug (If you're a coffee drinker)
  • Journal

Extras You May Want


  • Trekking Poles
  • Extra Snacks
  • Flashlight
  • Pocket Knife

Physical Recommendations


The Black Hills Adventure features two days of moderate/strenuous hiking. Our first day's Adventure features approximately 1100ft of vertical elevation gain and 8 miles of roundtrip hiking. 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 Black Hills 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

Galen Thompson

Adventure Guide*

Husband, Father, Teacher, Training Coordinator — North American Missions, & Co-Founder of Man Up Adventures.

Nathan Thompson

Nate Thompson

Adventure Guide*

Husband, Father, Missionary to the Family, & Co-Founder of Man Up Adventures.

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 16 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) reserve the right to use the term "Guide" loosely. We are not associated with, nor do we represent, the State of South Dakota, Custer State Park, or any of its entities, and are not registered outdoor "guides" with any lodge, company, or outfitting group.