California Wilderness Medicine Courses

gut-z journey

Building confidence in the outdoors through Wilderness Medicine, Strength Training, and Functional Nutrition.


Learn medical skills, practice critical thinking, and gain the confidence to handle an unexpected emergency in the backcountry. Gut-Z Journey is a licensed provider for Wilderness Medical Associates International (WMA) and American Heart Association (AHA). Choose from  a Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Wilderness First Aid (WFA), WFR Recertification, and CPR course. Certifications last 3 years and include CPR training.

Strength and endurance are the backbones of mountain adventures, backpacking trips, and long-term health. Prepare your body for the unique demands of backcountry hiking and climbing with the proper strength training. Join us for our Strength for Women courses, register for one of our Strength & Endurance Bootcamps, or sign up for One-on-One coaching. Enjoy online, personalized access to your mountain training and fitness plan. 

Addressing a mountain athlete’s foundational diet and health elevates the entire body’s performance and capacity. Learn how to establish a healthy foundation for nutrition in the FREE  Gut-Z Challenge. Or, try an in-depth nutrition and health assessment to understand your personal strengths and weaknesses when it comes to nutrition. The benefits will extend beyond athletic performance, into a healthier and more functional daily life.

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About Natalie's
Gut-Z Journey

My mission is to break down limitations for outdoor enthusiasts by building skills and confidence.  I believe outdoor experiences are transformative and should be accessible to everyone.

I began sharing the outdoors with others as a guide in 2002. Outdoor guiding and field safety have taken me to locations in the US, Mexico, South America, New Zealand and Antarctica. My education background in exercise health science and nutrition has given me the opportunity to coach professional and recreational athletes. I’ve taught wilderness medical courses across the US and have been a  hypothermia and survival expert for the film industry.

I continue to grow my personal experiences to help inspire and enrich my courses and clinics. You can learn more about my story and credentials here.

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Natalie is an inspiration. She is very knowledgeable, including extensive Search and Rescue experience, best instructor I've ever had, and has a delightful personality!
It is because of the lessons that you taught me that I saved a life today. I can never thank you enough for passing down the knowledge that I did not think I would ever have to use. I may have responded but you are the true hero Natalie. Thank you.
I thought I had seen the best, but N.B. is right up there and earlier in her career. Top echelon of outdoor professionals. This is clearly in her blood!



Gut-Z Journey acknowledges that the Nüümü (Paiute) and Newe (Shoshone) as the first and traditional land stewards of Payahuunadü (Owens valley). Gut-Z Journey hopes to honor those from the past present and future and instill a sense of caring and stewardship for all who visit. You can learn more about the native lands where you live at