ADV Camp (GA)

Adventure Camp

Geographic area: Iron Mountain Off-ROAD PARK

Whether you plan on exploring foreign lands or just your own backyard, adventure (or dualsport) riding is one of life’s most satisfying experiences and this is where it all starts.

The ADV Training Camp is designed for beginner or intermediate adventure riders and teaches essential off-road skills to street riders or those who have already begun to experience the world of adventure motorcycling.  The camp will focus on mastering the balance and weight of the motorcycle in various terrain.  Focusing on this essential skill will reduce the energy used to ride and ultimately reduce the likelihood of injury to yourself or damage to your motorcycle.

Don’t risk letting your ride end due to being ill-prepared or insufficiently skilled. The techniques offered during the camp have been thoroughly tested in the real world and continually updated.

The ADV Training Camp crew consists of expert instructors with vast amounts of experience from around the world. Bret Tkacs (Puget Sound Safety Off-Road instructor, TourUSA guide, and original host of MotoTrek) and his professional crew can guarantee an epic learning experience that you won’t find elsewhere.

Paul Solomonson

Paul is an accomplished and skilled motorcyclist in his own right.  He has an in-depth understanding of how the rider and motorcyclist work together – or against each other – and is very skilled at recognizing challenges newer riders present.

A valuable instructor, Paul has the unique ability to explain complex scenarios in a simple, relatable, and often memorable way, leading to much greater understanding and retention.

Seen on YouTube as Bret’s right-hand man, there is rarely a training session that does not have the dynamic input of Paul.

Bret Tkacs

Bret is uniquely skilled at recognizing the fundamental causes of rider errors. He can watch a rider and accurately diagnose the cause of the problem – whether it’s related to motorcycle setup or suspension, or mental or physical complications with the rider.

He is very systematic and specific with correcting problems, and riders leave with a much greater understanding of how they and their motorcycle both work.


adv camp Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival Day


Set up your camping spot and get acquainted with your fellow participants.

At dusk, meet your instructors around a campfire and get to know each other.

Alternatively, hotels are available in nearby Dahlonega. Iron Mountain Resort may have lodging available onsite.

Day 2 - Essential Skills Development




Spend the day learning balance, body positioning, energy conservation, bike setup, traction management, and blending of controls.

This will be an exhausting day, so come prepared. Fruit and snacks will be available along with coffee, juice, and water.

Day 3 - Skill Refinement




Spend the day loosening sore muscles and putting the skills together. Negotiating obstacles, loose surfaces, and hills will be the goal.

This is where everything comes together.

Day 4 - Optional (for add'l $215)




Purchase the optional excursion and put your newly learned skills to the test. The training ride will move to the open (dirt/gravel) roads and blends practical application of skills learned during ADV Camp.

Explore the Rich Mountain Wilderness and get a taste of real adventure riding.

Included in ADV Camp: Instruction and personal coaching, snacks (fruit and snack bars), beverages (including coffee), on-site camping for tents and small trailers, dedicated support vehicle for emergencies.

Not included in ADV Camp: Optional 4th day (must be purchased in addition to ADV Camp), all meals, gasoline, alcohol, travel or medical insurance, gratuities, rental motorcycle (may be rented separately at TourUSA if needed).

What will ADV Camp be like?

ADV Camp 2016: Straddleline orv park, washington

People travel from all over North America and beyond to attend our ADV training events with Bret.

This is a true testament to the value of the skills and knowledge provided. We cannot guarantee that you’ll be an expert rider after the ADV Training Camp, but we can say for certain that you will learn new skills, have a great experience, and leave with the confidence to go out on your own.

We do recommend extending your training experience by taking the ADV Training Tour, held just a few days after ADV Camp ends.  Take your new skills to the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route.

Riders attending both events will be able to make use of the support vehicle that will move from the Training Camp to the Training Tour starting point.