Backpacking opens the door to remote and otherwise inaccessible places. With Backpacking Essentials, you will learn the basics of how to pack and plan for a backpacking trip. Guided trips will provide you with the confidence and skills needed to plan and execute your own trips.

Backpacking Essentials

Backpacking Essentials is a classroom course that covers everything you need to prepare for your backpacking trip. Topics include fitting your pack, packing your pack, shelter and sleep systems, cooking and food, boots and other clothing necessities, water filtration and storage, weather, maps and navigation, Leave No Trace principles, and other skills necessary to pack for and participate in a backpacking trip.

This course is a prerequisite for Intro to Backpacking.

Level I: Intro to Backpacking

Trip Length:1 night, 5 miles

Prerequisite: Backpacking Essentials or equivalent

This course is designed for the backpacking beginner who has little to no backpacking experience. Some hiking experience is highly recommended.

Participants will hike approximately 5 miles on well-defined trails and with an overnight at a campsite with toilets and drinking water. Hikers will need to be able to walk 5 miles on uneven ground, manage significant elevation changes, and carry their personal gear.

Level II: Intermediate Backpacking

Trip Length: 2 nights, 8-12 miles

Prerequisite: Level I Backpacking or equivalent experience

The course is designed for participants with some backpacking experience who are looking for a guided, primitive experience. Hiking experience is required.

Participants will hike 5-8 miles on their first day and 3-4 miles on their second day, for a total of 8-12 miles. Camping nights will be spent at established primitive campsites within the hiking area. Toilets will generally not be available and water will be filtered from local sources.

Hikers will need to be able to hike 5-8 miles per day over uneven and sometimes very rocky ground on state forest hiking trails, manage significant elevation change, and carry their personal gear along with some group gear.

Level III: Extended Backpacking

Trip Length: 3 or more nights, approximately 8 miles/day

Prerequisite: Level II Backpacking or equivalent experience

This course is designed for participants with moderate backpacking experience who are looking for a guided, extended duration backpacking experience.

Participants will hike approximately 8 miles per day, sleep at established primitive campsites, and filter water from local sources. Hikers must be able to hike 8 or more miles per day over uneven ground with significant elevation changes, and carry their personal gear along with group gear.