Ages: 14 years and over with participating adult
Activity Level: easy
Please bring a completed waiver
and review the participant equipment list.
Learn the basics to having a safe and enjoyable backcountry experience before investing in expensive gear. Our knowledgeable staff will cover important topics such as tents, backpacks, water treatment, and outdoor ethics during this relaxing classroom session. If you are just getting into backpacking, we recommend the following progression:
- Backpacking Basics
- Classroom overview of backpacking gear, safety equipment, etc.
- Beginner Backpacking Trip
- 2-day, 1-night local trip focusing on learning key backpacking concepts to allow you to become an independent backpacker. Equipment available.
- Land Navigation 1 & Land Navigation 2.
- Gourmet Backcountry Cooking
- Backpacking Trips
- 3+ day guided trips promoting you becoming an independent backpacker, expert staff can offer any skills you would like to practice.
Registration opens February 15. $5 late fee applies after April 4.
By registering, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the refund policy.
General Essential Eligibility Requirements that all participants must meet. A participant….
- …must meet minimum age and pre-trip meeting requirements for each individual program.
- …must meet program fee requirements for each individual program.
- …must be able to remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed in order to avoid environmental injuries such as hypothermia, heat-related illnesses, sunburn, and frostbite.
- …must refrain from use of alcohol and tobacco before or during outdoor recreation activities and any illegal drugs throughout the duration of a program.
- …must be able, either alone or with the aid of a personal care attendant, to manage, administer and protect any prescription medications currently prescribed to him or her. All medications, including over-the-counter medications shall be declared in medical history section of the registration form.
- …must be able, either alone, with the aid of an augmentative communication device, or a personal care attendant to follow directions and communicate needs.
- …must not exceed manufacturers’ maximum recommended weight limit for equipment being used.
- …must be able to manage personal mobility either alone, with a reasonable amount of assistance, with the aid of a personal care attendant, or with adaptive equipment.
- …must be able to independently wear and maintain wearing all safety equipment correctly.
- …must be able, either alone or with the aid of a personal care attendant or adaptive equipment to travel at least 1 mile on varying terrain as well as be able to carry their own gear on backpacking trips.
- …must be able to, for backcountry programs only, travel in a physically demanding, remote backcountry environment for the uninterrupted period of the trip length, which can range from one to ten days with varying temperatures and environmental conditions including but not limited to, rain snow, hail, sun, and wind. The remoteness is such that cell signal may be unavailable, and it may require at minimum an hour, but perhaps in excess of 2 days travel to reach the nearest road and advanced medical care; participant assumes all costs associated with rescue.