Weekend Skills Workshop: Beginner Backpacking

Saturday, April 24, 2021

For multi-day trips, as a precaution, we ask that you get a COVID-19 test 3-5 days prior to the trip.

Do you want to spend the night in the woods but are not quite sure where to start? Learn backpacking skills from our guides on this 2-day, 1-night trip! We’ll hike on parts of the historic Appalachian Trail, learning outdoor skills along the way: from the right way to pack your backpack to setting up a campsite, and everything in between. In this weekend backpacking class, we’ll cover:

  • What to Pack
  • What to Wear
  • Packing a Pack
  • Fitting a Pack
  • Leave No Trace
  • Navigation
  • Water Treatment
  • Choosing a Campsite
  • Setting up Camp
  • Backcountry Nutrition
  • Backcountry Cooking
  • Backcountry Cleaning
  • Bear Safety
  • Fire Safety
  • Backcountry Hygiene
  • Staying Warm and Dry in a Tent

Looking for more backpacking adventures? We’ll be doing an advanced skills backpacking class in the summer of 2021. Or come adventuring with us out west, backpacking the gorgeous gorges of Escalante!

Level: Intermediate (Learn More)

Mileage: 5-7 miles per day

Elevation Gain: 500-1500 feet per day


The North Face, UWS

Check-in Time: 6:45 am, April 24th

Departure Time: 7:00 am, April 24th

Return Time: Approximately 8:00 pm, April 25th


Limited spots remaining

This trip has a $20 limited-capacity charge.

While COVID-19 remains a concern, we are limiting our van capacity to a 10-person maximum, including guides, and leaving the middle seat empty in each row. The limited-capacity trips have a $20 fee to accommodate the changes we need to make for the COVID protocol. The fees will only be in effect while we limit capacity on trips. Learn more about what we are doing to keep everyone safe.


  • Hiking boots
  • Wool or synthetic socks (no cotton)
  • Moisture-wicking base layers (top and bottom, no cotton).
  • Fleece
  • Insulating top layer (puffy)
  • Insulating bottom layer such as fleece pants
  • Fully waterproof top and bottom shells (should be able to fit over your other layers)
  • Long underwear for sleeping
  • Fleece hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses

Pack (*starred items are available for rent at an extra fee)

  • Backpack (50-70L)*
    • Make sure your pack has enough extra space to carry group gear
  • Sleeping bag rated to 30 degrees F or lower*
  • Sleeping pad*
  • Tent*
  • Personal toiletries
  • Water bottles that can hold at least 3 liters total
  • Headlamp (required)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Extra pair of wool socks
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Light and comfortable camp shoes (optional, consider weight before packing)