Saturday, September 18, 2021

Let’s take a deep dive into backpacking skills! Spend three days and two nights in the beautiful Catskill Mountains and acquire the experience to thrive on multi-day outdoor trips. On the first day, we’ll take you through the skills that you are going to need to thrive in the wild. Then, it’s going to be your turn. You will take the lead and practice what you learned. Of course, we’ll be there every step of the way for support and encouragement, but the goal of this adventure weekend is for you to acquire the skills and confidence for a greater enjoyment of the outdoors.

This trip is perfect for you if you have done some backpacking but would like to hone your skills and take on a more demanding terrain, or if you are a regular hiker looking to start doing overnight trips.

We will focus on these skills throughout the weekend:

  • 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? Come adventuring with us out west, backpacking the gorgeous gorges of Escalante!

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

Level: Intermediate (Learn More)

Mileage: ~5 miles per day over challenging Catskills terrain

Elevation Gain: 1,000-2,000 feet per day

Group Size: 2-12 participants


The North Face, UWS

Check-in Time: 6:15 am, September 18th

Departure Time: 6:30 am, September 18th

Return Time: Approximately 8:00 pm, September 20th


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 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 (required)
  • 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
  • Gloves
  • 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 (at least 1/3 of pack)
  • Sleeping bag rated to 30 degrees F or lower*
  • Sleeping pad*
  • Tent*
  • Personal toiletries
  • Water bottles that can hold at least 3 liters total
  • Mess kit (bowl, mug, spork that can handle boiling water)
  • Headlamp (required)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Extra pair of wool socks
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Light and comfortable camp shoes (optional, consider weight before packing)