Apply for a Backpacking Skills or PCT Mileage Badge

Did you know you can get recognition on your Mountaineers profile for your backpacking skills and mileage backpacked on the Pacific Crest Trail? Apply for one of our Backpacking Skills or PCT Mileage badges!
Cheryl Talbert Cheryl Talbert
Foothills Branch Chair & Super Volunteeer
May 07, 2020
Apply for a Backpacking Skills or PCT Mileage Badge

While you're waiting to get back out on the trail solo, with family, or with your favorite Mountaineers backpacking buddies, check out these opportunities to get credit for your backpacking skills and experience with one of these fun badges for your Mountaineers profile!

Basic & Advanced Backpacking Skills Badges

The Basic and Advanced Backpacking Skills badges mark your Mountaineers profile with the level of backpacking skills that you have obtained through your experience and any courses or seminars you might have completed with the Mountaineers or elsewhere! 

Recipients of the Basic Backpacking Skills badge must demonstrate  basic backpacking knowledge, either through lectures/seminars or equivalent experience. 

Apply: basic Backpacking Skills Badge

Recipients of the Advanced Backpacking Skills badge must demonstrate not only a grasp of the Basic Backpacking Skills but also must have planned and participated in at least three successful backpacking trips within the previous two calendar years, of which at least one trip is two nights or more, and must have  completed a field navigation class and an outdoor-oriented first aid class within the past three years, or can clearly demonstrate these competencies from other sources.

Apply: advanced Backpacking Skills Badge

If you have taken a backpacking course with the Mountaineers you will generally be granted at least the basic backpacking skills badge, and if the course includes a backpacking trip requirement you may also receive the Advanced Backpacking Skills badge. Check to see if you might already have one of these badges from one of your courses before you apply!


To honor the amazing resource that is the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT), check out these award badges, available to Mountaineers members from any branch for hiking, backpacking or snowshoeing 50 or more miles of the PCT in Washington State! Find more information about how to qualify and/or  apply for the relevant distance badge at the links below.

PCT 50-Mile Badge

PCT 100-mile badge



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