Backpacking Conditioner


Backpacking Conditioner - Mount Townsend Trail

Backpacking Conditioner

  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,010 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,260 ft

*well-behaved dog (Helen, assistant Mountaineers backpack leader) will also be in attendance*

This steep climb will be a fitting test of all the work we've put in through the winter and spring months!

Meet at upper trailhead (please ask if unsure the difference) at 8:30am, with goal to be moving on the trail by 8:45am. 

This hike is part of an inaugural series of pre-season Backpacking Conditioners.  

These events are intended to help current backpacking course students as well as course graduates build their fitness and endurance through the winter and spring months to tackle their summer objectives, as well as build community within the Mountaineers backpacking community.

Each of these hikes are tailored to meet specific pack weight, distance, and elevation goals which will steadily increase as the clinics move through the spring months. While it is encouraged to slowly increase these factors over time, feel free to join if you judge yourself as being capable of meeting these targets.

While these conditioning hikes are carefully planned, they are intended to support and develop the backpacking community within this organization. With this goal in mind, the pace will be slow to encourage conversation and bonding time, as well as develop aerobic fitness. If you are uncomfortable with an after-work hike in the dark, please be on the lookout for weekend hikes that are intended to occur in daylight hours.


Mount Townsend

  • USGS Mt Townsend

    Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S

    Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Your usual day hiking or backpacking kit. To meet the weight targets, consider adding extra water or rocks that can be dumped if you find it to be too heavy.

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