Introduction to Backpacking - Tacoma - 2016

Backpacking Course

Introduction to Backpacking

Hands on course for new backpackers that has two class sessions plus a field trip

If you are new to backpacking or perhaps returning to backpacking after some time away, this course will prepare you to safely and confidently enjoy overnight or multiple - day routes.  Experienced leaders will instruct and coach on:

  • Basics of trip planning and route selection
  • Gear- how to select, how not to go broke, and how to use it
  • Nutrition and Fitness
  • Leave No Trace wilderness ethics
  • and much more

The two lectures are April 4 and April 18, both at 6 pm at the Tacoma Mountaineers Program Center. The Field Trip will be an overnight May 13-14, location TBD.  You must attend all 3 to complete the course.


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Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Intro to Backpacking Lecture 1
Tacoma Program Center
Mon, May 8, 2017
Registration closed May 6
18 participants
3 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Mon, May 6, 2019
Registration closed May 6
1 participant
0 instructors
Intro to Backpacking Lecture 2
Tacoma Program Center
Mon, May 22, 2017
Registration closed May 20
20 participants
4 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Mon, May 13, 2019
Registration closed May 11
1 participant
0 instructors
Gear Practice Day
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, May 23, 2019
Registration closed May 21
1 participant
0 instructors
Point Defiance Park
Sun, Apr 25, 2021
Registration closed Apr 16
0 participants
0 instructors
Intro to Backpacking Field Trip (optional)
Marmot Pass & Buckhorn Mountain
Sat, Jun 22, 2019 -
Sun, Jun 23, 2019
Registration closed Jun 21
1 participant
Required Equipment

There is no required equipment for the lectures or to start the course.  Recommended and required equipment will be covered in Lecture 1 giving ample time to prepare for the Field Trip.

Course Materials