Introduction to Backpacking - Tacoma - May 2017

Backpacking Course

Introduction to Backpacking

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

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

If you are new to backpacking or perhaps a returning backpacker who has not been out for some time, this course will prepare you to safely and confidently enjoy overnight or multiple day routes. There will be two classroom sessions and one overnight trip (various dates and locations).  Experienced leaders will provide instruction and coaching on: 

  • Basics of trip planning and route selection
  • Gear -how to select without going broke, and how to use it
  • Nutrition and Fitness
  • Leave No Trace wilderness ethics
  • and much more

You must attend both lectures (May 8 and May 22) and one overnight trip of your choice (to be offered during the summer) plus one day of "stewardship" to complete the course. 





Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Intro to Backpacking Field Trip (optional)
Navaho Pass
Sat, Jun 2, 2018 -
Sun, Jun 3, 2018
Registration closed May 31
3 participants
1 instructor
Marmot Pass & Buckhorn Mountain
Sat, Jun 22, 2019 -
Sun, Jun 23, 2019
Registration closed Jun 21
1 participant
Intro to Backpacking Lecture 1
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 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
Required Equipment

There are no equipment requirements for the lectures, but there will be for the Field Trip.  Equipment requirements will be covered in detail at Lecture 1 giving ample time to prepare.

Course Materials
Introduction to Backpacking Manual 2017

Manual for backpacking that includes much of the presentation material but not all; plus some additional material not covered in class

Mountaineers Trips

Sample Food List

Sample Gear List

Graduation Application_2021.pdf

Graduation Application_2021.docx

Lecture 1 - Intro to Backpacking 2021.pdf

Lecture 2 - Intro to Backpacking 2021.pdf