Introduction to Backpacking - Tacoma - 2018

Backpacking Course

Introduction to Backpacking

Hands on course for new backpackers that has two class sessions, a demonstration day 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. 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

Course Graduation Requirements
Attend Lecture 1 and Lecture 2, Gear Demonstration Day, one Mountaineers backpacking trip (a course field trip could fulfill this) and one additional backpacking trip (personal or Mountaineers).  Also, complete a stewardship day of your choice.

Field Trip Dates*:
May 5-6 (Saturday-Sunday): Lower Lena Lake
May 17-18 (Thursday-Friday): Ozette Triangle
May 19-20 (Saturday-Sunday): Packwood Lake

*You are not required to participate in the scheduled field trips.   You may  go on any official Mountaineers backpacking trip that fits in your schedule to fulfill your graduation requirement.  Field trips are a great opportunity we provide for you to learn and share with fellow classmates.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
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
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 are no equipment requirements for the lectures, but there will be for the Gear Demonstration Day and 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