Introduction to Backpacking - Tacoma - 2019

Backpacking Course

Introduction to Backpacking

Hands on course for new backpackers. We will have two lectures, a gear practice day and multiple field trip options.

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
  • Personal Hygiene while backpacking
  • and much more

Graduation Requirements:
-Attend Lecture 1
-Attend Lecture 2
-Attend Gear Practice Day
-1 Mountaineers Overnight Trip
-1 Additional Overnight Trip (Mountaineers or Personal)
-1 Stewardship Day

***More field trips will be posted soon as we coordinate with trip leaders.***

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

There are no equipment requirements for the lectures, but there will be for the Gear Practice Day and Field Trip.  Equipment requirements will be covered in detail at Lecture 1.  You can find an example packing list under course materials. 

Some of your biggest expenses will be:

-Good fitting backpack (50-70 liters)
-Good fitting hiking boots/shoes (recommend waterproof with ankle support)
-Warm, compressible sleeping bag or quilt (rated around 20 degrees)
-Sleeping Pad

We will go over all of this at the lectures, but feel free to contact Lisa ahead of time if you are trying to get a head start on gear!

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

Lecture 1-Intro to Backpacking 2020

Lecture 2-Intro to Backpacking 2020

Graduation Application-Intro to Backpacking 2020

MS Word Doc

Graduation Application-Intro to Backpacking 2020-PDF

Use either the MS Word doc or the PDF - whichever format is most compatible with your system