Introduction to Backpacking - Tacoma - 2020

Backpacking Course

Introduction to Backpacking

Hands on course for new backpackers that includes two lectures, a gear practice/review session and two overnight backpacking trips.

Info
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.

*AS A RESULT OF THE SUSPENSION OF ALL COURSES/ACTIVITIES/EVENTS UNTIL 4/24/20, WE WILL BE CANCELING THIS COURSE. CURRENT PARTICIPANTS MAY RECEIVE A FULL REFUND, OR DONATE THEIR COURSE FEE. PLEASE SEE THE COVID-19 RESPONSE PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION*

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

Requirements to complete the course include:

  • Attend both lectures and the gear practice / review session
  • Take two qualifying overnight backpacking trips 
  • Earn the Low Impact Recreation Badge by viewing the online video 
  • Earn the Stewardship Badge by completing one stewardship activity

Backpacking Trips associated with this course will open for registration after the first lecture.

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Additional badges needed to graduate

Completed

Roster
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
Name/Description Type
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

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Mountaineers Trips

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Sample Food List

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Sample Gear List

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Lecture 1-Intro to Backpacking 2020

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Lecture 2-Intro to Backpacking 2020

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Graduation Application-Intro to Backpacking 2020

MS Word Doc

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Graduation Application-Intro to Backpacking 2020-PDF

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

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