Introduction to Backpacking - Tacoma - 2021

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: one student field trip and one additional trip of your choice.

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.

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 day 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

Registration Instructions:

  • Register for both online lectures.
  • Register for only one of the six gear practices according to your availability. Gear practice trip leaders may change as the dates approach.
  • Field trips will not open for registration until April 7th (see below)
  • Field trip registration instructions:
    • April 7th-13th: Registration for field trips opens to students.  Please only register for one field trip.
    • April 14th: You may register for additional field trips.
    • April 19th:  Field trips will be opened to general club registration to fill the remaining spaces.  

Optional: Fitness for Hiking and Backpacking - Online Classroom. A Zoom session to help you get in shape at home for Hiking & Backpacking on March 18, 2021 @ 6:30pm

 

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Intro to Backpacking Lecture 1
Online Classroom
Tue, Apr 6, 2021
Registration closes Mar 30
8 participants
3 instructors
Intro to Backpacking Lecture 2
Online Classroom
Tue, Apr 13, 2021
Registration closes Mar 30
8 participants
3 instructors
Gear Practice Day
Owen Beach
Sat, Apr 24, 2021
Registration closes Mar 30
0 participants
0 instructors
Owen Beach
Sat, Apr 24, 2021
Registration closes Mar 30
1 participant
0 instructors
Owen Beach
Sat, Apr 24, 2021
Registration closes Apr 22
6 participants
0 instructors
Owen Beach
Sun, Apr 25, 2021
Registration closes Mar 30
4 participants
0 instructors
Owen Beach
Sun, Apr 25, 2021
Registration closes Apr 23
4 participants
0 instructors
Owen Beach
Sun, Apr 25, 2021
Registration closes Apr 23
5 participants
0 instructors
Intro to Backpacking Field Trip (optional)
Dosewallips River Road Trail
Sat, May 1, 2021 -
Sun, May 2, 2021
Registration opens Apr 7; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Ancient Lake
Sat, May 8, 2021 -
Sun, May 9, 2021
Registration opens Apr 7
7 participants
Second Beach
Sat, May 15, 2021 -
Sun, May 16, 2021
Registration opens Apr 7
7 participants
Ipsut Creek Camp
Sat, May 22, 2021 -
Sun, May 23, 2021
Registration opens Apr 7; Instructor registration open now
3 participants
1 instructor
Duckabush River
Sat, Jun 12, 2021 -
Sun, Jun 13, 2021
Registration opens Apr 7
5 participants
Packwood Lake
Thu, Jun 17, 2021 -
Fri, Jun 18, 2021
Registration opens Apr 7; Instructor registration open now
3 participants
1 instructor
Navaho Pass
Sat, Jul 10, 2021 -
Sun, Jul 11, 2021
Registration opens Apr 7
5 participants
Pete Lake
Fri, Jul 30, 2021 -
Sat, Jul 31, 2021
Registration opens Apr 7; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor
Gem Lake
Sat, Aug 7, 2021 -
Sun, Aug 8, 2021
Registration opens Apr 7
7 participants
Indian Heaven
Fri, Aug 20, 2021 -
Sun, Aug 22, 2021
Registration opens Apr 7; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
1 instructor

Additional badges needed to graduate

Completed

Roster
Required Equipment

The lectures will be held via Zoom.  Students will need a device with internet access to attend the lectures, a full-size screen is recommended in order to best view the content.  

There are no other gear requirements for the lectures, but there are gear requirements for the Gear Practice Day Hikes.  Gear requirements will be covered in detail at Lecture 1, giving students ample time to prepare.

Course Materials
Name/Description
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