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Take a hike! Message Board › Backpacking workshop-trips coming up

Backpacking workshop-trips coming up

A former member
Post #: 40
Hi all,

After the first two turned out really well (and folks asking about more), I've set up a few more workshops for folks wanting to learn (more) about backpacking.


Getting Deeper into the Wilderness: In-field backpacking workshops

The California wilderness includes some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world! Experience the beauty the most incredible way: With a backpack, in deep.

Workshops for beginning and intermediate backpackers

These workshops are easy to moderate, three full-day trips to very beautiful place, including varied instruction for beginning and intermediate backpackers.

Beginners will find comprehensive and accessible introductory informational content, a highly supportive and friendly atmosphere, and opportunity to delve considerably deeper into their learning.

Intermediates, or participants with some experience, will find a wide range of more advanced informational content and opportunity for special topic coverage and plenty of one-to-one learning.

Current workshops

Round (Top) Lake, El Dorado National Forest: August 5 (Thursday
evening) to 8 (Sunday evening), with July 31 (Saturday) orientation

Round (Top) Lake, El Dorado National Forest: August 26 (Thursday evening) to 29 (Sunday evening), with August 21
(Saturday) orientation

Trinity Alps National Forest: September 23 (Thursday evening) to 26 (Sunday evening), with September 18 (Saturday) orientation

What’s included

Each workshop includes:

o A comprehensive syllabus/trip guide
o Preparatory and skills handouts
o An instructional and logistical three-hour, pre-trip orientation
o Pre-trip support
o A three-night trip (with a full layover day/night), including core and optional instruction on a wide range of topics


We'll focus on staying safe and comfortable while staying
overnight in the wilderness, covering core curricula and more
advanced material based on participant interest and need.

Topics include: Backpacking gear, Acquiring gear, Pre-trip to-
do, Conditioning, Wilderness activities, Trip planning, Food
planning, Packing and adjusting a backpack, Water, Leave No
Trace, Ropes and knots, Self and community, Sierra geology,
Sierra ecology, Group decision-making, Mosquito management,
Altitude sickness, Wildlife hazards, Environmental hazards,
Travel and trailhead, Hiking form and protocol, Navigating,
Selecting campsites, Storing food, Filtering water, Eating,
Making fires, Pissin' and poopin', Sleeping, Day hiking,
Breaking camp, Post-trip to-do, What's next?, Political economy
of nature, and more!


Cost for the workshop is $255 per person (including all
materials). $205 self-select discount available. $40 food and
fuel fee if you would like to be part of the group meal. Other
discounts are available too.

For complete information, visit www.

“An absolutely incredible weekend. I am deeply grateful for
Skip's patience, generosity, knowledge, and wisdom. It was the
perfect introduction to backpacking, and I'm on a total high
from the experience.”

Omi Chandiramani, trip participant (see all the testimonials on
our site)
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