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Backpacking Basics Lecture

Learn how to prepare for backpacking in the Rockies. Topics include how to select gear such as packs, tents, sleeping bags and clothing, how to plan backcountry meals/menus and how to set up camp. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor.

Intro To Backpacking

Perfect for the beginner backpacker, this course combines the Backpacking Basics Lecture with an easy overnight trip in Kananaskis. Learn the skills needed to enjoy multi-day backcountry trips, then head out with an experienced guide to put it all into practice. Prerequisite: good physical condition. Includes: guide, overnight permits/fees, group camping gear.

Local Backpacking Trips

Our local backpacking trips visit a variety of trails, both well-known and hidden gems. Watch for new destinations each year.
A pre-trip lecture covers the logistics of group camping. 
Prerequisite: good physical condition and backpacking experience. 
Includes: guide, permits, camping fees, group camping gear*.
Transportation to and from trailheads: carpool.
*We will be sharing 2 and 3-person MSR tents and cooking shared meals on liquid fuel stoves.

Backpacking Expeditions - Teens

Head out to the mountains in Kananaskis with our backpacking guides for a multi-day trip of exploring and backcountry camping. Our guides will teach you route-finding, navigation, backcountry cooking, campsite management and animal safety. Backpacking Expedition 101 is a 3-day (2-night) introduction and Backpacking Expedition 201 is a 5-day extended trip for those who want a challenge. Required: check equipment list and additional information in the online event details. Prerequisite: must attend pretrip meeting with a parent to discuss required items and cover meal planning (food is not included). Includes: backpacking instructor, all group gear, transportation.