Three days. New skills. New friends.

One unforgettable experience.

Join us in Vermont for a three-day introduction to backpacking that will give you the basic skills and knowledge you need to feel more confident exploring the great outdoors.

This course is designed for beginners. We will focus on skill development, safety and best practices rather than covering great distances or summiting the highest peaks. Group sizes are limited to six participants to ensure quality instruction.

At the end of a Backcountry Weekend you will go home with transferable skills to share with friends and family, along with a better understanding of what it means to be part of a small, self-sufficient community.

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​Among other skills, you will learn how to:

  • Navigate using map, compass and digital aids

  • Cook delicious meals in the wilderness

  • Pack and plan for self-sufficiency

  • Understand backcountry hazards and safety

  • Practice Leave No Trace principles

  • Stay warm in harsh environments

  • Set up a "bomb-proof" campsite

  • Develop the small-group dynamics that make an expedition successful


All Backcountry Weekends begin at 9 AM on Day 1 and end at approximately 6 PM on Day 3. Each course includes:

  1. Professional instruction in essential backcountry competencies

  2. All meals and snacks (dietary accommodations available upon request)

  3. Carefully planned itineraries based on time of year and trail conditions

  4. Use of "group gear" such as tents, cookware and camp stoves. Limited pieces of individual gear (like backpacks) are available to rent for a small fee; other items (like hiking boots) must be provided by the participant.


Group of 3 or more, per person: $385

Group of 2, per person: $435

Single participant total: $485

Private group of up to 6, per person: $535

Please note: minors age 14 and up are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult participant.

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2022 DATES

Availability is limited! Click below to book today.


Friday, June 24 - Sunday, June 26, 2022

Friday, July 15 - Sunday, July 17, 2022

Friday, August 19 - Sunday, August 21, 2022

Saturday, September 3 - Monday, September 5, 2022

Friday, September 16 - Sunday, September 18, 2022

Saturday, October 8 - Monday, October 10, 2022

Friday, October 28 - Sunday, October 30, 2022