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.
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
PRICING & DISCOUNTS
All Backcountry Weekends begin at 9 AM on Day 1 and end at approximately 6 PM on Day 3. Each course includes:
Professional instruction in essential backcountry competencies
All meals and snacks (dietary accommodations available upon request)
Carefully planned itineraries based on time of year and trail conditions
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.
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