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Backpacking 202


Backpacking 202 is designed for Backpacking 101 graduates and others with basic backpacking skills and experience. This class provides students the opportunity to take it to the next level by developing the special skills needed to plan and lead group trips.

Class members will plan and direct most of the preparations for an overnight backpacking trip, facilitated by experienced instructors. Participants must be at least 18 years old and have completed Backpacking 101 or have equivalent backpacking experience.


Fee: $40.00 for PATC Members; $55.00 for non-members. Class will not run with fewer than 12 students. The class is limited to 25 students.

Pre-registration is required.  No classes are currently scheduled. Contact the Backpacking Committee Chair for more information.

Topics Covered

Pre-trip planning sessions will cover equipment selection and use, route planning, food planning, improving safety and comfort, managing the unexpected, and Leave No Trace principles to protect our fragile backcountry environment.

The course provides opportunities to develop and apply trip leadership and backpacking skills both in the planning phase and in the field.