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Backpacking Classes


The Trail Patrol offers in-depth instruction in safe and environmentally friendly backpacking practices for both novices and experienced backpackers. All instructors are PATC volunteers who share a love of backpacking and enabling others to expand their enjoyment of the outdoors. Most classes include an overnight backpacking trip.

Participants must be at least 18 years old, and a nominal fee is charged.

For more information on Trail Patrol's backpacking classes, follow the links below or contact the Backpacking Committee Chair.

Backpacking 101
This class is designed for people with no backpacking experience and those seeking to update rusty skills after several years away from the sport. Instruction covers equipment selection and use, information and techniques to enhance safety and comfort, and Leave No Trace methods to protect our fragile backcountry environment. Two Backpacking 101 classes are offered each year.

        Lightweight Packpacking Seminar

This one-day seminar is designed to acquaint the seasoned backpacker with the importance of weight considerations when choosing and using equipment. The seminar's goal is to instill a weight-conscience mind set when packing for an overnight trip. It is not intended to advocate an ultra-light philosophy.

Backpacking 202

Designed for Backpacking 101 graduates and others with basic backpacking skills and experience, this class provides the opportunity to take it to the next level by developing the special skills needed to plan and lead group trips.

Class dates will be scheduled with the participation of registered students, as part of the process of planning and executing an Overnight Backpacking Trip.

Interested applicants please contact the Backpacking Committee Chair to receive a registration form.