Introduction to Backpacking

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At the Introduction to Backpacking clinic, we teach women the basic skills needed to organize and execute overnight hiking trips. We will begin our day with a short meeting at the trailhead to review a map and distribute gear. Women will learn what gear is needed, how to pack a backpack and how to comfortably wear a pack while hiking. With our bags loaded, we will begin our hike. As we make our way towards camp, guides will explain backcountry etiquette and hygiene.

Once we arrive at our camp, we will learn how to pitch a tent, filter water and cook a backcountry meal. After setting-up our homes for the evening, we will have the opportunity to hike further without our heavy backs and explore other trails.

In the morning, after waking to birds chirping and the sun illuminating our tents, we will eat breakfast, breakdown our homes and clean up our campsite. As we hike out, women will have the chance to reflect on the last 24 hours and ask any lingering questions.


All of our Summer 2019 clinics are held in Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest

July 20th - 21st : Dorothy Lake (Skykomish)

August 10th - 11th : Lake Ann (Mt. Baker)

August 17th - 18th : Dorothy Lake (Skykomish)

September 7th - 8th : Dorothy Lake (Skykomish)

Cost and Details:


Max Ratio - 4:1 (Hiker: Guide)

Capacity - 4

Minimum Enrollment - 2

Hiker Requirements:

Any person who identifies as female, above the age of 18 years old, is encouraged to join. Persons must be able to carry 35lbs on varied terrain for 4 miles and the desire to learn backpacking skills.

Cost Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions: All camping gear, camping permits, camp meals, and the guide fee.

Exclusions: Not included in the course cost is gratuities to guide, transportation, or travel insurance.