Backpack Section: Classes

Whether you're a seasoned wilderness explorer, or even if you've never camped before, chances are our courses will help you explore, enjoy, and better learn what there is to protect on the planet.

Basic Backpacking

Every spring, the Section offers a Basic Backpacking Course, taught by our experienced volunteer instructors. The course consists of four evening online sessions, an in-person Saturday demonstration and group day hike, and optional overnight class trips.

Click here for details about this year's Basic Backpacking class.

Lightweight Backpacking

Cancelled in 2020 and 2021, in 2022 we will present our popular advanced class for experienced backpackers introducing lightweight and ultralight backpacking. The course will consist of two intensive, full-day classroom sessions (one online, one outdoors), plus a weekend backpacking trip. Topics include lightweight philosophy, wilderness safety, commercial and home-made gear, trip planning, and more.

Click here for details about the most recently-offered Lightweight Backpacking class.

Trip Leadership

The Section also teaches a Trip Leadership Workshop when we have at least four interested, prospective leaders. The workshop is intended for prospective Backpack Section trip leaders and for current leaders who would like to brush up on skills, share experiences, etc. Topics covered include trip planning, on-trail leadership, wilderness emergencies and rescue, and leadership challenges. The cost of future classes is TBD.

Click here for more information about this year's Trip Leadership Workshop.