Summary

Spend the weekend with Cascade Mountain Adventures in our most time efficient comprehensive backpacking skills experience. Leave as a safe, confident, and incredible wilderness backpacker.


Rating: Beginner - Intermediate

 

Group Size: 6

 

Duration: One Night Overnight

 

Price: $350 /per person


Introduction

Are you ready to go backpacking but unsure about some of the finer details? (or just want other women to join you?) Are you ready to jump into the deep end of the wilderness backpacking pool and cannot wait to get started? This single night backpacking skills intensive class is for you.

Spend two days and one night in a beautiful Washington State Park learning how to wilderness backpack. You will learn about overnight trip planning, safety considerations, gear requirements, packing your overnight pack. water filtration, backcountry meal preparation, wilderness travel ethics, and so much more.

This adventure is geared for women that don’t want to waste time - you’re ready to hit the trail. We’re ready make sure you learn the skills you need to make it happen. Our goal is to to make sure you are ready to hit the trail as a safe, confident, and amazing wilderness backpacker.

Looking for something a bit slower paced or hands-on practice for multi-day backpacks? Join us for a two night introduction to backpacking expedition weekend! Spend more time outdoors and go further with your wilderness backpacking experience.

 

Prerequisites

  • No Previous Experience Required - Some Hiking Experience Encouraged

  • Able to Walk 4-6 Miles Over Varied Terrain

  • Able to Carry ~30 Pounds

  • Sense of Adventure - You've Got This!



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Why Join Us

This experience is designed for outdoor women ready to jump into wilderness backpacking. This trip is geared for women that don’t want to waste time - you’re ready to hit the trail. You’re ready to learn how to correctly stake out your tent, setup your own backcountry site, safely manage your own backcountry kitchen, and filter your own water. We’re ready make sure you learn the skills you need to make it happen.

Learn and practice the skills to plan, prepare for, and safely enjoy your own overnight backpacking camping adventures. Our objectives include learning about important wilderness safety considerations, selecting overnight destinations, predicting and planning for current conditions, establishing a backcountry campsite, effective layer management, self-care skills, and Leave No Trace considerations.

The Cascade Mountain Adventures team has years of experience leading safe and successful backcountry overnight trips. A two-day backpacking intensive class with Cascade Mountain Adventures will ensure that you have the skills you need to truly be a self sufficient wilderness backpacker. This event is held in a ‘near wilderness’ location, in a dedicated and private wooded environment, near enough to civilization to be a perfect practice location. The access is easy but the wildlife and environmental considerations are real.

Overnight gear - backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and camp chairs - can be provided for this event. You are invited and encouraged to bring your own backpacking gear if you already have it. This is a supportive backcountry camping experience led at an efficient pace. Backcountry meals - breakfast & dinner - are also provided and dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice.

It’s not all work and no play though. Our goal is to setup and manage camp, learn essential skills, and have plenty of time left over to enjoy our time in the outdoors. Our event outdoor locations also have some hidden gems waiting to be explored.

Included

  • Supportive Expert Instruction

  • Overnight Camping Gear (Backpack, Tent, Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Pad, Camp Chair)

  • Group Cooking Gear (Stoves & Fuel)

  • Backcountry Meals (Breakfast & Dinner)

  • Small Group Size

  • Beginner Oriented Pace

  • Take Home Gear - Over $50 Value

  • Wilderness First Aid Certified Leader

  • Emergency Communication Gear

 

Not Included

  • Required Personal Clothing & Gear (Gear List)

  • Personal Snacks

  • Personal Hygiene / Self-Care Items

  • Transportation To/From the Trailhead

  • WA State Park Discover Pass (for Parking)

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Itinerary

You will meet in a beautiful Washington State Park, get to know your group, and prepare to head to your overnight campsite location. Your leader will review your itinerary, a map of the area, expected destination(s), trail conditions, and the essentials of wilderness travel preparedness. The Leave No Trace wilderness ethics will also be reviewed with the group.

  • Day One

    Your group will meet a central location, get acquainted, and prepare for your weekend outdoor skills class experience. Your leader will host a quick gear check and area orientation before your group heads to your overnight campsite. You will then set off on a on an approximately 1/2 mile hike to our near-wilderness campsite. You will carry your own tent, personal gear, and a share of group food and cooking gear. Your guide will share additional details about the area, tips for efficient travel, and on-trail self-care along the way.

    Once at our overnight location, your guide will assist you in selecting a tent site location and support you in setting up your tent as needed. Your group will also review wilderness safety considerations, layer management, self-care considerations, risk assessment, wilderness camping management basics, and wildlife safety. You will also cover emergency preparedness, the Ten Essentials, and wilderness hygiene considerations.

Camp setup will be followed by a skills session on wildlife safety and wilderness food storage. You will then leave camp for a short hike and another opportunity to stretch your legs. The group will enjoy some down time after our afternoon hike - great for reading or simply enjoying time in the woods - before dinner. Your evening will end with a hearty backcountry meal, prepared as a group, before turning in for the night.

Your leader will review the essential skills for staying warm and comfortable in your tent overnight. A clear night will also allow for stargazing before tucking in to your warm sleeping bag. You will be sharing a tent with another amazing woman and, hopefully, a great new friend. 

  • Day Two

Your second day will begin with hot coffee to greet the day. (we’ve got you covered on the caffeine front but will have cocoa and tea as well) Your group will then prepare breakfast - you’re working those stoves! - and enjoy one more morning in the woods. This is also a great opportunity to talk as a group about your wilderness overnight experience. Your guide will support you in breaking down camp and hold a final at-camp skills session on leaving a clean wilderness campsite. You will then hike back down to the parking lot before participating in a final skills recap and trip debrief. It will then be time to head home with a brand new set of incredible wilderness skills. Expect to be back at the parking lot by 12:00pm - 1:00pm.

Registration Fee

$350 /per Participant

Questions?

See our Frequently Asked Questions or Contact Us. Please also review our Cancellation Policy before registering for an event.



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