Summary

Spend the weekend with Cascade Mountain Adventures learning how to confidently multi-day wilderness backpack. Spend two nights under the stars, learn new skills, and go further with your wilderness experiences. Leave as a safe and confident multi-day wilderness backpacker.


Rating: Beginner

 

Group Size: 4

 

Duration: Two Night

 

Price: $359 /per person


Introduction

Have you always wanted to start going your own multi-day overnight wilderness backpacking? This class is for you! Learn how to wilderness backpack in a safe, approachable, and supportive outdoor environment. This is our premiere experience and most in-depth backpacking training session.

Spend two nights in a beautiful Washington State Park learning how to multi-day wilderness backpack. You will learn about overnight trip planning, safety considerations, gear recommendations, packing your own overnight pack. water filtration, backcountry meal preparation, wilderness travel ethics, and so much more.

Our three-day Introduction to Multi-Day Backpacking class includes two nights under the stars, efficiently managing your backcountry home, and plenty of opportunities to practice your new skills. This is a comprehensive introduction to wilderness backpacking and hands-on training for multi-day backpacking trips.

You will also enjoy new friends, amazing old growth trees, babbling streams, and time spent in a wilderness environment. Our goal is to to make you a safe, independent, and confident overnight multi-day backpacker. You’ve got the dream. We’ll help you make it a reality.

Backcountry meals provided in partnership with Outdoor Pantry.

Looking to spend only one night learning essential wilderness backpacking skills? Join us for a two day backpacking skills intensive weekend!

 

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 adventurous women ready to dive into multi-day wilderness backpacking. You’re ready to learn how to setup your own backcountry site, pack your own backpack, safely manage your own backcountry kitchen, and plan effective (and fun!) multi-day backcountry trips. We’re ready make sure you learn the skills you need to make it happen.

Multi-day overnight backpacking is an incredible opportunity to experience wilderness environments in an entirely new way. Learn and practice the skills to plan and safely enjoy your own multi-day overnight backpacking 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. We will also teach you all of the ins-and-outs of selecting your own backpacking gear.

The Cascade Mountain Adventures team has years of experience leading safe and successful backcountry overnight trips. Our three-day introduction to backpacking skills class will teach you how to become a multi-day wilderness backpacker in a safe and supportive environment. You will be in great hands with an experienced team with years of backcountry camping experience.

Overnight gear - backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and camp chairs - will be provided for this event. (but you are welcome to bring your own gear if you have it!) This is a supportive first-time backcountry camping experience led at an easy recreational pace. Backcountry meals - breakfast & dinner - are also provided and dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice.

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.

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

  • 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)

Snow covered mountain at sunrise against a blue sky

Itinerary

  • Day One - Walk-In Campsite

    Your group will meet and finish preparing for your outdoor skills weekend. Your leader will host an area orientation before heading to your first night campsite. Your tent and other CMA provided overnight gear will be ready and waiting for you a short walk from our meeting location. Once at camp, your group will review wilderness camp site setup essentials, self-care considerations, risk assessment, and wildlife safety. Your leader will also lead an in-depth session on backpacking tents and sleeping systems options. We will have easy access to our vehicles this first night.

Your first evening will end with dinner followed by a group campfire and s’mores. (burn ban conditions permitting) Your leader will review the essential skills for staying warm and comfortable in your tent overnight. Trust us - it's possible! A clear night will also allow for stargazing before tucking into your warm sleeping bag. You will be sharing a tent with another amazing woman and, hopefully, a great new friend. You are expected to provide your own dinner this first night.

  • Day Two - Wilderness Campsite

Your second day will begin bright and early. Your leader will assist in the preparation of a backcountry breakfast and host an in-depth gear overview on backcountry stoves, water filtration, and backcountry food storage options. They will then assist your group in breaking down your campsite. It’s time to go backpacking!

Your guide will lead a group session in packing your overnight backpack and assist you in packing your own. You will carry your own tent, personal gear, and a share of group food and cooking gear. You will then set off on an approximately 2-mile hike to our wilderness campsite. Your guide will share additional details about the area, tips for efficient travel, and on-trail self-care information along the way. Once at our wilderness camp, you will select a camping location and set up your own tent. We’re with you every step of the way.

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 hike will take your group to another outdoor site for an introduction to wilderness navigation and outdoor trip planning session. The group will enjoy some downtime after our afternoon hike - great for reading or simply enjoying time in the woods - before dinner. Your second evening will end with a hearty backcountry meal, prepared as a group, before turning in for the night.

  • Day Three - Heading Home

Your third day will begin with hot coffee to greet the day. You will then prepare breakfast - you’re working those stoves! - and enjoy one more morning in the woods. Our final morning together will focus on next level outdoor trip planning and group leadership essentials. 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 and a final class debrief. It will then be time to head home with a brand new set of incredible wilderness skills. Expect to be back at the trailhead by 12:00pm - 1:00pm.

Registration Fee

$359 /per Participant

Questions?

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