Spend the weekend with Cascade Mountain Adventures on a wilderness backpacking expedition trip. Spend two nights under the stars, enjoy plenty of time to practice new skills, and go further with your wilderness experience. Leave as a safe and confident multi-day wilderness backpacker.
Group Size: 6
Duration: Two Night Overnight
Price: $400 /per person
Have you always wanted to go overnight wilderness backpacking but need help get started? (or just other women to join you?) This weekend class is for you! Learn how to wilderness backpack in a safe, approachable, and supportive outdoor class environment.
Spend two nights 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.
Our three day Introduction to Backpacking skills class includes two nights under the stars, training to efficiently break down and move 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 backpacker. You’ve got the dream. We’ll help you make it a reality.
Looking for something a bit more time efficient? Looking to spend one night only learning essential wilderness backpacking skills? Join us for a two day backpacking skills intensive weekend!
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!
Why Join Us
This class is designed for adventurous women ready dive into multi-day wilderness backpacking. We believe that women leave overnight backpacking trips stronger and more confident with a deep sense of accomplishment. You can do this!
Overnight backpacking is an incredible opportunity to experience a wilderness environment in an entirely new way. 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 three-day introduction to backpacking skills class with Cascade Mountain Adventures 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.
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
You will meet in a beautiful Washington State Park, get to know your group, and prepare to head to your first night 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 - Walk-In Campsite
Your group will meet a central location, get acquainted, and finish preparing for your outdoor skills class. Your leader will host a quick gear check and area orientation before your group heads to your first night campsite. Your tent will be ready and waiting for you at a wilderness campsite a short walk from our meeting location. Once at camp, your group will review wilderness safety considerations, layer management, self-care considerations, risk assessment, campsite selection and setup basics, and wildlife safety. You will also cover emergency preparedness, the Ten Essentials, and wilderness hygiene considerations.
Your first evening will end with a group gathering, campfire, and s’mores. (burn ban conditions permitting) You are expected to provide your own dinner this first night. 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 in to your warm sleeping bag. You will be sharing a tent with another amazing woman and, hopefully, a great new friend.
Day Two - Wilderness Campsite
Your second day will begin bright and early. Your leader will provide and assist in the preparation of a backcountry breakfast and lead your group in breaking down your campsite. It’s time to go backpacking!
Your guide will lead a group session in packing an 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, your will select a camping location and setup your own tent. Don’t worry! We’re with you every step of the way.
Group 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 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 prepared by your guide to greet the day. 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 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.
$400 /per Participant