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Introduction to Backpacking (IntroBP)
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This course is designed to get first time backpackers up to speed on basic backcountry travel skills. It consists of an online learning component leading up to the event, 1 night camping and coursework at the trailhead, and 1 night out on the trail before returning to the trailhead.

  • Class is limited to 6 students
  • Shuttle to and from airport is a possibility. Email ahead of time to work out details.
  • Noon or a little thereafter arrival in trailhead camp. Lunch provided.
  • Early departure from trailhead next morning, breakfast provided.
  • Instructor is Evan Hill
  • Some loaner gear is available as necessary - arrange ahead of time

Distance Curriculum:

  • Video - Natural Pace
  • Video - Intro to Land Navigation
  • Video / Supplementary reading - gear selection
  • Supplementary reading - footwear
  • Video - physical conditioning /  preparing for altitude / self monitoring
  • Video - food and cooking
  • Student Response - completed personal packing list

Hands on Curriculum:

  • In trailhead camp - Gear shakedown
  • In trailhead camp - Basic map / compass / gps
  • In trailhead camp - Introduction to Leave No Trace / ethical impact
  • On trail - Hands on land navigation
  • On trail - Route selection and efficient movement
  • On trail - Off trail travel
  • On trail - Animal awareness (tracks and scat, travel ways, resource usage, cycles, observation)
  • On trail and in Trail camp - Hands on ethical impact
  • Trail camp - Site selection
  • Trail camp - Animal observation

We will return to the trailhead area by mid-day on Sunday. Please email info@hillpeoplegear.com with any questions or logistical inquiries.

Here's a video of the inaugural course:

Edward Curtis Canyon De Chelly
When humans first set foot in a new continent, they came in small groups under their own power, bringing only the gear they needed. Most simply called themselves The People. Over time, those who chose the rougher freer life of the up country came to think of themselves as the Hill People.
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