Hill People Gear Educational Offerings

We started out making the gear we wanted for the backcountry travel we do. We knew that folks with similar needs would eventually find us. They did... but so did a lot of others as well.

We realized that the experience and knowledge base we take for granted isn't particularly common and we needed to help our customers not just with gear, but with knowledge and skills as well.

Our focus is practical and efficient backcountry travel. Not historical re-enactment, not "extreme hunting mountain ops", and not whatever this season's "outdoor lifestyle" couture looks like. Just like the animals we most respect, we try to cultivate generalized and flexible approaches that allow us to quickly adapt to a wide variety of environments.

play_circle_outline Longhouse Instructional Series

Our "Hill People Gear Longhouse" video instructional series forms the distance learning part of our class curriculum. But it's also freely available to everyone! The playlist above is the entire series. If you'd like to drill down a little more, here they are broken down by class:

play_circle_outline Introduction to Backpacking play_circle_outline Winter Skills

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Winter Skills Class

Distance learning culminating in a 2 night bunkhouse experience in the Colorado Rockies with field activities during the day and the choice to spend the night out in a tent instead of a bunkhouse. Was $200.00
Now $188.00


Introduction to Backpacking

Distance learning culminating in a 2 night trip - one night doing coursework at trailhead, one night on the trail. Was $150.00
Now $141.00


Summer Gathering

Family friendly car camping event in Western Colorado Free



The HPG equipage taxonomy is a systematic approach to thinking about backcountry living systems -- what you need to carry and when. For seasoned backcountry travelers, it may serve as nothing more than a way of understanding under which circumstances each piece of gear we produce is most useful. For everyone else, we hope it serves as a good introduction to their own integration with a backcountry or austere environment.


explore Overview Level 0.5 - Pocket Level 1 - Kit Level 1.5 - Light Day Level 2 - Go Bag Level 3 - Sustainment

forum Community Forum

Different experiences, different environments, different methodologies... Our community forum is a place to learn from a wide variety of backcountry travelers, some of them quite seasoned.

explore Main Forum forum General Discussion forum Firearms and Skills forum Out There Trip Reports