Critical trip info
- 7 days/6 nights
- Max client/guide ratio: 3:1 (or less)
- Primary objectives: learning & adventure
- Teaching level: beginner through intermediate
- Physical intensity: low to high, depending on the session
- Prerequisites & Expectations: yes
- Trip itinerary
Who should take this trip?
There are two components to every backpacking trip: hiking and camping. My clients are typically interested in learning to optimize their hiking experience — making it fun, not work – without compromising their safety or comfort.
Within that context, this trip is ideally suited for:
- Ambitious beginners
- Intermediate backpackers
- Former clients who have already taken my 3-day intro-level course
Your “bucket list” may include:
- Thru-hiking a National Scenic Trail, e.g. Appalachian, Pacific Crest, or Continental Divide
- Completing all or portions of adventurous routes like the Sierra High Route or Hayduke Trail
- Leading your family or Scout troop on a backpacking trip
Why should you take this trip?
There are two primary reasons for taking this course:
First, you want to learn advanced insights about backpacking gear, supplies, and skills. But you’re aware that “learning the hard way” through trial-and-error usually and unfortunately entails hundreds of dollars in regrettable purchases and many trips that were harder and less enjoyable than they should have been.
Second, you want to have an adventurous wilderness experience in a world-class location in the company of an intimate, capable, and fun group. During the 2013, we will be exploring Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, which is home to the highest peak in the lower 48, Mt. Whitney, and larger than the High Sierra’s other national park, Yosemite.
More reasons to take this trip:
- World-class guides provide high-level instruction
- Competitive prices, especially considering what you get
- Free demo gear for you to use and experiment with
- Discounts and free product from 10+ vendors
What will you learn?
For a full list of subjects taught during this course, view the Curriculum. Some of the most important subjects include:
- Gear selection
- Food planning
- On-trail navigation
- Off-trail navigation
- Map & compass
- Foot care
- Water quality & purification
- Campsite selection
- Wildlife precautions
- Leave No Trace