Curriculum & Schedule

The course is comprised of reading materials and discussions, assignments with in-depth feedback and three virtual meetings.

The schedule is intentionally designed to keep the workload consistent, and we recommend that students stay on track. It’s not possible to “get ahead” — we’ll release new materials when we’ve scheduled them.

If you get busy and miss a week, it’s not a problem — you’ll have access to the materials, and we’re happy to review any assignments submitted to us within twelve weeks of the start date.

In 2022, we are running 4 sessions, starting on January 31st, February 28th, March 28th and April 25th.

Your “goal trip”

The first meaningful assignment is to select your “goal trip,” which will serve as a foundation for later topics and assignments so that the learning is not merely hypothetical — by the end of the course, you should be fully prepared to undertake this itinerary.

Start thinking about this trip now. We recommend that it be fully self-sufficient, i.e. you start with all of the gear and food that you’ll need to finish. If you are eyeing a thru-hike, it’d be best to select a one- to two-week crux section, and then repeat the same process for other sections later.