Scholarships

Public lands are one of our nation’s greatest resources. If your access to these lands has been hindered by limited financial resources, lack of intergenerational or communal outdoor knowledge, or discrimination, please apply for my scholarship program. My goal with this program is to help diversify our community. In addition to subsidizing the cost of…

FAQ

What is an appropriate ‘Goal Trip’ for this course? At the beginning of the trip, we ask you to identify a goal trip. You will apply the Plan like a Pro curriculum around your goal trip – researching conditions, creating a gear list, and more – to be fully prepared to take on this trip…

Admin & policies

Cancellations & transfers A full refund will be issued to students who cancel prior to the first day of the course. If they’ve already been added to Classroom and/or sent a Gear Guide, a $25 administrative fee will be deducted from the refunded amount. During the first 21 days of the course, students are permitted…

Course testimonials

Since 2014 I’ve asked our guided trip clients to complete a post-trip survey to gather feedback about our guides, locations, meals, and curriculum, plus their overall satisfaction. Reviewing the results is a multi-day project but entirely worthwhile: they confirm what we’re doing right, and they give me a checklist of improvements for the following year. Naturally, we…

Meet the instructors

Meet our stellar instructor team, who guide students through our online backpacking course and pre-guided trip curriculum. Our instructors are fastidious planners, have great attention to detail and impressive backpacking resumes. Our team: Andrew Skurka Bec Bastian Brandon Chase Hunter Hall Joe McConaughy Katie Gerber Matt Huddleston Andrew Skurka Boulder, CO 41 years-old Married to…

Interested in a 2021 course

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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…

New Student Welcome

So you’ve registered and paid for the online course. Now what? Instructors To help me run this course I have a manager, Joe McConaughy, who should be your primary contact and who will be posting most of the materials; and a team of instructors — Katie Gerber, Hunter Hall, Bec Bastian, Brandon Chase — who…

Registration

We are now accepting registrations for 2022 courses. To register: 1. Pay the Course Fee now or soon after completing the Registration Form. 2. Complete the Registration Form. Applying will take about 15 minutes; your responses cannot be saved and returned to later. 3. Reference the New Student Welcome for action items before the start of the course.…