Backpacking & Wilderness Navigation Course


Exactly what I wanted - Informed Instruction of L.N.T. - Backpacking - Camping. Even "old time" campers and backpackers have something to learn from the course, Excellent! - Rick F.

Course Overview
This course is specifically designed for newcomers to the world of wilderness backpacking and alpine climbing. Washington's majestic Cascades provide the setting for this skills-driven course in wilderness navigation, traveling on varied terrain, trip planning, food preparation, survival and minimum-impact camping skills. It provides a wealth of knowledge for those who want to seriously embrace the rigors of wilderness environs. Completion of this program provides an excellent introduction to our six-day mountaineering course.

Course Objectives

To properly train hikers in appropriate wilderness techniques including, but not limited to:

  • Gear and food preparation and packing
  • Navigation, compass and map skills
  • Objective and subjective hazard evaluation skills
  • "Leave No Trace" camping philosophy
  • Safety techniques
  • Proper waste and sanitation techniques
  • Bear and wildlife precautions
  • Develop foundational skills necessary to enjoy wilderness camping/trekking and prepare for extended backpacking
  • trips.

Physical Conditioning
In the best interest of personal safety, success and team compatibility, adequate training and excellent physical condition is required. Prior experience carrying a heavy pack for multiple days serves as excellent preparation for this course; Climbers must be able to carry an average of 50-60lbs. Climbers need to be in excellent physical condition for both personal enjoyment and to be an integral team member. We encourage you to contact us so that we may assist you in developing a training program that meets your particular needs. Comprehensive training information can be found here.

Alpine Ascents International is an Equal Opportunity recreation provider under the Special Use Permit from the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Okanogan National Forest, Wenatchee National Forest, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Goat Rocks Wilderness and the North Cascades National Park.

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