Intro to Backpacking
2022 Summer Adventure
Dates: July 6-9
Duration: 4 Days
Grades Entering: 4th-6th
This program is an introduction to backpacking and will take place in our backyard, the beautiful Rocky mountains of Summit County, CO. In this program you will learn backcountry skills and attempt to summit one of our local peaks. This shortened trip is perfect for those who are ready to take their first steps into the wilderness.
Skills & Leadership
Students with any experience level will find growth and challenge. This Adventure is designed to expose students to new outdoor and wilderness skills while learning how leadership can be applied to their life beyond. Mentorship is an important aspect of an Adventure. Every student will be provided individual coaching to further their skills.
Outdoor Living & Cooking
Each Adventure offers hands-on opportunities to learn how to travel in the backcountry, practice outdoor living skills such as Leave No Trace, hanging a bear bag, and map reading. Students will also learn the ins and outs of backcountry cooking. Armed with a camp stove, spice kits, and basic pot set you will take a turn preparing meals for the group. We will provide ingredients to meet the needs of any dietary restriction.
Wilderness camping, or backcountry camping, refers to when we are camping away from our transportation in a primitive or unestablished campsite with only the things that we carry with us. This means we need to carry on our backs everything from our clothes and sleeping bags to group gear like tents, food, and cooking gear. The challenge of carrying everything with us is rewarded by getting further into the wilderness than possible by someone hiking in a day. The other benefits are the secluded sounds of nature and expansive views of the night sky without the haze of nearby lights.
Backpacking involves carrying everything needed on your back— including clothes, tent, sleeping bag, and food-- to thrive for multiple days in the wilderness. The challenge is felt literally on your shoulders, while the reward of cooking in the backcountry with your friends, sleeping in your tent with the sounds of nature, and getting away from modern amenities is immeasurable. Whether it’s managing the group’s navigation, taking initiative helping someone with the weight of their pack, or helping to cut vegetables for the night’s meal, the social skills we develop on the trail transfer to school, sports, and future careers.