Crested ButteThe Lake City area, just south of Gunnison in the heart of the San Juan mountains, is famous for its wildflowers and views. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn the skills necessary to enjoy camping and traveling in this beautiful backcountry setting. Be prepared to hike several miles a day over passes and peaks at altitudes over 11,000 feet. And remember— bring your camera!

Registration is NOW FULL. Please call 970.943.7051 (9am-5pm, M-F) to be put on the waiting list.

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This is an entirely backcountry course that will take you deep into the San Juan Mountains. You will spend the first day hiking into the backcountry and will be taught how to properly pack your backpack and LNT techniques for traveling and camping.  As you get higher into the backcountry, you will have the chance to be leader of the day and guide the group using navigation skills your instructors will teach you.  The San Juans are a high range of the Rockys and participants should be prepared for carrying heavy packs at altitudes of 11,000+ feet.  Proper hydration and nutrition are crucial for a successful trip. This course is capped at 12 participants.

Backpacking - High Camp
Backpacking - Stream Crossing