Crested ButteCourse Description

This is a backcountry trip with camping in unestablished, wilderness campsites. Students will travel either in the San Juans or West Elks Wilderness over moderate distances (2-7 miles/day) 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! 

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This is an entirely backcountry course that will take you deep into the San Juan Mountains or West Elks Wilderness. 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 and West Elks are both high ranges of the Rockies 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.

Check out our Backpacking Video to get an idea why Backpacking is more than just... backpacking. This video features the Blackridge Wilderness, where we hike for our Mid-fall break trip. Wilderness Based Orientation trips happen in an alpine environment.