Beginning Backpacking Course
The introductory course is an overnight trip of about 3-6 miles. We start with classroom work on what to bring and how to pack it. Our focus is to ensure packs or correctly stuffed, light and comfortable. In the field we will hike the approach to camp and give pointers on pace setting, load adjustments as well as wilderness survival such as water filtering. Once at our campsite we will set a bomber and comfortable camp, instructing on how to pick the best site, ground conditions, setting up the tent, food preparation and relaxation. The next morning after a comfortable nights sleep, we will prepare breakfast, break camp and head out to the finish. Basic backpacking gear is provided such as tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads and backpacks.
This trip is designed for those new to backpacking but is also enjoyable for intermediate packers who need a break from the rat race and who can also help mentor the new guys.
Intermediate Backpacking trips
Once you have completed the beginning backpacking course and gained sufficient achievements you can participate in the intermediate trips. These are generally still overnight trips but range from 10-20 miles and may have altitude components and some rougher terrain. Some common trips are Mt. San Jacinto, Mt. Baldy and Bear Mountain summit through Devil's Punchbowl.
Participation in events will earn you achievements that allow progression to more adventurous trips:
Environment: desert, forest, alpine
Terrain: class 1, class 2, class 3, class 4
Altitude: 8k, 10k, 12k, 14k+
Duration: day hike, overnight, multi-night
Distance: 5 mi, 10 mi, 25+ mi
Skills; water crossing, signaling, shelter, fire, water
Build your achievements up as you go, challenge yourself by setting a schedule, attending multiple trips and working at home on skills so you can participate in the advanced trips which really up the adventure.
This group of destinations is the pinnacle of our program. These trips are generally multi-day with an occasional overnighter. These trips include winter and snow mountaineering and long 30+ mile multi-day excursions to parts unknown. Our winter Mt. Whitney summit or spring/fall trans-Catalina trips are some examples. Altitude, rough terrain, climbing, water fording, and the whole gambit of mountaineering skills may be needed. Mountaineering equipment above what is provided by TBA is sometimes required.