Monthly
Dates
Kaf Adventures, Washington; or Mountain Shop, Oregon
Location
8 Hours
Duration
Indoor
Setting
Beginner
Skill Level

Learn about wilderness travel and survival techniques during our Backpacking: Beginner course! This engaging and informative class is designed to prepare participants for an exciting overnight, multi-day backpacking experience. It is the perfect opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts who don’t have a background in wilderness survival and planning. It is included in the price of the backpacking excursion and is required to participate in our Backpacking: Intermediate course.

AGES 18+ for adult courses or 16+ with consent from a guardian and Kaf approval.
12-18 for youth courses.
PREREQUISITES This is a beginner level course. Any backcountry knowledge will enhance your experience, but no prior experience is necessary.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN Topographic Map reading
Route Planning
Food and Meal planning; Cooking in the outdoors
Clothing requirements and gear purchase suggestions
Basic First Aid
Emergency procedures
Basics of Campcraft
Leave No Trace ethics and environmental awareness
Local area hikes and suggested trips
Hazard assessment and awareness
INCLUDED 8 hours of expert instruction
Kaf Resources
NOT INCLUDED Transportation
Lunch
Running equipment
EQUIPMENT Bring the gear you would use in the mountains to aid in the discussion on backpacking equipment. Ample time will be spent on the discussion surrounding necesary and unnecessary gear.
Also, please bring a change of clothes to wear during the running portion of the day, as well as comfortable running shoes.
RENTALS No Gear is needed for this course, although we offer full-service rentals. If you need any gear, please visit our rental page.
TRANSPORTATION & TIMES Transportation and times will be coordinated by email when the pre-trip announcement is sent to all registrants.
WHAT’S NEXT? After you’ve completed this introductory course, you’ll be ready to practice your skills on the Backpacking: Intermediate course. So sign up today and let’s go backpacking!
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CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.

This classroom-based course is designed to help you begin the exciting journey into the outdoor world of backpacking.

This course will be held indoors at our office. Custom locations can work as well.

The course will meet at 9:00am and finish at 5pm. This course is in lecture format discussing the environment, navigation, equipment, and logistics of multi-day backpacking. We will help you build a foundation of skills needed to travel in wilderness terrain. The course is designed to prepare you for a guided, overnight, multi-day backpacking trip.

There is a running component to the course. Participants will be expected to run 2 miles at any pace. The running component is supporting physical fitness required for backpacking and is a good gauge of physical fitness. Please bring running shoes, and an outfit to run in, rain or shine.

The course may take place at any of these locations:

  • Kaf Adventures (Seattle, Washington)
  • Mountain Shop (Portland, Oregon)

Seattle courses begin at 9:00am and
Portland courses begin at 10:00am:
11 December (Seattle, Washington)
21 January (Seattle, Washington)
28 January (Portland, Oregon)
25 February (Seattle and Portland)
18 March (Seattle, Washington)
25 March (Portland, Oregon)
8 April (Seattle, Washington)
22 April (Portland, Oregon)
14 May (Seattle, Washington)
27 May (Portland, Oregon)

Book Online
CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.

We are really excited to head out there with you! Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Book Online
CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.