Courses > Backpacking

There are few things more liberating than shedding the confines of our hectic daily lives and venturing into the backcountry. Shelters, water treatment and trip planning are just some of the camp-craft skills we teach on Wilderness Leadership Institute (WLI) backpacking courses. With a focus on instruction and developing student goals, WLI instructors teach wilderness travel skills that will challenge and inform any student.


Backpacking Fundamentals (2-Day) $260

Lean the skills to confidently travel in the wilderness. This course will fine tune backcountry skills and introduce students to the joys of backpacking. Topics covered are equipment, water treatment, packing and hiking techniques, cooking and more. Contact the WLI office for course information and dates.


Advanced Camp Craft & Backcountry Travel (3-Day) $390

Avid hikers who want to experience the freedom of cross country travel need look no further. This course focuses on light weight techniques, navigation, shelters and route finding on a mixed terrain. Students learn about food planning, field gear repair and more. Contact the WLI office for course information and dates.


Ultra Light Backpacking (3-Day) $390

For those who feel that light weight backpacking is just not light enough we offer this course. Whether you are planning on packing the PCT or you just like to count every ounce, WLI instructors will show you the specialized tools and techniques to shave pounds off your back so you can put miles on your feet. Contact the WLI office for course information and dates.


Custom & Private Backpacking Courses

The Wilderness Leadership Institute can develop courses to meet the unique needs and goals of any student or group. We excel in facilitating customized course curriculums designed to educate, empower and inspire our students. Contact the WLI office for more information.