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Backpacking Light's Wilderness Trekking School

Trekking across the vast expanse of our classroom: the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Compare Wilderness Trekking School Courses

Our courses offer diverse opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels. Review the comparison table below to compare course duration, mileage covered, pack weights, and difficulty.

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Comparison Chart


DURATION Info MILES Info MAX PACK WEIGHT Info DIFFICULTY | Less More
ID Title Type Length Trek Daily Total Total Base TerrainInfo PackraftingInfo SnowInfo NavigationInfo GearInfo PhysicalInfo OverallInfo
WT1-ULBUL Boot CampOnlinevariesn/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
WS2-BSABSA Trek Leader TrainingTrek4 days3 nights4-810+20 lbs12 lbsn/a

Course ID Key: WS = Wilderness Skills (1-3 days); WT = Wilderness Trekking (7-14 days); "1" = introductory courses; "2" = intermediate courses; "3" = advanced courses. Last three letters of course ID indicate a unique descriptive identifier for that course.

Table Key

Duration | back to top

Distance | back to top

Pack Weight | back to top

Hiking Terrain | back to top

Approximate level of difficulty of overland travel. More difficult = more and difficult off-trail travel, and steeper terrain.

Most of the terrain is on-trail, any off-trail travel would be short and easy.
Some difficult and/or steep trail travel and/or short sections of moderately difficult off-trail travel.
Sustained sections of difficult, off-trail travel.

Packrafting Difficulty | back to top

Approximate level of difficulty of packrafting travel. More difficult = longer floats, more technical maneuvering, and whitewater.

Stillwater and/or Class I-II (i.e., PR1-2+) river packrafting. Low flip potential.
Sustained sections of Class II (PR2-3) water with intermittent sections of Class III (PR4-5+)that can be portaged or avoided. Some flip potential.
Sustained sections of Class II+ (PR3+) whitewater with intermittent sections of Class III (PR4+). Significant flip potential. We do not run Class IV (PR5+) whitewater in packrafts.

Snow Travel | back to top

Approximate level of difficulty of snow travel. More difficult = mid-winter travel in avalanche terrain, deeper snow, and steeper slopes.

No snow or short sections of shallow snow on trails during early summer conditions.
More sustained stretches of early season snow that hasn't yet melted, on- or off-trail; or, travel over deep mid-winter snow during winter courses requiring snowshoes/skis, and avalanche gear.
Sustained sections of off-trail travel coated in fresh snow resulting from late-season snowfall.

Navigation | back to top

Approximate level of difficulty of routefinding and navigation. More difficult = more complex terrain, less informative maps, and more map and compass use.

Use of compass not generally required to complete trek. Map reading skills are still important.
Use of map and compass essential to successfully completing trek.
Use of compass, poor or no maps, and advanced navigation techniques are required to complete trek.

Gear Limitations | back to top

Approximate level of skill required to be comfortable with minimal gear. More difficult = you will be traveling with fewer and lighter weight gear items.

Your warmth and comfort is ensured with a complete list of lightweight gear.
A lighter pack means your comfort is ensured with a good working knowledge of the gear you are carrying.
The lightest packs means your skills are essential in order to maximize performance from a minimal kit that you are carrying.

Physical Challenge | back to top

Approximate level of endurance required to complete entire trek. More difficult = longer duration, longer overall distances, and/or more sustained efforts throughout the day.

Anyone in reasonable physical condition at any age may participate on this course.
Good fitness is essential for you to maximize your enjoyment of this course.
Exceptional fitness is essential for you to maximize your safety on this course.

Overall Difficulty | back to top

Overall rating that considers all of the criteria above. Easiest = no experience necessary. Most difficult = previous experience and exceptional fitness are required.

No previous experience is necessary for you to participate in this course.
Some relevant experience is required for you to participate in this course. Please contact us for more information.
Previous experience and solid skills are essential prerequisites prior to your participation in this course. Please contact us for more information.