Backpacking Light Wilderness Trekking II - Long Distance Backpacking (WT2-LDB)


Backpacking Light Wilderness Trekking II - Long Distance Backpacking (WT2-LDB)

WT2-LDB provides comprehensive and intermediate-to-advanced instruction in lightweight philosophy, techniques, and gear, tailored specifically for long expeditions, thru-hiking, and long distance travel (14 days).

Course Overview

If you've ever aspired to hike long distances, whether it's 100 miles in one shot, or a multi-month thru hike of a National Scenic Trail, then WT2-LDB might be for you.

Learn the most advanced techniques in using the lightest gear available, and how to translate that into walking and paddling your way to your dreams.

Welcome Packet

Backpacking Light Wilderness Trekking School Welcome Packet The Welcome Packet is a course overview sent to students upon sign-up. It provides all the information you need to know what to expect of the course from gear, possible weather conditions, terrain, et al.

Curriculum

In addition to our Intermediate level Wilderness Trekking Curriculum, WT2-LDB includes the following components:

  • Thru-hiking research, logistics and planning;
  • Resupply logistics;
  • Off-trail mountain travel and routefinding;
  • Gear selection in the context of long distance hiking;
  • Unique aspects of footwear and foot care for long distance hiking;
  • Gear repair and maintenance;
  • Map considerations, route planning and navigation for walking across vast landscapes;
  • Nutrition, food, and the caloric balance of long distance hiking;
  • Strategies for communicating with family and friends during a long distance hike;
  • An overview of long trails and vast wilderness in North America;

Course Logistics

WT2-LDB starts with a 24-hour classroom immersion in the comfort of our remote mountain retreat center. Then, you and your course mates embark on a 12 day journey so you can practice and learn the skills of long distance hiking, including resupply, in a real wilderness environment. At the end of your trek, you'll enjoy a final night, with debriefing sessions, back at our retreat center.

  • Duration: 14 days
  • Intended Audience: Backpackers of any experience level are welcome to take this course, but this course is aimed at backpackers wanting and able to walk longer distances over longer durations, and desiring to learn and apply more advanced ultralight techniques.
  • Start/End: Mountain Retreat Center in Montana's Gallatin Range
  • Fly In/Out: Bozeman, MT (Airport Code: BZN)
  • Trekking Locale(s): Gallatin, Madison, Absaroka, and/or Beartooth Mountain Ranges.

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