We spend plenty of time prior to your trek carefully planning your gear and food, to help make your trek as successful as possible.
The low student:instructor ratio at the Wilderness Trekking School gives plenty of 1-on-1 time between students and instructors.
While the real benefit of a community school is the cross-pollination of experience between instructors and students, our instructors are expert teachers and practitioners of lightweight backpacking, and are able to effectively communicate its philosophy and technique to students.
The Wilderness Trekking School is an open environment where student questions - and experiences - are shared among the group.
The main room of our retreat center is multi-use - we use it for dining, learning, and just shooting the breeze in front of the fireplace!
There is just enough (but not too much!) science to satisfy INTJ's, with plenty of experiential learning opportunities for all.
Students attentively listen to a Wilderness Trekking School lesson about food and nutrition.
Outside learning remains the core of our program, even during the classroom time at the retreat center.
Our remote, high-mountain retreat center provides a peaceful and rustic environment for preparing for your trek and learning lightweight backpacking skills.
Group immersion is a vital component of our learning philosophy. Eating, sleeping, listening, talking, walking, and laughing are all a part of it!
Plenty of time on the trail is spent learning about the wilderness we're in, learning about each other, and sometimes just relaxing and doing nothing!
You'll enjoy entry and exit from the wilderness from remote trailheads that themselves embody the simplicity of wild Montana!
Navigation skills are a key component of our curriculum at all levels.
We are not passive about our Big Sky views! You'll have the chance to experience highline hiking with expansive vistas.
Hiking high in Montana is not as hard as it sounds. While the mountains are rugged, Montana's wilderness is well known for its gentle tundra slopes.
Our wilderness backyard - the Yellowstone Ecosystem of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming - provides an endless supply of mountain terrain.
In addition to trail thoroughfares, the mountains offer more interesting travelways, including skyline peaks and ridges.
Do you see that blue sky? We can't promise that it won't rain, but the mild weather of Montana during the summer offers magical experiences at higher altitudes.
Don't worry, it's not all uphill! But with inspiration like this, how can you not want to climb higher with such a light pack?
The first graduating class from our Wilderness Trekking I program, assembled on a 10,000 foot ridge high in the Gallatin Mountains during their course.
The beauty of lightweight backpacking is the ability to enjoy walking at all hours of the day (or taking a nap in the middle!). Nothing quite beats the majesty of a high walk as the sun sets.
Early morning and late evening provide contemplative times for enjoying the Wilderness as the light warms the landscapes around you.
People who carry heavy packs have a hard time enjoying the view. We like taking you places where there's no way up - but down again!
The outdoor classroom is a critical venue for experiential learning. Here, an instructor displays the art of packing a pack with lightweight gear.
Our instructors are not passive about interacting with you, asking questions, and following up on your understanding of what you are learning.
With a classroom like this, how will you ever go back to night school in the city?
We take advantage of every opportunity we can to build your skills while on the trail, without, of course, overwhelming you so you can also enjoy your time in the Wilds!
Lightweight backpacking gives you the flexibility to adjust your trek as you see fit. There is plenty of time to explore various options. Let the wilderness be your guide.
We place a high emphasis on safe travel with a light pack, including routefinding, a critical skill in the mountain environment.
This ridgeline rises to more than 11,000 feet and is nearly 90 miles in length. You can walk the whole thing without crossing a road. It typifies the type of wilderness that provides the venue for the Wilderness Trekking School.
Majestic vistas and enjoyable companions are just about guaranteed. Blue sky likely, but ... !
'Look at those guys in the valley with the 50 pounds packs! Poor souls...'
Backpacking is supposed to be fun - especially while you are carrying the pack! That's a core premise of the Wilderness Trekking School.
You'll have plenty of opportunity to try out various pieces of gear, including those products not normally found in your outdoor shop at home.
For those that want to learn about tarp camping, we offer plenty of opportunities and gear options.
Yes, we sit sometimes, too. Lightweight backpacking is not all about speed, miles, and physical accomplishment. The difference between sitting in the Wilds at the Wilderness Trekking School, and sitting in the Wilds at other schools is that we sit because we want to, not because we have to.
Lush tundra, jagged peaks, tall evergreens, and snow - the ingredients of the Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Water, water, everywhere! Few, if any, of our course routes require you to carry more than a liter or two of water at any given time. Some courses are held in areas so rich with water that a water bottle is almost optional.
We love maps. You will too: before, during, and after your trek! All maps are customized for each course.
Lightweight backpacking helps you walk faster, farther, and more efficiently. But more important, it's simply easier, more comfortable, and more fun.
The drama of a Montana landscape is sometimes based on its simplicity: land and sky. The beauty for you is that you live at that boundary continuously. It's a rewarding type of Wild Place.
Ruggedness of the landscape is something you'll appreciate. Carrying a light pack means that it's not something you won't be able to accomplish safely and comfortably.
In addition to core skills of walking, camping, and sheltering, you'll learn the lightweight approach to everything related to wilderness travel, including hydration strategies and water treatment.
Many people view backpacking as a walker's nightmare and a camper's joy. The Wilderness Trekking School empowers you to bring the joy out of walking without sacrificing your camping comfort./p>
We give you time alone as well. Sometimes, you'll want to take advantage of the opportunity to look out upon what you've accomplished and think about your place in the world.
The Victory March starts the moment you pick up your lightweight pack! We don't expect that it will ever end.
Yes, we have snow in August!
Like little kids on Christmas Day, we enjoy summer snowfields!