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GEAR SHOP Courses Wilderness Trekking
Backpacking Light BSA High Adventure Leader Training in Ultralight Backpacking (WS2-BSA)Backpacking Light BSA High Adventure Leader Training in Ultralight Backpacking (WS2-BSA)

In partnership with Montana Council BSA, Backpacking Light offers this program exclusively for registered BSA leaders and high adventure staff.

View Item DetailsOur Price: $199.99
GEAR SHOP Courses Wilderness Trekking
Backpacking Light BSA High Adventure Leader Training in Ultralight Backpacking (WS2-BSA)Backpacking Light BSA High Adventure Leader Training in Ultralight Backpacking (WS2-BSA)

In partnership with Montana Council BSA, Backpacking Light offers this program exclusively for registered BSA leaders and high adventure staff.

View Item DetailsOur Price: $399.99
GEAR SHOP Courses Wilderness Trekking
Backpacking Light Wilderness Skills I - Lightweight Backpacking (WS1-LWB)Backpacking Light Wilderness Skills I - Lightweight Backpacking (WS1-LWB)

WS1-LWB provides an introduction to lightweight backpacking philosophy, techniques, and gear (3 days).

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ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Where the Mountains Meet the Sea: Trekking the Olympic Range (Photo Essay)
by Ryan Jordan
Boy Scouts tackle the Olympic range - from rainforest to snowy divide - in lightweight style. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques
Wilderness Trekking School - Ultralight Boot Camp Photo Essay
by Ryan Connelly (Photos by Emily Beers)
The ultralight boot camp is exactly like it sounds; it prepares you to meet unexpected challenges in the wilderness. Plus it's a lot of fun and the scenery is stunning. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Notes from the Field
Members Only Notes from the Field: The Wintry Fringe Season in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness
by Ryan Jordan
Gear notes and more from a trek in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness in late October and early November, 2012. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Trip Report: 2010 Teton Crest Expedition
by Pat Starich, Eric Petriz, Damien Tougas, and Douglas Ide
Our seasoned crew decided early on a mostly off-trail trip on a high route through the Teton Range. With no navigational resources but map and compass, we planned to formulate our route day by day as we progressed north to south through mountains. Read More...
ARTICLES Articles Features
Wilderness Trekking II: Long Distance Backpacking
by the WTS-LDB Students
The stated goal wasn't to make everything else a little bland, but this trip was beyond the pale. And yes, everything else IS just a little bland afterwards. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques
Members Only Montana Mourning: Reflections on a Wilderness Trekking Trip
by Thomas Kight
I got less - and more - than I bargained for. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Podcasts
Wilderness Cred for the Packrafting Noobs
by Addie Bedford, video by Rob Bedford
I was perfectly content to let others do all the lightweight lifting, but at the first chance of a packrafting class (learning to play without buying the gear!), I jumped... and pulled my husband, Rob, with me. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Wilderness Trekking School Summer Initiation
by Mike Clelland! with editorial assistance by Addie Bedford
The summer of 2008 got Backpacking Light's Wilderness Trekking School off to a great start. We ran three trips in three wildly different locations: Northern Rockies, Pacific Northwest, and Desert Southwest. Each allowed for a unique experience and permitted us to focus on the core curriculum of the Wilderness Trekking format. Read More...
GEAR SHOP Courses Wilderness Trekking
Backpacking Light Wilderness Skills I - Introduction to Packrafting (WS1-IPR)Backpacking Light Wilderness Skills I - Introduction to Packrafting (WS1-IPR)

WS1-IPR provides an introduction to flatwater and Class I-II river packrafting philosophy, techniques, and gear (3 days).

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ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
Not a Day on any Calendar
by Bill Stadwiser
Backpacking Light's Wilderness Trekking School Photo Essay. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Expeditions
Members Only Ultralight Gear and Techniques on the Edge of Winter with Backpacking Light’s Wilderness Trekking III Program
by Don Wilson; photos by Don Wilson and Ryan Jordan
The gear chosen by the Wilderness Trekking III course participants and leaders Read More...
ARTICLES Places Expeditions
Out of Your Comfort Zone: Through the Beartooth Mountains with Backpacking Light’s Wilderness Trekking III Program
by Don Wilson
BPL members and staff trek - off trails and off maps - through the snowy Beartooth Mountains Read More...