Intro to Backpacking Course

Learn how to plan and execute your own backpacking trips in the world famous Sea to Sky Corridor

2.5 Days | Grade/Difficulty
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From CAD $300.00
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Meeting in North Vancouver

Intro to Backpacking Course Trip Overview

Are you new to camping? Have you gone car camping but now want to explore the great outdoors by backpacking? Want to plan and organize your own backpacking trips but want to be better prepared?

Come learn the fundamentals to backpack camping in the world famous Sea to Sky corridor of British Columbia! Through this course you will learn practical, hands on skills to camp safely, comfortably, and with appropriate know-how to manage yourself in the wilderness. Topics will teach you foundational skills applicable to the future adventures you embark on.

On this course, you will learn to be self sufficient and hike into the wilderness in a group setting where you will carry your own personal food and gear along with some shared group gear commonly used in the Sea to Sky corridor. The primary focus will be guided education and practice so that participants leave the course feeling comfortable going out on their own backpacking trip.

Please note: prices shown below are for public trips, meaning other guests may be on the same trip. This trip will only run once 4 or more guests are booked for the selected date.
To book a private trip for 1 or more people, please contact us

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The intro to backpacking course includes the following topics:

  • Safety in the Backcountry
  • Personal Gear and Clothing
  • Kitchen, Water, and Sleep System
  • Route Planning, Pacing Techniques, Weather
  • Meal Planning
  • Camp Site Selection
  • Hygiene and toilets
  • Wilderness Ethics + Leave No Trace (LNT)
  • Logistics


Day 1 (evening session)
6:30pm Begin pre-trip meeting - waivers, group intro, desired goals & objectives, Q&A
7:00pm Review route plan, transportation, logistics, emergency procedure
8:00pm Gear explosion & bag packing demo & share personal trip for inspiration
9:00pm Final Q&A

Day 2
7:00am Meet at Lonsdale Quay, group check-in
7:30am Depart for destination
9:00am Arrive at trailhead, review route and plan. Begin hike
11:30pm Lunch and lessons
1:30pm Arrive at X, scout camp location, setup tents
3:00pm Hands on practice with Lessons
6:00pm Dinner + debrief

Day 3
7:00am Wake up, breakfast, review LNT before tear down
8:30am Clean up, take down + clean up/site sweep
10:00am Map and Compass intro
12:00pm Lunch and final lessons
1:00pm Depart for cars
3:00pm Back at vehicles, group pictures, debrief & review, drive home
5:00pm Back in North Vancouver

Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee that we will stick to this plan. Weather conditions and the health of participants can all contribute to changes. The trip leader/guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!

Includes / Excludes

Price Includes

  • One evening classroom session
  • One weekend of tuition, skills practice and guided hiking
  • One professional & experienced guide
  • Insurance for the guide
  • Emergency equipment (Comprehensive First aid kit, satellite phone etc.)

Price Excludes

  • Tipping for the guide
  • Food while on trip
  • Camping equipment (can be rented from us)
  • Travel to and from the trip location (car sharing can be organized)
  • Your personal insurance
  • Personal expenses e.g. if we stop for coffee on route to the trip
  • Personal trip equipment e.g. clothing, rucksack

Additional Information


Students should have a moderate level of fitness, and ideally have some exposure to car camping however, prior backcountry/backpacking experience is not required. Participants will be expected to carry upwards of 50lbs/23kgs, hiking uphill in uneven terrain (roots, rocks, small stream crossings), for up to 4 hours in 1 direction.

Students must bring all their own equipment, properly sized/fitted and know how to use it. E.g. Backpacking boots should be well worn in, backpacks should be properly fitted to the students’ bodies, be of sound mental, physical, and emotional health, etc. Some equipment can be rented from Outdoor Explore for an additional fee.

Students must provide their own food, stoves, fuel, camp equipment, water purification, tent, tarp shelter, and various other items to be listed on a pre-made list of supplies.. They must also be appropriately prepared for all weather conditions (rain, snow, wind, etc).

What our customers say about Outdoor Explore guided adventures
I've been privileged to know these guys for a while. They live and breathe what they do, and love to share their passion for the outdoors and adventure with those around them. If you get a chance to go on a trip with them, I recommend it!...
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