Frequently Asked Questions

What level of fitness should I have?

Members should have sufficient fitness to hike at least two miles with moderate elevation gain and carrying an overnight pack.

Does the school provide gear?

Backpacking gear such as tents, backpacks, stoves and sleeping bags are not provided.  Gear expenses can often be minimized by renting, sharing, borrowing or improvising.  Methods of reducing expenses will be covered in classes and material provided online.

What are the Graduation Requirements?

Graduation will be based on the following:

  1. Evaluations by the student’s group instructors regarding the student’s demonstration of knowledge and skills required for safe backpacking.
  2. The student’s attendance at classes and outings. (Students are strongly encouraged to attend all classes and outings.  Students must attend sufficient classes and outings in order to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required for safe backpacking.)


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