Fees and Registration

Tuition for the Backpacking School is $175.

Registration for the 2024 season opens March 1st 2024.  The school has a limited number of openings so register early to secure your spot!

Register for the school for the 2024 season here: ( Backpacking School – Denver – 2024 ).  You must be a CMC Member to register. If you are not yet a CMC member, join at cmc.org/members-volunteers/join-cmc

*Prerequisite: You must have completed the Wilderness Trekking School, or have an approved waiver (Linked below).  Further details, dates, registration requirements, and documents, are at the registration link.

Any questions please email the Backpacking School Director (cmcbackpacker@gmail.com)

School Registration Requirements

The Denver Group Backpacking School is open to all CMC members 18 and older regardless of hiking classification, and youth 15–17 years of age accompanied by a parent or guardian. Students are expected to be comfortable with basic day hiking.

Successful completion of the Day Hiker School (DHS) or Wilderness Trekking School (WTS) is required. If you haven’t completed WTS but believe your trekking skills are proficient, especially in navigation, you can submit a WTS waiver for approval. Please review the WTS curriculum before submitting a waiver.



Please read the Colorado Mountain Club Refund & Cancellation Policy for schools.

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