Fees and Registration

Tuition for the Backpacking School is $150.

Registration is a 2-step process.

  1. Email Jennie Popovich (cmcbackpacker@gmail.com), the school director, the following:
    1. Name
    2. Year you took Wilderness Trekking School
    3. Your CMC member number
  2. Register for the school on the CMC website once you’ve received your registration code. You must be a CMC member to register. If you are not yet a CMC member, join at CMC.org.

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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