Winter Overnight Backpacking


Description: Camping in the winter, without the crowds, can be a magical, quiet experience. The crisp, clean air, low humidity, and breathtaking vistas make winter backpacking a must for any backcountry traveler. Learn about what to bring, how to carry it, what and how to cook, how to manage water, navigation and camp skills, how to stay warm and much more in an intensive, cold-weather-focused, 2 day course. We will teach you the best ways to handle the cold to thoroughly enjoy the beauty that winter backpacking has to offer. Price includes all meals, tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, stoves/cooksets, park entry fees, and pre-trip information meeting. Because of the winter weather, this course is more strenuous than a typical overnight backpacking outing. We may encounter snow, ice, biting wind, or even cold rain. Part of this course is learning how to be prepared for these situations so you can safely enjoy the winter outdoors. Please do not hesitate to contact the Outdoor School or your local co-op's camping sales specialists if you have any questions regarding equipment.

Skills you'll learn:

Learn about clothing and equipment selection, pack loading, fitting, trail selection, comfortable winter travel, navigation, campsite selection, camp set up, cooking, and Leave No Trace etiquette.

Check out the gear list.

Required Legal Form:
This course requires the participant to read and sign a liability release form before participating. Please see "Required Legal Form" for the session you are registering for. You will need to print, sign and bring the form to your class.

Winter Overnight Backpacking Information

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  • Class Details
  • Gear List

Winter Overnight Backpacking Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


  • Sun Protection - Lip balm, sunscreen, wide-brim hats, etc.
  • Rain Gear - Waterproof/resistant jacket, pants and hat.
  • Warm Socks - Wool or Synthetic.
  • Water Bottle
  • Warm Gloves
  • Base Layers - Wool or synthetic.
  • Warm Hat
  • Warm Jacket - Down or Synthetic.
  • 2 Liters of Water - At least 2 Nalgene sized water bottles or a large Camelback style reservoir
  • Hiking Boots
  • Lip Balm/Protection
  • Sunglasses
  • Lunch & Snacks
  • Pocketknife
  • Utensils - A good choice is the REI Campware Utensil Set
  • Headlamp/Flashlight


  • Energy Snacks
  • Gaiters
  • Mug

Gear provided by REI:

  • 3 Season Backpacking Tent - A tent suitable for spring, summer, and fall camping.
  • Backpack - Internal frame 45-65 liter pack.
  • Cookset
  • Group First Aid Kit
  • Hiking Poles - REI will provide but you are welcome to bring your own.
  • Dinner - Food supplied for dinner
  • Sleeping Pad - Closed cell foam or self inflatable.
  • Breakfast
  • Three Season Sleeping Bag - A bag rated 15 degrees plus.
  • Backpacking Stove
  • Food - Camping food.