Lightweight Overnight Backpacking in Point Reyes

Description: Carrying a lighter backpack is a great way to add comfort to your hiking experience and make more miles on the trail. In this 2-day outing you will learn how to select and pack appropriate gear and food for an overnight trip to one of the fantastic backpacking camps in Point Reyes National Seashore. We'll trim our packs and focus on using items with multiple purposes. You'll learn how to keep your food light and packable but still delicious, how to set up a lightweight tent, to utilize light weight stoves and backpacking gear, and how you can treat water using the latest lightweight technology. This class is for anyone looking to get into backpacking, and it is especially useful for experienced backpackers and hikers looking to reduce the weight in their pack, cover more ground, and feel more rested after a day of backpacking. Food, backpacks, lightweight tents and group gear is included in the price.

Skills you'll learn:

  • Understand the benefits and usage of backpacking clothing and equipment
  • Learn where you can shave weight while still carrying the essentials
  • Learn and practice appropriate lightweight backpacking skills and techniques
  • Learn Leave No Trace ethics and camping skills

Check out the gear list.

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  • Class Details
  • Gear List

Lightweight Overnight Backpacking in Point Reyes Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


  • Personal Toiletries
  • Warm Jacket - Down or Synthetic.
  • Three Season Sleeping Bag - A bag rated 15 degrees plus.
  • Mug
  • Rain Gear - Waterproof/resistant jacket, pants and hat.
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather and conditions - Moisture wicking clothing that will help keep you warm and/or dry.
  • Sleeping Pad - Closed cell foam or self inflatable.
  • Water Bottle
  • Sun Protection - Lip balm, sunscreen, wide-brim hats, etc.
  • Plate/Bowl
  • Hiking Boots
  • Base Layers - Wool or synthetic.
  • Utensils - A good choice is the REI Campware Utensil Set
  • Headlamp/Flashlight


  • Hiking Poles - REI will provide but you are welcome to bring your own.
  • Personal Camera
  • Personal Snacks

Gear provided by REI:

  • Cookset
  • Water Filter
  • Food - Camping food.
  • Topographical Maps - Local course area maps.
  • Backpacking Stove
  • Backpack - Internal frame 45-65 liter pack.
  • 3 Season Backpacking Tent - A tent suitable for spring, summer, and fall camping.
  • Group First Aid Kit
  • Compass