Introduction to Colorado Backpacking Skills

8:00 AM  –  2:00 PM

Golden: White Ranch Park


  • Fitness level  1: Relaxed
  • Skill level  1: Beginner
  • Minimum age: 13
  • Group size: 12

Getting ready to head out for your first unsupported overnight trip? Not sure what you need to know or do to have a successful backpacking trip? Join REI'S professional instructors on this one day course to hone your skills. During this outing we will discuss the importance of proper planning, equipment selection, and other fundamental backpacking skills. We will provide all demo gear but we encourage participants to bring their own if you want an instructor to evaluate and assist with your gear. This course is designed with beginners in mind! Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a participating parent or responsible adult.

  • - Learn pack loading principles - Learn about emergency kits. - Learn introductory skills to plan and safely execute personal overnight backpacking trips. o Site selection and set up o Water Treatment o Cooking principals o Camp sanitation

Golden: White Ranch Park

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There are 2 entrances to White Ranch; please meet us at the West entrance on Belcher Hill Road. If you have any issues, please contact us: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm @ 303-756-3100 x806; or Saturday-Sunday on our after-hours phone @ 720-515-2290. Our email is monitored Monday-Friday: