Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Winter Overnight Backpacking

  • Participants

    Age 18 and up

  • Fitness level : 3


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. On this trip experience the beauty the tri-state area has to offer without going to far from home. 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 overnight trip. We will teach you the best ways to handle the cold and thoroughly enjoy the beauty that winter backpacking has to offer. The price includes 4 season winter tents, 60-70 liter backpacks, sleeping pads, stoves/cook sets, and park entry fees. Note: we require Waterproof Insulated Boots so if you do not have a pair please purchase before the course. 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. Plan to hike 3-5 miles each day through rolling uneven terrain.

Gear provided by REI

  • Backpack - Internal frame 45-65 liter pack.
  • Backpacking Stove
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner - Food supplied for dinner
  • Four Season Sleeping Bag
  • Group First Aid Kit - Contents include wound care items and over the counter medications for minor injuries and illnesses
  • Headlamp/Flashlight
  • Plate/Bowl
  • Sleeping Pad - Closed cell foam or self inflatable.
  • Three Season Backpacking Tent
  • Trekking Poles
  • Utensils
  • Water Filter

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