Backpacking Fundamentals & Skills In The Breadloaf Wilderness
Time & Location
About The Event
Backpack in the largest of the Wildernesses in the Green Mountain National Forest, the Breadloaf Wilderness. Climb peaks of Vermont's Presidential Range, learn in-depth skills and practice them in a beautiful wild setting and take in ridgeline views of surrounding peaks including Mount Abraham, Killington Peak, Pico and Mount Ascutney.
This 12.5 mile loop trip will bring us through several water crossings, hardwood spruce forests and along multiple switchbacks. We will also be hiking a portion of the nation's oldest long distance hiking trail, the Long Trail.
This trip is open to all though you will most likely find it suitable if you are:
- First-time backpacker with some day-hiking, car-camping experience and are interested in learning to go on more overnight or multi-day trips
- Beginner backpacker who wants to improve know-how
- Intermediate backpacker who wants to improve skills and modernize gear
- Advanced backpacker looking for a refresher and a new adventure
Other considerations to make:
- You should be willing and able to hike up to 10 miles per day over varying terrain with an increase in intensity at times
- You should be comfortable hiking all day wearing a 20+ lb pack
- You should be willing to hike off-trail to learn and practice your navigation skills
Group size is 5. RSVP is required. Waiver/Assumption of Risk documents are required before participation and can be signed electronically or in person the day of this trip. This event will be held rain or shine.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me: Mat, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: $250 per person
- 5 Star backpacking guiding and instruction
- Group gear rental including headlamps, cookset, fuel, first-aid supplies, gear repair kit, bear bag, etc.
- National Forest permit and/or campsite permit (reservations)
- Breakfast, dinner and 2 snacks
- Free product
- Demo gear rental including shelters, stoves, sleeping bags, sleeping pads and water treatment
What's Not Included:
- Park entry fee (if required)
- Personal gear and supplies
- Additional snacks and food
What Will You Learn:
- Trip planning
- Gear selection
- On-trail & Off-trail navigation
- Basic Map-reading
- Operation of compass
- Foot care & footwear
- Food planning & nutrition
- Water quality assessment & treatment
- Campsite selection
- Shelter setups
- Stove operation
- Bear bag hanging
- Leave No Trace Principles
- How to pack a backpack
- Wildlife precautions and encounters
What To Expect:
Exact trip details (meeting location, time, etc) will be specified weeks or even months before your trip. The itinerary below is simply meant to help you plan your travel and to better understand how the trip will flow.
- Meet at our entry point 10am
- Make introductions
- Distribute group food
- Distribute group gear
- Check personal gear, supplies & make final decisions
- Begin hiking
- Learn & discuss navigation, water treatment, first aid, gear repair, foot care
- Arrive at camp, learn and discuss campsite selection, campsite setup, bear bag hanging, fire starting (if regulations allow), pre-meal meditation
- Meal, clean-up
- Personal time/lights out
- Breakfast, campsite breakdown
- Around noon +/-1 or 2 hours arrive back to entry point
- Sort through personal and group gear
- Final group meal (optional)
Why Should I Join:
This is a one-of-a-kind experience that will not only teach you fundamentals of backpacking, but will also help you leave feeling confident, strong, creative, relaxed and ready for the next adventure. Master the art of balance. This weekend is an investment in your backpacking future. It will save you considerable time and money in the long run, and it will greatly enhance your future trips & experiences, whether they be short or long, solo or with a group or the Scouts. This weekend is focused on you and providing you with quality, value, safety, comfort and personal growth. You will be under the guidance of a reputable, credible and accomplished professional guide who wants to make the wilderness accessible and enjoyable for you at a high level.
Save time and money. Avoid spending hundreds of dollars on gear and learning to backpack the hard way. Learn hands-on skills that will make backpacking fun, not work. You’ll learn trip planning techniques to make the process less stressful and overwhelming. Enjoy your backpacking experiences more. Get experience-backed information that is tailored to you, your preferences, your experience and your budget. Try out gear, see and learn about things before going out and buying it yourself.
Invest in your backpacking future and avoid learning things the hard way.
Gratuities are always greatly appreciated and typically range from 5-10%.
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