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Intro to Backpacking

June 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Join us for a comprehensive one-day workshop designed to enhance your wilderness backpacking skills. Whether you’re planning a short getaway or an extended expedition, our expert instructors will guide you through the essentials of packing, staying comfortable, nutrition, and navigation to ensure you’re prepared for any adventure. This workshop is perfect for both beginners and seasoned hikers looking to refine their skills.

From $75.00 to $115.00

What You’ll Learn

Packing Essentials

  • Backpack Selection: Choosing the right size for trips ranging from 2 days to 3 months.
  • Gear Guide: What you absolutely need, from tents to tarps.

Camp Kitchen

  • Cooking Gear: Simplifying stoves, pots, and pans.
  • Nutrition: Meeting your dietary needs on the trail.
  • Leave No Trace (LNT): Principles for minimizing your impact.
  • Waste Management: Handling human and kitchen waste responsibly.
  • Campfires: Guidelines for safe and sustainable fires.

Health & Safety

  • First Aid: Essential items for your kit.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Building your emergency bivouac kit.

Clothing & Shelter

  • Dressing for Success: Staying warm, dry, and comfortable.
  • Sleeping Systems: Selecting sleeping bags and pads.

Survival Skills

  • Shelter Building: Techniques for emergency situations.
  • Fire Starting: Mastering essential fire starters.


  • Map & Compass Skills: Reading maps and navigating without GPS.

What to Bring

  • Personal backpacking gear (if available).
  • Lunch and sufficient water for the day.
  • A sense of adventure and readiness to learn!

What We Provide

  • A range of backpacking equipment to examine and try.
  • Maps and compasses for hands-on navigation practice.
  • A fun, educational experience aimed at boosting your wilderness survival skills.

Join Us!

Whether you’re looking to brush up on your backpacking knowledge or starting from scratch, our workshop offers valuable insights and practical skills to make your next outdoor adventure safe, enjoyable, and environmentally conscious. Pack your bags and bring your spirit of adventure – we’re here to explore the great outdoors together!


June 29
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Androscoggin Land Trust
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