Backpacking the Backcountry

Backpacking the Oregon Backcountry

Summer Camp BackpackingCome with us and develop the skills to be a confident and responsible backpacker anywhere in North America. This camp is designed for beginner to intermediate backcountry campers who would like to build confidence and take their camping skills to the next level.

Camp will meet in town Monday morning. After a bus ride to the mountains we will make a base camp for the first night. During the first day we will go over preparations to ensure that every camper has prepared him or herself to have the best possible backpacking experience. We will also be building our own ultralight backpacking stoves.

Tuesday, once everyone is properly prepared, we will head out for three days to backpack through the Cascade Mountains. While on the trail we will be learning about how to hike efficiently, how to safely deal with creek crossings and more. We will work on map and compass skills that can help us to navigate through unfamiliar terrain. We will learn how to travel off-trail safely. We will practice choosing the most comfortable and least impactful campsites. At camp we will learn how to pitch a tarp for virtually any weather. We will learn how to gather firewood and create safe and effective campfires in the backcountry (if fire restrictions allow). Emphasis will be on how to make yourself safe and comfortable with the lightest and least amount of gear. We will also practice erasing our camps in order to leave little evidence that we ever passed.

We will return to Lane Community College by 3:30 on Friday.

 Camp Location:   This camp will meet at Lane Community College. We will be transporting campers to a backcountry location in the Umpqua National Forest.

Scholarships are available for up to 50% off tuition cost. Apply during registration. Click for details.
Full Day Nature Camps (9:00AM-3:30PM): $587

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Whole Earth Nature School operates under special use permit from the Umpqua National Forest and
Whole Earth Nature School is an equal opportunity recreation provider