Backpacking Trips

Backpacking is the ultimate way to experience nature, carrying all your essential gear on your back, viewing nature up close and personal. Having hiked and backpacked throughout the Midwest, we have selected a few of our favorite spots to share with you.  Our guided trips  are typically 2-5 days in length, anywhere from 5-8 hours of hiking a day. 

 

We classify our trips in the following categories:

Class 1-Beginner

An example of this type of event would be our Beginner Backpacking Bootcamp, Wisconsin River kayak camping, or a snowshoe trip. These trips are designed for people that meet the following criteria:

  • Minimal to no outdoor experience

  • Those that do not want to take time to plan their own trips, and want to travel with experienced, medically trained guides

  • Those that have previously spent time outdoors but want to increase their skill set and knowledge base

  • Those that have spent time outdoors, but it has been awhile since your last outing

  • Those that want to test out new gear in the safety of group

  • Anyone looking to connect with other people who share a common interest in the outdoors and self care

Class 2-Intermediate

An example of this type of event would be our Advanced Backpacking Bootcamp, Turtle Flambeau kayak camping event, or our Red River Gorge trip. You would be a good candidate for these types of events if you have a basic understanding of the type of gear needed for the event you intend to register for. You should have a basic understanding of what it takes to backpack or kayak for multiple days and can functional somewhat independently in an outdoor setting. These trips are designed for people that meet the following criteria:

  • Minimal or previous outdoor experience including car camping or day hiking

  • Those that do not want to take time to plan their own trips, and want to travel with experienced, medically trained guides

  • Those that have previously spent time outdoors but want to increase their skill set and knowledge base

  • Those that have spent time outdoors, but it has been awhile since your last outing

  • Those that want to test out new gear in the safety of group

  • Anyone looking to connect with other people who share a common interest in the outdoors and self care

Class 3-Advanced

An example of this type of event would be an Isle Royale Backpacking trip, or a section hike on a National Scenic trail such as the AT, CDT, SHT, or NCT. Also included would be a 5+ day hike.

You would be a good candidate for these types of events if you have a solid understanding of the type of gear needed for the event you intend to register for. You should have a through understanding of what it takes to backpack or kayak for multiple days and can functional independently or be of assistance to others in an outdoor setting. These trips are designed for people that meet the following criteria:

  • Previous outdoor experience including multiday backpacking or kayaking trips

  • Those that do not want to take time to plan their own trips, and want to travel with experienced, medically trained guides

  • Those that spend ample time outdoors independently or in small groups

  • Those that want to increase their skill set and knowledge base

  • Those that want to test out new gear in the safety of group

  • Anyone looking to connect with other people who share a common interest in the outdoors and self care

Custom Trips

We can also design a custom event specifically for your own group. Our  custom planned trips allow us to  modify mileage and the number of hours hiked everyday based on our clients' needs. We offer something for all levels of backpackers. 

We can tailor custom trips offering Supported and Fully Supported options for those that want to experience backpacking but are not able to carry all their supplies. 

Supported. During this type of trip, you will start out in the morning with your day pack of essential items and first aid kit, then at the end of the day you will arrive at a camp site where your full complement of gear, food and clothing will be waiting.

Fully Supported. During this type of trip all logistics will be handled for you-meal preparation, tent and sleeping system set up-we can even provide gear if needed. 

Although we can't control mother nature, we take as much of the guess work out of trying to select the best time to visit particular trails, avoiding poor trail conditions, bugs and unfavorable conditions. Although most of our backpacking trips take place in the Midwest, we will also offer guided trips and transportation (shuttling) to other parts of the United States.

If you don't see the type of event you are looking for, feel free to contact us. In most cases we can design an event custom designed for your needs or skill level. You can call us at 608-571-4737 or email us at Truenorthexp@gmail.com.