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Fri, Jul 27


Manistee National Forest

Advanced Backpacking Bootcamp

This course is designed for newer backpackers or backpackers that want to increase their comfort level in a backcountry setting. Our goal is to ensure you gain the knowledge and confidence you need to safely plan and execute a multi day trip.

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Advanced Backpacking Bootcamp
Advanced Backpacking Bootcamp

Time & Location

Jul 27, 2018, 8:00 AM – Jul 29, 2018, 5:00 PM

Manistee National Forest, Manistee National Forest, Lake Township, MI 49402, USA


About The Event

This course is designed for new backpackers, backpackers that have not been out on trail recently, and those that want to enhance their skills and apply the knowledge they already posses.. This event combines hiking and camping in a backcountry setting. Our primary goal is to help reinforce the knowledge base that backpackers already have so that they can safely plan and execute a multi day hike. We will share information such as staging vehicles, deciding how to select a campsite, advanced water filtration techniques, planning appropriate daily mileage.

Under guidance of the instructors participants will determine campsites, mileage per day, water sources, and other important factors over the course of 2.5 days. Basic first aid principles will be reviewed as will basic knots, map reading and fire starting techniques. Members will also be given a simulated "emergency scenario" to handle at some point over the course of the trip. This event will involve hiking a total of approximately 23 miles over 2.5 days. The terrain where we will be hiking contains steep hills, ravines, drop offs, ledges, unstable and rocky terrain, wooden crossings, and can be strenuous at times. The trails may also be wet, slippery, muddy, and rocky. Drinking water will be obtained and filtered from area creeks or will be provided by event hosts.


Members are responsible for obtaining their own gear or gear rental can be provided for an additional cost.

Course Highlights:

-Gear review (members will review and have the ability to try various types of lightweight 3 season tents)

-Simulated emergency scenario drill

-Advanced Water Filtration techniques

-Basic First Aid

-Lightweight gear review

-Planning/Map reading

-Basic Knots

-Fire starting basics

Gear rental is available for an extra fee and includes the following:


1 person tent

Sleeping bag

3.25″ thick sleeping pad

Single burner camp stove

Katadyne or Sawyer Water filter pump

Set of GSI cookware



  • 1 Person

    This reservation is for 1 person. Client must obtain their own gear. We will contact you with a list of required gear prior to the start of the trip.

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  • 1 person w/gear rental

    This reservation for 1 person with gear rental. We will contact you with a list of additional required gear prior to the start of the trip. Additional $50 deposit required for gear rental. Gear will be provided for a maximum of 3 days. Client is responsible for contacting us to determine proper backpack size. Gear Rental includes: -Backpack -Sleeping bag -Sleeping pad -UL Pillow -2 person tent -water purifier -Stove -Headlamp -Sit pad -Trekking poles

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