Fri, Nov 08 | Mark Twain National Forest

Beginners Backpacking Bootcamp-Missouri

Have you ever thought about backpacking but were not sure where to start?This course is designed for the inexperienced backpacker that has minimal to no outdoor experience. Our goal is to ensure you gain the knowledge and confidence you need to backpack on your own or with a group.
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Beginners Backpacking Bootcamp-Missouri

Time & Location

Nov 08, 2019, 3:00 PM – Nov 10, 2019, 4:00 PM
Mark Twain National Forest, 401 Fairgrounds Rd, Rolla, MO 65401, USA

About The Event

This course is designed for inexperienced or new backpackers. The boot camp combines hiking and camping in a backcountry setting. Our primary goal is to help members become self sufficient and familiar with their gear and gain the skills required to be safe while hiking.

This event takes place over the course of 2.5 days and starts on Friday. Friday after you arrive and check in, there will be a 2-3 hour lecture covering gear selection, food prep and storage, first aid and hygiene as well as a gear shakedown. Dinner is provided Friday night at the Group camp. Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon we will be hiking approximately 11 mile, stopping at mile 7 to overnight camp at a backcountry site. 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 may be provided by us.


Members are responsible for obtaining their own gear or gear rental can be rented by selecting the "Admission w/Gear Rental " ticket option.

Course Highlights:

-Backpacking basics

-Gear selection

-Safety and survival basics

-Water Filtration techniques

-Meal Preparation/Food storage

-Leave no Trace Principles review

-Foot care and Hygiene on the trail

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


-1 or 2 person tent

-Sleeping bag

-Sleeping pad

-Sleeping pillow

-Backpacking stove

-Water filter



-Trekking Poles

-Dry Bag for food storage

Cancellation Policy

No refunds will be issued for cancellations less than 7 days from the date of the event. All other cancellations are subject to a 50% service fee. Refund will be issued in the form of a check. Please allow 5-7 business days for processing, we will notify you when the refund has been issued. Additional information will be emailed to you after registering.

  • Admission
  • Admission w/Gear Rental
  • Comp Ticket

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