Fri, Jun 01 | Kickapoo Valley Reserve Visitor Center

Beginners Backpacking Bootcamp-Wisconsin

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.
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Beginners Backpacking Bootcamp-Wisconsin

Time & Location

Jun 01, 2018, 4:00 PM – Jun 03, 2018, 5:00 PM
Kickapoo Valley Reserve Visitor Center, S3661 WI-131, La Farge, WI 54639, 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 will involve hiking a total of approximately 10-14 miles over 2 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:

-Backpacking basics

-Gear selection

-Safety and survival basics

-Water Filtration techniques

-Meal Preparation/Food storage

-Leave no Trace Principles

-Foot care and Hygiene on the trail

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


Course instruction and backpacking will take place June 2-3, 2018. Instructors will arrive June 1, anyone attending the course is invited to arrive Friday June 1 to camp out. If you do not wish to camp out on Friday, we will meet Saturday morning at 8 am. More information will be sent out prior to the event. Backpacking meals and meal packages are available, please visit our "Shop" page for more information.

  • 1 Person
  • 1 person w/gear rental

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