Weekend Workshop: BackpackingLearn the skills to camp in the backcountry

Upper West Side
Upper West Side
Broadway and West 76th Street
2 Days
2 Days
12.0 miles
1,000 feet
elevation gain

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About the trip

Unlock a world of possibilities

There isn't much more empowering than venturing out into the wilderness with everything you need to survive on your back. Unencumbered by the things you think you need in daily life, you'll learn how to get by with only the essentials. In doing so, you'll unlock a world of new wilderness destinations that can only be reached by those with the skills and confidence to safely do so.

This weekend is the ultimate introduction to backpacking. Over the course of your two-day adventure, you will learn the skills you need to pack, cook, and camp in the backcountry, under the instruction of an expert Discover Outdoors guide. This workshop is designed to give you the knowledge you need to succeed at long distance and multi-day hikes all while enjoying the pleasure of a weekend outdoors.

Skills Learned:
  • Packing a backpack
  • Using a stove
  • Filtering Water
  • Campsite Selection
  • Responsible Fire Use and Regulations
  • Nutrition
  • Packing Light
  • Staying warm & dry
  • Gear tricks and tips
  • Leave No Trace principles and techniques

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Level 5/10
1,000 feet elevation gain
12.0 miles
Upper West SideBroadway and West 76th Street
2 Days

Here’s what you need


Essential Gear
  • Backpack (50 L recommended)
  • Backpacking tent (can be rented for additional fee)
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented for additional fee)
  • Sleeping pad (can be rented for additional fee)
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Warm clothes for evenings at camp (fleece, jacket, warm pants)
  • Camelbak bladder or water bottles (3 L capacity)
  • Bowl, mug, and utensil
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries
  • Packed lunch for day one (eaten on trail)
Recommended Gear
  • Bug spray
  • Basic first aid kit (band-aids, moleskin, etc)
  • Additional snacks
  • Camera
  • Have a piece of gear like a stove, filter, or item you'd like to test? Bring it along!


Essential Clothing
  • Comfortable, athletic clothing, preferably non-cotton
  • Hiking boots with non-cotton socks
  • Layers are recommended to account for changing conditions
  • Rain Jacket
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses

What's Included

  • Expert guides
  • Transportation
  • Park permits
  • Group items such as cooking gear and filters
  • Skills instruction
  • Dinner on day one, breakfast and snacks on day two
Not Included
  • Meals not indicated above
  • Individual gear (please see pack list)
  • Gratuity for your guide


Weather conditions can be quite different from the city in the mountainous regions we visit. Temperatures can be quite cooler as we head north or to higher elevations. Keep your eyes out for an email from our team a few days in advance of your trip. That email will provide updated weather conditions and will alert you to anything additional you should put in your pack to prepare. We head outside in any weather, as long as we know it's safe, and we don't let a little rain or wind ruin a chance for an adventure. You can contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions about preparing for trail conditions.

Backcountry Camping

We'll be camping out for one night near a backcountry shelter. We'll be sleeping in backpacking tents. Tents can be rented for $30/ea (rented tents are double-occupancy) or you can bring your own. Sleeping bag and sleeping pad rentals are also available. Food and communal gear will be carried up by the group, so be sure to leave space in your pack!

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