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At the Introduction to Backpacking we spend two days and one night in the Hoh Rainforest learning and practicing the skills needed to plan and execute your own backpacking trip.
We begin our day with a short meeting at the trailhead to distribute gear for the weekend and introductions. Our instructors will discuss essential items to always carry into the backcountry and how to pack your backpack for optimal comfort. With bags loaded, we begin our hike and leave society behind. As we make our way towards camp, you will learn about backcountry etiquette and hygiene on the trail.
Once at camp, you will learn how to pitch a tent, filter water and make a backcountry meal. After making our homes for the evening, the group has the option to hike further without our heavy backs and explore other trails.
In the morning, after waking to birds chirping and the sun illuminating our tents, we eat breakfast, breakdown our homes and clean up our campsite. As we hike out, women will have the chance to reflect on the last 24 hours and ask any lingering questions.
Over the weekend you will learn:
Payment plans are available. Please email us to setup this option.
We have a couple spots available at our July 16th-17th clinic.
All other dates are sold out.
May 21st-22nd | June 18th-19th | July 16-17
July 30-31 | August 6-7 | September 3-4
Please note that location is subject to change within the state of Washington.
The majority of women come to our retreats alone - somewhere around 90%. If you are hesitating to join because you would be coming solo, please know that we expect a majority of our participants to be joining by themselves, seeking community.
We generally have a wide range of ages at our retreats. The average tends to fall anywhere between the ages of 26 to 45. But we have had quite a few women in their 60's join as well. It really is up to the attitude and physical ability of the participant.
ABSOLUTELY. We will teach everything from how to pack a backpack to cooking gourmet meals in the back country. However to maintain a positive experience for everyone hikers need to be able to hike four miles with a backpack that weighs 35 pounds over varied terrain.
People with food allergies are absolutely welcome to join us at our program! We have food options that are vegan, gluten free, lactose free. Of course, if it would make you more comfortable, you are also welcome to pack your own meals.
If you're traveling from out of state, we recommend flying to Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) Airport. As we approach the event, we offer guests the opportunity to connect and coordinate carpooling.
We have a very strict cancellation policy. Please review it before committing to this retreat.