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2-Day Intro to Backpacking

 Mt. Hood National Forest & Clackamas River Valley
Where we meet: 
Next Adventure 8:00 AM, return to shop by 5:00 PM next day 
2 Days
Cost: $220
Experience Necessary: No experience necessary 

Backpacking has never been so fun and easy!  Hike through old growth Oregon forests and ramble along sub-alpine ridges in the scenic Mount Hood National Forest.  Get the low-down from experienced Guide-Instructors on how to stay safe, warm and found while exploring back-country trails.

Whether you are just getting into backpacking, want to rediscover the new pleasures of a forgotten pastime, or just want an easy hike along a new trail with local guides, this is the trip for you.  Small group size allows for more personal attention from guides and a wilder experience. 

Take in the scenic wonders of the Cascade mountains while learning hands-on about the latest technologies and trends in backpacking equipment, safety and theory.  We bring the gear, and you get to try it out in the field!

The Mt.Hood National Forest is an excellent destination for an introduction to backpacking.  A short hike into the campsite makes learning how to camp easy in a beautiful backcountry setting.   Hike less than two miles to a primitive campsite in the heart of Oregon's Cascade Mountains.




Backpacking Hawk Mountain



What's included:

-Trip Planning & Pre-Trip Info
-Free Gear Rental: Tent, stove, sleeping bag, sleep pad & backpack (if you need them)
-Meals (2 lunches, 2 dinners, 1 breakfast)
-Transportation to and from shop in a smooth-riding van
-Qualified Drivers and Experienced Guides
-The low-down on how to stay warm, safe and comfortable on the trail
-Natural Interpretation of flora, fauna, geology and local history
-Snacks and water treatment

What Topics are Covered:

-What to wear - staying warm & dry
-Selecting the right gear for you
-light and fast options
-Routefinding - Map & Compass
-Trail Etiquette & Leave No Trace
-To build a fire
-Water treatment
-Food prep, storage & clean-up
-Safety & First aid
-Tents & shelters
-Sleeping bags & liners
-Sleep pads & insulation
-Stoves & cookware
-Wilderness considerations
-Wildlife, plants, geology & history

What you need to bring:
-Sturdy hiking shoes with synthetic or wool socks (2 sets)
-Hiking apparel (anything but cotton) (2 sets)
-Water (2 quart capacity) &  - snacks if you have special dietary needs
-Sun and rain gear
-Headlamp/flashlight & batteries
-Lightweight mug and/or bowl
-Spoon or spork
-Personal hygiene and medications
-Your sense of awe and wonder
-Your trail essentials  (see below)

Things you may want to bring:

-Trekking poles
-Notebook / sketchbook
-Field guide
-Backpacking chair

"Trail Essentials"
-Map & Compass
-Water & Extra Food
-Extra Clothing Layers & Rain Gear
-Sun Gear (sunglasses, sunblock, hat)
-First Aid Kit & personal meds
-Matches/lighter & firestarter
-Gear repair kit & Emergency survival kit
-Toilet paper in 2 plastic bags


To register, contact us at [email protected]

forest service logoNext Adventure is a fully-insured licensed Outfitter and Guide with the State of Oregon. Next Adventure is an equal opportunity Recreation Provider operating under special use permit on the Mt. Hood National Forest and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, USDA Forest Service. Next Adventure Guide-Instructors are locally trail-experienced, and carry current Wilderness First Response certification.