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Two Day Intro To Backpacking



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.





Mt. Hood National Forest & Clackamas River Valley

$220 per person
Transportation and guide service included

No Previous Experience Necessary

Two Day Intro To Backpacking



Whats Included:
- Trip Planning & Pre-Trip Info
- Free Gear Rental: Tent, stove, sleeping bag, sleep pad & backpack
- 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 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


Things you may want to bring:
- Trekking poles
- Camera
- Notebook / sketchbook
- Field guide
- Binoculars
- Backpacking chair
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


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



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Next 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.



Two Day Intro To Backpacking

Two Day Intro To Backpacking