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Activity Description

Backpacking opens up opportunities to stay out in the woods longer and explore trails and peaks for days at a time. We can help you reach those faraway peaks like Isolation or Owl’s Head, guide you on a multi day Presidential traverse, and more. Backpacking in the wilds (per forest camping rules and LNT). Expand your horizons, train for a through-hike, build your confidence, or just stop to smell the roses more as backpacking will reduce those daily mileages. In any case, we can help.

Activity Offerings

We can take people to any of the shelters, tentsites, or any number of wild camping options… even usage of huts and cabins, if so requested (though extra charges apply). Our woodland and alpine backpacking adventures — assuming a Camp Craft course isn’t needed — begin with a simple overnight, two days, one night with distances variable based on ability and desire. From there we can extend our trips to as many days as needed and can even help with some thru-hiking with lots of notice. It’s up to you! Please include any special objectives or desires you may have, if applicable, in the comments box of our Booking Form.

What to Wear

To ensure everyone’s safety and comfort, we offer this important clothing information. When dressing for hiking and backpacking you always want to note the following:

  • Think layers. While a ski jacket, for example, may be warm and waterproof, if the insulation can’t be separated from the rain/snow protection layer, it really isn’t suitable. You will overheat if you need rain/snow protection while hiking. Bring independent layers. Having our “Backpacking Ready Pack” will solve the matter offering all you need for at least the hiking portion of your adventure.
  • Never wear cotton, even at the underwear level. Synthetic materials, wool, and especially performance/wicking materials should be your clothing of choice. For hiking, since cotton won’t dry and doesn’t insulate while wet, it can pose a hazard. You will want to wear the right type of sports or hiking clothing and you will want to bring extra, especially a base layer or shorts for sleeping in.
  • Bring more than you think you need. Mountain weather can be very tricky and unpredictable. While it may be nice in town, the mountains can be very different. Being prepared can save your life and make for a richer, more enjoyable experience.
  • For footwear, sneakers or trail runners may be suitable for summer backpacks, but for spring or fall something a little sturdier and warmer like a three-season backpacking boot is recommended. And in winter, winter-rated or even mountaineering boots are needed, specifically, “double” boots with liners that can be brought into your sleeping bag at night. Additionally, camp footwear like Crocs in summer and down booties in winter are worth bringing.
  • And speaking of winter, notably above treeline, you will want to prep for Denali. On some days. Seriously. Adding gear such as the following as a minimum is expected: Heavy-duty hooded parka, overmitts with liners, crampons, balaclava, and even a set of goggles.

Necessary Gear

For your hiking/backpacking gear needs, in addition to your own non-cotton base layers, hiking/climbing pants (or shorts in summer) with shirt, footwear (camp and trail), and a sleeping baselayer or shorts, as described above, we offer three options (which are modified by the season). Click to expand.

Gear Option 1 - Open
Rent our “Backpacking Ready Pack” for $120/person/night. This option will satisfy all your gear needs to include all your layers from mid-layer up, everything, even your food and water needs for the activity, including all specialty gear. This only leaves a need for personal items such as…

  • Personal first aid kit/meds.
  • Personal hygiene items.
  • Camera/phone (weather-protected).
  • Lip balm, sun block.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Lantern.
  • Cards, games.
  • Personal comfort items.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Proper footwear (see information above, especially about camp wear).
  • Proper clothing layering (see information above, plus sleeping items).
  • Seasonal specialty clothing (see information above).

SPECIAL NOTE: You may get a “Backpacking Ready Pack, Lean” without food and water for $75/person/day.
SPECIAL NOTE: You can also order just food and water for $15/person/meal. (Available with any option.)

SPECIAL NOTE: Unlisted items, like water filtration, will be provided by your guide(s), though you are encouraged to bring your own.

Gear Option 2 - Open
Bring your own pack containing, in addition to the items above, the gear shown in the list below, as needed per the season and objective, but rent any necessary specialty gear items in the sub-list below that…

  • A lined pack with hip belt and room for the items below (~45-65 liters).
  • Rain jacket and pants, or rain poncho (mountain weather can be quite wet).
  • Mountain-rated insulated layer (mountains are much colder than in town).
  • Seasonally-rated mid-layer (much colder).
  • Food for the day, plus extra.
  • Water for the day, at least 2 liters, plus extra (or filter, if not winter).
  • Seasonally-rated hat, gloves/mittens.
  • Headlamp with spare batteries (or backup device).
  • Whistle or sound-making device (sternum strap whistles are okay).

Plus any of these applicable Specialty Gear Items, which may be rented…

  • Sleeping bag (rated), $20/person/night.
  • 1-2 person tent, $20/night.
  • 3-4 person tent, $30/night.
  • Foam sleeping pad, $5/person/night.
  • Inflatable sleeping pad, $15/person/night.
  • Stove with fuel, $15/night.
  • Empty pack (sized/rated), $15/person/day.
  • Headlamp, $5/person/day.
  • Trekking poles only, $5/pair/person/day.
  • Trekking poles, Gaiters, Microspikes, $15/set/person/day (ice season).
  • Microspikes only, $10/set/person/day (ice season).
  • Trekking poles, Gaiters, Microspikes, Strap-on Crampons, $25/set/person/day (ice season).
  • Strap-on Crampons Only, $15/pair/person/day.
  • Snowshoes, $15/pair/person/day (winter).
  • Balaclava, Goggles, Mitts, $15/set/person/day (alpine).
  • Down blend puffy, $25/person/day (winter).
  • Hardshell pants and jacket, $35/set/person/day.
  • Backpacking Gear Insurance, $30/person/day.
  • Plus any outsourced gear items, call for current pricing.

SPECIAL NOTE: Unlisted items, like water filtration, will be provided by your guide(s), though you are encouraged to bring your own.
SPECIAL NOTE: If any outsourced gear such as mountaineering boots with step-in crampons is needed, as might be the case on above treeline, winter hikes, we can rent it ahead of time for you for $40 plus the applicable rental fees.

Gear Option 3 - Open
Bring everything and rent nothing. In which case, you will need everything from the above lists appropriate to your activity, time of year, and expected conditions. Contact us if you have questions, mention it on the booking form, or simply note it when we call to finalize your booking.

Okay… Let’s Do This!

Here is the pricing and other information you’ll probably want to know.

Two Day Backpack
For one person $425
For two people $600
Added people $225 each
Additional Days
For one person Add $200/day
For two people Add $275/day
Added people Add $200/day/ea.
Premium Options
Make it private Add $75/day
Other Information
  • The difficulty of this activity is as requested.
  • This activity has a 1:4 guide/client ratio.
  • The maximum group size is 4 with 1 guide.
  • For parties larger than 4, please contact us.
  • Gratuities not included; 15-20% is customary for a good job.

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