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Camp Craft

Special Note: The half day indoor portion of this course is also available virtually.

Activity Description

Please forgive the pun, but this course is in-tents. Sorry, just had to say it. Life doesn’t get much simpler than a backpacker’s: eat, sleep, hike. Fun, and very freeing. Having good camp craft is necessary to making the most of the experience, though. It can mean the difference between being comfortable, fed, and dry, versus being a wet, smelly, hungry, disorganized mess. This course will break down what to carry, how to carry it, legal site selection, the principles of Leave No Trace (LNT), food, water, animal control, wastes, fires, weather, and more. This being a year ’round course, emphasis will also be placed on staying warm in the winter.

Activity Offerings

This year ’round course is offered as a half-day lasting 3-4 hours, as well as a more in-depth, more intensive full day class lasting 6-8 hours. Both offerings are held indoors initially for preparation and a classroom segment, then outside, at least for the full day course. If you want more, just go on a backpacking trip with us. Like all of our educational programs, this course is custom-tailored to meet your wants and needs so please include any special objectives or learning desires you may have, if applicable, in the comments box of our Booking Form.

What to Wear

You will want to be dressed to hike in the backcountry with respect to the season, elements, and forecast. The info below will help:

  • 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 skiing. Bring independent layers. Having our “Ready Pack” will help.
  • Never wear cotton, even at the underwear level. Synthetic materials, wool, and especially performance/wicking materials should be your clothing of choice. For skiing, 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 skiing or winter hiking clothing and you will want to bring extra.
  • 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.
  • For footwear, we recommend and mid- height seasonally-rated backpacking boot with the proper support and protection for your ankles. That said, many warm-season backpacker’s wear sneakers or trail runners so in the end, just make sure what you wear is seasonally-rated.
  • In winter, notably above treeline (a place we won’t be going during this class) you will want to prep for Denali. Seriously. On some days. We will elaborate on this subject during the course. For now, do consider the forecast.

Necessary Gear

For your camp craft course gear needs, in addition to your own non-cotton base layers, hiking/climbing pants with shirt, and footwear, as described above, we offer three options. But please note, none of which include a backpacking pad, tent, or sleeping bag. Since we aren’t actually staying out, we will bring these items and will be brought for demonstration purposes only. Same is true of any stoves and other dedicated backpacking gear. That said, please feel free to bring any gear you own. Click to expand.

Gear Option 1 - Open
Rent our “Ready Pack” for $55/person/day. 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 duration of 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.
  • Insect repellent (spring/summer).
  • Proper footwear (see information above).
  • Proper clothing layering (see information above).

SPECIAL NOTE: You may get a “Ready Pack, Lean” without food and water for $40/person/day.
SPECIAL NOTE: You can also order just food and water for $15/person/day. (Available with any option.)

Gear Option 2 - Open
Bring your own pack containing, in addition to the items above, the gear shown in the list below, 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 (~30-40 liters).
  • Hardshell jacket and pants, or rain poncho (mountain weather can be quite wet).
  • Mountain-rated insulated layer (mountains are much colder than in town).
  • Winter-rated mid-layer.
  • Food for the day, plus extra.
  • Water for the day, at least 2 liters, plus extra.
  • Winter-rated hat, gloves/mittens.
  • Headlamp with spare batteries (or backup device).
  • Whistle or sound-making device (sternum strap whistles are okay).
  • Tarp, bivvy, or personal shelter.
  • A lightweight emergency sleeping pad.

If you do wish to bring your own backpacking gear, refer to the revisions and additions presented in this list. Items, if wanted, are available to rent from the master gear list, below…

  • A lined pack with hip belt and room for the items below (~60-75 liters).
  • Night/camp layer (shorts, base layer, down pants… seasonally).
  • Camp footwear (Crocs, flip-flops, down booties).
  • More food, plus extra.
  • Water filter, pots to melt snow, or a UV pen light, plus extra storage.
  • A second full-sized headlamp with spare batteries.
  • Tent, hammock, or bivvy.
  • A luxury sleeping pad such as a Thermarest. So worth it.
  • Something to use as a pillow.
  • Firestarter, which should be part of your personal kit.
  • Eating/cooking utensils and supplies (long spoon, coffee cup).
  • Rag and camp towel for cleaning and drying.
  • A cook stove suitable for the season plus adequate fuel and backup.

General Rental Gear Pricing
  • Empty Backpack: $15/person/day.
  • Headlamp w/ Batteries: $5/person/day.
  • Trekking Pole Set: $5/person/day.
  • Bushwhack Kit (Compass/Glasses): $5/person/day.
  • Food and Water (Lunch Kit): $15/person/day.

Summer Clothing/Layers Pricing
(NOTE: By “Summer” we mean warmer, summer-like conditions, not the season.)
  • Fleece (Midlayer): $5/person/day.
  • Puffy Jacket (Midweight): $20/person/day.
  • Hardshell Set: $35/person/day.
  • Light Gloves: $5/person/day.
  • Climbing Gloves: $10/person/day.

Winter Clothing/Layers Pricing – Add to List Above
(NOTE: By “Winter” we mean colder, winter-like conditions, not the season.)
  • Puffy/Parka (Heavyweight/Winter): $25/person/day.
  • Hardshell Set: $35/person/day (Gaiters Req. w/ Crampon Use).
  • Mitts/Overmitts: $10/person/day.
  • Watchman’s Hat: $5/person/day.
  • Balaclava: $5/person/day.
  • Face Protection (Faceglove/Mask): $5/person/day.
  • Ski Goggles: $5/person/day.
  • Gaiters (Winter): $10/person/day.

Winter Rental Gear Pricing
(NOTE: By “Winter” we mean colder, winter-like conditions, not the season.)
  • Light Traction: $10/person/day.
  • Mountaineering Snowshoes: $15/person/day.
  • Mountaineering Crampons: $15/person/day.
  • Climbing Helmet: $5/person/day.
  • Ice/Snow Axe: $10/person/day.
  • Whippet: $10/person/day.
  • Alpine Harness: $10/person/day.

Winter Technical Gear Pricing
(NOTE: By “Winter” we mean colder, winter-like conditions, not the season.)
  • Ice Climbing Crampons: $15/person/day.
  • Technical Ice Tools: $15/person/day.
  • Climbing Harness: $10/person/day.
  • Mountaineering Boots: $25/person/day.
  • Avalanche Beacon: $25/person/day.
  • Avalanche Probe: $10/person/day.
  • Avalanche Shovel: $10/person/day.
  • Avalanche Kit: $40/person/day.

Summer Technical Gear Pricing
(NOTE: By “Summer” we mean warmer, summer-like conditions, not the season.)
  • Climbing Helmet: $5/person/day.
  • Alpine Harness: $10/person/day.
  • Rock Climbing Shoes: $15/person/day.
  • Climbing Harness: $10/person/day.
  • Chalk Bag w/ Chalk): $5/person/day.
  • Personal Flotation Device: $10/person/day.

Backpacking Gear Pricing
  • Sleeping Bag (Rated): $20/person/night.
  • Sleeping Pad (Foam): $5/person/night.
  • Sleeping Pad (Inflatabe): $15/person/night.
  • Tent (1-2 People): $20/person/night.
  • Tent (3-4 People): $30/person/night.
  • Stove w/ Fuel: $15/person/night.

Other Gear-Related Pricing
  • Gear Insurance (Regular/Hiking): $10/person/day.
  • Gear Insurance (Alpine/Winter): $20/person/day.
  • Gear Insurance (Backpacking): $30/person/day.
  • Outsourced Gear (Pick Up Fee): $40/person/day.

Gear Option 3 - Open
Bring everything and rent nothing. In which case, you will need everything applicable to your plan and the season from the above lists appropriate to your activity 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!

What follows below is the pricing and other information you’ll probably want or need to know.

Half Day Camp Craft Pricing
For one person $175
For two people $125 each
For three people $110 each
For four or more $100 each
Full Day Camp Craft Pricing
For one person $275
For two people $200 each
For three people $175 each
For four or more $150 each
Camp Craft Premiums
Make it private INCLUDED
Other Information
  • The difficulty of this activity is as requested, but not super demanding.
  • This activity has a 1:4 instructor/student ratio.
  • The maximum group size is 8 with 2 guides.
  • For parties larger than 8, please contact us.
  • This indoor course also available virtually.
  • Gratuities not included; 15-25% is customary for a good job.

Eww, bugs? Brr, cold? Maybe going on a Day Hike would be better, or perhaps our indoors-taught Winter Skills course would be more comfortable. Otherwise, go ahead and BOOK IT NOW!

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