Are you new to the mountains and looking for a solid foundation and some mentorship to help you get started? Our Backpacking Development Series: Level 1 will introduce you to fundamental backpacking and camping skills with flexible online lessons and provide opportunities to apply those skills during the mountain excursions with coaching from our expert guides. The program will give you the skills and experience needed to be safe and comfortable exploring the mountain landscape, and to open the door to all the mountain pursuits that follow.
Colorado Mountain School guides teach you the skills needed to backpack around the mountains and camp under the stars. Our Backpacking Development Series: Level 1 provides a comprehensive, premium mountain experience with a flexible online curriculum, two 5-day excursions at Cameron Pass in Colorado’s rugged Rocky Mountains, and personal coaching from our expert guides. This program emphasizes the opportunity to glean purpose, passion, and dedication from our time in the mountains. The mountain excursions include introspective emotional and adventuresome physical activity with abundant opportunities for desirable outcomes. You will develop physical skills and knowledge, and simultaneously focus on building character and purpose with camping and backpacking being the vehicles for this meaningful time immersed in nature.
Learn fundamental backpacking, camping, and mountain safety skills from the comfort of your home with 1 month of online curriculum created to be flexible for your schedule and personal coaching from our expert guides. Plan and prepare to apply the skills you learn online during two mountain excursions in the Rocky Mountains with mentorship and coaching from our expert mountain guides.
Our Backpacking Development Series: Level 1 includes online lessons you can complete at your convenience each week and weekly coaching with our expert guides. We know life can be hectic, so this portion of the program is flexible and designed to easily fit into your busy schedule. The online curriculum provides you with important foundational knowledge that will be applied on our mountain excursions. Weekly coaching will provide you with personalized feedback to help you reach your mountain goals.
In addition to the online material and coaching the program includes two 5 day mountain excursions for a total of 10 guided field days. Enjoy the comfort of the beautiful new Colorado Mountain School Seven Utes Yurt situated in wild Cameron Pass during mountain excursions. Let us take care of all your food and meals during your stay! Each mountain excursion builds on the experience you gained from the past excursion, the material from your online lessons, and your personal goals.
Duration: 1 month of online course material; 2 mountain excursions of 5 days and 4 nights at Cameron Pass, for a total of 10 days in the field
Day One: Welcome to the Seven Utes Yurt at Cameron Pass in State Forest State Park. Learn about trip preparation and group travel techniques and go for an afternoon hike in State Forest State Park. Enjoy the comforts of the Yurt overnight with a hot, delicious meal from the kitchen and breathtaking views everywhere outside.
Day Two: Enjoy the backcountry and learn navigation techniques on a day hike in State Forest State Park. Return to the Seven Utes Yurt for afternoon camping equipment demos. Enjoy the amenities of the Yurt for another evening.
Day Three: Review camping principles before launching into the field for the first night of backcountry camping at the American Lakes.
Day Four: Learn more camping skills and enjoy day hikes and leisure time in the wilderness. Spend another night camping at the American Lakes.
Day Five: Transference. Return to the Colorado Mountain School Seven Utes Yurt to debrief the program. Depart from the Yurt in the afternoon.
Detailed Itinerary for August 1, 2022 Course
Participants will meet at the Seven Utes Yurt on Cameron Pass, State Forest State Park in Colorado for the mountain excursions. Participants will meet with the guide via weekly Zoom for weekly coaching sessions. The online portion of the course will be available to you on the Colorado Mountain School website.
Lodging at the new Seven Utes Yurt in State Forest State Park at Cameron Pass is available for you and is included during parts of our 5-day and 4-night excursions. The 40 foot Yurt is spacious and comfortable with propane heat and a wood-burning stove for especially cold days. Enjoy beautiful mountain views and stargazing from the large deck. The Seven Utes Yurt is located directly off the road next to the Michigan River. There is plenty of parking and access to pristine hiking trails. The Yurt has a full kitchen with appliances, dishes, and utensils for all our cooking needs, 16 comfortable sleeping cots, and portable toilets nearby.
During mountain excursions you will also camp in a tent in State Forest State Park. Three-season tents and other essential camping equipment will be provided for all participants to use.
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