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Date Monday  8/19/2019
Group Pikes Peak
Event Title PPG Basic Mountaineering School - Colorado Wilderness Backpacking
Start Time 5:30 PM
End Time 8:30 PM
Status Complete
Leader Glenn Barr
Co-Leader Matthew Foster
Group Price $45.00
NonGroup Price $55.00
Available Participants 5
Type Members Only (Programs/Education)


Two (2) Classroom Sessions: Rockrimmon Library, 832 Village Center Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

One Field Session: TBD

For more info Contact

Email Glenn Barr to confirm qualifications  for class or to discuss any questions



Backpacking is another way to experience the outdoors - whether as a means to get to a distant location from the trailhead to enjoy an activity (summit attempt, alpine lake fishing, etc.) or as the main goal itself (hiking a long trail like the Colorado Trail).  Carrying all  the gear you need to travel, eat, sleep, stay dry, treat injuries, stay found, cook food, treat water, and enjoy yourself may be intimidating - but taken one step at a time - is very manageble. This class focuses on the basics in a lecture/discussion format and concludes with an overnight backpacking trip to put our new knowledge into action.  Safety and fun are key elements of this class.

**Pre-Requisites: CMC Wilderness Fundamentals and Land Navigation Course Completion**  The "Wild Fun" class covers concepts that will be expected knowledge for this course and will reference the text provided from this class

TO REGISTER - Please email Glenn Barr ( with your completion dates of Wilderness Fundamentals and Land Navigation classes for the passcode to register.

NOTE: There is no Club gear to loan out for this class - you will need to provide your own. We will team up for crew gear where possible (stoves, water treatment, tents, etc.)

There are 2 class lectures. Our discussions include finding the right backpack, systems review (sleeping systems, cooking systems, clothing systems), ultra-light techniques, tents, trip planning, team composition, group dynamics, and site selection.

We will do a gear check prior to the overnight to make sure you are properly equipped.

There is a required CMC Rating Trip (overnight) that is designed to reinforce principals and techniques discussed in class. This will be planned with class particpants during the 2nd classroom session

Lecture Dates:

Monday, August 19, 5:30PM - 8:45PM 

Monday, August 26, 5:30PM - 8:45PM  

Successfully completing at least one CMC Backpacking Trip is a requirement to complete this training.

Beginner Backpacking Trip Date: Saturday, August 31st to Sept 2nd  (1-2 nights in the field) 

REFUND POLICY: Refunds are issued for cancellations made up to two weeks prior to the start of the program. There is a $10.00 cancellation fee. No refunds in last two weeks or for no shows.


Pikes Peak Group (PPG) of the Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) is centered around Colorado Springs

**Pre-Requisites: CMC Wilderness Fundamentals and Land Navigation**  The "Wild Fun" class covers concepts that will be expected knowledge for this course and will reference the text provided from this class!  

This course is part of the Pikes Peak Groups Basic Mountaineering School or BMS.  The program may be a pre-requisite for trips or other schools.  If you have any questions, please contact the instructor for this course.

If class is full - please register to be placed on waitlist. Student cancellations often happen.


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.