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Backpacking School (BKPS)


Learn the skills necessary to safely backpack the Colorado Mountains in non-winter conditions and the best practices to keep your trip going as planned and how to deal with situations when they don’t.

BKPS topics include:

  • Gear and clothing
  • Camp craft and skills
  • Cooking, nutrition and stoves
  • Organizing your: trip, pack, tent and camp
  • Navigation
  • Basic first aid
  • Staying warm
  • Leave No Trace principles
  • Packing and packing lighter
  • Avoiding problems with animals and weather

Each BKPS session consists of three lectures, a day trip, two overnight trips and one 2-night trip. Enrollment fee is $125 for CMC Member.

Graduating Backpacking School provides a B hiking classification and satisfies one of the requirements for a C classification (required for Basic Mountaineering School).


Backpacking School is open to all CMC members 18 and older regardless of hiking classification, and youth 15–17 years of age accompanied by a parent or guardian. Students are expected to be comfortable with basic day hiking. Successful completion of the Wilderness Trekking School (WTS) is required. If you haven’t completed WTS but believe your trekking skills are proficient, especially in navigation, you can submit a WTS waiver for approval.

Course Resources:

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Registration is a 2-step process.

  1. Email Jennie Popovich (, the school director, the following:
    1. Name
    2. Year you took Wilderness Trekking School
    3. Your CMC member number
  2. Register for the school on the CMC website once you’ve received your registration code. You must be a CMC member to register. If you are not yet a CMC member, join at