Welcome to Backpacking 101

Backpacking 101 Lecture Series

The scope of the Backpacking 101 series is to provide clear and sound coverage of the current concepts, techniques, and challenges involved in the pursuit of exploring the backcountry and to provide a fundamental understanding of each topic covered.  Our objective with this series is to:

  1. To have a clear understanding of the basics of backcountry skills. To teach you how to be “safe and comfortable in the backcountry.
  2. To learn the inherent risks and challenges of the backcountry.
  3. To develop the skills necessary to mitigate those risks and develop strategies to overcome those challenges.   

Welcome to Course 2 - Backpacking Gear

"Backpacking Gear" is the second course in the Backpacking 101 lecture series. You now have a strong grasp on all the clothing and types of fabrics used in the outdoor world and now it is time to figure out what gear to bring. In this course we will cover the proper gear you need to explore your world and immerse yourself into the wild. The course begins by defining and fully understanding the practice of the backpacking "10 Essentials". This is basically the bare minimum required supplies needed anytime you step foot into the wilderness, whether its for a short day hike or week long adventure. Next we will then cover all the gear needed for any trip in which you will camp overnight. This gear is broken down into systems in order to easily organize each piece and the lesson is split into two lectures. Lastly, we will go over some tips for your gear as well as how to properly care for your gear in order to get the most out of it. Included with this course are a list of preferred gear manufacturers as well as a gear checklist that coincides with the gear systems. The course is outlined as such:

  1. The 10 Essentials
  2. Gear Systems 1 (shelter, sleeping, and packing systems)
  3. Gear Systems 2 (cooking, personal gear/tool, navigation/electronic, and hygiene/health/safety systems)
  4. Gear Tips & Care
  5. Gear Manufacturer Recommendations
  6. Gear Checklist