Telluride Academy’s “Intro to Backpacking” program is an adventure where students will discover the fundamentals of backpacking by participating in a self-supported overnight expedition in the wilderness. This comprehensive experience begins with an introductory hike, packing workshop and meal planning session, ensuring participants are well-prepared for their backcountry journey. Over the next two days, students will apply their newfound knowledge while navigating local wilderness trails, setting up camp, and building self-sufficiency and teamwork skills. The Fourth of July holiday will allow students to recharge before returning on Friday to debrief and embark on a celebratory hike. This program is a gateway to the world of backpacking, offering students valuable skills, a deeper connection to the natural world and a memorable adventure to cherish.
Important Notes: Students will be required to hike mild to moderate terrain carrying their personal belongings and some group gear on their backs. Please pack a good rain jacket and pair of rain pants, as afternoon monsoons are likely this time of year. It can be chilly at night, so warm layers are a necessity. Students will be camping at high elevation. We strongly recommend arriving to Telluride a few days early for any student prone to altitude sickness.
All participants will receive Telluride Academy backpacks, sleeping bags and sleeping pads while participating in this program! We ask that you bring your child’s belongings in a duffle bag on the first morning so instructors can help students properly pack their provided backpacks.
Please click here to read our overnight policy.
Monday – Friday
Single overnight on Tuesday. No camp on Thursday, July 4th. Students will return on Friday for a final day of activities.