Intro into Backpacking

Do you want to spend more time outside, but don't know where to start? You may just want to learn more and better ways to spend multiple days out in the backcountry. The backcountry can be a scary and complicated place, but it doesn't have to be with the right information. With Uplift Adventures, we believe in giving you the skills so that you can gain the knowledge to get outside. With this course, you will gain experience so that you can plan your next adventure while making smart decisions.

Intro into Backpacking Details

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Are you ready to start exploring the backcountry and staying overnight, but don't know where to start? Uplift Adventures is hosting their 'Wood Life' (Intro into Backpacking) program to build your confidence in the outdoors so that you can make good decisions in the backcountry.

We will begin this adventure on Friday night with a classroom session to get your head in the game and eyes on the prize. We will go over how to pack, trip plan and prepare for your adventure. On Saturday morning, we will head out to the trail head to start our adventure. While taking in the beautiful scenery of the South Canadian Rockies, we will teach you field skills including navigation, backcountry cooking, efficiencies, safety, and more.

We are stoked to help you prepare for your next adventures and to do this safely and mindfully.

RATING: Moderate

Is this the adventure for you? This experience is meant for people who have hiked before and want to go to the next level by overnight backpacking. You will want to be fit enough to carry a backpack that is ideally a third your weight and carry it uphill. You may have even tried backpacking before and you want to become better and make better choices in the backcountry.

PRICE: $325/person + GST

GRATUITY: We always say that we do not expect gratuity, but it is appreciated. We never want you to feel like you should spend more money than you already have and will not ask you for a tip. If you really want to give the guide a tip, they will graciously receive it with much gratitude.

PLEASE NOTE: 4 people minimum for this trip to occur; 6 people maximum
Day 0 | 7 - 10pm | Meet and go over gear, food, and itinerary. This is the classroom session where we will go over how to prepare for the backcountry. Please come with any questions and any gear that you are curious about.

Day 1 | 8am | We will meet at Stone's Throw Cafe and drive to the trail head. Driving time can be up to an hour on backcountry roads.

Expect around 8 - 10km of backpacking in mountainous terrain (this means some elevation). It is not easy, and some physical endurance is required. We will have lots of time for breaks along the way to the campsite location.

At the campsite, you will have some time to explore, meditate, or read. We will then ensure we reconvene to cook dinner together.

Day 2 | 7am | Rise and shine. It is time to get the day started. We will pack up our bags, prepare a backcountry breakfast, and head back onto the trail by 9am.

Expect a similar distance as Day 1. Plan to return back to the vehicles between 2 - 3pm. However, timing always depends on the group's ability, so do not plan activities immediately after the trip.

* Saturday food: lunch, snacks & supper

* Sunday food: breakfast, snacks & lunch

* Camping permits & permission (Saturday)

* Water filtration

* Cooking supplies: pots, stoves, fuel

* Safety equipment, such as bear spray, first aid kit, and emergency communication devices

* Use of hiking poles (upon request)

* A local, professional ACMG Hiking Guide

* Small group sizes


* Accommodation on Friday night & Sunday night (if needed)

* Transportation to trail head (best to have vehicle for gravel roads)

* Breakfast on Saturday

* Supper on Sunday

* Personal equipment (sleeping bag, pad, backpack – these items are available to rent)
Sent with trip confirmation. If you do not have something, we also rent gear.

If you have questions about your gear, please don't hesitate to ask us ahead of time / before the course starts. We would rather that you come prepared and with the right gear for the adventure.
Must book at least 48 hours in advance. This is to allow us time to collect and organize food. If you have a food allergy, it is more difficult for us to accommodate with short notice.

When do we cancel? We will cancel and give a full refund if the weather is extreme. Examples of extreme weather include 120km continuous winds, heavy snowfall warnings, and severe thunderstorms for the duration of the trip. Examples of extreme weather does not include subzero temperatures or rain.

Uplift Adventures’ waivers are required to be signed before starting the event.

Guests must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including cannabis, while out on the adventure. Uplift Adventures has the right to refuse participation if a guest is suspected under the influence. A return or compensation will not be given to the customer.

Please advise Uplift Adventures of any medical conditions or allergies prior to the event.

Cancellation Policy: Must cancel within 48hrs of tour for refund. For group bookings (4+ people), must cancel 7 days prior to event for refund.


Based in Crowsnest Pass, AB

Actively operating in Waterton Lakes National Park & Castle Provincial Parks

Operates throughout the Canadian Rockies

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