Backpacking

Join us on a group backpacking trip. Hike beautiful Alberta trails and stay in a backcountry campground. Learn skills or get tips from experienced guides.

Backpacking Basics Lecture

Learn how to prepare for backpacking in the Rockies. Topics include how to select gear such as packs, tents, sleeping bags and clothing, how to plan backcountry meals/menus and how to set up camp. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor.

Intro To Backpacking

Perfect for the beginner backpacker, this course combines the Backpacking Basics Lecture with an easy overnight trip in Kananaskis. Learn the skills needed to enjoy multi-day backcountry trips, then head out with an experienced guide to put it all into practice. Prerequisite: good physical condition. Includes: guide, overnight permits/fees, group camping gear.

Spring Leg-stretcher Overnight

Kick off your backpacking season in spring! This June overnight trip is the perfect easy start to your year.
Enjoy a leisurely trek to a pretty campground that's snow-free early in the season and a great chance to get out early.
A pre-trip lecture covers the logistics of group camping.
Prerequisite: moderate physical condition and some previous backpacking experience.
Includes: guide, overnight permits/fees, group camping gear*.
*We will be sharing 2 and 3-person MSR tents and cooking shared meals on liquid fuel stoves.

Backpacking Egypt Lake

Enjoy a spectacular hike over lofty Healy Pass in the Sunshine Meadows, then descend to a picturesque subalpine lake where we'll camp for two nights. Leaving the heavy gear set up at the campground, we'll enjoy a day hike into the alpine on our middle day before returning to our waiting camp. On the final day, we cross back over Healy Pass and return.  A pre-trip lecture covers the logistics of group camping. 
Prerequisite: good physical condition and some backpacking experience.
Includes: guide, permits, camping fees, group camping gear*.
Transportation to and from trailheads: carpool.
*We will be sharing 2 and 3-person MSR tents and cooking shared meals on liquid fuel stoves.

Backpacking Ribbon & Lillian Lakes

Join our experienced guides and visit 3 beautiful Kananaskis valleys on this point-to-point 3-day backpacking trip that crosses Buller Pass and Guinn's Pass. You'll see sweeping views from the high passes, enjoy quiet nights at Ribbon and Lillian Lakes and hike to the alpine Galatea Lakes.  Total distance is 24.8km, with 1200m of elevation gain. A pre-trip lecture covers the logistics of group camping.
Prerequisite: good physical condition and backpacking experience. 
Includes: guide, permits, camping fees, group camping gear*, van transportation to and from trail heads.
*We will be sharing 2 and 3-person MSR tents and cooking shared meals on liquid fuel stoves.

Backpacking Skoki Valley

Tucked in behind the Lake Louise skihill, Skoki is a beautiful wonderland of fall colour. Over four days, we'll backpack through the meadows and passes, making a circuit of the central peaks. Along the way, we'll visit several sparkling lakes and explore everything the area has to offer, covering 48km with 1550m of cumulative elevation gain. A pre-trip lecture covers the logistics of group camping. 
Prerequisite: good physical condition and backpacking experience. 
Includes: guide, permits, camping fees, group camping gear*.
Transportation to and from trailheads: carpool.
*We will be sharing 2 and 3-person MSR tents and cooking shared meals on liquid fuel stoves.

Backpacking Expeditions - Teens

Head out to the mountains in Kananaskis with our backpacking guides for a multi-day trip of exploring and backcountry camping. Our guides will teach you route-finding, navigation, backcountry cooking, campsite management and animal safety. Backpacking Expedition 101 is a 3-day (2-night) introduction and Backpacking Expedition 201 is a 5-day extended trip for those who want a challenge. Required: check equipment list and additional information in the online event details. Prerequisite: must attend pretrip meeting with a parent to discuss required items and cover meal planning (food is not included). Includes: backpacking instructor, all group gear, transportation.