Backpacking School


The purpose of this school is to give students the skills and knowledge to plan 3-season backpacking trips. The course is for people who love camping or hiking outdoors, but are not comfortable planning their own trips yet.

Who are we?

The ECP Backpacking School is an all volunteer program, taught by ECP members with a wide range of backgrounds.  Many of us are former backpacking school students.  Some instructors are accomplished mountaineers while others just like to take an overnight hike in the woods.  We're looking to introduce more people to backpacking and show you how accessible it can be!

What You Will Learn

  • Approprigate Gear and Clothing for Backpacking
  • How to use your backpack
  • The Ten Essentials
  • Preparing for weather conditions
  • Map and Compass Skills
  • Basic First Aid
  • Leave No Trace Principles
  • Camp Setup and firebuilding
  • Water Purification
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Anything else you want to ask about

About the Course


  • You must be 18 years of age to apply.
  • You must be a member of the ECP to participate. The annual club membership cost is $20 for an individual membership or $25 for a family membership. If you need to join or renew your membership, click here.  You can apply for ECP membership and Backpacking School at the same time, just be sure to follow both application processes.
  • The School fee is $40.

Use the links on the left for further information on Classes, the Schedule, and how to Apply.

If you have questions, email