2018 Backpacking School Schedule






Intro Party

(Optional but highly recommended)



7PM - 9:30PM

An ECP Member's Home

Directions will be e-mailed to you, please bring a dish to share.

Come meet your fellow students and instructors!

Class 1

Tuesday, 09/11/18

7PM - 9:30PM

Wilkins Community Center 

7604 Charleston Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218

Day Hike / Gear Test


Saturday, 09/15/18


Based on student interest, go on a day hike to test your gear, adjust fit, ask questions.  This may be done at the site of the  ECP Annual Party.

Class 2

Tuesday, 09/18/18

7PM - 9:30PM

Wilkins Community Center

Outing 1

Saturday, 09/22/18 - Sunday, 09/23/18

TBD in class

2 days and 1 night

Class 3

Tuesday, 09/25/18

7PM - 9:30PM

Wilkins Community Center

Outing 2

Saturday, 09/29/18 - Sunday, 09/30/18

TBD in class

2 days and 1 night

Class 4

Tuesday, 10/02/18

7PM - 9:30PM

Wilkins Community Center





Outing 3

Saturday, 10/06/18 - Sunday, 10/07/18


Optional 3 day outing including Friday or Monday

TBD in class

Based on your progress in the course and your availability you may attend either a two-day or three-day backpacking trip for the graduation outing.

Students will use the skills they've learned in the course to take the lead in planning graduation trips.

The two-day trip is often to Black Moshannon State Park and the three-day trip is often to Shenandoah National Park but students with another destination in mind are welcome to make a suggestion!